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Meet Priscilla, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Best hairstyles for sweater weather

Temperatures are dropping and everyone's starting to layer up.  We head over to Brush in East Longmeadow to learn some of the best hairstyles for your cold winter clothing.

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Toys for Tots campaign underway at Western Mass News

Western Mass News and the U.S. Marine Corps are once again teaming up to help children in need this holiday season.  Cpl. Jaylen Campbell joined Better Western Mass to explain how you can help!

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Jacob previews Thursday's 10 Towns in 10 Days in East Longmeadow

Jacob gives us a preview of Thursday's 10 Towns in 10 Days stop in East Longmeadow.

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Wine Down Wednesday: Wines that pair with turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Better Western Mass has the perfect pairing to go with your holiday meal. Check out the clip above to see which wine you should bring to the table this year.

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Products designed to make holiday gift giving easy

Shopping for the holidays can certainly be difficult. This week on Better Western Mass News we found some great products designed to make your planning and celebrating easier. Click the video above to find out more.

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Creating a bowl out of your fall leaves

In today's Craft Corner, we are learning about how to make a bowl out of leaves from your own backyard.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton joined Better Western Mass to show us how!

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Help your back with resistance band workouts

If you sit at a desk all day or just have general back pain, Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness tells us about how doing a workout with resistance bands may help.

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Seafood platters that are great for your holiday get-together

It's almost time for the holidays and you may be wondering what food or snacks you should bring to the next party.  Maria and Niko from Steve's Boston Seafood joined Better Western Mass to show us some of their platters which would be great for a get-together.

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Jacob previews 10 Towns in 10 Days in West Springfield

Jacob previews Tuesday's 10 Towns in 10 Days trip to West Springfield

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'Toys for Tots' - Local Marines getting ready

Find out how you can participate in this year's 'Toys for Tots' campaign! 

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Spreading kindness and positivity on social media

We're celebrating 'World Kindness Day' with a look at a music video with a positive message. 

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Holiday decor and accessories at Uno Alla Volta

Just in time for the holidays ... a look at some festive decorations for your home!

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Jacob previews '10 Towns in 10 Days' in Monson

We're going to ten communities to tell their stories and we're also making a charitable donation!

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Finalists announced for Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway

It's the gift of a lifetime for one lucky service member and their significant other.  The third annual Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway is coming up soon and on Friday, we announced the finalists.  Mark Ashe from Marx Events joined Better Western Mass with the exciting news.

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'Peter and the Star Catcher' takes the stage at West Springfield High

A local high school drama club is putting on a fun and energetic remake of an original Peter Pan story.  Steve Svec and Caleb Jones joined Better Western Mass to talk about West Springfield High School's "Peter and the Star Catcher."

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Jacob previews 10 Towns in 10 Days in Longmeadow

Jacob gives us a preview of Friday's 10 Towns in 10 Days trip to Longmeadow

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Toys for Tots campaign begins Monday!

Friday marks the Marine Corps 242nd birthday and the Corps is once again looking for your help in brightening the holidays for local children in need.  Sgt. Eric Morin joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about this year's Toys for Tots campaign

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Testing the high tech toys on your child's wishlist

It's that time of the year when your children start to make their wishlists. This week on Toy Insider, we tested the high tech toys your kids are asking for so you don't have to. Click the link above to find out more.

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Buzz Around Town: Auntie Cathie's Kitchen, West Springfield

On this Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy took a trip out to West Springfield to Auntie Cathie's Kitchen. They cater to anyone with dietary restrictions such as gluten free and vegan options, all while supporting local farmers. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Ways to get the perfect hair blowout at home

Sometimes trying to get the perfect blowout at home can seem close to impossible compared to getting it done at the salon. This week, Jordyn Jagolinzer took a trip out to Brush Salon in East Longmeadow to find out ways to get the perfect blowout.

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Living in leggings: dressing up this comfy style

Today on Better Style, Debbie Wright talks about living in leggings and how to dress up this favorite wardrobe staple.

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Simple, convenient, and healthy snacks when your family's on-the-go

Families are often busy and on the go, but there are ways to simple and convenient snacks.  Carly Dorogi and Sherri French from bumpswag.com joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Jacob previews '10 Towns in 10 Days' in Orange

Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff previews today's visit for '10 Towns in 10 Days'.

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Holiday wine case can make a great gift

It's Wine Down Wednesday and with the holidays right around the corner, Western Mass News and Table & Vine want to make sure you have everything you need to know.  Michael Quinlan joined Better Western Mass to tell us about a holiday wine case that would be great for any gathering or as a gift.

