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From the cheese to the bread — how to make perfect grilled cheese

It can be as uncomplicated as a slice of cheese melted between two pieces of bread. But for lovers of grilled cheese, the basic recipe holds endless flavor possibilities and combinations. In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month — a recipe almost impossible to mess up — we asked area restaurants that are known to flip the traditional grilled sandwich upside down, to help us Full Story
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Tax breaks, incentives make going solar cheaper

Installing solar panels on your roof is not just for tree-hugging environmentalists. The increasing ease of the process and the financial returns have made going solar practically mainstream. "By the end of 2020, the amount of installed solar capacity will be 300 percent higher than today," said Dan Whitten, vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association. Full Story
Stargazers: Rare transit of planet Mercury

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the elusive planet Mercury. Have you spotted it low in the western sky during the waning light of dusk? If you have, did you notice that it's appearing lower in the sky each night? This is nothing to be concerned about. It happens because Mercury is orbiting the sun and, within a week or so, it will cross over to the opposite side of the sun. Full Story
Updated: November 06, 2015 6:52:07 AM EST
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At Hubbard Hall, a new director with a new sense of mission

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — At the age of 44, David Andrew Snider is a man on a mission. Full Story
Vermont rabbi wins papal comedy contest
EAST DORSET, VT. — Becoming the "Honorary Comedic Adviser to the Pope" involves something of a leap of faith, especially for a Jewish rabbi from Vermont. Full Story

Take Five| Five questions with author Jeff Belanger
Jeff Belanger: In the paranormal world, he is the ultimate insider and a jack-of-all-trades. The author of more than a dozen books on paranormal legends, covering bizarre phenomena including Big Foot and UFO sightings, ghosts, strange monsters and ancient mysteries, he's also the researcher for "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel and host of the widely popular web and cable talk show "30 Odd Minutes." He's also the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated PBS series, "New England Legends." Full Story

'Very Semi-Serious': The story behind who draws laughs at the New Yorker
Everyone knows the New Yorker cartoons, but less certain are the stories of the people behind them and how they actually get in the magazine. Full Story