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Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of other area shops. It should be noted … 0

The lens of war: "The Draft" tells the stories of how western Mass. people responded to the Vietnam War

Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s been 50 years since the first U.S. combat troops set foot in Vietnam and 40 years since that war ended. But younger generations don’t realize how the U.S. military draft profoundly changed young people’s lives in the late 1960s, mandating two years of military service from men whose numbers were called by … 0

Hot Rod Dreams

Friday, September 18, 2015

There’s a special bond between a car and its owner. And for every relationship, there’s a story to tell. Does the chrome — decayed or restored — bring back teenage memories of the time you left skid marks on the side of the road taking that turn a little too fast showing off … 0

A fair understanding: mapping the Battle of Great Falls

Friday, September 11, 2015

For thousands of years predating the arrival of 17th century, colonial English settlers, a great Connecticut River waterfall splitting today’s village of Turners Falls and the town of Gill was a rich springtime fishing ground — a place … 0

Between the Rows: Asian gardens

Friday, October 2, 2015

In my youth, I thought Chinese and Japanese gardens were very similar. Over the years, I have learned how wrong I was. Both concentrate on bringing the gardener — and visitors — into nature. With the Chinese, it … 0

Kids and Critters: Butter-and-eggs

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

With autumn finally here, it should be obvious that the days are really starting to get shorter now. The Earth is moving in its orbit in such a way that the Northern Hemisphere is tilting farther and farther … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Apples — caked, cobblered and hasselbacked!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wow, there are a LOT of apples on the apple trees this year! Every tree I’ve seen, including old trees in my yard, now-wild trees in the woods by old homesites, trees in local orchards, and even the … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Slow money, local food On Thursday, Oct. 1, Slow Money Pioneer Valley is hosting an Entrepreneur Showcase featuring seven local farm and food entrepreneurs and the PVGrows Investment Fund Inc. What do they all have in common? They are all committed to making a meaningful impact on our … 0

An apple a day

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If it weren’t for Peter Gideon, we might still be munching on crabapples, rather than the Haralson, Honeycrisp or SweeTango that Minnesota is known for. In 1853, Gideon, a horticulturist, built a homestead on Lake Minnetonka, near Excelsior, … 0

Between the Rows: Harvest rain with Hugelkultur

Friday, September 25, 2015

Learning how to harvest rain and manage water use is an urgent topic in California, where I have been visiting, but it is a big topic for all of us. It is important for us all to manage … 0

Speaking of Nature: wasps

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

There are very few people in my life who can quote poetry from memory. Thus, it was with great delight (and no small measure of awe) that I listened to our beloved Uncle Mort as he offered up … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterflies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

At the beginning of July, I formally announced the launching of “The Butterfly Project.” Summer had just begun and I was in tremendously high spirits. What could be more fun, I wondered, than spending my days in pursuit … 0

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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