Hilltown Families

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Blueberries are out early this year! Where’s your favorite place to PYO with the kids? Laura LeClair writes, “Birdhaven Blueberry Farm in Southampton!” Jessica Campagna Wehry writes, “Where...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS We recently asked our readers to share a folk remedy they like to make in the summer months for their families using fresh herbs and plants.  Here are...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Recommend a place for kids to take summer tennis lessons in and around the Pioneer Valley. Andi Turowsky recommends: Judy Dixon Tennis (Amherst) Tom Adams recommends: Northampton Recreation...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Are your kids pushing your buttons? Want to get them to cooperate more? Tired of yelling? … There are many parent guidance books on the market .. is...

Thinking about taking the family camping this summer? We asked our readers for suggestions and tips on camping with kids. Check out the great ideas they had to offer... and...

Get the inside scoop! Western Massachusetts locals recommend their favorite swimming spots to help you stay cool on a hot summer's day!

QUESTION AND ANSWERS At what age do you think dating would be appropriate for your child(ren)? Brianna Lamke writes, “35” Ilyza Sarah Earle writes, “LOL, what a question! I second that,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Have your kids asked yet how babies are made, or where babies come from? What did you say? If they haven’t asked yet, how might you reply when...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers is looking for family summer camp recommendations in New England. They are looking for an opportunity for the whole family to participate in together....

QUESTION AND ANSWERS What are your thoughts on genetically engineered food? Are you comfortable feeding food that has been genetically modified to your kids? Do you think it should be labeled?...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Is there a documentary that you think every parent should see? Marissa Potter recommends, “The Business of Being Born, just for starters.” [Trailer] Audrey Jean Bromberg Hyvonen recommends,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Earth Day is being celebrated today and Summer time is on it’s way! So let’s talk BIKES… where’s a good place to get a new or used bike...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS This past week was National Library Week, and if there’s anything that can be said about Hilltown Families readers it’s that they LOVE their local libraries! We invited...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Have you signed up for your local CSA yet? CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) are great ways to get fresh local fruits, vegetables and other farm products while supporting...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS It’s time for spring cleaning! As your kids grow up & outgrow, what are you finding you just can’t bring yourself to let go of? Laura LeClair writes,...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers, an expecting mother, is looking for places in Western MA to find maternity clothes. Any recommendations? Ilyza Sarah Earle recommends: “Hens & Chicks in...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS How often is your family able to share a meal (any meal) together? What are some of the challenges your family faces finding the time to dine together?...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS One of our readers recently wrote about her concerns around LICE. Any ideas on how to prevent lice and/or how to treat it? Share your experiences, suggestions and...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Erin Burke Murphy writes, “Can anyone recommend some restaurants my Husband and I could go to with our 20 month old for an early delicious Valentine’s Day dinner?”...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Is there a museum/attraction in Western MA that you still haven’t got around to visiting that you’ve been meaning to? Mark Grodzicki writes, “Wistariahurst in Holyoke.” Sarah Lewis...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS No one in my family eats the same thing come dinner time! Any advice? Anita Morehouse writes, “LOL! We can’t even agree on a time to eat, never...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS As a parent, what are your top websites you wouldn’t want to live without? Harmony Niedzwiecki writes: “AllRecipes.com“ Amanda Kingsley writes: “Am I allowed to say Facebook? It...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Where can a family enjoy a delicious mug of HOT CHOCOLATE following winter adventures ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing, sledding or just traveling around town? Share your favorite Western...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Love your pediatrician? Share the love and let us know. Recommend a pediatrician to families in Western Massachusetts looking for a doctor for their children. Rakhee Price writes:...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Reflect back over 2011… What was your favorite memory of community life in Western MA? Kerri Simonelli of Haydenville, MA remembers, “So many great things happening in the...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Does anyone have any age appropriate recommendations on how to get children to write thank-you notes for gifts received this holiday season? Pauline Delton suggests, “I had my...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS Diane Hinze Kanzler writes, “So, last year I was considered a huge dork because, apparently, one is expected to give Christmas gifts to our child’s teacher/teacher’s aide. And...

QUESTION AND ANSWERS How does YOUR family handle excessive consumerism and commercialization during the holidays? Amanda Saklad writes, “We don’t visit any malls from October until February. Crazy out there!” Meagheanne...

QUESTION & ANSWER Garrison Keillor, the legendary author, storyteller, humorist, and creator of the weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion, is making a stop in Northampton tonight.  Keillor said he...