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Life & Times

CAROL LOLLIS
Jericho Poet Schildbach,8, walks by as  Anelia Ann Prayer Schildbach,7, plays with the piano at their home in Leverett.

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white and protruding black keys: middle C, F sharp and B flat, E and A. Notes played together and alone. Chords combinations both … 0

Blue Plate Special: ‘Good food at good prices’ at Hubie’s

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shawn Hubert seems to have an unlimited supply of energy and enthusiasm. He monitors the P.A. system for varsity sports at Turners Falls High School. He covers high-school football for WPVQ’s “Bear Country” radio. Most importantly, since January he and his wife Lynne have owned and operated Hubie’s Tavern and Restaurant on Avenue … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The cost of locally grown food

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often think about the price of locally grown food, especially when I hear folks say it costs more to buy local fruit and vegetables than it does to buy fruit and vegetables from “away” at supermarkets. Thanks to the Franklin Regional Council of Government’s “market basket assessment” comparing prices of local produce items at the Greenfield and Turners Falls … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Enjoying Locally Grown Food Year-Round: Stepping Up…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I’ve lived in my house for almost 31 years, but I’m still a newcomer in Conway. Like other small towns in Franklin County, in Conway being an “oldtimer” isn’t counted by years. “Oldtimers” are folks whose families have been in town for generations. I am grateful for the … 0

Book review: ‘The Nightingale Bones’ by Ariel Swan

Friday, March 20, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Nightingale Bones” by Ariel Swan (Bell Bridge Books, 256 pages, $14.95) In “The Nightingale Bones” Ariel Swan of Greenfield has woven a supernatural tale that will keep readers riveted. The … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Look ma, no soil! Gardening with air, water, fish fertilizer

Friday, March 27, 2015

By DEAN FOSDICK Associated Press Who needs soil to sow a sustainable garden? You can cultivate plants in mid-air, float them in mineral-enriched water or add nutrients for an organic harvest by using your own fish for the … 0

Bring your old apple tree back to its glory

Friday, March 27, 2015

By LEE REICH Associated Press A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly reaching out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, are more often than not too small, too high and too … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 25, 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

Speaking of Nature: Craving some color

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anyone who lives in the northern Temperate Zone is familiar with the feeling. Winter is wonderful when it arrives. It is a fantastic change from the chill of late autumn with its gusting, snowless winds. I mean, why … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Many hands ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I know what it takes to plan big community events. So, I knew it was a tough decision for the Diemand family to CANCEL this year’s Diemand Farm Easter Egg Hunt. While Diemand Farm does not have avian influenza, recent outbreaks in the western and central U.S. mean … 0

Blue Plate Special: Breakfast at Maple House in Rowe

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder More than two decades ago, when Rebecca Bradley was living in eastern Massachusetts, she told her husband Michael, “All I want for Christmas is a cross-country ski vacation ... with no … 0