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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

Gluten-free cookies?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. If it was, there wouldn’t be a Gluten and Allergy Free Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester on July 25. The event … 0

Gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies 11/2 cups gluten free oat flour 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour 1 cup organic sugar 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 1/4 cup arrowroot starch 11/2 tsp. xanthan gum 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp … 0

TV review: ‘Zoo’ just a goofy redo of ‘The Birds’

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE SERIES: “Zoo” WHEN, WHERE: Premieres Tonight at 9 Eastern on CBS WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The lions of the world are acting cranky. So are the house cats. So are a lot of other animals. What’s going on? … 0

Between the Rows: Getting to know your weeds

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve been weeding. I’ve learned a lot about weeds over the decades, but I was never given the ominous warning “one year of seed, seven years of weed” until last year. I think every novice gardener should be … 0

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

Friday, June 19, 2015

Isn’t it interesting that the debate over intelligent design (creationism) and the theory of evolution (naturalism) continues 150 years after Darwin? Science has spoken on this issue, but not all of us believe it has spoken coherently. Many … 7

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4-H Fair at Heath Fairgrounds 4-H youth of Franklin County will hold their Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Heath Fairgrounds in Heath. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4-H Fair showcases the skills that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Between the Rows: Curbside garden or hellstrip?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Now that I have planted Greenfield hellstrip I can make the official announcement: we are the proud owners of a small house with a small yard in Greenfield. The house has garden space on the south side and … 0