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Life & Times

The wood-bat league: The Valley Blue Sox compete just down the road

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Under cotton candy skies, plumes of white smoke hang low over grills, filling the air with the unmistakable smells of summer’s spoils. Children ranging in age from toddlers to preteens laugh as they run up and down a perfectly manicured hill of green. In an instant, the unmistakable crack of ball off wooden bat pierces the murmur of the crowd. … 0

Chess Club: each game is different

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horace Taft of Buckland deployed his pieces on the chessboard, took a bite out of his chicken salad and set the timer to 50 minutes. Deliberately, he moved his pawn forward one square. And, the game of chess commenced. “After five to six moves, you’re probably playing a position you’ve never played before,” … 0

Fantastic find: Rowe historians discover treasures

Friday, June 19, 2015

Years ago, inside a crawl space beneath the ceiling of the Kemp-McCarthy Museum, members of the Rowe Historical Society discovered a treasure trove — 15 boxes of antique clothing, some of it dating back to the 1850s — but hidden away inside the museum since 1979. Can lightning strike twice? Apparently, it can. … 1

Between the Rows: Franklin Land Trust Garden Tour June 27

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ruah Donnelly’s house overlooks a wooded ravine, a tapestry of shades of green and shifting light. There is not a flower in sight. Donnelly says that over her years as a gardener, she has experienced a growing struggle … 0

Speaking of Nature: Summer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

For those of us who live in the Temperate Zone, there’s a familiar pattern to the seasons. Winters are cold and dark, summers are warm and light, and the bookends to these two extremes are the transitional seasons … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 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

Voice of Aububon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Cerulean warblers were also seen in Northfield and around the Quabbin Reservoir. Breeding waterfowl species included green-winged teal, common merganser, hooded merganser, common loon, double-crested cormorant, green heron and American bitter. Other … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Juanita’s influence continues

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Were you at Juanita Nelson’s memorial celebration on May 30? I hope many of you were able to be part of the truly “Juanita style” send-off! I had a bad cold, but was at the gathering on the Greenfield Town Common at the end of the farmers market, … 0

Franklin County Food & farms, Wednesday June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Franklin Land Trust’s 24th annual Farm & Garden Tour On June 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a self-guided tour of the secret gardens, working farms and special places in Ashfield and Conway. Tickets are $15 for members & $20 for nonmembers http://www.franklinlandtrust.org/news/fgt If … 0

In quest of the Unspeakable in New Salem

Friday, May 29, 2015

“Did your Luther take account o’ whar them big tracks led tew? Wal, Mis’ Corey, ef they was on the glen rud this side o’ the glen, an’ ain’t got to your haouse yet, I calc’late they must … 1

Prepare for invasion

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer brings to mind many things: sunshine, warm temperatures, vacation — and bugs. Many insects lay dormant for the winter and make their grand reappearance when the weather warms up. We talked to several highly rated pest-control experts … 0

6 great books for cocktail lovers

Friday, June 5, 2015

By Peter M. Gianotti Newsday (TNS) As you prepare for a summer’s imbibing, relax with your favorite cocktail and one of these refreshing, informative, very accessible books on beverages. “The Negroni” (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House, $18.99) by Gary Regan will make you try this essential cocktail and, … 0

Bayless is back with engaging new cookbook

Friday, June 5, 2015

By Judy Hevrdejs Chicago Tribune (TNS) Mix the passion chef Rick Bayless has for the cuisines of Mexico with his enthusiasm for serving it up at his many restaurants and on his TV series “Mexico: One Plate at a Time,” and it’s easy to see how that could … 0