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Life & Times

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local farmers and food producers who I’d yet to meet. Thanks to the festival, I learned about two South Deerfield farms that raise … 0

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bee Fest in Greenfield This week is Bee Fest in Greenfield. There are events throughout the week. On Friday, there will be a honey tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. at Green Fields Market on Main Street. On Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m., 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield Town Common. The festival to promote healthy bees. Free kids activities (crafts, games, parade), Free talks … 0

In quest of the Unspeakable in New Salem

Friday, May 29, 2015

“Did your Luther take account o’ whar them big tracks led tew? Wal, Mis’ Corey, ef they was on the glen rud this side o’ the glen, an’ ain’t got to your haouse yet, I calc’late they must go into the glen itself. They would do that. I allus says Col’ Spring Glen … 1

Young@Heart's Prison Program helps inmates break out in song

Friday, May 22, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, … 0

‘The life of things says a lot’

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they focused on the legs of an intricately-carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of her small flashlight danced across … 0

'Don't Worry About Rules': Kristin Nicholas urges us all to not be shy about color

Friday, May 8, 2015

You’d never guess it from the Yankee-white exterior of the Kristin Nicholas’ 1751 Leyden Glen 1751 farmhouse, or the gray sheep you might find outside ... or even the black-and-white border collies around the yard. But, inside, a … 0

Between the Rows: The dirt on soil

Friday, May 29, 2015

Many of us take soil for granted. I just spoke to my daughter, who said she broke sod for a tiny new vegetable garden. After taking away the sod, she said she filled that space with good dirt. … 0

Water wise

Friday, May 29, 2015

By SOLVEJ SCHOU Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. — Here in dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the “new normal.” In my home, we’ve cut back on showers and watering the … 0

Regrading can keep crawlspace dry

Friday, May 29, 2015

By C. DWIGHT BARNETT Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: My home has a crawl space that continues to flood with every rain. Water pools in my driveway and in several areas of my yard. I had a contractor … 0

Speaking of Nature: the orchard oriole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It was a Sunday morning (the second morning of my two-day field trip to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge) and I was up and out early once again. The previous morning I had discovered that the ducks of … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 27, 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: One goose egg equals ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I am truly blessed to have good friends, some I’ve known for decades, some I’ve known for a very short time. My dearest friend, Pat Lively, lives in Seattle and we only see each other every year or so when she comes to visit. I met Pat in … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Celebrating the life of Juanita Nelson, local food justice pioneer Celebrating the Life of Juanita Nelson, Saturday, May 30, Greenfield. 12:30 p.m.: New Orleans-style jazz procession from the Greenfield Farmers Market (Town Common) to Greenfield Middle School (195 Federal Street). 2 p.m.: Memorial Celebration at the Middle School. … 0