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Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.

Winter photography contest winners announced

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after 11-year-old Phoebe Broussard got a camera in her hand, she seemed like a natural. “She has an artistic bent to her — it was amazing,” Phoebe’s grandfather Richard Broussard said. “Within an hour, she got comfortable with the camera, while I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. Phoebe Broussard won the youth category of The Recorder’s … 0

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, … 0

In winter, carbon monoxide detectors are a must

Friday, February 5, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless — yet potentially deadly — gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. To keep carbon … 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

Corvettes drive his passion

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stuart Weiner works part-time at Dillon Chevrolet, but has what he calls “my own little showroom,” at home — with a garage filled with gleaming Corvettes, a mint-condition Harley-Davidson motorcyle, and many of his 1,000 model Corvette cars … 0

Between the Rows: Applause for Annuals

Friday, January 8, 2016

Every year new flowers show up in the catalogs and garden centers. These new plants may get us thinking about ways we can design our plantings, help us find flowers that will thrive in challenging situations, or help … 0

Speaking of Nature: 2015: The year with wildlife

Sunday, December 27, 2015

As is customary at this time of year, I like to pause for a moment and reflect on the most recent year of my life. I have a thick journal filled with notes and I have thousands of … 0

Franklin County Food and Farms

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Free cooking Class: Basics for Basics A free 4-week series Jan. 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. Where: the kitchen of the First Universalist Church, 31 N. Main St. in Orange 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register call Quabbin Harvest at 978-544-6784. Learn to cook four healthy and … 0