Life & Times

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has to pick one stretch that will pay off for people of any age, it’s the seated hamstring stretch. Keeping the hamstrings loose … 0

What’SUP?

Friday, August 21, 2015

The first time Wendy Dellert of Colrain saw anything resembling a stand-up paddle board was in Maui, Hawaii, many years ago. “It was more of a ‘knee board’ and people were paddling with their hands,” she remembers. This summer, Dellert and her husband, Alan, picked up a bargain stand-up paddleboard and have been … 0

Presto change-o!: Rediscovering magic helps Ed Cope transform into Ed the Wizard

Friday, August 14, 2015

“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.” — Dumbledore One. Two Three. “Alakazam!” Four young volunteers have spent the last 10 minutes collectively choosing a pair of colored stickers, a pair of colored markers, and selecting “a number from one to a zillion” ­— it’s 8 — to write on … 0

Speaking of Nature: Bill discovers a real head tern-er

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Standing at the edge of Malibu Lagoon, I was hypnotized by birds. Double-crested cormorants were perched on a large tangle of driftwood, snowy egrets were hunting in the shallows and common terns were flying overhead. All of these … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Vegetables on the Grill

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gazing around the Common at the Free Harvest Supper, I was thrilled to see little kids wearing Mary Hakkinen’s fun balloon hats, older folks chatting with friends, and many people savoring a great meal. Yet, I missed Juanita … 0

Gazpacho, a breeze

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

If you’re my age or older (I like to tell people that I’m in my late, LATE, LATE 30s), you’ll no doubt agree with me that things aren’t what they used to be. Remember rotary phones? OMG (as … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Local Hero Day at local restaurants Today you can support local agriculture by eating out. According to CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, you can enjoy special dishes highlighting the bountiful harvest of our local farms and food producers. There are 64 participating restaurants. To see a list, … 0

Hitting the wall: our reporter learns the ropes in Hadley

Friday, August 7, 2015

People go to the Central Rock Gym in Hadley looking for fun, for fitness, for both. I have come to fall off a wall. I have preconceived notions of what that will be like. Our hero should be … 0

Art, with no qualifying terms

Friday, July 31, 2015

As an artist with over half a century’s experience, Gerry Biron of Saxtons River, Vt., never quite knew why he was so drawn to producing pieces that depicted Native Americans and their lives. That was, until his mother … 0

Between the Rows: Drought tolerant flowers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Though caught up in my own need and desire for water-loving plants, I have not forgotten that many need drought-resistant plants. Some gardeners have soil that drains quickly and we all fret about summer months when no rain … 0

Speaking of Nature: The whimbrel

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It was Thursday, Aug. 6, and for the first time in my life, I was on a beach in Malibu. I was not alone on this beach. There were well over 100 people swimming, walking or basking in … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here are last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 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