Life & Times

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Slice of life

Friday, October 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: We recognize that pizza and opinions about pizza are serious business in Franklin County. The pizza shop featured here was chosen for its proximity to the reporter’s home and relevant delivery service. Neither endorsements nor negative reviews of any pizza shops should be inferred by this choice or the omission of other area shops. It should be noted … 0

The lens of war: "The Draft" tells the stories of how western Mass. people responded to the Vietnam War

Friday, September 25, 2015

It’s been 50 years since the first U.S. combat troops set foot in Vietnam and 40 years since that war ended. But younger generations don’t realize how the U.S. military draft profoundly changed young people’s lives in the late 1960s, mandating two years of military service from men whose numbers were called by … 0

Hot Rod Dreams

Friday, September 18, 2015

There’s a special bond between a car and its owner. And for every relationship, there’s a story to tell. Does the chrome — decayed or restored — bring back teenage memories of the time you left skid marks on the side of the road taking that turn a little too fast showing off … 0

Backyard outposts

Friday, September 11, 2015

By JAMES HEFLIN For The Recorder Nancy Paglia steps into Shutesbury Road in Leverett, at the bottom of its steep and winding passage down the hill from Shutesbury. “This is where you take your life into your hands,” … 0

Faith Matters: The challenge and the life

Friday, September 4, 2015

(Editor’s note: The following is a submission to The Recorder’s weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief … 0

Speaking of Nature: Queen Anne’s lace

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wildflowers have been the focus of my kids’ columns this summer. In July, I introduced readers to hawkweed, a gorgeous orange-flowered plant in the composite family. In August, I switched families and took a look at the cow … 0

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Franklin County Fair This annual four-day event runs Sept. 10 to 13 at the Franklin County Fairground in Greenfield. Local food and farmers are featured throughout, and you can see the prize-winning efforts of amateur gardeners and cooks. Local pie, meat and other artisan food is available as … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Yogurt for late summer: savory and sweet

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When Recorder Editor George Forcier mentioned a food page focused on yogurt, I must confess the first thing I thought about yogurt was far from local. For the past several years, I’ve followed the adventures of a British woman named Sarah Outen who’s on the last leg of … 0

Yogurt delights from Greece & Persia

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce called tzatziki is one of my favorite ways to enjoy yogurt. Traditionally served on Greek Gyro sandwiches, for me, it is the definition of cool and creamy, a perfect complement to any grilled meat. I also love it spread on hearty bread. When I … 0

You can make your own yogurt

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Contrary to what you may have heard, making your own yogurt is not as easy as pie. It’s easier. That’s why we invited Lucia Ivantchev, a Greenfield woman who emigrated to the United States from eastern Europe in … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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 … 0

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam … 0

Just Try It: If you only do one stretch, do this one

Monday, August 24, 2015

“My number one thing that I push on absolutely everyone is basically a physically active lifestyle,” says personal trainer Noah Harrison. That’s the big picture, everyone’s advice. On top of that Harrison recommends stretching, and if he has … 0