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Camino Rojas of Hadley reacts to a move made by his component, Bill Hazlett, during a chess match at the Greenfield public library, where a chess club meets Wednesdays. . Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

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 commenced. “After five to six moves, you’re probably playing a position you’ve never played before,” said Taft. “There’s more possible positions on … 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 — but hidden away inside the museum since 1979. Can lightning strike twice? Apparently, it can. … 1

Long-lost documents lead to focus on handwriting

Friday, June 19, 2015

ROWE — Handwriting may have changed dramatically since the days of quill pens and parchment, says graphologist Bonnie Lee Nugent of Charlemont, but the writing characteristics the form the basis for handwriting analysis have stayed the same since the 1600s, she says. Nugent has been analyzing handwriting for at least 40 years and … 0

Between the Rows: Getting to know your weeds

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’ve been weeding. I’ve learned a lot about weeds over the decades, but I was never given the ominous warning “one year of seed, seven years of weed” until last year. I think every novice gardener should be … 0

The case for intelligent design: Gill pastor sees faith supported by evidence

Friday, June 19, 2015

Isn’t it interesting that the debate over intelligent design (creationism) and the theory of evolution (naturalism) continues 150 years after Darwin? Science has spoken on this issue, but not all of us believe it has spoken coherently. Many … 7

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4-H Fair at Heath Fairgrounds 4-H youth of Franklin County will hold their Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Heath Fairgrounds in Heath. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4-H Fair showcases the skills that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Between the Rows: Curbside garden or hellstrip?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Now that I have planted Greenfield hellstrip I can make the official announcement: we are the proud owners of a small house with a small yard in Greenfield. The house has garden space on the south side and … 0

It matters what we have faith in

Friday, June 12, 2015

Faith matters. Faith — deep and palpable trust in something or someone — matters because who/what we have faith in shapes who we are and how we act. The religious education teacher Sophia Lyon Fahs once said, “It … 0

Freedom worth singing for: Freedom Singers coming to Ashfield June 13

Friday, June 5, 2015

Long before Bill Perlman was an Ashfield firefighter and selectman, a Franklin County commissioner or a member of the regional Council of Governments, he was one of the Freedom Singers. At 18 — 10 years after he learned … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0