Life & Times

Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.

Winter photography contest winners announced

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after 11-year-old Phoebe Broussard got a camera in her hand, she seemed like a natural. “She has an artistic bent to her — it was amazing,” Phoebe’s grandfather Richard Broussard said. “Within an hour, she got comfortable with the camera, while I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. Phoebe Broussard won the youth category of The Recorder’s … 0

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, … 0

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners Falls A Barrow’s … 0

Diggin’ In: Gardening trends for 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just like you sync your tablet or smart phone to cloud-like backup systems, gardening will sync with Mother Nature to create a more perfect natural world, according to Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of Garden Media Group. … 0

Our new winter: More than passing strange

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

About a year ago, I saw three deer running across the Connecticut River. They weren’t walking on water: the river had frozen, thick enough to support their lightly tripping hooves. Last winter, Bostonians got so much snow they … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American Sycamore

Sunday, January 17, 2016

As a boy growing up in South Amherst I was lucky to have forests to play in. Behind my house there was a ravine with a small stream that trickled throughout the year and across the street there … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email: 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

Corvettes drive his passion

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stuart Weiner works part-time at Dillon Chevrolet, but has what he calls “my own little showroom,” at home — with a garage filled with gleaming Corvettes, a mint-condition Harley-Davidson motorcyle, and many of his 1,000 model Corvette cars … 0

Between the Rows: Applause for Annuals

Friday, January 8, 2016

Every year new flowers show up in the catalogs and garden centers. These new plants may get us thinking about ways we can design our plantings, help us find flowers that will thrive in challenging situations, or help … 0

Speaking of Nature: 2015: The year with wildlife

Sunday, December 27, 2015

As is customary at this time of year, I like to pause for a moment and reflect on the most recent year of my life. I have a thick journal filled with notes and I have thousands of … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Free cooking Class: Basics for Basics A free 4-week series Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. Where: the kitchen of the First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main St. in Orange 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register call Quabbin Harvest at 978-544-6784. Learn to cook four healthy and … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort comes in many flavors

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “comfort food”? While I think about soup, applesauce, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, and ice cream, your idea of comfort food could be quite different. What food you find comforting is definitely in the eye, or tastebuds, of the beholder. Actually, … 0

Blue Plate Special: The Black Cow Burger Bar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pamela Tierney has been in the food business for most of her life. “As a youth I worked in restaurants most of the time,” she told me in a recent interview. “I ran the Starlight Diner in Erving … 0