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President Barack Obama carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon" of 'Cheese' the turkey in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama on safe legal ground with turkey pardon

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on Wednesday took “action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me,” to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, a 49-pound bird named Cheese. He also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac. Both came from Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio. “If you’re a turkey, and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner …

When son knows best A Belchertown couple turns to their eldest to design their modern home

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Architect Uwe Brandes has designed everything from a military museum in Buffalo, New York, to an elementary school in Berlin, Germany. Currently the founding executive director of Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Urban Planning in Urban Planning in Washington. D.C., Brandes, 50, has another design on his resume that hits closer …

Your Place: Anti-slip tape may save full additive solution

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Q: We have a common California style balcony in front of our condo building, with a coat of epoxy that was put on by the contractor last year. The finish is very slippery. Is there anything we can apply on top of the epoxy coating that will make the finish less slippery? A: Some contractors use a sand-like additive to make epoxy finishes …

Bundle of love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bundle of love …

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs …

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good …

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size …

Diggin’ In: Landscapes need renovating just like homes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior décor. It grows old, sometimes tattered and torn, and needs updating from time to time. Sometimes, plantings need to be completely torn out and totally replaced. Sometimes, old porches, …

Diggin’ In: How to create a ‘pollinator hotel’

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bees do it. Butterflies do it. Moths do it. In fact, lots of insects do it - pollinate our flowers and edibles. That is why National Pollinator Week - June 16-23 - is so important. The week spotlights …

Hot Property: Michael Jackson estate, children buy $10.75 million Mediterranean-style home in celebrity neighborhood

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Calabasas home Michael Jackson’s estate bought in an off-market deal for $10.75 million was sold by Kassabian Design Build, which constructed the Mediterranean-style home before there was a buyer. The style of the home was inspired by …

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Laburnum walk

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Among the delights of our recent English garden trip were, of course, the guided garden tours. At Barnsley House in Gloucestershire, head gardener Richard Gatenby shared his memories of the late Rosemary Verey who designed the extensive gardens. …

Thursday, July 3, 2014

◄ ​NORTHAMPTON​ — The best nature has to offer is visible from every window of this rustic, yet elegant, Cape. a 1.5-acre pond and streams are nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, woodlands and trails. The home features an open …

Living in a small space requires creativity and multifunctional furniture

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer …