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A B-52 bomber drops its payload on a North Vietnamese target in 1972. U.S. government and military officials mistakenly thought they could break North Vietnamese resistance with airpower. Source: Wikipedia

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. Appy, who teaches a number of courses … 0

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has to pick one stretch that will pay off for people of any age, it’s the … 0

What’SUP?

Friday, August 21, 2015

The first time Wendy Dellert of Colrain saw anything resembling a stand-up paddle board was in Maui, Hawaii, many years ago. “It was more of a ‘knee board’ and people were paddling with their hands,” she remembers. This summer, Dellert and her husband, Alan, picked up a bargain stand-up paddleboard and have been … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here are last week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A little blue heron was found at Wild Acres Park in Pittsfield. A lesser yellowlegs and a pectoral sandpiper were on Silver Lake in … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 19, 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Passing the baton of the Free Harvest Supper

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

I don’t know if Juanita Nelson ever ran a relay race, I know I haven’t since I was a kid in gym class. But somehow, the image of a relay race is what keeps coming to me as … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Erin McKeown to headline Red Fire Farm’s Tomato Fest Saturday, Aug. 22 GRANBY — Red Fire Farm will host its 15th annual Tomato Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22 — a party for the peak season of local produce … 0

Between the Rows: fragrant flowers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this week, I was watering plants in my new Greenfield garden and noticed a wonderful fragrance. My Clethera alnifolia is blooming, with upright pink panicles that perfume the air with a spicy fragrance. This shrub will possibly … 0

Between the Rows: Rules don't always rule

Friday, August 7, 2015

Everything changes. Our whole life is changing, but there are smaller changes in the world, like changes in cultivation rules, come to all gardeners with some regularity. We have been planting trees and shrubs in Greenfield and have … 0

Upcycled lighting shows discarded items in new light

Friday, August 14, 2015

By BETH J. HARPAZ Associated Press NEW YORK — Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools — all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range from elegant to funky to pure … 0

Speaking of Nature: the western gull

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sunday was my first day at home in over two weeks. At the end of July, I had to go east to Bridgewater University for an AP Teacher’s conference. Then I returned home for an evening of unpacking, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 12, 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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: What to do with all that zucchini?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

When I was 7 or 8 years old, Mom planted TOO MUCH zucchini. That meant she served zucchini OFTEN! I don’t remember my opinion of zucchini before that summer … but by the end of it, I knew … 0