Life & Times

Charlene Manor resident Mary Jo McManus with Clarence. Recorder/Paul Franz

Big comfort

Friday, April 11, 2014

T here are many different types of heroes. There’s the handsome “super” man who makes a grand entrance wearing a red cape and the firefighter who rushes into a burning apartment building to save a tenant’s beloved cat. There’s the parent who makes it to every one of their child’s baseball games, whether that child plays every inning or warms … 0

Between the Rows: foliage plants hold a garden together

Friday, April 11, 2014

When people think of the ornamental garden, their first thought is of flowers, but it is foliage that holds a garden together. Flowers on naked stems would not be as lovely as they are when surrounded by foliage: leaves of various shapes and in various shades of green ranging from almost white, to … 0

Will we lose our monarchs?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Combined sources It wasn’t that long ago, says Karl Anderson, that an abundance of butterflies were attracted to the roughly seven acres of meadow and wildflowers his family maintains on the west side of Conway. “2012, we had monarchs like crazy,” said Anderson, adding his wife, Aimee, informs him there were also painted … 0

Blue Plate Special: Johnson's Farm in Orange: 'Here for the long run'

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Family is paramount at Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, Sugarhouse, and Gift Shop. Steve Johnson and his wife Diane are the fourth generation to run the farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange, which the family acquired in 1900. Their children … 0

Between the Rows:

Friday, March 7, 2014

I never imagined that tea changed the world. In my world, tea was served endlessly in the English novels I love, but tea did not become a regular part of my life until I met Elsa Bakalar in … 0

Minecraft: Popular video game builds students' interest in learning

Friday, February 28, 2014

Brian Westbrook was trying his best to keep up with the two dozen Greenfield Middle School students competing for his attention. Calls of “Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Westbrook” rang through the air like a broken record, from students hoping … 0

Speaking of Nature: A winter-thrush trifecta!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of the satisfying aspects of keeping a field journal is the fact that you have your own personal record of past events. It’s a silly thing, I know, but I take great delight in saying, “To My … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Competitive paddling Saturday ORANGE — Trail Head, 1 South Main St., Orange, will be having a free workshop Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. This event will be all about competitive paddling. The presenters are father/daughter team Eric … 0

Voices of Audubon: area bird sightings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Migrant birds reported on the Connecticut River included northern pintails, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common goldeneyes, hooded mergansers and common mergansers. Early arriving land birds included bald eagles, red-shouldered hawks, peregrine falcons, merlins, American kestrels, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Rockin' rutabagas

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK No, the title of this column is not the name of a local rock band. It’s the topic of a fun conversation I had with my Conway neighbors Don Walker and Ruth Parnall at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market on March 1. Standing next to … 0

Pesticides: a complex subject

Friday, February 28, 2014

Banish the winter blues and get In the Pink at the Annual Bulb show at the Smith College Lyman Plant House. This annual show, always fabulous, is running from now through Sunday, March 16. It is no surprise … 0

Music is our revolution

Friday, February 21, 2014

The “tama,” or “talking drum,” that Massamba Diop cradles under his left arm and beats with the stick-like mallet held in his right in Tony Vacca’s Whately living room is extraordinary. First, the drum, which he’s repaired as … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kestrel nest box talk Mach 28 NORTHAMPTON — State ornithologist Andrew Vitz, in partnership with Kestrel Land Trust and Hampshire Bird Club, will discuss results from a study that monitors kestrel populations and helps elucidate the mechanisms behind … 0