Life & Times

Art Schwenger reads an 1882 letter from W.L. Sumner to cousins Edmund and Lucinda Gleason. Doug Mason photo

Dining with History: Always up for a good potluck, Heath residents also serve up tasty stories

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Heath Historical Society has been going strong since 1900. It owns and maintains four historical sites in town. Its membership roll numbers more than 200. Its all-volunteer staff maintains three buildings with archives that include letters, diaries and numerous artifacts. Early in 2013, board members of the society came up with a novel way to highlight Heath’s past and make it more relevant to Heathans in the present. “We were at a historical society meeting and we sort of lamented the fact that we have open houses on occasion and not very many people attend them,” recalled board member Nancy Thane. “Kara (Leistyna) and … 0

‘Regent’s Punch’

Friday, July 18, 2014

Occasionally, the organizers of Dining with History like to feature food of past days. Kara Leistyna prepared this punch for one evening; she adapted it from “Saveur.” Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 cup cubed pineapple 2 lemons 2 oranges 2 green tea bags 1 cup brandy 1/4 cup dark rum 2 bottles Brut … 0

Between the Rows: You'll find this berry interesting

Friday, July 18, 2014

Elderberries and chokeberries are not as beautiful or familiar as spring’s strawberry, but these small, dark berries that ripen in late summer pack a nutritional wallop. I’ve known the elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) since childhood, but the chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is fairly new to me. Whether you call the elderberry a tree or a … 0

Guided hike to Hidden Valley set for Sunday in Wendell

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WENDELL — On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a guided hike to the Hidden Valley Conservation Area owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The hike begins at Wendell State Forest’s Ruggles Pond parking lot. RSVP with Kate Losey MassLIFT AmeriCorp land stewardship coordinator … 0

Speaking of Nature: Treasures in plain sight

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

January, February and March are months that often give me trouble as a nature writer. In the depths of winter there can be precious little to feature in my columns and I find that I often have to … 0

Voice of Audubon: Western Massachusetts bird sightings

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. A Mississippi kite was seen in Belchertown, and the same individual or another was reported in New Salem. A sandhill crane was found off Old Post Road in Worthington. Six upland sandpipers and six … 0

Trail Mix: Hikes and other nature activities

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Guided hike to Hidden Valley Sunday WENDELL — On Sunday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a guided hike to the Hidden Valley Conservation Area owned by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. The hike begins at Wendell State Forest’s Ruggles Pond parking lot. Please RSVP … 0

Blue Plate Special: A touch of the tandoori in Greenfield

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have always loved Indian food, so I was thrilled last year when I saw a handwritten sign at a storefront on Main Street in Greenfield indicating that an Indian restaurant was coming to town in 2013. The … 0

Savoring the seasons: Solstice = strawberries + scapes + super supper

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Saturday is summer solstice ... the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. To me, solstice is the time for savoring sweet strawberries and producing garlic scape pesto for future use. What are your favorite strawberry recipes? Please share! Never been formally introduced to a … 0

Turns out my dad was cool

Friday, June 13, 2014

BETH J. HARPAZ Associated Press NEW YORK — Every night at dinner when I was young, my dad fought World War II all over again. He’d parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne on D-Day, went on to … 0

Between the Rows: come and smell the roses

Friday, June 13, 2014

Preparations for the Annual Rose Viewing got off to a slow start. May was so cold that the roses weren’t leafing out on schedule. I knew there would be winterkill, but I couldn’t tell where it began. Then June arrived and the roses must have felt they needed … 0

A (17 across) among word (5 down)

Friday, June 6, 2014

It’s 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and already the lobby of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is buzzing with activity. Printed crossword puzzles cover every available surface. In the hallway, vendors hawk puzzle collections, word-game … 0

Keeping the dreams alive

Friday, May 30, 2014

During Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik’s far too brief life she was always a dreamer. According to her brothers, Adam and Kevin Harrington, those dreams were not just empty thoughts. Jill worked hard to achieve her goals, something both … 0