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New England Clean Energy Council hopes for renewable energy push from candidates

Recent efforts in efficiency have spurred growth in state and region, officials say
10/25/2014 01:30 PM EDT
PITTSFIELD >> New England Clean Energy Council officials say they're hoping for more details from political candidates this election season on how Massachusetts can continue the surge of renewable energy and efficiency initiatives that has made the state a national leader. 
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Know-It-All: Soaring on cloud nine

Reaching high altitudes of euphoria
10/23/2014 07:55 AM EDT
Q When someone is in a state of euphoria, they might say they are floating on cloud nine. 
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Get creative and make every meal a spooky, Halloween treat

Go beyond your basic Halloween decorations and find ghoulish ways to make every meal a fun, holiday treat. All you need is some creativity, time and a little bit of spooky inspiration.
10/21/2014 02:24 PM EDT
Jamie Burdick is known for her food-decorating chops — well, fangs. The 28-year-old North Adams resident takes all-things Halloween beyond just your household decorations, making sure her all-time favorite holiday is fully celebrated, right down to the pizza she makes for dinner. 
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Foodie Five — Five things you should have in your pantry
10/21/2014 02:24 PM EDT - Chef Bjorn Somlo: We asked Chef Somlo of Nudel Restaurant in Lenox what five items every home cook should have in a pantry. Full Story

Beets brighten any fall feast
10/21/2014 12:55 PM EDT - Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Full Story

Searing meat adds flavor
10/21/2014 02:20 PM EDT - Many people love the idea of a slow cooker because it seems so simple — open the pot, insert ingredients, cover the pot, turn on the heat, then leave it alone. Full Story

Maggy Button: Recipes tried and approved
10/21/2014 01:11 PM EDT - The past two weeks have been, well, let's say interesting. Digital First Media, the parent company that owns The Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and Brattleboro Reformer — just to name a few — has blessed us with not only new computers, but also the new software and reorganization needed to bring readers up-to-the minute news online and in print. Full Story

Four surprising cookbooks to try
10/15/2014 09:21 AM EDT - Over the years, I've developed a simple system for processing the hundreds of cookbooks that cross my desk every year. Full Story

Dig out your slow cooker for this healthy stew
10/15/2014 09:21 AM EDT - Picture this: After a long day at the office (or at the kids' soccer field or wherever) you turn the key to open your front door and you are greeted by the heady aroma of a steamy meaty stew. Full Story

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Make your own lattes at home
10/16/2014 07:27 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- Fall is full of color and flavor, and wherever you go, particularly in New England, there are literally signs of this everywhere, saying things like, "Pumpkin lattes are here! Full Story

Maggie Button: Practical Ethel-like tendencies
10/15/2014 12:10 AM EDT - Early Friday morning, while prepping for the health screening everyone over 50 hates and dreads, I turned on the TV. Full Story

Chicken pot pie - the ultimate comfort food
10/08/2014 07:59 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD - Shortly after opening Madeleine's Patisserie & Cafe last October, owner Ashley Summers realized her North Street eatery was missing out on the coveted downtown lunchtime crowd. Full Story

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Custom urns courtesy of company's 3-D printer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minneosta startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold. Full Story
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Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz legend Herbie Hancock says he's ready to look for another job after hearing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander pay tribute to him at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater. Full Story
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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled

TLC axes show after evidence surfaces that star Mama June had resumed a romance with a convicted child molester.