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Popular PC optimizer hacked to deliver malware

It's supposed to optimize your PC performance, but instead, the latest version of CCleaner has been hacked.  Instead of cleaning, it delivered malware.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow tell us more.

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Zip Trip: McCray's Farm, South Hadley

Fall begins Friday and soon, you'll be thinking of foliage, pumpkins, and cider.  In this week's Zip Trip, Chris Pisano heads to McCray's Farm in South Hadley to show us some of the fun planned this season.

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Joey Chestnut to compete in cheeseburger eating contest at the Big E

The biggest name in competitive eating is coming to this year’s Big E.  Joey Chestnut will take part in the White Hut cheeseburger eating contest at the Big E

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'All About You' home care service expands office locations

All About You has provided home care service to the residents of Western Massachusetts for 10 years. They appeared on Better Western Mass this week to tell us more about their new office locations.

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Local musicians collaborate and perform at the Big E

The Western Mass. Songwriters Collaborative honors the legacy and history of local original music. This year they're having a songwriters series at the Big E. Find out more by watching the clip above.

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Earthlight Solar and Energy Solutions at The Big E

There's one company that thrives in the sunshine and is good for the environment ...Earthlight Solar and Energy Solutions out of Connecticut.  Find out right here, what they provide!  Just watch the video. You can also find them in the CT Building during The Big E fair. 

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The Big E - Connecticut Day 2017!

We're celebrating Connecticut Day at The Big E . Take a look at what we found in the CT Building!  

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Showing appreciation during National Staffing Employee Week

This week is National Staffing Employee Week.  Staffing agencies are showing appreciation for their temporary and contract employees who are changing the world of the workforce.  Jennifer Brown from United Personnel and Nikai Fondon from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Making your own bandsaw box

Chris Pisano pays a visit to Woodcraft in West Springfield to learn how to make a bandsaw box.

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Guilt-free foods you can eat while at The Big E

Just because you are at a fair doesn't mean that you can't eat healthy.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us some guilt-free options you can find at The Big E.

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Tuesday marks Salute to Rhode Island Day at The Big E

It's Rhode Island's time to shine at the great New England state fair.  Tuesday is Salute to Rhode Island Day at The Big E!

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Starting your day with a morning matcha smoothie

If you are looking to transition from morning coffee to something a bit more healthy and light, then we have a treat for you.  Sean Condon, better known as Mr. Tea, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make a morning matcha smoothie.

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National Cheeseburger Day is today!

Looking for a dinner idea?  Why not grab a burger because it's National Cheeseburger Day.  Mick Corduff, executive chef at The Log Cabin and Delaney House, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Monday is Salute to West Springfield Day at The Big E

The Big E rolls on in West Springfield and Monday marks Salute to West Springfield Day at the fair.

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Springfield's Puerto Rican Parade set for Sunday

The Springfield Puerto Rican Parade kicks off this weekend with food, floats, and lots of fun.  Jade Rivera-McFarlin joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's event.

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Responding to Siri: how artificial intelligence works

If you have ever caught yourself yelling or cursing at Siri if she gets your voice text wrong, then you are part of an emerging trend.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the phenomenon of getting angry with artificial intelligence.

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Friday marks Military Appreciation Day at The Big E

Friday is Military Appreciation Day at The Big E and with today's nice weather, organizers believe they may break last year's record of over 8,000 veterans attending the event.

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Steps to take when considering assisted living for loved ones

When a loved one can no longer live completely on their own, you may see yourself considering steps and options to take for assisted living. Chris Rachamaciej from Rockridge Retirement Community in Northampton was on Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Festive fall decor you can find at Uno Alla Volta

Fall is finally approaching, and it's time to bring out the autumn decor. Terri Alpert from Uno Alla Volta joined Better Western Mass to show us the most festive pieces.  

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Buzz Around Town: Poppie's Conessions at The Big E in West Springfield

Corndogs and fried cheesecake, oh my! These are just some of the treats you can enjoy at Poppie's Concessions at the Big E! Brittany Murphy visited the stand before the Big E festivities.

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The 'Cream Puff Man' visits Better Western Mass

The infamous cream puffs are back for this year's Big E! The Cream Puff Man joined Better Western Mass a day before the Big E to tell us where you can find the wonderful treats.

