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Get Growing

Thursday, July 2, 2015

‘Gardening is a powerful force to help communities grow,” Roger Swain told a gathering of nearly 200 people last weekend in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club of Amherst. Swain, the former host of The Victory Garden on PBS, added “I’m a firm believer in eating food grown within 25 miles of where you live. It’s even …

Banding of American Kestrels in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A project sponsored by the Kestrel Land Trust is seeking to better understand population declines affecting the birds. …

Hoe down

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Your Place: To prepare for winter, put pipes first

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Someone suggested that I write the annual getting-ready-for-winter column early this year because the last time I did, we had a mild one. There’s so much to say about winter preparation that it will likely take more than one column, so we’ll start with something that brings nightmares …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Forcing bulbs

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the bleak midwinter when snow blankets the ground nothing is more cheerful than a pot of bright daffodils or tulips. They seem to promise that spring is just around the corner. You can certainly go to the …

Right at Home: Fall decor gets cozy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home décor. So while you’re wrapping yourself in a big, …

Living Smart: Help your small space live large

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feeling cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to make small seem spacious. Embracing a “less is more” mindset is even trendy, with micro homes attracting macro interest on social media and on TV. Granted, your home is likely larger than a true “tiny house,” which …

Living Smart: Lead paint is still a threat, but it shouldn’t be

Friday, October 17, 2014

If you or someone you know is planning work on a pre-1978 home, please make time to take precautions against the possibility of lead poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 500,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 have elevated lead levels in their …

Art Deco 1920s house ‘Like something out of a Hollywood movie’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there. But fate intervened, and when the home came up for sale in 2002, he and …

Get Growing: Voles, mice and rabbits

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and little rodents as well as rabbits and squirrels are preparing for cold weather. Rabbits don’t hibernate and you can see their tracks in the snow all winter. They do need to …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Friday, October 17, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Unlocking the secret to hiding a spare key

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to safely hide a spare house key? Here are a few tips. Burglars, don’t read this story. It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Frost:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties experienced light frost last weekend although most of us were spared. Heavy frost is yet to be predicted by the weather experts, but, nonetheless, it is time to prepare for that eventuality. Tender plants like tomatoes and peppers have really stopped …