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Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 0

Senior FarmShare enrollment period open

A local food advocacy agency’s Senior FarmShare program offers low-income seniors access to low-cost, fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables at the height of the growing season. The application period for participation is open until June 1. Eligible seniors can apply to participate at one of the 13 … 0

UMass Amherst epidemiologist leads study looking for link between phthlates and breast cancer

AMHERST — Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of … 0

New Salem Dems to caucus Saturday

NEW SALEM — Democrats in New Salem will be holding a caucus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Stowell Building on South Main Street. They will be electing two delegates and one alternate to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather … 0

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  • Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Quint Dawson of VFW Hale Clap Post 3295 and a Vietnam veteran, delivers a speech following the Whately Memorial Day parade Sunday May 24. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    A couple cruise around greeting friends at the Good Sam Samboreee at the Franklin County fairgrounds on Friday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday.  He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mike Smith preps a picket fence for painting on Main Street in Northfield on Tuesday. He works for S&S Painting out of West Swanzey, N.H. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    Geri Johnson, who owns Songline Emu Farm in Gill with her husband Stan Johnson, cradles an infant emu Sunday May 17. The Johnsons have run the farm for 20 years but this year is their last hatch and they will begin selling their emus to various farms and private collectors. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

  • Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz

    Starting Pioneer Pitcher Jake Hale releases a pitch against Easthampton in this triple exposure in Northfield on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. 
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    Fred Swedberg of Orange, who paused to put on his "tomato hat," grows and sells myriad varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as other flowers and plants at his home. Several signs along Route 2A east alert drivers to his offerings. Swedberg has had a garden since he was a child and has enjoyed 20 years of "heirloom fanaticism," during which he has grown over 1,000 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, his favorite being Purple Calabash for its flavor. (Recorder/Matt Burkhartt) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. 
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    Steam rises as Adam Martin of Martin's Farm Composting and Mulch turns over one of the wind rows of compost at his Greenfield farm on 341 Plain Road. He converts organic waste into fertile compost in a three-month process. This Saturday he is holding an open house at the farm until 1 p.m., allowing people to see and learn about the composting process from beginning to end by giving hayrides. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Cliche comes to life on this Northfield horse farm on Wednesday where the grass seems greener, or at least more plentiful, on the other side of the fence. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off.  (Recorder/Paul Franz)

    This squirrel was seen in the middle of Route 2 in Gill on Wednesday with a discarded yogurt container stuck firmly on its head. Litter like this presents a hazard for wildlife with even food scraps attracting them to highway. The photographer stopped traffic and freed the critter, which scampered right off. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. 
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    The demolition of the former Hapco Building on Olive Street was almost complete as of Wednesday afternoon. (Recorder/Paul Franz) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Mae Sobieski, 2, of Greenfield, jumps into the arms of family friend Erin Cowles of Northampton as the two play in a dandelion-dotted field in Greenfield on Tuesday. 
 Recorder/Paul Franz

    Mae Sobieski, 2, of Greenfield, jumps into the arms of family friend Erin Cowles of Northampton as the two play in a dandelion-dotted field in Greenfield on Tuesday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • The Water Dance dancers perform in an area on the east side of the Iron Bridge, behind the Great Falls Discovery Center, Saturday May 16. The Water Dance was choreographed by Phyllis Labanowski and was part of the River's Song celebration. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

    The Water Dance dancers perform in an area on the east side of the Iron Bridge, behind the Great Falls Discovery Center, Saturday May 16. The Water Dance was choreographed by Phyllis Labanowski and was part of the River's Song celebration. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt Purchase photo reprints »

Beautifully written Samantha Wood , thank you! This series is great, a little bird's eye peek into someone new to gardening trying...(full comment)

Room to grow: Digging that first arrival at the garden

Sounds lovely. Too bad you forgot to mention the constant police and ambulance trips up and down Leyden Road accompanied by lights...(full comment)

Thousands settle in for music, fun at Strangecreek