Health
Processed foods aren't all bad - it's how they're made

Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence …

Ask the Doctors: Patient care top priority for all doctors

Study: Your hearing may be damaged by everyday things

Food
Try a champagne cocktail that's dressed up

Whether you are a film fanatic or just in it for the gowns, awards season is a no-brainer excuse for a theme party. Hollywood glitz and glamour offers the perfect opportunity to pull out your fancy Champagne flutes and costume jewelry for an affair …

Cheesy baked grits a deeply satisfying staple

Robin Anish: Don't let the weather fool you - it's still stew season

Insights

It's not too early to think spring: 4 steps to start seedlings

The weather outside may be frightful, but starting your vegetable garden inside is a delightful way to get a jump on the 2017 outdoor growing season in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or all thumbs when it …

What exactly is an executive order?

"Executive orders" — everyone seems to be talking about them these days, but how many of us really understand how they work?"They can be kind of this weird thing that's kind of vaguely defined in the Constitution under Article 2," says Eliana …

Be picky about who does your taxes

Tax preparers do a big chunk of America's tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you're nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you're not alone.Here are …
Outdoors

Appreciating snow in all its marvelous forms

One night about two weeks ago, my husband and I hauled our boys abruptly out of bed as the particular snow falling from the sky was something not to be missed. I had driven home from work that evening in a shook-up snow globe snowfall and I needed …

Stargazers |On the Wings of Pegasus: Spotting the celestial unicorn

Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look …

Get Outside: Choose the right wax for snow conditions

Vermont winters are notorious for their variable conditions, with cycles of rain and subzero temperatures consuming most of November through March. For the many cross country skiers in the area, this can make it especially difficult to choose the …
Entertainment
Taconic Music offering New Year's Eve, family concerts

MANCHESTER—The newly established Taconic Music, Inc. will host a New Year's Eve dinner and concert to feature a mix of chamber music accompanied by an international concert and recording artist, as well as a family concert. Maxine Linehan will …

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