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Honoring those who give back with 'Service Before Self' awards

The Springfield Rotary Club and Basketball Hall of Fame is teaming up again to honor and award those who put their service to others above their personal goals.  Paul Lambert and Lamont Clemons joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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DIY seasonal crafts and candleholders

Chris Pisano visits Woodcraft in West Springfield to check out a DIY project for an inexpensive and easy table centerpiece.

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Brussels sprout recipe that's perfect for the holidays

On Tuesday, we learned a healthy, but delicious, recipe for Brussels sprouts that's perfect for fall.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about this tasty dish.

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Monday marks National Nacho Day!

Monday marks National Nacho Day and to celebrate, Jeff Lockwood from On The Border in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show us some delicious, authentic recipes.

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Jacob previews Monday's 10 Towns in 10 Days

Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff previews our first stop on 10 Towns in 10 Days - Easthampton!

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How to give your sluggish computer a fresh start

Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about giving our sluggish computers a clean start.

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Helping prevent childhood obesity by limiting sugar

Big Y World Class Market and Western Mass News are teaming up to help prevent childhood obesity.  Andrea Luttrell and Carrie Taylor joined Better Western Mas to tell us ways we can improve our kids eating habits by limiting their sugar intake.

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Healthy and delicious family-friendly meals

Better Western Mass has teamed up with Big Y to show us family-friendly meals that are both healthy, and delicious. 

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Fiber Festival hits the Eastern States Expo. this weekend

Chris Pisano takes us to the Eastern States Exposition to tell us more about this year's Fiber Festival.

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Game day food to celebrate National Jersey Day

As you head into the weekend, and perhaps to watch some sporting events, we have some great ideas for game day food.  Tom Baron from Buffalo Wild Wings joined Better Western Mass to show us some of their delicious dishes that are perfect for your TV watching crowd.

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Meet Patches, a great cat looking for a good home

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

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WMass Women's Expo to be held Sunday in West Springfield

A women's expo is coming to western Massachusetts this weekend with tons of giveaways, free massages and makeovers, and much more.  Donna Stark with Indian Motorcycle of Springfield and John Hoime of Alternative Health joined Better Western Mass to tell us about their involvement in this year's event.

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Area's largest bridal event taking place this weekend

It's the area's largest bridal event.  The Western New England Fall Bridal Show is taking place this weekend at the MassMutual Center.  Lisa Powers from CJC Events joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Ray Hershel to be honored with award Thursday

One of our own members of the Western Mass News family will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.  Keith O'Connor, a member of the Valley Press Club board, joined Better Western Mass to tell us how you can join in the celebration.

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Agawam dental office collecting Halloween candy for our troops

Local dental offices are collecting Halloween candy for our men and women in the military.  It's an annual tradition and Agawam City Councilor Cecelia Calabrese joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Using sliders to boost your next workout

With a simple addition, you can take your workout to the next level.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to show us how to add a slider to your workout.

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Marbling a pumpkin using nail polish

We have a spooky craft idea and all you need is a pumpkin and some nail polish.  Juliette Mooers with Valley Art Supplies joined Better Western Mass to tell us more!

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Local group seeks out the ghostly and paranormal

It's Halloween and if you've got it, haunt it.  To make things even more spooky, on Tuesday, got the inside scoop from a group of local ghost hunters.  Rob Goff, founder of Agawam Paranormal, joined Better Western Mass to tell us.  Tune in for our special report with Chris Pisano tonight at 11 p.m. on ABC40

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Some spooktacular treats for your Halloween

Peter Gray from Pete's Sweets in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to show some delicious treats that are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.

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Celebrating Halloween without the sugar overload

Sugary candy on Halloween is fun for the kids, but too much could be harmful to their health.  Dr. Rushika Conroy with Baystate Childrens Hospital joined Better Western Mass to tell us about the evils of sugar and the importance of moderation.

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Upcoming travel deals to Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is fun for the whole family and if you're looking to plan a trip there soon, there are several deals and travel option.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Dozens of apple varieties now in season

There are a number of apple varieties to choose from and many can be found in New England.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joins Better Western Mass to tell us about some of the tasty types that are ready for picking.

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How to make 'Starburst Slime' this Halloween

Halloween is on Tuesday and we have a slimy, spooky recipe that your kids will love.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make Starburst Slime.

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What you need to know about credit card skimmers

Just this week, we told you about a credit card skimmer found at a Springfield ATM.  Several customers who made transactions are now at risk.  Stan Prager from GoGeeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to show us how to identify these skimmers and protect your accounts.