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Add fresh style to your hair with some clever updo ideas

Handling your hair can sometimes look more complicated than it needs to be.  Especially when it's going up. Watch the video clip for a sophisticated solution!  And learn some clever updo ideas from Jaclyn Lopes, co-owner of 'Brush Salon' in East Longmeadow.

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MARX Dream Wedding Giveaway: Nominate a Servicemember!

Get details on a $45,000 dream wedding giveaway! One lucky Servicemember will win and submissions are still open!  Here to tell you more about the 3rd Annual 'MARX Dream Wedding Giveaway' is Meghan Rothschild from MARX Events. Take a look!    

Nominate a Servicemember ...click here! 

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Head to Monty's Motorsports in Westfield for dirt bikes and more!

If you like all things powersports, from ATVs to snowmobiles, then Monty's Motorsports in Westfield has what you're looking for! Here with us is Monty Geer, the owner of Monty's Motorsports, to tell us more about his shop. Check out his interview! 

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Delicious Treat: The 3-layer funnel "Quake" at Six Flags

Learn what it takes to make the delicious 3-layer funnel "Quake" at Six Flags!       

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Aerial fitness workouts using cloth ribbons

In a workout funk?  Why not take your exercising to new heights?  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us some aerial workouts using cloth ribbons

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Square dancing with the Quabbin Valley Twirlers

The art of square dancing may seem dated and old-fashioned, but there's a group in Western Massachusetts that is keeping the tradition alive.  Brittany Murphy and Jordyn Jagolinzer met with a group of dancers who started their own club to have some fun.

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Making colorful wreaths with paper paint swatches

On Tuesday, we learned how to make a colorful wreath using paper paint swatches.  Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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'Be the Match' donor drive to be held Monday in South Hadley

'Be the Match' donor drive is happening Monday at South Hadley High School.  It's a chance to help save a life.  South Hadley field hockey coach Tara Cole and team captain Brittany Cote joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Fall bloomers add color to your garden

Today, on this beautiful pre-fall day, we're talking about fall bloomers.  It really is a colorful time of year.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to talk about mums and other fall bloomers.

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Getting your kids involved in hurricane relief efforts

There are so many ways that your kids can be part of hurricane relief and feel like they are helping other children in need.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us some ways you and your kids can get involved.

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Tech expert discusses Equifax security breach

Equifax reported that cyber-criminals hacked in and accessed records of 143 million people and stole information including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and numbers of some driver's licenses.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow has more.

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'The Bridges of Madison County' opens at the Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater in West Springfield is celebrating the launch of its 21st season with the opening of "The Bridges of Madison County."  Danny Eaton joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their latest production.

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Zip Trip: 'Hooked on Scouting' Family Fishing Festival

This weekend, a great family friendly events will be held in Russell.  Chris Pisano heads to Russell for the 'Hooked on Scouting' Family Fishing Festival for this week's Zip Trip.

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Delicious recipes for your game day gatherings

With football season here, more people are going to be looking to make the perfect game day spread.  Whether you're at the stadium or viewing at home, food is essential for watching a football game.  Michelle Rondeau from BJ's Wholesale Club joined Better Western Mass with some recipes.

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Meet Miracle, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Miracle, this week's featured friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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Put your skills to the test at 'Your First Mud Run' in Holyoke

It's almost time for the annual Mud Run at Holyoke Community College.  Brad Vaccaro joined Better Western Mass to talk about this family friendly race.

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Buzz Around Town: The Taproom, Hadley

It's National Beer Lovers Day and there's a new taproom in Hadley that will quench your thirst.  If you're looking to try out some locally-made brews, Brittany Murphy has just the place in this week's Buzz Around Town.

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Thursday marks National Beer Lover's Day

Raise a glass!  It's National Beer Lover's Day.  If you love beer, make sure you get out and celebrate.  Tim Demars from White Lion Brewery stopped by Better Western Mass to show us what kinds of beers they offer.

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How you can help the Kev's foundation this weekend

The Kev's foundation was created 5 years ago in memory of Kevin Major who was from Westfield. Find out how you can go to their fundraiser this weekend by watching the clip above.

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DIY: Tea Tree Oil disinfectant spray

'The Queen of Clean' is back talking today about natural disinfectants.  More and more people are turning to these types of products.  But, it can be expensive.  'The Queen of Clean' is here with a way you can make something at home.

