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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

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

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Organic farming conference at UMass Aug. 14 to 16 The Northeast Organic Farmers Association conference will be held at UMass-Amherst Aug. 14 to 16. A three-day program of pre-conference intensives, workshops and speakers. Activities for teens and families, music, dance, animal rides, games and meet-ups. See website for … 0

Get to know kohlrabi

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

You might have noticed an odd looking vegetable at the farmers market recently. It is shaped like Sputnik, the spherical Russian satellite with spikes coming out of it. It can be green or purple, large or small. I … 0

Cookbook teaches single guys to get dinner (and maybe dates)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — Single and looking? If you’re a guy who’s willing to do some cooking, Avi Shemtov has you covered. Admittedly, Shemtov’s initial attempt to feed dudes on the prowl read a bit too much like the strange … 0

Fictional ‘Miss Emily’ feels true to Dickinson’s character

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emily Dickinson, whose poetry was known by very few in her lifetime, has probably never been more popular than she is today, perhaps because her poetry seems more modern than that of many of her contemporaries. Among my … 0

Can I retrofit my house for air conditioning?

Friday, August 7, 2015

By STACY GIORDULLO Angie’s List (TNS) Just because your house doesn’t have central air conditioning doesn’t mean it can’t be added. Yes, it’s hot. And for homeowners living without the comfort of central air conditioning, the summer months … 0

How to clean siding buildup

Friday, August 7, 2015

By C. DWIGHT BARNETT Tribune News Service Q: Please tell me what can be done to keep the green buildup off siding! What causes this? Can anything be put on the siding to deter it? Does insulation in … 0

It takes a village to write a history book

Friday, July 24, 2015

“You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting several other writers and editors,” says Chris Jerome, in a chapter from Ashfield’s latest best seller: “History of the Town of Ashfield, Volume III, 1960 - 2010.” Jerome … 0