Mason Jars Are Literally the Best   by Anne Wolfe Postic , contributing writer   Well, no. They aren’t “literally” the best, but what is? They’re pretty great, and I’m not the sort of person who gives out homemade holiday gifts or puts up my own jam or artichoke relish, so I don’t even need them. (Hint: I love it when people give me artichoke relish, because it’s super hard to make and I’m lazy.) Anyhow, I love mason jars and I collect all the empties...

Training program helps women get a ‘Foot in the Door’ Contributing Writer article   With the help of Training and Workforce Options (TWO), Suzanne Talaia of Springfield is ready to get her “Foot in the Door.” Talaia, 58, was unemployed for nearly two years when she applied for a workforce readiness program called “Foot in the Door,” provided by Dress for Success Western Massachusetts. Dress for Success contracted with TWO, a collaboration between Springfield Technical...

Square One Celebrates Healthy Families Graduates and Participants  by Kristine Allard – Contributing Writer   In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, Square One recently celebrated the completion of another session of its Healthy Families program initiative. The ceremony was held on August 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist, 797 State Street, Springfield....

Pumpkin Apple Stamps     I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy autumn crafts for kids. These pumpkin apple stamps are a fun, easy preschool activity for fall or Halloween, although it would also be fun for kids of any age, Rainy day activity is also a great time to do this one. For this craft activity you will need: Large apple Orange craft paint Green craft paint Paint brush Cup of water White paper Black construction paper or Sharpie Glue stick Paper...

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Returns to Cheshire for Regional Walk & Roll   (BIA-MA) is pleased to announce the return of its annual Walk & Roll fundraiser events. This year, BIA-MA kicks off their season with a return to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire, MA on Saturday, September 9 starting at 9:30am.   Participants throughout western Massachusetts are encouraged to attend as BIA-MA returns to the same venue as last year’s event. Residents...

Nutrition During Cancer Treatment: Free Lecture at Cancer House of Hope   Rachel Sapelli, MS, RD, LDN, will present a lecture entitled “Nutrition During Cancer Treatment” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at CHD Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield Street (Rte. 20) in West Springfield. A smoothie-making demonstration will follow the lecture. Sapelli, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with a master’s degree in nutrition and health promotion, is...

Changing Lives One Mom, One Child at a Time   Kristine Allard – Contributing Writer   Poverty. Homelessness. Food insecurity. Domestic violence. Lack of education. Unemployment. These are just a few of the many challenges faced by parents of young children throughout the greater Springfield region. And it seems that these issues become even more daunting when a mother who is living with these challenges tries to find a safe, nurturing place for their child to learn...

So What if You Can’t Take a Mental Health Day? By Marianne Clyde, contributing writer   I’ve seen a flurry of articles recently about taking a Mental Health day from time to time. I think it’s a great idea and can be rejuvenating and uplifting. However, you can’t take a Mental Health day every time there’s a crisis. So what else can you do? You can create and establish tools that you hold within you to be able to develop a strong internal locus of control, so when...

Three Acorn Squash Recipes for Fall by Rachel Paxton, contributing writer   Fall is a great time to enjoy acorn squash. These squash take a little extra effort to prepare, but it is definitely worth the effort. To prepare your acorn squash for baking, you will need a large sharp knife to cut it in half. Cut it from the stem to the end of the squash. Next use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff inside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place each squash half cut...

HSA or FSA – Which is it? Pat Grenier – Contributing Writer   Are HSA accounts the answer to surviving the high cost of healthcare and what other benefits do they offer? The increasingly popular tax advantaged HSA plan is high on the President agenda. It pays to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks.   There are a few ways of putting money aside before taxes for healthcare costs, the FSA or Flexible Spending Account and the HSA or Health Savings Account...

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