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Interview tips for people looking into next career

Looking for a new job?  Got a big interview coming up? Luckily, we have United Personnel here today to give us some helpful interview tips.  Here's Jennifer Brown from United Personnel's Springfield office which serves Hampden County, parts of Hampshire County, and northern Connecticut. 

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Check Out: New computer that carves wood

Today, we're trying out a new computer that carves wood over at Woodcraft in West Springfield. Take a look at this 'Better Craft Corner' segment!

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Recipe: Healthy pumpkin spice shake

Ahead of fall, it's officially pumpkin-flavored everything season!  But, just because it's technically a fruit...doesn't mean it's calorie free. Hope is not lost! Here with us today is Ashley Brodeur, owner of Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam. She's showing us how how to make a healthy pumpkin spice shake. 

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Baby cheetah cubs make their historic debut!

History was made earlier this year when 2 cheetah cubs were born in Quebec, Canada.  Now they're ready for their public debut.  Check out these cute cubs!  

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Perfect plants to add to your garden for the fall

Fall has distinct planting benefits. Autumn's cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and gardeners. The soil is still warm, allowing roots to grow until the ground freezes. Here to tell us more is Karen Randall, with Randall's Farm & Greenhouse in Ludlow. 

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Apple arts-and-crafts

With the fall weather heading in, it's time to go out apple picking.  Here with us now is 'The 413 Mom' Valerie Smart who's showing us what crafts you can do with the fruit that ends up on the bottom of the bushel.  Take a look! 

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Kudo Banz are a fun way to motivate good behavior

With school starting up for kids again, it can be hard to get them into the early morning routine.  Luckily, we have Amanda Naqvi, maker of Kudo Banz.  She's here to show her product to get kids back into the swing of things.

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Zip Trip: Josiah Day House, West Springfield

In this week's Zip Trip, Chris and Brittany head to the Josiah Day House in West Springfield

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Boy Scout Council's annual popcorn sale underway

An important fundraiser for Boy Scout Councils nationwide is underway.  Heidi Coleman and her son, Mason, joined Better Western Mass to talk about the Western Massachusetts Council's annual popcorn sale, which directly benefits scouting in our area.

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Springfield Museums eager to recruit docents

Springfield Museums is offering volunteer opportunities and is recruiting docents for each museum.  A docent is a volunteer museum educator who acts as a guide for groups who come to visit.  Laura Incipience from Springfield Museums joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the program.

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Exercises to work the inner thigh

Let's head on over to Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam to learn some great exercises for your inner thighs.  

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How to make a mosquito repellent paracord bracelet

Now to our Better Craft Corner -- Want to make your own mosquito repellent paracord bracelet? Here to show you how is Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton. Watch her make one! 

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Bruins Fan Fest Tour to visit Springfield

The Boston Bruins are coming to western Massachusetts with its Summer Fan Fest for young hockey fans. 

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Mac computers are vulnerable to the 'fruit fly' virus

A long-time myth claims that Mac computers can never be affected by other computer viruses. Stan Prager from Go Geeks in East Longmeadow explains more on how that's untrue on Better Western Mass.

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Man living in constant pain relieved with help from Baystate doctor

Find out how one man was relieved from 16 years of constant pain - all by the help from one Neurosurgeon at Baystate. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Zip Trip: Treehouse Brewery, Charlton

Better Western Mass took a trip out to Charlton to a place that has some of the best beer you could ever taste. The Treehouse Brewery's new location is something we just had to see in this week's Zip Trip. Zip Code: 01507.

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Armbrook Village in Westfield offers dementia-friendly initiatives

Armbrook Village in Westfield offers unique services to patients who suffer from dementia. Their services provide a dementia-friendly initiative. Julia Waniewski and Beth Cardillo joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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United Personnel has "got your back" in the workforce

Searching for a new job?  Trying to get back into the workforce?  The United Personnel is here to help you!  Representative, Jennifer Brown stopped by the station today to talk about their mission and how they commit to their clients.  Find out more, just click the video! 

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Using toothpaste to clean your vehicle's headlights

Well it seems that toothpaste has a lot more purpose than just cleaning your teeth.  We're talking dirty with the 'Queen of Clean' about how toothpaste can take care of a foggy headlight! 

