April Lidinsky

By the time you’re a grown up  — and woe betide you if that’s all you’re aiming for — it’s pretty easy to stick with what you already know. When I was in a funk about just that state of being earlier this year, my clever friend, Rosie, offered me a book that I in turn offer to you. It’s titled, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty —an NPR name, for you longtime listeners. Among the book’s takeaways for “living exuberantly” is this gem: “At every stage of life, you should be a rookie at something.” It’s timely advice for the new year.

Meg Paulette / Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve


Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Buchanan is set to cut the ribbon on a new education center this weekend.

The Sims Education Center is the first new building at Fernwood in 35 years.

Construction is just finishing up on the space which features two identical wings that include a library and classroom space, a living roof, tech wall, and design touches to bring the outside in.

Executive Director Carol Line says the space will be used to host school groups, summer camps and other larger gatherings.

So far about 6,000 cranes have been counted at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.