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    Berkshires Week & the Shires of Vermont
    (Jess Gamari / Special to Berkshires Week & Shires of Vermont)
    Maple Open House Weekend: Vermont sugar shacks hold open houses

    VERMONT — While many of us are looking forward to snow melting and warmer spring evenings, maple sugar makers are hoping for a few more weeks of winter weather. Full Story
    (Jenn Smith — The Berkshire eagle)
    Fermentation an easy, healthy way to preserve vegetables

    GREAT BARRINGTON >> A curious collection of jars sits atop a small bookcase in Michelle Kaplan's loft apartment, each containing liquids and vegetables of varying hues, from amber to root beer brown, and from a yellowish-green to almost a rose color. One more industrial-sized jar has a thick cloudy mass floating at the top. Full Story
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    Tips for what to do with your tax refund this year

    BRATTLEBORO >> April 15 is often one of the most dreaded days on the American calendar. The filing deadline for taxes means people will find out if they owe something to Uncle Sam or he owes them, and this question is typically answered by which tax bracket they are in. Taxes finance everything from education to the military, but the money that gets returned to a taxpayer usually gets Full Story
    Feathered friends

    Left, a female mallard duck comes in for a landing on Cheshire Lake, in an opening in the ice, at the Farnams Road Crossing near one of the access points to the Ashuwilliticook Trail in Cheshire, Mass. The trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot-wide, paved, universally accessible recreation path. Full Story
    LIFESTYLES
    Updated: March 25, 2015 3:16:56 PM EDT
    (Courtesy of Mass MoCA)
    Carl Hancock Rux turns winter to spring at Mass MoCA

    Musician and poet will perform live
    NORTH ADAMS >> Melting ice, morning bird songs and lingering evening sunlight, mark the movement from winter into spring. Full Story
    Dorset rallies for Empty Bowl Dinner
    DORSET >> College alumni magazines serve many purposes. In 2007, the University of Vermont's magazine led Courtney Callo, director of marketing and international studies at Long Trail School in Dorset, to a story about Empty Bowls, a program started by two teachers from Michigan in the early 1990s. Full Story

    Take me outside: Birches taste of wintergreen
    I've thought a lot about birch trees lately. The clump of gray birches in our yard started the season by bowing down to the winter gods under the weight of the Thanksgiving snow. Full Story

    Maple open houses in Vermont on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29
    Ball Brook Sugar House, David Dence 196 Sweet Road, Pownal 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Full Story