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Halloween pub crawl to take place in Southwick this weekend

It's almost Halloween and that means breaking out the costumes and head into town with your friends.  Natalie Lynch and Randy Rindels joined from SkyBox Sports Bar joined Better Western Mass to tell us about a spooky pub crawl.

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Meet Oreo, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Chris, Brittany, and Dan taste test pumpkin-flavored coffees

Today is National Pumpkin Day and what better way to celebrate than tasting some pumpkin-flavored coffee.

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Great holiday gift ideas for the kids

With the holidays right around the corner, families are looking for some of the best toys for the kids.  The Toy Insider joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about some of the hot toys on store shelves.

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Buzz Around Town: Pulse Cafe in Hadley

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we're checking out a new place along Route 9 in Hadley.  Brittany Murphy takes us to Pulse Cafe!

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Honoring survivors during breast cancer awareness month

This week on Better Western Mass Style Expert Debbie Wright introduced us to two powerful women that have survived breast cancer. Hear more about their journey by watching the clip above.

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Living with a ventricular assist device

A ventricular assist device is saving lives. On Better Western Mass we spoke to one man who depends on this device. Hear his story by watching the clip above.

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Find the perfect Halloween costume for a low cost at Salvation Army

Getting dressed up for Halloween doesn't have to break the bank.  Chris Pisano visits the Salvation Army to find out how you can get in the holiday spirit for less.

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Fun and festive cocktails for fall

We're learning how to serve up a festive fall cocktail.  Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton, joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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Tasty alternatives to sweet Halloween treats

With Halloween right around the corner, the candy is piling up in our homes.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to give us some tasty alternatives.

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Treatment options available for those seeking help with addiction

If you know someone who may be struggling with addiction, there are treatment center available to help.  Dr. Omar Faruk from Right Choice Health Group joined Better Western Mass to tells about treatment options.

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Monday marks National Boston Cream Pie Day!

It's National Boston Cream Pie Day, so it's only right that I went to Koffee Kup Bakery in Springfield - home of the official state cupcake.

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Low cost, last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Getting dressed up for Halloween can be expensive, but with some creativity, it doesn't have to be.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show some perfect ways to dress up without breaking the bank.

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Safe strategies to prevent serious injury and disability

Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure and emergency departments at hospitals across the country find this true.  Dr. Gerald Beltran from Baystate Medical Center joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Tea tree oil products that benefit your hair and skin

Tea tree oil is found in a number of products that can benefit your hair and skin.  Sean Condon, also know as Mr. Tea, joined Better Western Mass to tell su more.

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Meet Earl, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and there's a place in Easthampton that specializes in just that.  Diana Lozano and Tony Levalee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Buzz Around Town: Palazzo Cafe, Springfield

For this week's Buzz Around Town, we head to Palazzo Cafe in downtown Springfield.

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Service member to win dream wedding from local businesses

It's the gift of a lifetime for one lucky service member and their significant other.  The third annual Marx Dream Wedding Giveaway is coming up soon.  Mark Ashe and Peter Gray joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Get rid of hair damage with an oil treatment

We are well into October and it finally feels like fall, but your hair may be showing damage from the summer.  Jordyn Jagolinzer takes to Brush in East Longmeadow to tell us about a fix to transition your hair into the new season.

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Make your outfit bloom with floral patterns

In today's Better Style, Debbie Wrights tells us about the power of flowers to make your outfit bloom...

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'The Skin She's In' fashion show promoting body image

The 11th annual 'For The Skin She's In' fashion show kicks off this Sunday to benefit Special Olympics.  We caught up with the producer, Tony Isham, to find out what it means to be 'in your skin.'  The event is Sun. Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam.  Tickets are $35 per person includes hors d'euvers and dessert.  Tickets may be purchased from Tony Isham at Joseph Stevens Salon (413) 222-4763 or Lynne Goldberg (413) 530-8453.

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Show support and raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing pink bulbs

October is breast cancer awareness month.  Teresa Forte and Kimberly Lee from CHD Cancer House of Hope joined Better Western Mass to tell us ways how you can help support and raise breast cancer awareness.

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Homemade wood crafts to decorate your home this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you might trying to think of some unique decorations.  Lloyd Jack from Woodcraft in West Springfield joined Better Western Mass to show us some homemade wood crafts you can make yourself.

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Try out resistance bands for your next workout

Want to elevate your workout to another level?  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us about using resistance bands.

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Prepare for your next vacation with best travel deals this fall

It's that time of year when the weather is cooling down, holidays are right around the corner, and folks are looking for a chance to get away and take a vacation.  Denise Nowak from Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more

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Get your home in the fall spirit with pumpkins and gourds

Did you know that there are more than just a couple varieties of pumpkins, that you can decorate and eat?  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse joined Better Western Mass to talk about all things pumpkins and gourds.

