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It takes a village to write a history book

Friday, July 24, 2015

“You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting several other writers and editors,” says Chris Jerome, in a chapter from Ashfield’s latest best seller: “History of the Town of Ashfield, Volume III, 1960 - 2010.” Jerome is a former New England Monthly magazine editor who moved to Ashfield many years ago with her late husband, author John Jerome. … 0

‘Moore’s Law’ tells of difficult, brilliant tech czar

Friday, July 24, 2015

“Moore’s Law” by Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones (Basic Books, 560 pages, $35) Not having heard before of Moore’s law, I have been surprised in the last couple of weeks to discover how many of my friends and neighbors are familiar with this business dictum. The “law” was formulated in … 0

Between the Rows: Flooding forces a backyard break

Friday, July 24, 2015

The day after we planted all our water-tolerant shrubs Greenfield was inundated by torrential rains. I was told over three inches of rain fell the afternoon and evening of July 7. We knew that our Greenfield house had a wet backyard and after planting nine shrubs, we were fully aware of the heavy … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 24, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: To spot the Eastern towhee, you need to be in the right area

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday was Father’s Day, which also happened to coincide with the first day of summer. To celebrate, my beautiful wife Susan and I headed to Amherst to spend the weekend with my parents. Saturday was a beautiful sunny … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms, June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

4-H Fair at Heath Fairgrounds 4-H youth of Franklin County will hold their Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday, June 27, at Heath Fairgrounds in Heath. The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 4-H Fair showcases the skills that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Inspired by the Greenfield Farmers Market

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love Saturdays in downtown Greenfield when it’s farmers market season. As the season unfolds, there are always new delights to inspire me. Last Saturday, I was thrilled to see sugar snap peas and garlic scapes along with … 0

Between the Rows: Curbside garden or hellstrip?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Now that I have planted Greenfield hellstrip I can make the official announcement: we are the proud owners of a small house with a small yard in Greenfield. The house has garden space on the south side and … 0

It matters what we have faith in

Friday, June 12, 2015

Faith matters. Faith — deep and palpable trust in something or someone — matters because who/what we have faith in shapes who we are and how we act. The religious education teacher Sophia Lyon Fahs once said, “It … 0

Freedom worth singing for: Freedom Singers coming to Ashfield June 13

Friday, June 5, 2015

Long before Bill Perlman was an Ashfield firefighter and selectman, a Franklin County commissioner or a member of the regional Council of Governments, he was one of the Freedom Singers. At 18 — 10 years after he learned … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Highland cattle both lean and tasty

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hooray for recent rains! While we need more to move beyond the current drought, I hope that the rain eases things for the many farmers and gardeners in our community. One of the great things about the Atlas Farm Spring Festival in May was chatting with many local … 0

Construction curveball? Don’t forget the change order

Friday, June 19, 2015

It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of misunderstanding — or worse, unauthorized work that … 0

Book explores innovations in Japanese home design

Friday, June 19, 2015

Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have had no choice but to think outside the box. Literally. Basic elements like … 0