Life & Times

Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.

Winter photography contest winners announced

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after 11-year-old Phoebe Broussard got a camera in her hand, she seemed like a natural. “She has an artistic bent to her — it was amazing,” Phoebe’s grandfather Richard Broussard said. “Within an hour, she got comfortable with the camera, while I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. Phoebe Broussard won the youth category of The Recorder’s … 0

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, … 0

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners Falls A Barrow’s … 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

Mayo Clinic: Facts about lead poisoning

Monday, January 25, 2016

The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. Mayo Clinic experts say young children are at the greatest risk of health problems related to lead exposure, including serious brain and kidney damage. Lead poisoning happens … 0

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen: Vitamins D-3 or D-2, health care with no teeth

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vitamin D-3 or D-2? Q: For a long time I heard I should be taking only vitamin D-3. Now I hear that D-2 may be as effective in maintaining healthy levels. What’s up with that? — Gary T., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A: Here’s the basic scoop on vitamin … 0

Speaking of Nature: Sun-play on a winter Sunday

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It was the Sunday of a three-day weekend: a day that compares to no other. Everything in my bones told me to stay in bed, but the naturalist in me wanted to get up. It was already 7:15, … 0