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Destination: The Lion’s Den – A Ratskeller with Winter Appeal As Snow Swirls

Posted on January 24, 2018

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Listening near the tavern bar one cold December day, tales could be heard of the ratskeller below.    “The Lion’s Den” in Stockbridge, Massachusetts is listed as one of New England’s coziest winter bars in an article  from “Yankee Magazine.” Located beneath the Red Lion Inn,  “The Den”, as it has been dubbed, can be reached through an exterior entrance and one inside the inn’s Widow Bingham’s Tavern.   During a luncheon at Widow Bingham’s Tavern, I overheard some staff express perplexity when a server described “The Den” as a ratskeller, sometimes spelled rathskeller. It is a term at the same time intriguing and off-putting. Any word that contains “rat” is cause for apprehension.   The…

Why A Cheating Spouse May Be Less Upsetting Than a Rude Waitress

Posted on January 2, 2018

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   The pleasure of my New Year’s Day luncheon out at a favorite restaurant yesterday was dampened by a rude waitress. Although the matter was tended to by the manager, the waitress’ rudeness was still bothering me this morning. I think sometimes we do ‘sweat the small stuff’ because it can represent more, offending our basic sensibilities of right and wrong. Nevertheless, I have other important things to ponder, and in the scheme of things this circumstance was small. So I took to the Internet for refresher tips on getting over small upsets.   Along the way, I came across a theory that was new to me called region-beta paradox. My degree is in a different area, but I began…

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2017

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   I watched “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney three times this season on the AMC channel. I never tire of it. Oh that Vermont lodge! The train ride to New England. The late night scene with Bing and Rosemary by the fire -“when I get weary and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep.” The scene when the retired general arrives in uniform. Of course the story culiminates with the singing of “White Christmas”, and at last – the beautiful snowfall! Oh, old Hollywood – thank you for this classic.   Sending Merry Christmas wishes to the readers of newsandviewsjb! “May your days be merry and all your Christmases be white.”

Mom’s Recipe Box: Kathleen Shares “Grandpa Frank’s Spaghetti Sauce”

Posted on December 24, 2017

                  In Time For the Holidays – “Grandpa Franks’s Spaghetti Sauce” from Kathleen   It has been awhile since I’ve made an addition to  “Mom’s Recipe Box” and this is one I know my mother would love. It comes from Kathleen Pope, who is married to my second cousin Brad on my dad’s side  (my cousin Betty-Jane’s son). Thus Kathleen is Mom’s great-niece. As I’ve said before, Mom was all about family. She adored hearing about what was going on with each family member. Looking forward to every new recipe, I know Mom would have been so pleased to learn about Kathleen’s blog “The Fresh Cooky”  http://www.thefreshcooky.com/  –   Kathleen noted that years back her grandfather had,…

Donation Weary? Here’s An Idea

Posted on December 9, 2017

Article & Photo By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Recently, I overheard a conversation while at McDonalds about donation fatigue. The exchange was about the seemingly constant request for donations – so much so that it had negatively affected the desire for these folks to toss coins into the Salvation Army buckets, that are a part of the Christmas season landscape.   Granted it does seem as if the requests are endless – everywhere one goes – from the grocery store (where any number of families may be putting nickels together to place food on their own tables) to newscasts asking viewers to help with collection drives. Last year near where I live, an enormous and certainly costly light display by a private resident, added…

Appreciation for “State Electric Corp.” Mutual Aid Utility Crew Out of Boston & Navy Seabee Memory

Posted on November 5, 2017

  Commentary by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Having a lineman in the family we are keenly aware of what it means for these folks to be called to serve on mutual aid crews out-of-state away from their families, for days, sometimes weeks at a time, working long hours often in dangerous weather conditions. With that in mind, the Bennetts would like to express our appreciation to a State Electric Corporation crew out of Boston, Massachusetts which restored power to relatives in Windham, Connecticut.     Due to the effects of the recent storm which brought high winds and heavy rain that caused downed tree limbs and downed electrical lines, our Windham relatives were without electrical power for four days. Thankfully, they had water, a fireplace…

Destination: Sofia’s Italian Restaurant in East Windsor, Connecticut

Posted on October 25, 2017

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Sofia’s Restaurant in East Windsor, Connecticut had been a place I went fairly often 5-10 years past. For no special reason that changed. A few weeks ago, by invitation I returned. Set on a hilltop intersection, Sofia’s remains popular.         The exterior had been under renovation the last time I was here and is now complete. The interior has also undergone change. Three side-by-side dining sections have booths and tables, however the middle section now includes a bar located at the rear of the space. Lighting in this section seems dimmer which I prefer. Large screen televisions have been added to give a sports bar feel, and on this day they were tuned…