Life & Times

Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.

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 with the camera, while I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. Phoebe Broussard won the youth category of The Recorder’s … 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 Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, … 0

In winter, carbon monoxide detectors are a must

Friday, February 5, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless — yet potentially deadly — gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. To keep carbon … 0

Sundiascias: Unsung cousins of snapdragons

Friday, February 5, 2016

Snapdragon relatives like diascia and nemesia, still seem to be unfamiliar names to the gardeners I speak to even though they have been around for 15 or more years. It seems gardeners are willing to grow snaps but … 0

Plants in cold weather

Friday, February 5, 2016

Since they can’t don gloves and a scarf or shiver to keep warm, it’s a wonder that trees, vines and shrubs don’t freeze to death in winter. Sometimes, of course, they do. But usually that happens to garden … 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

‘Take a Seat’

Monday, February 1, 2016

Functional artworks. They’re defined very broadly as aesthetic objects that serve a utilitarian purpose — dishes and cups, furniture, a particularly beautiful or artful piece of clothing. Within that framework, there’s plenty of diversity, from a handsome kitchen … 0

Green tea: How healthy is it?

Monday, January 25, 2016

It’s easy to find stories trumpeting the health benefits of antioxidant-rich green tea. Seems simple enough. To keep the cells healthy, go to the grocery store, head to the tea aisle, grab something marked “green tea” and drink … 0

Clever reclaim

Friday, January 22, 2016

It was Dec. 22, 2014 when fans, including Lucy Fagella and Terri Kerner, sat on the 57-year-old Greenfield High School bleachers eagerly awaiting the sound of the final scoreboard buzzer to signal the end of the boys’ varsity … 0

Said & Done: Our New Hampshire hostel

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On April Fool’s Day in 1942 New Hampshire went to bed under a blanket of snow three feet deep. The next day spring reasserted itself. Residents who had taken to the outdoors for last-chance winter play lost pounds in perspiration under a revitalized sun. Within 48 hours the … 0

Kids & Critters: Puffy birds

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I was having some trouble coming up with an idea for this month’s Kids & Critters when I remembered that my colleague Mr. L has two young boys. Since Mr. L’s classroom is right across the hall from … 0