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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

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

Savoring the Seasons: Comfort comes in many flavors

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “comfort food”? While I think about soup, applesauce, scrambled eggs, quesadillas, and ice cream, your idea of comfort food could be quite different. What food you find comforting is definitely in the eye, or tastebuds, of the beholder. Actually, … 0

Blue Plate Special: The Black Cow Burger Bar

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pamela Tierney has been in the food business for most of her life. “As a youth I worked in restaurants most of the time,” she told me in a recent interview. “I ran the Starlight Diner in Erving … 0

Stretching before exercise: An investment in your body

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stretching isn’t much fun, but everyone knows you have to do it before exercising, right? “People just aren’t stretching in general. They work out and they say they don’t need stretching, and stretching is important no matter whether … 0

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen: Depression linked to inflammation; bringing baby home from hospital

Monday, January 11, 2016

Inflammation can cause depression Q: I’ve battled depression for a long time, and I’ve tried antidepressants. At first they seem to work, but after a while not so much. Do you know of any other things that would make me feel better? — Jessie G., Atlanta A: Chronic … 0

Quinn: Check the facts before you start detoxing

Monday, January 11, 2016

Let’s just say it feels very good to get back on track when the holidays are over. Why else would I be checking out the detox tea in my daughter’s cabinet on New Year’s Day? “Detox” generally refers to the process of removing toxins (poisons and other harmful … 0

If you pick one vitamin, make it this one

Monday, January 11, 2016

A pharmacy wall stocked with vitamins can be overwhelming to scan. So if you could incorporate only one into your routine, which should it be? We put this question to Dr. Arielle Levitan and Dr. Romy Block, who … 0