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Frozen Yogurt 5K to support mental health awareness

'Better Community' now - The third annual Frozen Yogurt 5K is coming up this Sunday in Northampton to raise awareness of mental health and substance use disorders.  The 5K is a huge success, and here to talk with us about this beneficial and rather tasty event is Lisa Brecher from the Gandara Center. 

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Happy Valley 5K to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Happy Valley 5K is coming up in October to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Here with us today from 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition is Jamie Cocco to tell us how we can participate, and also the right ways to prepare our bodies for the run. Take a look!

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Family crafts and activities for today's eclipse!

It's time for our 'Better Family' segment.  Here's some fun ways you can celebrate the eclipse with the kids! 

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How to safely watch an eclipse

As millions prepared to watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse, one of the biggest questions was safety.  Looking straight at an eclipse can do some serious damage to your eyes.  Here's how you can safely watch. 

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Safely preparing for the total eclipse!

Here's a look at what it took to watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse safely on Monday. 

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Buzz Around Town: Storrowton Tavern, West Springfield

The Big E is just a few weeks away and one historic restaurant on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition is already getting ready.  In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy heads to Storrowton Tavern

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Celebrates - Mon 8/14

40 in the Morning looks to celebrate the special occasions in your life.

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How to get rid of that smelly, old stench in your dresser drawers

Have you ever opened up your drawer and it smells musty or reeks of mildew?   Well, we're talking dirty with the 'Queen of Clean' to learn how to get rid of that smelly, old stench in our dresser drawers! 

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Try new workouts with a partner!

On this 'Better Health' segment, Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness in Agawam shows us some fun and effective workouts you can do with a friend!  Check it out and get a "great workout in!"  

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98-year-old WWII vet pilots plane once again

A war veteran recently checked off a major event on his bucket list... take a look! 

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Organization takes veterans and families on outdoor adventures

Now to 'Better Community' --giving back to veterans and their families.  New England Adventures organization began 3 years ago, providing all-expense paid trips for veterans to the wild places of New England.  Here to talk about New England Adventures and the upcoming family events is Todd Crevier. 

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Dressing up your garden with colorful hibiscus flowers!

Western Mass News heads to Randall's Farm to learn about the tropical-looking hibiscus flowers you can add to your garden this summer!

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Tips your kids can use to prep for back-to-school

It's time for our 'Better Family' segment!   Today, Valerie Smart, 'The 413 Mom' ...is showing you some tips and tricks your kids can use to prepare for the back-to-school season.  Check it out! 

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Tech Tips: Your complicated passwords aren't necessary

There's no need to set a complicated password anymore. Stan Prager from Go Geeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us why. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Country concert to be put on for military this weekend

The Pioneer Valley USO is honoring our military this weekend with some good ole' fashion country music. To learn more about the event, watch the video above.

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What you need to know before the Westfield airshow

Better Western Mass has a sneak peek of everything you need to know before heading out to the Westfield airshow this weekend.

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How to properly perform CPR

A new study shows how important it is to know how to properly perform CPR. Cardiologist Dr. Arnir Lofti joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Back-to-school shopping trends for all ages

It's that time of the year when your kids want to look fresh with new clothes for school. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to show us the newest trends your kids will love.

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Check out Mexican cuisine at Six Flags New England

You can certainly build up an appetite while riding the roller coasters at Six Flags. View the clip above to see what fresh Mexican meals they have to offer.

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Finding the right shampoo for your hair type

Everyone has their own unique hair type. In order to find the best shampoo that's right for you Western Mass News visited Brush Salon in East Longmeadow to find out more.

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Crafts you can make with a scroll saw

On Better Western Mass, Chris Pisano headed over to Woodcraft Supply in Springfield to show us interesting things you can make with a scroll saw. Watch the clip above to learn more. 

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How to make bacon wrapped onions at home

Here's a healthy and delicious option: Bacon wrapped onions. Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us how to make this mouth-watering treat at home.

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New library program forgives overdue fines

There are currently over 5,000 Springfield teens who cannot borrow library books because of overdue fines. In order to change that, the Springfield library is offering a new program until the end of August. To learn more, watch the clip above.

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Get the kids outside with these fun DIY activities

Are you having a hard time getting your kids outside? The 413 Mom joined Better Western Mass this week to show us some fun projects your kids can task this summer!

