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A B-52 bomber drops its payload on a North Vietnamese target in 1972. U.S. government and military officials mistakenly thought they could break North Vietnamese resistance with airpower. Source: Wikipedia

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. Appy, who teaches a number of courses … 0

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has to pick one stretch that will pay off for people of any age, it’s the … 0

What’SUP?

Friday, August 21, 2015

The first time Wendy Dellert of Colrain saw anything resembling a stand-up paddle board was in Maui, Hawaii, many years ago. “It was more of a ‘knee board’ and people were paddling with their hands,” she remembers. This summer, Dellert and her husband, Alan, picked up a bargain stand-up paddleboard and have been … 0

Help us spread the news about food & farms

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kids cooking class Using a cider press and local apples, kids will make their own fresh apple cider. Saturday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon Cost: $250 per child, includes instruction, recipes to take home, lunch, and complimentary lunch for one accompanying parent. Space is limited, reservations are … 0

Fresh tomato sauce

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tomato lovers wait for this moment all year, that moment when the plants in the garden are struggling under the weight of those gorgeous red (or yellow or orange or even green) orbs, and the tables at the … 0

Consumer panel: Airlines should disclose fees, seat size

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Airlines should clearly disclose the cost of change and cancellation fees, as well as the size of the plane’s seats, before a passenger buys a ticket, a federal panel said Tuesday. Hotels should also be required … 0

Between the Rows: Autumnal Arrangements

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heath Fair is over. Facebook is full of photos of kids going off to college and kindergarten for the first time. You can hardly get into the supermarkets for the ranks of rigidly potted containers of mums … 0

Presto change-o!: Rediscovering magic helps Ed Cope transform into Ed the Wizard

Friday, August 14, 2015

“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” — Dumbledore One. Two Three. “Alakazam!” Four young volunteers have spent the last 10 minutes collectively choosing a pair of colored stickers, a pair of colored markers, and … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill discovers a real head tern-er

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Standing at the edge of Malibu Lagoon, I was hypnotized by birds. Double-crested cormorants were perched on a large tangle of driftwood, snowy egrets were hunting in the shallows and common terns were flying overhead. All of these … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Vegetables on the Grill

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gazing around the Common at the Free Harvest Supper, I was thrilled to see little kids wearing Mary Hakkinen’s fun balloon hats, older folks chatting with friends, and many people savoring a great meal. Yet, I missed Juanita … 0

Gazpacho, a breeze

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If you’re my age or older (I like to tell people that I’m in my late, LATE, LATE 30s), you’ll no doubt agree with me that things aren’t what they used to be. Remember rotary phones? OMG (as … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local Hero Day at local restaurants Today you can support local agriculture by eating out. According to CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, you can enjoy special dishes highlighting the bountiful harvest of our local farms and food producers. There are 64 participating restaurants. To see a list, … 0

Hitting the wall: our reporter learns the ropes in Hadley

Friday, August 7, 2015

People go to the Central Rock Gym in Hadley looking for fun, for fitness, for both. I have come to fall off a wall. I have preconceived notions of what that will be like. Our hero should be … 0