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The wood-bat league: The Valley Blue Sox compete just down the road

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Under cotton candy skies, plumes of white smoke hang low over grills, filling the air with the unmistakable smells of summer’s spoils. Children ranging in age from toddlers to preteens laugh as they run up and down a perfectly manicured hill of green. In an instant, the unmistakable crack of ball off wooden bat pierces the murmur of the crowd. … 0

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess commenced. “After five to six moves, you’re probably playing a position you’ve never played before,” … 0

Fantastic find: Rowe historians discover treasures

Friday, June 19, 2015

Years ago, inside a crawl space beneath the ceiling of the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, members of the Rowe Historical Society discovered a treasure trove — 15 boxes of antique clothing, some of it dating back to the 1850s — but hidden away inside the museum since 1979. Can lightning strike twice? Apparently, it can. … 1

It matters what we have faith in

Friday, June 12, 2015

Faith matters. Faith — deep and palpable trust in something or someone — matters because who/what we have faith in shapes who we are and how we act. The religious education teacher Sophia Lyon Fahs once said, “It … 0

Freedom worth singing for: Freedom Singers coming to Ashfield June 13

Friday, June 5, 2015

Long before Bill Perlman was an Ashfield firefighter and selectman, a Franklin County commissioner or a member of the regional Council of Governments, he was one of the Freedom Singers. At 18 — 10 years after he learned … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0

Construction curveball? Don’t forget the change order

Friday, June 19, 2015

It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of misunderstanding — or worse, unauthorized work that … 0

Book explores innovations in Japanese home design

Friday, June 19, 2015

Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had no choice but to think outside the box. Literally. Basic elements like … 0

Speaking of Nature: Two brothers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is one of the most recognizable species of mammals in North America. Evidence from the fossil record also suggests that it is one of the oldest and most successful species, appearing about 4 … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms: June 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A soiree for strawberry season MONTAGUE — Red Fire Farm is celebrating the tasty start of summer with its annual Strawberry Soiree on Saturday, June 20. This is the one day each year when the farmers invite the public to pick their own organic strawberries from their fields. … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Whose water are you eating?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

“Ahhhh, fresh strawberries!” That’s what I said while standing at my kitchen sink last week rinsing off a BIG strawberry. I inhaled its oh-so-strawberryish scent and then bit into my first fresh strawberry of the season. I grinned as that first one was followed by the second, third, … 0

Help us spread the news about food & farms

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bee Fest in Greenfield This week is Bee Fest in Greenfield. There are events throughout the week. On Friday, there will be a honey tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. at Green Fields Market on Main Street. On Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m., 2nd Congregational Church, Greenfield Town … 0

The matchmaker

Friday, June 12, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New … 0