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Protecting your Mac computer from viruses

A popular myth says that Mac computers cannot get viruses, but this is not true.  Macs are still vulnerable to viral attacks.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell you how to protect your computer.

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Zip Trip: Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke

There are a number of great historic places across Western Massachusetts.  One of those is the Wistariahurst Museum.  Chris and Brittany head to this Holyoke landmark for this week's Zip Trip - zip: 01040

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Different ways to spice up your burger

Chris and Sam the Butcher from Big Y World Class Markets show you ways to spice up that summer hamburger.

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Meet Goldie, a great dog looking for a good home

Meet Goldie, this week's featured four-legged friend from the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center.

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Keep those germs away for Vaccination Awareness Month

August is Vaccination Awareness Month and because it's almost back-to-school time, it's important to keep the germs away.  Dr. Mike Klatte from Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to talk about why parents and kids should consider vaccinations.

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Latest in back to school swag

Kids love heading back to school with new swag!  Marissa DiBartolo from Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to show us some of the hottest swag out there this season.

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How to finance a home while on a budget

Buying a home and finding the right loans for your budget can certainly be stressful. That's why Steve Lowell, CEO of Monson Savings Bank joined Better Western Mass this week to tell us more about different loan options that are suited for you.

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Test your skills with a new game at Six Flags New England

At Six Flags New England it's all about keeping your eye on the prize. This summer the amusement park opened "Soccer Darts". Better Western Mass Chris Pisano joined in on the fun. Watch the clip above to see more.

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Making old mugs fun and colorful using decorative tape

You may have some old mugs lingering around the house, so why not spruce them up by using some decorative colored tape!  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how.

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Annual Dia Nacional de la Juventud to bring families together

The National Day of Youth is held every year to bring together the local community and share love, hope, and support to all families.  This year's event takes place this weekend.  Brittney Gonzales joined Better Western Mass to tell more about this fun event.

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Fun crafts for Harry Potter's birthday

Monday marked Harry Potter's birthday and what better way to honor one of the world's favorite wizards by making some magical crafts.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass with some great ideas.

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Adding color to your garden with butterflies

Flowers can often add some great color to your yard, but did you know those flowers could bring MORE color?  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to tell us how you can add color with butterflies.

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2017 Stuff the Bus campaign underway

It's time for the annual Stuff the Bus campaign, where you donate school supplies to help children in need.  Western Mass News is teaming up with the United Way and Peter Pan Bus Lines to help fill that bus.  Chris Woods from the United Way joined Better Western Mass to talk about this year's event.  CLICK HERE to learn more

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Getting the hairstyle you always wanted

Are you tired of your look or are you searching for a way to switch up your hairstyle?  Jordyn Jagolinzer takes us to Brush to check out a fix that's just for you.

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'Radical Retro Review' show hits the stage at Six Flags

A new performance is hitting the stage at Six Flags New England.  This week's 'Thrillcast' takes a look at the all-new Radical Retro Review.

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Teen fashion trends for back to school

Fashion trends are always changing and that's certainly true with teen fashion.  Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to talk about some of the latest trends as back to school season approaches.

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Fun, educational toys for the kids

Toys can both be educational AND fun.  The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about some great toys.

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Saw safety when making wood crafts

This week, Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield shows us how to safely use our saw when making crafts and projects.

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Helping job candidates find opportunities in the Pioneer Valley

Here in the Pioneer Valley, there is a boom in the industrial realm and United Personnel wants to help job candidates seek out those opportunities.  Jennifer Brown from United Personnel joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Healthy, easy snacks for your trip to the beach

Going to the beach may cause those snack cravings to come out.  Ashley Brodeur with Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us some simple and healthy alternatives to those tempting treats.

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Therapeutic program available for those with early signs of memory loss

There is a new local program for patients with early signs of Alzheimer's.  Beth Cardillo, executive director at Armbrook Village, joined Better Western Mass to explain more.

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Caring for your plants while you're away

You may be heading out for a long weekend or vacation, but you want to come home to healthy, happy plants.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to give us some tips for caring for your plants while you're away.

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Monday marks National Tequila Day!

Monday marked National Tequila Day!  Jeff Lockwood from On The Border in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show some great foods to pair with a tasty margarita.

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Rainy day ideas for the kids

On a rainy, dreary day like Monday, you may be looking for things to do with the kids.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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