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Young@Heart's Prison Program helps inmates break out in song

Friday, May 22, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, … 0

‘The life of things says a lot’

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christine Ritok’s eyes narrowed slightly as they focused on the legs of an intricately-carved antique chair in Historic Deerfield’s “Into The Woods” furniture gallery. A sharp click, and the dull blue beam of her small flashlight danced across its mahogany surface for a few seconds. “I’ll definitely have to check that one out … 0

'Don't Worry About Rules': Kristin Nicholas urges us all to not be shy about color

Friday, May 8, 2015

You’d never guess it from the Yankee-white exterior of the Kristin Nicholas’ 1751 Leyden Glen 1751 farmhouse, or the gray sheep you might find outside ... or even the black-and-white border collies around the yard. But, inside, a kaleidoscope of color bursts forth. The bold oranges, greens, reds, yellows inside are Nicholas’ signature … 0

Between the Rows: Cutting Garden — annuals

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have always dreamed about having a cutting garden that would enable me to give out endless bouquets to all my friends. One good thing about a cutting garden is that it is not designed to look beautiful … 0

How much does a swimming pool really cost?

Friday, April 17, 2015

If you’re thinking about adding a swimming pool to your backyard, then chances are the cost of the project is a top concern. Asking a local pool company how much a project will cost, however, is like asking … 0

Hairy potters

Friday, April 17, 2015

TNS Give your loved ones living hairdos with a craft that’s simple to make (and simply silly). 1. Select a glazed ceramic, plastic, or metal planter with smooth, straight sides. 2. Print a family member’s photo, enlarged so … 0

Save money on tub/shower problems

Friday, April 17, 2015

By ED DEL GRANDE Tribune News Service Q: Hi Ed, I have an older tub and shower unit with problems. First, the rusted chrome valve trim, tub spout and handle all need to be replaced. Second, the tub drain lever does not work and water will not stay … 0

Speaking of Nature: The American Kestrel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One of the most frustrating things about being a nature photographer is how often you can see a fairly common species and still have no real chance of getting a photo of it. It makes perfect sense that … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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 … 0

Savoring the seasons: More ways to enjoy parsnips!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Wednesday, while bagging groceries at Green Fields Market as part of my co-op member worker hours, I enjoyed working alongside the friendly market staff and chatting with friends and people I’ve never met. We talked a lot about Winter Moon’s wonderful spring dug parsnips that I’d written … 0

Speaking of Nature: Canada goose

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Before I get started on this week’s column, I just want to run through some of the arrivals that have occurred in the last week. On Friday, April 3, the tree swallows and eastern phoebes showed up. I … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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 … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Parsnips! Perfect for ... tacos?!?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I don’t get many text messages, so I was surprised last Friday to find a message when I opened my phone to make a call. I didn’t recognize the number, but once I read the message, I knew … 0