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Camino Rojas of Hadley reacts to a move made by his component, Bill Hazlett, during a chess match at the Greenfield public library, where a chess club meets Wednesdays. . Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess commenced. “After five to six moves, you’re probably playing a position you’ve never played before,” said Taft. “There’s more possible positions on … 0

Fantastic find: Rowe historians discover treasures

Friday, June 19, 2015

Years ago, inside a crawl space beneath the ceiling of the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, members of the Rowe Historical Society discovered a treasure trove — 15 boxes of antique clothing, some of it dating back to the 1850s — but hidden away inside the museum since 1979. Can lightning strike twice? Apparently, it can. … 1

Long-lost documents lead to focus on handwriting

Friday, June 19, 2015

ROWE — Handwriting may have changed dramatically since the days of quill pens and parchment, says graphologist Bonnie Lee Nugent of Charlemont, but the writing characteristics the form the basis for handwriting analysis have stayed the same since the 1600s, she says. Nugent has been analyzing handwriting for at least 40 years and … 0

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up … 0

Kids and Critters: Lots of little flowers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and I bet you can’t wait to see some fireworks. My favorites are the really big ones that spread out across the sky like giant flowers. I am particularly fond of … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Here are some of last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake Wallace in Belchertown along with a white-eyed vireo A common nighthawk also continues … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email outdoor@recorder.com. The deadline is Tuesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Call 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Weather may cancel or force the rescheduling of some of these events. Additionally, space is often limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Perfect poached eggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — It took nearly 20,000 miles to discover this secret, but cracking the code of the perfect poached egg made every one of them worth it. And I’ll save you the travel trouble. I was on … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms,July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, … 0

Gluten-free cookies?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. If it was, there wouldn’t be a Gluten and Allergy Free Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester on July 25. The event … 0

Gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies 11/2 cups gluten free oat flour 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour 1 cup organic sugar 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 1/4 cup arrowroot starch 11/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp … 0

TV review: ‘Zoo’ just a goofy redo of ‘The Birds’

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE SERIES: “Zoo” WHEN, WHERE: Premieres Tonight at 9 Eastern on CBS WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The lions of the world are acting cranky. So are the house cats. So are a lot of other animals. What’s going on? … 0