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In search of wild mushrooms

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Having a good time without drugs, drink

FALLS VILLAGE — Matt Bellace used humor to get his message about drug and alcohol use through to three separate audiences at Housatonic Valley Regional High School on Wednesday, May 10.
He spoke to Region One middle-school students in the morning, high school students in the afternoon and parents and community members in the evening.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bug spray (and then some): Part 2

Part 2
 
In our May 11 issue we began an (extremely) in-depth look at the best bug sprays available to us here in America. That first article talked about the gold standard, DEET, which is effective but which a lot of people, for a lot of reasons, don’t like to use.
I was intrigued by a product my friend Tara had found with lavender oil in it. She’d had good results using it, so I looked into other products made with essential oils to see whether they’re reliably effective.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bug spray (and then some): Part 1

Part 1
 
The weather is warmer, it’s time to hike and (more important) to forage in the woods for ramps and morels (and if you have some morels, I want to talk to you; you know where to find me).

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The dreaded belly fat of later life

Based on the fact that belly fat ads constantly pop up on the Internet, I’m going to assume that this is a problem that plagues a large percentage of the American population (and many of our readers). 
Having too much belly fat is a true first-world problem. There are definitely more important things to worry about. 
Nonetheless, it’s annoying and obesity is certainly a problem in America.

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot

The only red hot chili peppers that I like are the ones that sing “Dani California.” Some people just love hot food, though — the bigger the burn the better. I won’t be genderist here but you can make your own assumptions about how many women boast that they can eat large amounts of super-hot peppers and not suffer any ill effects. 

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Ham vs. lamb (or salmon) for Easter

I’m floating between high holidays this year, with a Passover seder on Tuesday (see story this page) and an Easter late lunch on Sunday, April 16.

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Matzo and a healthy Passover meal

We don’t really need to look for health benefits in our spring holiday meals. But let’s do it anyway. 
I’m going to a Passover seder this week at the home of my friends Fred and Jenny and I’m in charge of matzo ball soup. So, naturally I want to write first about matzo balls. 

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You’ve got to be ketoing me

So apparently, the latest fad — I mean, trend — in diets is the “ketogenic diet,” often referred to as the “keto diet” by people who don’t have time to say “ketogenic.”

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Experiments could reduce the dangers of ticks

KENT — Critters large and small begin to emerge from their winter hiding places with the warmth of spring — and some of those critters are  ticks.
In a talk sponsored by the Kent Land Trust on  Friday, March 24, at Town Hall, Mike Benjamin and Joshua Ginsberg spoke about how ticks find us, how we can reduce the risk of disease, and steps being taken to control them.
Benjamin, who is land manager for the Kent Land Trust, described the biology and ecology of deer ticks, which are the most common species in northwest Connecticut. 

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