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First place, color, Doni Beauregard of Colrain. This photo, taken in Colrain, caught the attention of the judges because of the dogs and the misty woods behind them.

Photos for the Frozen: 2015 Amateur Photo Contest

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOTOS FOR THE FROZEN is held annually in conjunction with Greenfield’s Winter Carnival, which is Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 this year. There is no charge to enter the contest, but the photographers must be amateurs and the images should depict winter in Franklin County. Three judges from The Recorder picked this year’s winners. All the photographs entered, totaling around … 0

‘There is a sacred quality to it’

Friday, January 23, 2015

Several times a week during the winter months, Mary Jo Maffei steps into her snowshoes and heads out the back door of her Shutesbury home and off along a trail that was cut by her son. The red-blazed trail, which the family calls the Quackenbush Connector, leads uphill into a forest of hemlock, … 0

Strap on & Go!

Friday, January 23, 2015

“Put a pair of snowshoes on,” says Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center manager William Gabriel, “and you can go just about anywhere.” For those looking for more specific locations, however, here are a few: DAR State Forest, 78 Cape St., Route 112, Goshen, 268-7098, http://tinyurl.com/qy99cuj Skinner State Park, 10 Skinner State Park Road, Hadley, 586-0350, http://tinyurl.com/mfoknft Mount Holyoke Range State Park, The … 0

Dreaming of Vinyl

Monday, December 22, 2014

Scott Seward spent a lot of time during the 1980s and ’90s rooting around the basements of perfect strangers, looking for something valuable to feed his addiction. Seward didn’t have a drug or alcohol habit — he was … 0

Model who says Cosby sexually abused her meets with police

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A model who claims Bill Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion met with Los Angeles police on Wednesday to pursue criminal charges against the comedian over the 2008 incident. An attorney … 0

Speaking of Nature: an hour at the kitchen window

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It’s 6:43 on an early-January morning and I have taken up a position at the little writing desk next to my kitchen window. I am currently the only one awake in the house and I have decided to … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 14, 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

What the heck is an album & why would I want one?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Just before the turn of the 20th century, the gramophone record revolutionized the way the world listened to music. “Just having a disc that you could put on a turntable and play was probably the single biggest transformation … 1

Between the Rows: houseplants and nurseries

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some of us may have gotten a gift plant during the holidays. If we are not experienced indoor gardeners, this can cause some anxiety. “Now what do I do?” the recipient may wonder when the gift givers have … 0

Speaking of Nature: Birding

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One of my favorite things to do on a cold winter’s morning is to get a cup of something warm to sip and then grab an old book off the shelf and lazily peruse its pages. The enjoyment … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 7, 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

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A snowy owl is still being seen occasionally on the roof of the Smith & Wesson building off Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield. Rough-legged … 0

Lovers of vinyl have their reasons

Monday, December 22, 2014

What keeps people listening to vinyl records? Customers at John Doe Jr. Used Books and Records in Greenfield have their own reasons. “I’ve had a turntable for three years and I’m trying to build a jazz collection,” said Zack Finch of Williamstown. “The jazz world opens up when … 0