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Amy and Craig White met through a match making service. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Heaven on Earth: Sunderland matchmaker nudges true love

Friday, February 12, 2016

BERNARDSTON — Amy White wanted a match made in heaven, but heaven wasn’t moving fast enough, so she decided to nudge the universe and called on matchmaker Lanie Delphin for some earthly intervention. It wasn’t until Delphin emailed her a list of potential “matches” that heaven made its move. It was a message from a man named Craig. “I would … 0

Between The Rows: Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Friday, February 12, 2016

What excites you in the vegetable garden? For some gardeners, it is competition and the desire to grow the biggest, most beautiful beet or squash or cabbage. Jodi Torpey’s book, “Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening: The secrets to Growing the Biggest and Best Prizewinning Produce” (Storey Publishing $16.95) will help all those competitive gardeners … 0

Poets of Franklin County: From the Heart

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing is powerful stuff. It’s transformative, empowering and sometimes, just plain fun. Ask Tara McNamara of Greenfield, who’s been taking part in writing workshops offered in Springfield by Voices from Inside, a non-profit organization that runs the workshops for women who are now or have been incarcerated, and for women in the recovery … 0

Mayo Clinic: Facts about lead poisoning

Monday, January 25, 2016

The recent news about high lead levels in the Flint, Mich., water supply has raised concerns about lead poisoning in general. Mayo Clinic experts say young children are at the greatest risk of health problems related to lead exposure, including serious brain and kidney damage. Lead poisoning happens … 0

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen: Vitamins D-3 or D-2, health care with no teeth

Monday, January 25, 2016

Vitamin D-3 or D-2? Q: For a long time I heard I should be taking only vitamin D-3. Now I hear that D-2 may be as effective in maintaining healthy levels. What’s up with that? — Gary T., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A: Here’s the basic scoop on vitamin … 0

Speaking of Nature: Sun-play on a winter Sunday

Sunday, January 24, 2016

It was the Sunday of a three-day weekend: a day that compares to no other. Everything in my bones told me to stay in bed, but the naturalist in me wanted to get up. It was already 7:15, … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, January 24, 2016

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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Preserving weapons: Springfield Armory exhibit offers better understanding of war

Friday, January 15, 2016

One wall of a Springfield Armory display sketches the evolution of machine guns. One in particular has special meaning for Greg Chaconas, 68, of Wilbraham. As a U.S. Marine fighting in Vietnam, the machine gun known as Vulcan … 0

Between the Rows: Perennials for pollinators

Friday, January 15, 2016

The first surprising thing I learned about perennials was that they do not bloom all summer. Some may bloom for as long as four weeks, and others may send up a second flush of bloom if you remember … 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: 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0