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Lilin Tseng of Heath made this doll of herself, which is posed here with some of her felted dog dolls. Along the top of this page are her felted portraits of pets, which include hair from the animal depicted.

Felted friends

Friday, December 12, 2014

Captain Jack came into Lilin Tseng’s life at just the right time. The Heath doll maker, painter and sculptor, who loves animals, was searching for a hypo allergenic dog after learning she was allergic to most breeds. First, she looked for the right pet through local dog-rescuers and area shelters; but eventually Tseng was directed online to “Shaggy Dog Rescue” in Texas, where she found the right dog for adoption, a terrier mixed breed. According to Tseng, the Houston, Texas-based Shaggy Dog Rescue saved the dog just an hour before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He was brought to New England by a pet … 0

Dave Barry’s Gift Guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

The holidays are a super-busy time of year, and it’s too easy, with all the hustle and bustle, to forget about what this season is really all about. So we will remind you: It’s about purchasing high-tech consumer devices at retail. This is a tradition that dates back to the Nativity, as we … 0

Up and down the contra line

Friday, November 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is part of series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” As I faced the line of dozens of dancers, I felt I was in the middle of a new-age Jane Austen novel and about to … 1

Tea Guys: Blended brews

Friday, November 14, 2014

During a visit to Piccadilly Circus in London, Tea Guys co-founder Oliver Rich came across an open-air market, where he found vendors busy at work selling fresh lemons, spices and other foods. The crisp aromas swirled in the … 0

Kids & Critters: The brown-headed cowbird

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The day before Thanksgiving, we had a really big snowstorm. I had prepared for this event by going to my local feed store and stocking up on birdseed. I wanted to make sure that all of my neighborhood … 0

Trail Mix: western Massachusetts nature activities

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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, December 3, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A lark sparrow was found in the Honey Pot section of Hadley. Also seen in the Honey Pot and along Aqua Vita … 0

Between the Rows: Mary Garden

Friday, November 28, 2014

The liturgical season of Advent is a time of waiting for the momentous birth of the Christ Child. During the waiting time of Advent, I cannot help but think about what a confusing time it must have been … 0

Living Dinosaurs?

Friday, November 7, 2014

I s this gawky, Dr. Seuss-like bird — the emu — directly related to Tyrannosaurus rex? Author Elizabeth Thwing of Hawley takes her young readers through the fossil evidence, and it’s just one of a few hundred astonishing … 0

Thanks for all the birds!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don’t know if this schizophrenic month will provide us with sun or snow, but I hope whichever it is you are able to enjoy it with friends and family. The smell of turkey roasting … 0

Voice of Audubon: western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A flock of 10 northern shovelers was found at Metacomet Lake in Belchertown. Five canvasbacks and 14 ruddy ducks were on Richmond Pond … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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

Layer by layer, a historic tavern is being revealed

Friday, October 31, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings … 0