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Recorder/Paul Franz

Art, with no qualifying terms

Friday, July 31, 2015

As an artist with over half a century’s experience, Gerry Biron of Saxtons River, Vt., never quite knew why he was so drawn to producing pieces that depicted Native Americans and their lives. That was, until his mother revealed that his grandmother had been a member of a tribe from New England. “It completely changed the course of my life … 0

Fictional ‘Miss Emily’ feels true to Dickinson’s character

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emily Dickinson, whose poetry was known by very few in her lifetime, has probably never been more popular than she is today, perhaps because her poetry seems more modern than that of many of her contemporaries. Among my acquaintances, her life has inspired scholarship and her poetry has inspired music. Her homebound, yet … 0

It takes a village to write a history book

Friday, July 24, 2015

“You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting several other writers and editors,” says Chris Jerome, in a chapter from Ashfield’s latest best seller: “History of the Town of Ashfield, Volume III, 1960 - 2010.” Jerome is a former New England Monthly magazine editor who moved to Ashfield many years ago … 0

Between the Rows: The path to a new backyard

Friday, July 17, 2015

My husband Henry and I stood outside the back of our new Greenfield house. Each of us was clutching a different custom garden design prepared for us by Home Outside Palette, Julie Moir Messervy’s newest service to help … 0

Krav Maga: ‘Quick, effective, deadly’

Friday, July 10, 2015

“Empty your pockets, give me all of it!” screams the man in the olive-colored shirt, pointing a small handgun directly at Tracey Schryba of Colrain. “Everything, now!” Beads of sweat speckling his face, Schryba slowly backs a few … 0

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 … 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 … 0

Always writing our community’s food column

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Someday, I’ll write an essay that starts: “It may look like I’m washing dishes, vacuuming, or walking around town, but actually, I’m writing.” I remembered that “someday” essay as I did errands in Greenfield. It looked like I was depositing a check, but actually, this column was brewing … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Beekeepers meeting July 16 DEERFIELD — The Franklin County Beekeepers Association will have a meeting Thursday, July 16, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Frontier Senior Center, 67 North Main St. Area beekeepers as well as anyone interested in learning more about the hobby are encouraged to attend. … 0

Ponte Restaurante: Small but Substantial

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ponte Restaurante calls itself “the little place with the big taste.” Both characterizations are apt. The colorful space, nestled on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, could not be much smaller. It seats 18 people, but that number includes … 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 — … 1

Between the Rows: Cardboard and Compost

Friday, July 10, 2015

I first became acquainted with Julie Moir Messervy through her book “The Inward Garden: Creating a space of beauty and meaning.” This beautiful book approaches garden design through seven archetypes: the cave, the prairie, the mountain, the sea, … 0

Speaking of Nature: Butterfly Project 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When I look through my records for the past 18 years of writing, I find that birds have been the taxonomic group that has received the greatest portion of my attention. This, I think, is a product of … 0