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Amy and Craig White met through a match making service. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Heaven on Earth: Sunderland matchmaker nudges true love

Friday, February 12, 2016

BERNARDSTON — Amy White wanted a match made in heaven, but heaven wasn’t moving fast enough, so she decided to nudge the universe and called on matchmaker Lanie Delphin for some earthly intervention. It wasn’t until Delphin emailed her a list of potential “matches” that heaven made its move. It was a message from a man named Craig. “I would … 0

Between The Rows: Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Friday, February 12, 2016

What excites you in the vegetable garden? For some gardeners, it is competition and the desire to grow the biggest, most beautiful beet or squash or cabbage. Jodi Torpey’s book, “Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce” (Storey Publishing $16.95) will help all those competitive gardeners … 0

Poets of Franklin County: From the Heart

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing is powerful stuff. It’s transformative, empowering and sometimes, just plain fun. Ask Tara McNamara of Greenfield, who’s been taking part in writing workshops offered in Springfield by Voices from Inside, a non-profit organization that runs the workshops for women who are now or have been incarcerated, and for women in the recovery … 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

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

Between the Rows: Plentiful primroses

Friday, January 22, 2016

Earlier this week I entered Foster’s Supermarket and the first thing I saw was a bank of primroses. I could not have been happier. Many years ago I bought a pot of Foster’s primroses and after the blossoms … 0

Finger Lakes ice wine harvest late this winter

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BRANCHPORT, N.Y. — Winter finally came down hard on New York’s Finger Lakes this month with single-digit temperatures at dawn and fresh snow blowing over the rolling vineyards. The wait was over for an ice wine harvest. Thick-gloved … 0

McClintock/Savoring the Seasons: Hundreds of ways to enjoy

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Last Friday afternoon, a friend and I had great fun at the Textile Company selecting bright batik fabrics we’ll make into tank tops. Gazing at the many colors, I thought about a favorite poem of mine. By Rumi, … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Winter Fare is coming to Greenfield Winter Farmers Market! Come out to the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 for Winter Fare, an annual special event at the market with workshops, hot soup, bartering with Valley Food Swap, and more! The Greenfield … 0

Fresh takes on pasta

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On crazy weeknights, sometimes the only thing standing between you and yet another order of takeout ... Is a box of pasta. A box of pasta is like that been-through-it-all-with-you friend, that dinnertime Swiss Army knife that can … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort foods with gratitude

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last week, I shared some of my friends’ favorite comfort foods. Since then, I’ve heard from more friends about what comforts them. Deb Donaldson wrote, “As I sit here snuggled under a blanket with a sore throat, one of my favorite comfort foods is Gypsy Soup from the … 0