Life & Times

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

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners Falls A Barrow’s … 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

Young tots know words are symbols

Monday, January 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Celebrate your child’s scribbles. A novel experiment shows that even before learning their ABCs, youngsters start to recognize that a written word symbolizes language in a way a drawing doesn’t — a developmental step on the … 0

Speaking of Nature: Rose-breasted grosbeak

Sunday, January 10, 2016

You didn’t have to be a genius to figure out that this winter was a little different from last year’s. The winter of 2014-15 started out innocently enough, but then in January of 2015 it started snowing. My … 0

Trail Mix

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Editor’s Note: Listings in Trail Mix are free. Email 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