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Life & Times

The wood-bat league: The Valley Blue Sox compete just down the road

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Under cotton candy skies, plumes of white smoke hang low over grills, filling the air with the unmistakable smells of summer’s spoils. Children ranging in age from toddlers to preteens laugh as they run up and down a perfectly manicured hill of green. In an instant, the unmistakable crack of ball off wooden bat pierces the murmur of the crowd. … 0

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess commenced. “After five to six moves, you’re probably playing a position you’ve never played before,” … 0

Fantastic find: Rowe historians discover treasures

Friday, June 19, 2015

Years ago, inside a crawl space beneath the ceiling of the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, members of the Rowe Historical Society discovered a treasure trove — 15 boxes of antique clothing, some of it dating back to the 1850s — but hidden away inside the museum since 1979. Can lightning strike twice? Apparently, it can. … 1

Long-lost documents lead to focus on handwriting

Friday, June 19, 2015

ROWE — Handwriting may have changed dramatically since the days of quill pens and parchment, says graphologist Bonnie Lee Nugent of Charlemont, but the writing characteristics the form the basis for handwriting analysis have stayed the same since … 0

Between the Rows: End of the Road gardens

Thursday, July 2, 2015

As I begin planting new gardens in Greenfield, I have been reminiscing about the adventures we’ve had with gardens at the End of the Road. When we moved here in November of 1979, I must confess to having … 0

Are you chicken to try a home poultry farm?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

By PAUL HODGINS Orange County Register Here’s a novel way to help the environment and lower your grocery bills at the same time: Keep some chickens in your backyard. Actually, it’s not as wacky as you’d think. The … 0

Said & Done: Do you know your birds and bees?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the town of Fonda in New York State, there are deep pits in the side of a hill. If you work at it, you can scrape and scrabble in the earth around those pits and scratch up … 1

Kids and Critters: Lots of little flowers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Fourth of July is this Saturday and I bet you can’t wait to see some fireworks. My favorites are the really big ones that spread out across the sky like giant flowers. I am particularly fond of … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Here are some of last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A common gallinule continues to be reported at Lake Wallace in Belchertown along with a white-eyed vireo A common nighthawk also continues … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, July 1, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Perfect poached eggs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — It took nearly 20,000 miles to discover this secret, but cracking the code of the perfect poached egg made every one of them worth it. And I’ll save you the travel trouble. I was on … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms,July 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Exploring Wild Plants Just Roots, Greenfield Community Farm, Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will explore the woods edges and woodlands around the growing fields for wild plants. What are their names and how can you distinguish different ones? What habitats do they prefer? How can … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Variations on a Theme

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Standing in the buffet line at last Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, I chatted with a woman I’d never met who told me about a community event that’s happened in Athol for the past four years. She talked about gathering donations from local farmers and gardeners, … 0