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Great ways to 'trunk or treat' this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and the kids are getting ready to dress up and go on the hunt for candy.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some where your kids can "trunk" or treat.

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Check out the Westfield Pumpkin Fest this weekend!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Be sure to check out the Westfield Pumpkin fest going on starting at noon this Saturday, October 14. Learn more on the fun, festive event by clicking the video above.

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Revitalize CDC to host several events in Holyoke

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Revitalize CDC has a number of events across western Massachusetts where you can get involved. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Zip Trip: Haunted Halloween Havoc, West Springfield

In this week's Zip Trip we take you on a spooky adventure to West Springfield. The haunted Halloween havoc is set up at the Big E fairgrounds with the mission to scare as many people as they can. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Fall productions to see by the Westfield theater group

Watch the clip above to find out more on the productions put on this fall by the Westfield theater group. 

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Vintage toys that make the best gifts this holiday season

The holiday season is coming up fast and this week on Better Western Mass we check out some cool vintage toys with a modern twist. Find out more on the season's coolest toys by watching the clip above.

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Buzz Around Town: Painting With A Twist, East Longmeadow

What's better than painting with a glass of wine in hand? In this week's Buzz Around Town, Brittany Murphy headed to Painting With A Twist in East Longmeadow. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Sponsor a wreath this holiday season to honor our veterans

Western Massachusetts remembers it's veterans every holiday season through the Wreaths Across America organization.  Gina Willette and James Bouchard joined Better Western Mass to tell us more on sponsoring wreaths to honor our veterans

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Enter the gingerbread house contest at Springfield Museums

We head to the Springfield Museums to learn more about this year's gingerbread house contest

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'Refugee' to take the stage in Turners Falls

It's a story of the search for identity and finding one's destiny as part of a new play written and directed by a UMass Amherst professor.  Lena Vani and Milan Dragicevich joined Better Western Mass to tell us more about the show, which is opening next week.

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Look fantastic in pearls and plaids this fall

Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to talk about how you can look great with plaids and pearls this fall.

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Genetic Testing: Learn all about it

Genetic testing ... it's a way to map out your DNA and it can cost a pretty penny. Dr. Mary-Alice Abbott is the Chief of Genetics at Baystate Medical Center, who's telling us more about these tests and what they do.

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Spooky Halloween crafts for you and your kids

Now to our 'Better Craft Corner' - It's almost time for Halloween ...and we're learning about some spooky crafts that your kids are sure to love!  Here with us now is Juliette Mooers, the owner of Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton.  Take a look! 

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Springfield Thunderbirds hockey season opening this weekend!

Hockey Fans, get ready! The Springfield Thunderbirds kick off their second season this weekend! That's right, and Thunderbirds president, Nathan Costa is here with us today to tell us more about the season ahead, and the block party to kick it off!    

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Tasty Treat: How to make healthy, protein crepes

Time now for 'Better Health' - We're talking about how to make a tasty treat that won't leave you feeling guilty after!  Ashley Brodeur is here to show us how to make healthy, protein crepes. 

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Prepare your next vacation with great travel deals

Now, it's that time of year when the weather is cooling down, holidays are right around the corner, and folks are looking a chance to get away and take a vacation.  Denise Nowak of Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us about some great travel deals.

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Rays of Hope Walk to take place Oct. 22

Later this month, the Rays of Hope Walk, put on the Baystate Health Foundation, will help in supporting breast cancer research.  Midje Theulen from the Rays of Hope Walk joined Better Western Mass to tell us more on how you can help and take part in the event.

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Add a DIY scarecrow to your yard this fall

You can make your own scarecrow for your fall outdoor decor.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow shows us how!

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Fun crafts using fall leaves from your yard

We're kicking off fall with some fun crafts for you and your kids.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us how to make things out of leaves.

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How to protect your computer from ransom ware

There's a new twist to ransom ware that can harm your computer. Stan Prager with Go Geeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Find the perfect employee or job with these services

Job seekers and employers, take note! This week on Better Western Mass we spoke to Balance Staffing, a company that helps job seekers and employers to find the perfect opportunities.

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Steps to prevent at-home injuries by falling

Falling can certainly lead to severe injuries, especially for seniors. On Better Western Mass we spoke with an expert on tips to keep your home safe.

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Have a spa day at home with these skin care products

Have you ever wanted to have a spa day, but couldn't afford the price? This week on Better Western Mass we show you some skin care products you can easily buy for an at-home spa day.

