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This photo shows the delicate white Queen Anne’s Lace “flower” with a couple red blossoms in the center. The inset shows how the shape of the flower changes when it starts to produce seeds (the reason the flower is also known as bird’s nest).

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 vetch plant. This purple-flowered beauty is a member of the pea family. Finally, to wrap things up, I am going to honor … 0

Tail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, September 2, 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 is particularly important if registration … 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 War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. … 0

How to clean siding buildup

Friday, August 7, 2015

By C. DWIGHT BARNETT Tribune News Service Q: Please tell me what can be done to keep the green buildup off siding! What causes this? Can anything be put on the siding to deter it? Does insulation in … 0

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 … 0

Kids & Critters: Cow vetch

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a wonderful time this summer. The weather has been so mild that being outside and exploring has been something easy to do without getting too uncomfortable. As a result, … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 5, 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

Franklin County Food & Farms

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fill the Belly Bus food drive Friday, Aug. 7 GREENFIELD — Friday, Aug. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., on Town Common. Over 50 local community businesses have donated over 19 tons of food and personal care supplies in the past 10 years. It’s scheduled in August because that … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Grab a bib...it's peach season!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

While you read today’s Recorder Food page, I’ll be camping at a music festival in the woods in Michigan. By now, I will have eaten all of the western Mass. peaches I packed for my road trip and will be eating the tasty peaches grown in western Michigan. … 0

Between the Rows: New garden taking shape

Friday, July 31, 2015

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” Kipling said, and I must add that they are not made by looking at a plan, even one as beautiful as the custom design I am holding created by … 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 … 0

Between the Rows: Flooding forces a backyard break

Friday, July 31, 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 … 0

Speaking of Nature: A fly with no name

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So there I was, standing in the delightfully cool conditions of an early-July morning, waiting for a butterfly. This, it seems, is a theme when dealing with butterflies. Easy to see, they are (in my opinion) inflicted with … 0