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Kim Letourneau and her daughter Kaci, 10, of Hatfield speed down the 360 section of the mountain coaster in mid-October. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Coming 'round the mountain: Berkshire East's new coaster is built for fun

Friday, October 17, 2014

I t felt like I was nearly being thrown from my seat, tethered only by my seatbelt as I careened down Mount Institute with no way to steer. When I finally came to a safe stop at the bottom of the hill, I rushed right back to do it all again. Billed as the longest mountain coaster in North America, … 0

Worms, astronauts & moon cows? why not?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A line of nearly 30 8- and 9-year-olds steps off a yellow school bus and through the rear door of the Amherst Cinema, then files into the front rows of the 180-seat Theater 1. The theater is marked for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” but these third-graders, visiting today from the Discovery School … 0

Liquid inspiration: Inventing cocktails with Jim Zaccara

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid-day last Friday, my editor emailed me with a last-minute assignment: “I’m interested in a feature on the art of making a good drink,” he wrote. Could I meet with Jim Zaccara? Zaccara, co-owner of two downtown Greenfield restaurants, Hope & Olive and Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, creates many interesting new cocktails for the … 0

Savoring the seasons: Fall festival food finds

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the many fall festivals in our communities this month, and I always look for locally grown food at the food booths. While checking Ashfield Fall Festival’s website, I saw this description: “Ashfield food vendors offer seasonal favorites such as home-made fresh pumpkin doughnuts, … 0

Between the Rows: These berries are for the birds

Friday, October 3, 2014

Feeding the birds is a enjoyable activity, but because I have always had cats, I have planted highbush cranberries, holly and cotoneaster instead of putting up bird feeders. However, my first reason for planting these shrubs that produce … 0

Put your pudding where your mouth is

Friday, September 19, 2014

“When all the men returned home victorious (from the Revolutionary War) and without serious injury in 1777, what a celebration there must have been! Could this have been the reason for the ‘pudding contest?’” — From “Hawley, Massachusetts: … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Doing our part

Friday, October 3, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love a good work party, the satisfaction of seeing a huge heap of firewood transformed into covered, safe-from-the-snow stacks or bushels of apples turned into jars of sauce. While some people think “many hands make light work” is a cliché, I bet they don’t … 0

Said & Done: Some hunting dogs get lost, others just take off

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halfway between Brattleboro and Bennington, somewhat north of the Molly Stark Trail, there stands a dead pine tree. It is not alone. It is distinguished, however, by a weathered board bearing this notice: “Lost — beagle hunting dog.” A telephone number (Worcester) tells where to be in touch … 0

Kids and Critters: mushrooms

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The beginning of autumn marks that time of year when the green leaves of summer finally “fall” off the trees. This a particularly beautiful time of year here in New England, but what you might not know is … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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

Between the Rows: Flowers of autumn

Friday, September 26, 2014

Iyou are planning a flower garden, it’s a good idea to consider what kinds of flowers bloom well into the fall. Chrysanthemums immediately come to mind, if only because in September every supermarket dresses itself with ranks of … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Forester to lead walk through Wendell Town Forest Oct. 4 WENDELL — Forester Mike Mauri will lead a walk through the Wendell Town Forest off Montague Road on Saturday, Oct. 4. Mauri will discuss timber management strategies designed to enhance both the productivity of a section of the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Pied-billed grebes do exits!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One of the great joys of my life has been the ever-growing relationship that I have with the birds of the world. As time passes, I find that I learn more and more about our avian neighbors and … 0