Life & Times

Amy and Craig White met through a match making service. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Heaven on Earth: Sunderland matchmaker nudges true love

Friday, February 12, 2016

BERNARDSTON — Amy White wanted a match made in heaven, but heaven wasn’t moving fast enough, so she decided to nudge the universe and called on matchmaker Lanie Delphin for some earthly intervention. It wasn’t until Delphin emailed her a list of potential “matches” that heaven made its move. It was a message from a man named Craig. “I would … 0

Between The Rows: Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Friday, February 12, 2016

What excites you in the vegetable garden? For some gardeners, it is competition and the desire to grow the biggest, most beautiful beet or squash or cabbage. Jodi Torpey’s book, “Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce” (Storey Publishing $16.95) will help all those competitive gardeners … 0

Poets of Franklin County: From the Heart

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing is powerful stuff. It’s transformative, empowering and sometimes, just plain fun. Ask Tara McNamara of Greenfield, who’s been taking part in writing workshops offered in Springfield by Voices from Inside, a non-profit organization that runs the workshops for women who are now or have been incarcerated, and for women in the recovery … 0

Winter photography contest winners announced

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after 11-year-old Phoebe Broussard got a camera in her hand, she seemed like a natural. “She has an artistic bent to her — it was amazing,” Phoebe’s grandfather Richard Broussard said. “Within an hour, she got comfortable … 0

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole … 0

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and … 0

Cinematic cocktails

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis. So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

9th Annual Cabin Fever Seed Swap Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Green Fields Market, 144 Main Street, Greenfield Open to everyone: experts to novices and everyone in between. There will be seeds to swap, seeds to share, and seeds to simply give away. Bring your seeds, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What we ate in Ashfield

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

This week I have much more to say than can possibly fit in one column! I’ll share more in coming weeks. For now, my mind and heart is full of wonderful community from the Ashfield Local Food Potluck and Greenfield Winter Fare Farmers Market. And, my tastebuds smile … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American bald eagle

Sunday, February 7, 2016

For many of us, the official date of the European discovery of the New World is 1492. It was in that year that Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain and made landfall somewhere in the Caribbean (probably in … 0

9th Annual Winter Fare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenfield High School, 1 Lenox Ave. (Note different location!) Credit/debit/SNAP accepted. For more information, visit or call 413-665-7100. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, breakdown, and other tasks on market day. Please contact Brian Snell at CISA, 413-665-7100, … 0

Recipes: Many ways to savor your Winter Farmers Market bounty

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tourtiere (French Meat Pie) By Natty Hussey, Bostrom Farm, Greenfield (from Tourtiere is that feel good smell and warm presence of shepherd’s pie with the savory addition of a double crust. I used King Aurthur Flour’s Tourtière recipe ( for the filling with Bostrom ground beef and … 0

Savoring the seasons: Juanita’s Winter Fare legacy lives on

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Juanita Nelson forever changed my experience of Groundhog Day. Until 2007, Groundhog Day meant a weather-forecasting large rodent in Pennsylvania and the time of year I noticed the sun staying up a bit longer in the afternoon. Then, in January 2007, Juanita talked to some of us who’d … 0