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Life & Times

Art Schwenger reads an 1882 letter from W.L. Sumner to cousins Edmund and Lucinda Gleason. Doug Mason photo

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 and numerous artifacts. Early in 2013, board members of the society came up with a novel way to highlight Heath’s past and make it more relevant to Heathans in the present. “We were at a historical society meeting and we sort of lamented the fact that we have open houses on occasion and not very many people attend them,” recalled board member Nancy Thane. “Kara (Leistyna) and … 0

‘Regent’s Punch’

Friday, July 18, 2014

Occasionally, the organizers of Dining with History like to feature food of past days. Kara Leistyna prepared this punch for one evening; she adapted it from “Saveur.” Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup cubed pineapple 2 lemons 2 oranges 2 green tea bags 1 cup brandy 1/4 cup dark rum 2 bottles Brut … 0

Between the Rows: You'll find this berry interesting

Friday, July 18, 2014

Elderberries and chokeberries are not as beautiful or familiar as spring’s strawberry, but these small, dark berries that ripen in late summer pack a nutritional wallop. I’ve known the elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) since childhood, but the chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is fairly new to me. Whether you call the elderberry a tree or a … 0

State to begin 2nd round for pot shop licenses

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Still no medical marijuana for Franklin County. State medical marijuana dispensary applicants have until Aug. 29 to apply for a provisional license to run a dispensary in Franklin County. The application process will kick off July 9 and licenses will be announced in October. Franklin County … 0

Between the Rows: Greenfield and Hawley Garden tours June 28

Friday, June 20, 2014

Next weekend will be filled with an embarrass-ment of garden riches. On Saturday, June 28, both the Greenfield Garden Club and the Sons and Daughters of Hawley will be hosting unique garden tours. The Greenfield tour includes gardens where lawns have been removed, pollinators have been welcomed, fruit … 0

‘A Heart Book’

Friday, June 20, 2014

So you’ve had a first heart attack ... What do you do with the rest of your life? Are you on a downward slide to more heart attacks, more medications, less activity? Is heart disease really a “disease?” … 0

60 Franklin County doctors sign on to prescriber pledge to date

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sixty Franklin County doctors, surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists and other health care providers have signed on to the Safe Prescriber Pledge to adopt practices that ensure safe prescribing practices for potentially addictive medications as the region battles opioid abuse. Another 19 physicians in the Ware region also … 0

Excerpt from ‘A Heart Book’

Friday, June 20, 2014

This excerpt of “A Heart Book” is printed here with the permission of author, Jennifer Hakkarainen. Please note, the information in this book is not intended to fully diagnose or treat any medical condition, or to replace the advice of your health care professional. Question 23: Can I … 0

Guided hike to Hidden Valley set for Sunday in Wendell

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WENDELL — On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a guided hike to the Hidden Valley Conservation Area owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The hike begins at Wendell State Forest’s Ruggles Pond parking lot. RSVP with Kate Losey MassLIFT AmeriCorp land stewardship coordinator … 0

Speaking of Nature: Treasures in plain sight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

January, February and March are months that often give me trouble as a nature writer. In the depths of winter there can be precious little to feature in my columns and I find that I often have to … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. A Mississippi kite was seen in Belchertown, and the same individual or another was reported in New Salem. A sandhill crane was found off Old Post Road in Worthington. Six upland sandpipers and six … 0

Trail Mix: Hikes and other nature activities

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guided hike to Hidden Valley Sunday WENDELL — On Sunday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a guided hike to the Hidden Valley Conservation Area owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The hike begins at Wendell State Forest’s Ruggles Pond parking lot. Please RSVP … 0

Blue Plate Special: A touch of the tandoori in Greenfield

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have always loved Indian food, so I was thrilled last year when I saw a handwritten sign at a storefront on Main Street in Greenfield indicating that an Indian restaurant was coming to town in 2013. The … 0