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Tushy, a review: Everything you wanted to know about bidet attachments but were afraid to ask
05-05-2020 3:01 PM

By FRANCIE LIN

I should preface this review by saying that bidet attachments, like so much else in the COVID-19 world, have become wildly popular and can therefore cost up to three times the amount we paid for ours. However, if you want to take the plunge, here is...


The Great Experiment: The virtual college campus in the time of COVID-19
04-25-2020 8:59 AM

EDITED BY MAX DUTZIK HENRICKS,PARKER PETERS, NICO RIBADENEYRA and MIRANDA DEBRUYN

Note: This is the first of three narrative reports in a special series produced by Professor Kathy Roberts Forde’s “Longform Narrative” class in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Until the COVID-19 crisis disrupted...


Wagging Tails Pet Resort slated to open this month at old Heritage Farm in Easthampton
02-17-2020 10:17 PM

By FRAN RYAN

EASTHAMPTON — Two years after opening its first facility in Hadley, Wagging Tails Pet Resort, a dog day care, boarding, grooming and training shop, is opening a second location at the former Heritage Farm at 30 Florence Road in Easthampton.Owner...


Ask a (Local) Master Gardener: How do I keep my cats from eating spring seedlings?
01-30-2020 11:33 AM

By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: I want to get started this spring growing vegetables and lettuces in containers on my back patio. The problem is, if I’m going to start from seed, how do I keep the seedlings from being devoured by my two 20-lb indoor cats who are bound and...


Lending an ear: Williamsburg man turns passion for music into a full-time gig
12-24-2019 10:10 AM

By ELISE LINSCOTT

WILLIAMSBURG — Psychiatry and piano tuning don’t have much in common, but they both require a good ear to be successful, according to local piano technician Sean Mallari, who made the switch from the former to the latter years ago.“I’ve always thought...


Holyoke man collects souvenirs from long-gone Mount Tom Summit House
12-16-2019 11:54 PM

By STEPHEN FAY

HOLYOKE — Tea towels, refrigerator magnets, shoulder patches and beach sand are just some of the items we collect to stay connected to our travels.These are our souvenirs, from the French word meaning “remember” or “bring to mind.” The difference...


Problem Solving Stretches: Use a gentle squeeze to help your hips and knees
10-29-2019 9:44 AM

By GINNY HAMILTON

Do you stand like a duck?Please stand up for a moment and take a look down at your feet. Do your toes point out to the sides? For most of us, the answer is yes.This is often because our outer hip muscles, the hip rotators, are stronger than their...


Ask a Local Master Gardener: To rake or not to rake?
10-24-2019 1:00 PM

By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: My husband and I are “discussing” when we should rake up the leaves in our yard — after they are all down (him) or as soon as the lawn is covered (me). Help! Any thoughts on a solution? —C.J., NorthamptonA: We New Englanders love our vibrant red,...


Get Growing: Beware the tawny daylily
08-09-2019 12:04 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I have a big patch of daylilies behind my house. They are a disorganized jumble of plants that were given to me along with others that I’ve bought at plant sales, nurseries and farmers markets. I have never paid much attention to this part of the...


Earth Matters: A natural case of apparent conflict of interest
08-03-2019 12:05 AM

By DAVID SPECTOR

If you sit on a city park bench you’re likely to see birds, especially house sparrows. This species, native to Europe and Asia, was first introduced into North America in 1851 and is now common where farms or cities provide both grain on the ground...


Environment: Monitoring the box turtle in Amherst
07-16-2019 3:50 PM

By ABBEY DWIGHT

AMHERST — At 4-8 inches long, box turtles aren’t easy to spot, yet Julie Miller and her son, August, found two such turtles earlier this month during hikes in the Plum Brook Conservation Area. Then last week, August spotted a tiny turtle hatchling...


Hooking tweens with D&D
06-25-2019 11:50 PM

By Jonathan Adolph

How can today’s libraries engage a generation of kids that has grown up surrounded by the relentless stimulation of digital media? At Florence’s Lilly Library, one route to success has come not through more technology but with the help of a relic from...


Earth Matters: How the English colonists transformed the forests of the Pioneer Valley
06-14-2019 12:12 PM

By John Sinton

In 1600, the 125,000 Native people who lived in New England had reached a dynamic equilibrium with their forested landscape through thousands of years of manipulation and accommodation. (I described this relationship in Part 1 of this series,...


Beware the tall grass: Tips for Lyme time
06-03-2019 4:11 PM

By Bryna Greenspan

A few decades ago, high in the Italian Alps, a five-thousand-year-old mummy was found.  Offered up from a melting glacier and discovered by unsuspecting hikers, Otzi the Iceman was remarkably preserved, frozen as he was in the snow for millennia....


Ask a local master gardener: What’s this stuff on my lilacs?
05-23-2019 2:45 PM

By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: I’m starting to get a greyish white powder on my lilac bush’s leaves. Any idea what it might be and what to do about it?  —J.R. Easthampton A: When there is lots of rain, the good news is plants grow like crazy and the bad news is plant diseases...


Problem-solving stretches: Are you sitting down?
05-20-2019 4:42 PM

By Ginny Hamilton

 About a quarter of us sit for more than 8 hours every day, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November. And 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain in our lifetimes according to the National...


A new season for the Autumn Inn: The Ellery
05-16-2019 5:20 PM

By Valerie Reiss

In recent years, the Autumn Inn on Elm Street, a Northampton visitor staple since it opened in 1967, had started to look its age. Online reviewers of the inn had noticed, saying things like “seen better days,” “sad,” and “tired,” and “smells of…...


Environment: A moment with naturalist and filmmaker Ray Asselin
05-08-2019 2:44 PM

By Cassandra McGrath

Ray Asselin, creator of the documentary “The Lost Forests of New England,” is a filmmaker and naturalist who works to raise awareness about preserving the natural world. Through his hourlong film that debuted last year and has been shown at events...


Comerford, Domb seek to ban non-consensual pelvic exams under anesthesia
04-29-2019 5:49 PM

By LILLIAN ILSLEY-GREENE

BOSTON — Massachusetts could become the first state in New England to ban non-consensual pelvic examinations on women under anesthesia as outlined in bills filed by state Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and state Rep. Mindy Domb, D-Amherst.Pelvic...


Ask a local Master Gardener about Rabbit-proofing your plants
04-11-2019 3:32 PM

By PRISCILLA TOUHEY

Q: How do I keep rabbits from eating my plants? They really did a job on my Bachelor’s Button last year. —L. T. Granby A: Those rabbits are cute, but they sure can wreak havoc on a garden, especially the tender young leaves of newly sprouted,...

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