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Recorder illustration/Adam Orth
Recorder photographer Paul Franz took this picture of Deerfield author James Cambias. Behind him is the image from his book cover.

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in South Deerfield novelist James Cambias’ “A Darkling … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. Both of them were paying close attention to the navigation displays inside their helmets. Getting … 0

Holy Week Services

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Palm Sunday is April 13. Easter is April 20. Thank you to the churches who took the time to submit information for these Holy Week listings. If you do not see your church here, please contact it directly to get the latest information on what it has planned. Ashfield ST. JOHN’S … 0

Between the Rows: Green Cities and Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Earth Day 2014 theme is Green Cities and Greenfield, already designated as a Green Community by Gov. Deval Patrick, is feeling confident and energetic as it moves further into the Sustainable Master Plan launched in January. As the town looks back at the achievements of the past … 0

Big comfort

Friday, April 11, 2014

T here are many different types of heroes. There’s the handsome “super” man who makes a grand entrance wearing a red cape and the firefighter who rushes into a burning apartment building to save a tenant’s beloved cat. … 0

Between the Rows: foliage plants hold a garden together

Friday, April 11, 2014

When people think of the ornamental garden, their first thought is of flowers, but it is foliage that holds a garden together. Flowers on naked stems would not be as lovely as they are when surrounded by foliage: … 0

Will we lose our monarchs?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Combined sources It wasn’t that long ago, says Karl Anderson, that an abundance of butterflies were attracted to the roughly seven acres of meadow and wildflowers his family maintains on the west side of Conway. “2012, we had … 0

Speaking of Nature: The blue-winged teal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The scene was a familiar one to me: a rather substantial body of water not far from my house with the characteristics of a pond —– shallow water with lots of cattails — but the size of a … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catamount Hills hikes The Deerfield River Watershed Association plans three spring free hikes in the Catamount Hills: April 26, May 3 and June 14. ∎ Saturday, April 26, will be the Earth Day hike of about 2 1/2 miles. Hikers will meet at the top of East Catamount … 0

Blue Plate Special: More than an April Fool, Jerry’s Place

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Jerry’s Place is a South Deerfield institution. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on major holidays, this Main Street eatery celebrated its 23rd birthday earlier this month. “I opened up on April 1,” owner … 0

Savoring the seasons: Who’s growing your veggies?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Who’s growing the vegetables you’ll eat in coming months? Are you? If so, you’re busy planning your garden and perhaps starting seeds indoors or in a hoophouse or cold frame. Or, you’re considering growing some vegetables this summer and wondering how to get started. World … 0

How to help monarch butterflies in your area

Friday, April 4, 2014

One of the primary reasons for the recent decline of monarch butterflies, scientists think, is the eradication of milkweed plants — which the monarchs lay eggs on and their larvae eat — along U.S. highways and near farmland due to the use of herbicides. Here are suggestions how … 0

Between the Rows: Fresh, local produce, anyone?

Friday, April 4, 2014

For some people, the initials CSA are just another of those annoying acronyms that can make our conversations sound like an unintelligible inter-office memo. For some, CSA means Community Supported Agriculture, which encompasses delicious local food, help for … 0