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“I think DNA is a wonderful tool, but you uncover the good with the bad,” says Melanie McComb, a professional genealogist with American Ancestors - New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Photo/Submitted

Genetic genealogy has fueled surge in DNA testing

By Colin McCandless, Contributing Writer  REGION - DNA testing as a means to learn more about your ancestry and family origins has been on the...
A tank demonstration weekend will be held August 13-14 at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson.

Hudson museum offers a unique, immersive historical experience

By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer HUDSON - If you are looking for a genuine interaction with history, be sure to visit the American Heritage Museum...
Bruce Springsteen was a struggling musician in 1974 when a concert review written by Boston critic Jon Landau helped catapult him to stardom. Photo/Takahiro Kyono

Boston music critic changed the trajectory of Bruce Springsteen’s career

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer BOSTON – The Boston area is certainly best known for its role in the American Revolution, but two centuries later,...
After you cross the Charles River, Moody Street offers a wide diversity of eateries on the city’s “Restaurant Row.”

Find time to enjoy the charms of the ‘Watch City’

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer Waltham - “Watch City” is a common nickname for Waltham. It can be traced to the industry that started here...
Laura DeSisto conquered her longtime fear of the ocean due to the movie “Jaws” by becoming a certified scuba diver in the Bahamas.

Diving deep into a new phase of life

By Sharon Longo, Contributing Writer COHASSET – Becoming an empty nester can be tough and for some, even depressing. When Laura DeSisto of Cohasset watched...
Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester draws about 35,000 visitors a year. Photo/Carin MacNamara

One of world’s best-known castles is found in Gloucester

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer GLOUCESTER - Yearn to visit a castle? Go to Europe. Or stay in the United States. California has the famous...
When you convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA you pay income tax on the amount of money being converted.

Should you convert to a Roth IRA?

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION – For many people there is typically some confusion when it comes to retirement savings plans and how best...
The city of Lowell is celebrating the centennial this year of writer Jack Kerouac, perhaps its most notable native son. Photo/Tom Palumbo

The road ended where it began for ‘The father of the Beats’

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer LOWELL - Whether or not they have read his books, a must-stop for many visitors to this city is the...
Just watching someone else laugh can boost your mood, stimulating the emotion and reward centers of the brain. Photo/submitted

Humor offers benefits to feeling better and improving outlook

By Colin McCandless, Contributing Writer     REGION - Laughter is the best medicine as the old adage goes, but maybe there is really something to humor...
For those age fifty and over, there are many dating sites that can help you find anything from a casual companion to a serious, lifelong commitment.

Online dating can be a rich source of new relationships

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - Online dating has become increasingly popular for many reasons. These websites and apps offer an online platform to...