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Comfortable, yet stylish trends for fall

It's all about being comfortable when the temperatures start to drop. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass this week to show us some stylish trends you can try this fall season.

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How to make the perfect taco on National Taco Day

On Better Western Mass we celebrated National Taco Day the right way with our friends at On the Border. Click the video above to see how to make the perfect taco!

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Get some handmade home fall decor at Uno Alla Volta

The fall season welcomes beautiful handmade home decor you can find at Uno Alla Volta. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Spruce up your home this fall with new tile or wall design

Fall is finally hear and you may be thinking of some ways you can spruce up your house to fit the season.  Sarah Rietberg and Chad Hart from Best Tile in Springfield stopped by Better Western Mass to share some of the latest fall trends for your home.

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Using the 'flocking' method for your next craft project

Chris Pisano takes a trip to Woodcraft in West Springfield to learn how you can use 'flocking' to help decorate your next craft or woodworking project.

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Stay healthy and get trim before the turkey!

We are just weeks away from the holiday season and while that means eating pies and other treats, there are still ways to stay on track and remain healthy.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Check out the latest fall fashion trends

The fall season is here and that means it's the perfect time to layer up your outfits while looking fashion-forward. Fashion Expert Debbie Wright joined Better Western Mass to show us the latest trends. Styles provided by Cole Haan Outlet and J.Crew Factory at Lee Premium Outlets.

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How to protect your email from phishing scams

Recently there's been an increase in phishing scam attacks across the country. Stan Prager from Go Geeks in East Longmeadow joined Better Western Mass to tell us how to keep your email protected.

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Upcoming performances coming to Springfield

Musical and many other types of performances are coming to City Stage and Symphony Hall in Springfield. Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Zip Trip: Demented FX, Holyoke

It's that time of the year to get spooked! This Halloween, you can take a trip to Demented FX in Holyoke. Watch the clip above to learn more.

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Meet Pomeranz, a great dog looking for a good home

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

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Steps to take when considering assisted living care

When a loved one grows old, you may have questions about assisted living options and what you can do to make that transition a little easier for everyone.  Chris Rachmaciej from Rockridge Retirement Community joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Jacob interviews random Big E fairgoers

Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff is always up to some crazy antics. Today, he went up to interview complete strangers live at the Big E.

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition at The Big E

A unique exhibit featuring Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is at this year's Big E.

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Harvest New England day at the Big E

Friday, September 29 marked Harvest New England Day at the Big E.

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Guilt-free drinks you can enjoy at The Big E

The Big E is acres and acres of fall-time fair fun, but all that walking, shopping, and eating can work up a thirst.  However, what you grab for a drink may be loaded with calories.  Ashley Brodeur from Active Lifestyle Fitness joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Fun fall pumpkin decor made out of yard

We have a fun way to bring some fall decor into the home...that you can also make with your children.  Juliette Mooers from Valley Art Supplies in Easthampton came by Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Great toy gift ideas for the kids

With the holidays right around the corner (believe it or not), you might be looking for some great gift ideas for the kids.  Marissa DiBartolo from the Toy Insider tells us more.

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Create the hair color cocktail that's right for you

Check out some cool hair color cocktails at Brush Salon! Watch the clip above to find out more.

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Wednesday marks Salute to Agawam Day at the Big E

On Wednesday, September 27, the Big E celebrated all things Agawam during Salute to Agawam Day.

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Tasty treats you can find during Six Flag's Fright Fest

Fright Fest kicks off soon at Six Flags New England. On this week's thrillcast we take a look at how the mouth-watering caramel apples are made.

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Wood turning competition kicks off at the Big E Wednesday

Watch the clip above to find out more on the wood turning competition at the New England House at the Big E.

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Prepare your next vacation with the best travel deals this fall

It's that time of year when the weather starts to cool down, holidays are right around the corner, and folks are looking for a chance to get away and take a vacation.  Denise Nowak of Doyle Travel in Chicopee joined Better Western Mass to tell us more.

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Decorating your home to welcome the fall season

It's that time of year for oranges, reds, gourds, and cornstalks.  Karen Randall from Randall's Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow joined Better Western Mass to tell us more on decorating your home for fall.

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Using comic books to encourage kids to read and write

It's National Comic Book Day.  Comics are a great way to encourage your kids to read and use their imaginations.  Valerie Smart, the mom behind the popular blog The 413 Mom, joined Better Western Mass to show us ways you can use comic books for education.

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Monday is Salute to Springfield Day at The Big E

Day 11 of The Big E marks Salute to Springfield Day at the fair.

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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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