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Life & Times

A maple tree puts on a show of its fall colors in New Salem on South Main Street. In the distance is the Quabbin Reservoir.
Recorder/Paul Franz

Paul Franz, Franklin County's photographer

Friday, July 25, 2014

One recent morning when senior Recorder photographer Paul Franz was driving his daughter to school, he saw a man riding a bicycle in the pouring rain, one hand on the handlebars, the other holding an enormous umbrella the size of a patio umbrella over his head as he pedaled through the deluge. Franz shakes his head. “It seems like I … 0

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 … 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

60 Franklin County doctors sign on to prescriber pledge to date

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sixty Franklin County doctors, surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists and other health care providers have signed on to the Safe Prescriber Pledge to adopt practices that ensure safe prescribing practices for potentially addictive medications as the region battles opioid abuse. Another 19 physicians in the Ware region also … 0

Excerpt from ‘A Heart Book’

Friday, June 20, 2014

This excerpt of “A Heart Book” is printed here with the permission of author, Jennifer Hakkarainen. Please note, the information in this book is not intended to fully diagnose or treat any medical condition, or to replace the advice of your health care professional. Question 23: Can I … 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