Life & Times

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The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other places were even steeper and narrower than they were on Oct. 22, 1914. That’s when the ancient Native American footpath-turned stage-coach route … 1

Between the Rows: spring blooming bulbs

Friday, September 12, 2014

These chilly days and cool nights have got me thinking about spring. Or more specifically, the need to plant spring blooming bulbs this fall. There is something about gardening that makes us gardeners keep one eye a season or two ahead, even as we work with the challenges and pleasures of the present. Catalogs for spring bloomers have already arrived. The Old House … 0

Writing a city

Friday, September 5, 2014

Evening light was turning golden as we set out, 16 writers with pens and yellow pamphlets in hand, on a “Flâneur Walk” through Northampton in early July. Led by poet Betsy Wheeler, whose collection of poems, “Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room,” was published in 2012 by National Poetry Review Press, the walk … 0

‘Flaneur Walk, Northampton”

Friday, September 5, 2014

I will tell you this once, but loudly: There are always secret lovers kissing between Warning signs. Below them the diners clink knives against plates to punctuate their points to which the lovers are not listening. And they do not know that the chef shifts a dish from … 0

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. … 0

Between the Rows: Pickling pondered

Friday, September 5, 2014

Harvest season is upon us. This is the reward of summer-long labors. I’ve been talking to neighbors who are canning dilly beans and corn, making peach jam and drying herbs. One neighbor is seeing what she can rescue … 0

FAQ: canning

Friday, September 5, 2014

By ANDREA WEIGL MCT Sugar and safety: Those are the two big concerns of home cooks when it comes to canning. When people even think about making their own jams or pickles, they experience what I call “recipe … 0

Hooked: Reporter David Rainville reels in a good time on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

The first rule of fishing in a rented boat on the Quabbin Reservoir is simple: get there early. Gate 31 off Route 122 in New Salem opens at 6 a.m. and that could already be too late depending … 0

What you need to know if you want to go fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — If you want to rent a boat at the Quabbin Reservoir and spend the day on the water, you’ll need two things: cash and an alarm clock. Rentals start at 6 a.m. and it’s best to show up before the gate opens. Even on a … 0

Said & Done: A Monhegan Island exploration

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Said & Done this week is written on the occasion of the writer’s 92nd birthday. A year ago, sister Caroline and best friend Poesy Barlow treated me to a saltwater trip from Bar Harbor to Monhegan Island off … 0

Kids & Critters: Ambush bugs

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Now that school is in back in session, we can all start our new classes and meet our new teachers. I always enjoyed learning new things in English, math and history, but when I was a boy, I … 0

Voice of Audubon: Bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Eight common mergansers, six blue-winged teal, a sanderling, a pectoral sandpiper, a yellow-billed cuckoo and an olive-sided flycatcher were seen in Longmeadow. Two great egrets, a golden plover, two semipalmated plovers, two lesser yellowlegs and a … 0

Trail Mix: Nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hike Chesterfield Gorge Pioneer Valley Institute president Richard Little will lead a four-hour hike through the Chesterfield Gorge on Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m. The hike is free for current PVI members and $5 (checks only please) for the general public. It will concentrate on the … 0