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This image was used in a poster for “The Dunwich Horror,” a 1970 B-movie based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. The poster read “A few years ago in Dunwich, a half-witted girl bore illegitimate twins. One of them was almost human!”

In quest of the Unspeakable in New Salem

Friday, May 29, 2015

“Did your Luther take account o’ whar them big tracks led tew? Wal, Mis’ Corey, ef they was on the glen rud this side o’ the glen, an’ ain’t got to your haouse yet, I calc’late they must go into the glen itself. They would do that. I allus says Col’ Spring Glen ain’t no healthy nor decent place ... they’s them as says ye kin hear strange things a-rushin’ an’ a-talkin’ in the air daown thar ef ye stand in the right place, atween the rock falls an’ Bear’s Den.” — Sally Sawyer, a terrified villager in “The Dunwich Horror” by H.P. Lovecraft, published … 0

Young@Heart's Prison Program helps inmates break out in song

Friday, May 22, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one … 0

‘The life of things says a lot’

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they focused on the legs of an intricately-carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of her small flashlight danced across its mahogany surface for a few seconds. “I’ll definitely have to check that one out … 0

Speaking of Nature: The mink

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It was day one of my visit to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island and things were looking good. I was up at 5 a.m. and the weather was certainly going to cooperate, but there was … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 20, 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

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Clay-colored Sparrows have been found singing in Hadley and on Mt. Greylock. Groups of white-winged scoters have been seen on the Quabbin Reservoir, Cheshire Lake and Pontoosuc Lake. Olive-sided flycatchers were reported … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cold River Cafe and Restaurant: ‘Everybody’s Main Street’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Michael Sisum and Kristie Faufaw of Hawley are very happy and very busy with their new business and culinary venture. Sisum is the owner and manager of the Cold River Cafe and Restaurant on Main Street (Route 2) … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, May 19, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Old Depot Garden farm stand celebrates 25 years MONTAGUE — In the spring of 1990 Ryan Voiland started selling vegetables on the front lawn of his family’s home on Turners Falls Road. On Saturday, Voiland, along with his wife, Sarah, will be hosting a Garden Party from 10 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: More goat!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I love hearing from readers! Thank you for your kind words about my new job! As I told the many people who asked, my new job is part-time and I’ll continue writing this column. In fact, I’m thrilled that The Recorder is taking a step to expand what … 0

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white … 1

Between the Rows:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who wouldn’t want friends who like to play in the dirt? Who are always learning new things? Who like to get out and about and see new beautiful places? Who every day notice and appreciate the glorious world … 0

Hot tip: clean your air conditioners

Friday, May 15, 2015

By ALAN J. HEAVENS The Philadelphia Inquirer I was thinking about this just the other day, because it’s been warm enough recently in Philadelphia to turn on the air conditioning. And it’s only May, not August. Because of this, I naturally was thinking about maintaining the indoor evaporator … 0

Easier to clean, more durable more affordable

Friday, May 15, 2015

By VICKI PAYNE The Charlotte Observer The ceramic tile industry is being revolutionized. What you’ll soon see in stores are products that blend 3-D digital printing technology, century-old manufacturing techniques and skilled artistry. Digital printing technology allows manufacturers … 0