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The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other places were even steeper and narrower than they were on Oct. 22, 1914. That’s when the ancient Native American footpath-turned stage-coach route … 1

Between the Rows: spring blooming bulbs

Friday, September 12, 2014

These chilly days and cool nights have got me thinking about spring. Or more specifically, the need to plant spring blooming bulbs this fall. There is something about gardening that makes us gardeners keep one eye a season or two ahead, even as we work with the challenges and pleasures of the present. Catalogs for spring bloomers have already arrived. The Old House … 0

Writing a city

Friday, September 5, 2014

Evening light was turning golden as we set out, 16 writers with pens and yellow pamphlets in hand, on a “Flâneur Walk” through Northampton in early July. Led by poet Betsy Wheeler, whose collection of poems, “Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room,” was published in 2012 by National Poetry Review Press, the walk … 0

‘Days and Moments’ like a good story told by a neighbor

Friday, August 22, 2014

Reading “Days and Moments, Moments and Days” is like sitting on a friendly neighbor’s porch listening to stories of, and musings on, days gone by. The book collects prose and poetry by the Well Done Writers. The members … 0

Poets of Franklin County: The houses that Emily Dickinson built

Friday, August 15, 2014

Walk or drive down Silver Street near Greenfield High School and you’ll see that three new houses have cropped up on what used to be a wide, grassy lawn. No, it’s not a sudden housing boom but an … 0

Between the Rows: Sunny flowers for August

Friday, August 15, 2014

I am an August baby, born under the sign of Leo, and I am in love with the sun and the golden rays of summer-blooming flowers. In fact, many summer flowers like black-eyed Susans, sunflowers and heleniums do … 0

The Newbie: What, wonders our reporter, will happen when she hits the rapids?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” The dark black waves sucked me forward. I … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cooking with heart at Shelburne Falls’ Hearty Eats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder A few years ago, Andrea Beaudoin was all business. Today, her business — Hearty Eats on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls — has a lot of heart. The 30-year-old Conway resident … 0

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & … 0

Hitting the hill without hitting the Wall: a running tour of the Bridge of Flowers 10k

Friday, August 1, 2014

As packs of runners leave the shade of Water Street next Saturday, two miles into a 6.2-mile run, they should see the village’s main street thronged with cheering crowds for the 36th running of the biggest race in … 0

Paul Franz, Franklin County's photographer

Friday, July 25, 2014

One recent morning when senior Recorder photographer Paul Franz was driving his daughter to school, he saw a man riding a bicycle in the pouring rain, one hand on the handlebars, the other holding an enormous umbrella the … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The power of an idea and community: The 10th annual Free Harvest Supper of locally grown food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK A month ago, at the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Greenfield Farmers Market, I sat on the Greenfield Town Common with two of the market founders, Juanita Nelson and Ann Kretzenger, and talked … 0

Dining with History: Always up for a good potluck, Heath residents also serve up tasty stories

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Heath Historical Society has been going strong since 1900. It owns and maintains four historical sites in town. Its membership roll numbers more than 200. Its all-volunteer staff maintains three buildings with archives that include letters, diaries … 0