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Fun in the snow: Nearly free skiing available for fourth, fifth graders

January 10, 2015 Jordan Smith picked up skiing a few years ago, but the 23-year-old said he wishes he had started sooner. more »»

Garden Notes: Hellebores enjoy new wave of enthusiasm in United States

January 10, 2015 To paraphrase Mel Brooks and numerous other writers, “I don’t need no stinkin’ hellebore.” I don’t need one, but I’d very much like to have a few or more. more »»

‘Big Bang’ is big winner: Downey Jr. also gets multiple People’s Choice Awards

January 8, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Robert Downey Jr. was seeing double at the People’s Choice Awards. more »»

Protestors shout at fans before Cosby show

January 8, 2015 KITCHENER, Ontario — Bill Cosby got a standing ovation from Canadian fans at the end of his first show since November, but protesters outside braved below-freezing weather to shame the... more »»

Why make your own chicken stock?: Because it rocks!

January 7, 2015 Why bother making chicken stock at home when there are so many respectable versions at the supermarket? Because the stock you pour out of a can or a box just can’t touch the homemade variety. more »»

Pa. film industry seeks more tax credits

January 7, 2015 PITTSBURGH — Western Pennsylvania’s film industry is having growing pains. more »»

New book profiles the prolific Becker family

January 4, 2015 I’ve previously mentioned Philadelphia resident Barry Becker in “Roots & Branches” — he’s a cousin of the late German genealogy maestro John T. more »»

New Year predictions

January 4, 2015 Do we do predictions for 2015? Ok, let me do some … January — Congress, realizing the crazy pile of poker chips available if they just figure out how to regulate, and more importantly, tax online... more »»

Celebrity houses: Quirky add-ons common feature of homes

January 4, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Actor Mark Wahlberg’s Los Angeles mansion has a putting green. more »»

Hotel hopes guests adopt a rescue dog

January 4, 2015 LOS ANGELES — At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the fac. more »»

Earth Matters: Environmental wish list for new year could be reality

January 3, 2015 This time a year ago, we took a tongue-in-cheek look ahead into 2014’s environmental developments. more »»

From ice buckets to breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

January 1, 2015 Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen. more »»

‘Frozen’ named top entertainer of 2014

January 1, 2015 NEW YORK — If you have children, or know someone who does, or just listened to one recently, the choice of Associated Press Entertainer of the Year won’t come as much of a shock: It’s “Frozen,” and... more »»

Treasure moments of your life

January 1, 2015 There are a million feelings and sensations known to man. It’s likely that we will feel a lot of them in our lifetime, but it’s not probable we’ll get to experience every single one. more »»

A life of lace: Local man practices art of tatting for almost eight decades

December 27, 2014 As a child, Wayne Hendershot had a bad habit — he bit his nails, much to the disdain of his mother. more »»

Garden Notes: Posies were used to communicate with beauty, grace

December 27, 2014 Aunt Posey was a singularly lively, beautiful woman who enjoyed talking and gambling. She was aptly named. more »»

Christmas is here!: Readers share their memories, traditions for the holiday celebrating Christ's birth

December 25, 2014 Christmas is a time full of traditions and having loved ones gathered around. more »»

Roadside inspiration: A daughter’s delight with holiday lights leads to an annual tradition

December 21, 2014 Twenty or so years ago, Barb and Wayne Guella started noticing that their intellectually disabled daughter, Shannon, was becoming more and more entranced with the Christmas lights Wayne was hanging... more »»

Earth Matters: Christmas trees have been holiday tradition for centuries

December 20, 2014 No holiday is more steeped in tradition and nostalgia than Christmas. Beyond commemorating a 2,000-year-old holy event, many Christmas traditions go back centuries. more »»

Trinkets for the tree: Turn your child’s old toys into ornaments

December 18, 2014 From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tre. more »»

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