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Recorder photographer Paul Franz took this picture of Deerfield author James Cambias. Behind him is the image from his book cover.

James Cambias looks upward

Friday, April 18, 2014

On a faraway planet, in an ocean under a kilometer of thick ice, an intelligent underwater species has formed an agrarian society and has prospered for millions of years. If you’re expecting humans to come in and ruin this peaceful story, then you’d be right. But that’s where the sci-fi cliches end in South Deerfield novelist James Cambias’ “A Darkling … 0

Excerpt: ‘A Darkling Sea’

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the first chapter of James Cambias’ “A Darkling Sea,” which is reprinted here with permission of the author. Henri and Rob didn’t talk much on the way to the vent community. Both of them were paying close attention to the navigation displays inside their helmets. Getting … 0

Holy Week Services

Friday, April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Palm Sunday is April 13. Easter is April 20. Thank you to the churches who took the time to submit information for these Holy Week listings. If you do not see your church here, please contact it directly to get the latest information on what it has planned. Ashfield ST. JOHN’S … 0

Said & Done: Who has ever seen the wind?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Sprouts: gardening in a jar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK If you’re like most vegetable gardeners I know, you’re busy planning this year’s crops and are eager to start gardening. Many folks are starting seeds indoors or in hoophouses. Last week, I mentioned the salad green seeds, soil, and flats I got at Ashfield Hardware … 0

Trail Mix: outdoor activities

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com/ ∎ Native New England Orchids. Pink and Yellow Lady’s Slippers, the Fairy Slipper, Purple-Fringed Orchids, all these and … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in our region

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. The variety and number of water birds in the region continues to be spectacular. Most often reported were mute swan, northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and … 0

Tempering steel: heating, cooling & timing

Friday, March 21, 2014

In the good old days, tinkers traveled the land repairing small metal things. They do no longer, leaving this vital function up to you. Let’s say you snap a chisel or the rivet in your favorite pair of … 1

A semi-practical application: Making a whittling knife from a worn-out hacksaw blade

Friday, March 21, 2014

There are some things that you just can’t buy and your only affordable option may be to make these things yourself. Woodworking tools aren’t in this category. Almost any woodworking hand tool you require can be bought, so … 0

Choosing to live -- 1 in 8: The Torso Project

Friday, March 14, 2014

One plaster torso is covered with a mosaic. Another wears a tutu. One is painted gold. One represents “a garden, where life springs eternal.” The photos accompanying the pictures of the torsos all depict women, mostly in their … 0

Between the Rows: Some plants play nice, some don't

Friday, March 21, 2014

When I first learned about companion planting, I thought it was a bit of simple folk wisdom. Plant your peas and carrots together, but keep them away from dill. Plant marigolds near the tomatoes and soybeans with anything. … 0

Smoothing the way

Friday, March 7, 2014

On Shelburne Falls Road in Conway, Paul Sokoloski drove his green GMC truck gently across the snow-covered farmland. Its large, turning tractor treads — mounted where its tires used to be — squashed the white snow and tossed … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Five Plant Gardens’

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nancy Ondra has been gardening for over 20 years and she has 10 books to show for it. Her latest is “Five Plant Gardens: 52 ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants” (Storey Publishing $18.95). … 0