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Recorder illustration/Adam Orth
Recorder photographer Paul Franz took this picture of Deerfield author James Cambias. Behind him is the image from his book cover.

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in South Deerfield novelist James Cambias’ “A Darkling … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. Both of them were paying close attention to the navigation displays inside their helmets. Getting … 0

Holy Week Services

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Palm Sunday is April 13. Easter is April 20. Thank you to the churches who took the time to submit information for these Holy Week listings. If you do not see your church here, please contact it directly to get the latest information on what it has planned. Ashfield ST. JOHN’S … 0

Speaking of Nature: A dandy dabbling duck

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The big news in birding this week is the arrival of the waterfowl. Ducks and geese have flooded into our area as the ice covering lakes and ponds has melted and a day doesn’t go by without me … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Scientific Belle of Amherst AMHERST— What woman was born in Amherst in the 19th century, attended Mount Holyoke College, and went on to world-wide fame in the 20th century? For ornithologists the answer is clear: Margaret Morse … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Signs of spring!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK More signs of spring are showing up, in my yard and in nearby farm fields. I checked with Michael Docter of Winter Moon Farm in Hadley and he expects to have his SUPERB spring-dug parsnips in local stores by the time this article is published. … 0

Garden Club awards $2,305 in grants

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Garden Club has announced the winners of its 2014 Grant Program. Here are this year’s winners: ∎ Mohawk Regional School; Shelburne Falls; “Seeds of Change.” ∎ Leverett Elementary School Greenhouse Program. ∎ Shutesbury Elementary School Community Garden. ∎ Eighth Grade Academy at Greenfield High … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Give it a try’

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dry shade is a challenge in the garden, but epimediums and hellebores, two very different plants, both turn dry shade into an opportunity. For years I admired epimediums in other gardens, always asking the name of the beautiful … 0

A sound sweet & soft

Friday, March 28, 2014

When the 1842 E. & G.G. Hook pipe organ was installed in Northfield’s new church back in 1871, following the destruction by fire of an earlier building, the loudest sound you would hear coming in the open windows … 1

Speaking of Nature: Spring has pressed the button

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, this is it. We stand on the precipice of time and look out into the vast expanse of the future with optimism and the hint of a smile on our collective faces, … 0

Kids & Critters: The red-winged blackbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime is finally here and even though Mother Nature may still have a few tricks up her sleeve, we can finally start to feel the change of the seasons. The days are gradually getting longer and with the … 0

Voices of Audubon: bird sightings in our area

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Migrating waterfowl still hold the stage in the valley with flocks of up to thousands of Canada Geese being seen. Also being reported are snow geese, American wigeon, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, bufflehead and … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great Falls Discovery Center 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, 413-863-3676, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org. Open to the public Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Facilities are accessible. ∎ … 0