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Life & Times

CAROL LOLLIS
Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, walks by as  Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, plays with the piano at their home in Leverett.

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family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 and protruding black keys: middle C, F sharp and B flat, E and A. Notes played together and alone. Chords combinations both … 0

Blue Plate Special: ‘Good food at good prices’ at Hubie’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shawn Hubert seems to have an unlimited supply of energy and enthusiasm. He monitors the P.A. system for varsity sports at Turners Falls High School. He covers high-school football for WPVQ’s “Bear Country” radio. Most importantly, since January he and his wife Lynne have owned and operated Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant on Avenue … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The cost of locally grown food

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often think about the price of locally grown food, especially when I hear folks say it costs more to buy local fruit and vegetables than it does to buy fruit and vegetables from “away” at supermarkets. Thanks to the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s “market basket assessment” comparing prices of local produce items at the Greenfield and Turners Falls … 0

Between the Rows: trees

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees are an important part of our domestic landscape, giving it substance as well as beauty. Planting a tree requires more thought than planting a perennial or pots of annuals. A tree cannot be moved at will. No … 0

Holy Week Services: all are welcome

Friday, April 3, 2015

Editor’s note: We would like to thank area churches for their help in putting this list of services together. If you do not see your church here, please contact it directly to learn what it has planned. Easter … 0

Kids & Critters: the wood duck

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

People will tell you that the robin is a sure sign of spring. This, I think, is more a matter of association than truth. The fact is that some robins spend the winter with us every year, though … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 1, 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: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Stepping Up…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I’ve lived in my house for almost 31 years, but I’m still a newcomer in Conway. Like other small towns in Franklin County, in Conway being an “oldtimer” isn’t counted by years. “Oldtimers” are folks whose families have been in town for generations. I am grateful for the … 0

Book review: ‘The Nightingale Bones’ by Ariel Swan

Friday, March 20, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Nightingale Bones” by Ariel Swan (Bell Bridge Books, 256 pages, $14.95) In “The Nightingale Bones” Ariel Swan of Greenfield has woven a supernatural tale that will keep readers riveted. The … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

Friday, March 27, 2015

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in mid-air, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for the … 0

Bring your old apple tree back to its glory

Friday, March 27, 2015

By LEE REICH Associated Press A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly reaching out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, are more often than not too small, too high and too … 0