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House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I’ve been thinking a lot about Juanita Nelson since she died on March 9. I’ve laughed, remembering fun times with Juanita, and cried, realizing I won’t be able to laugh with her again. I know I’m only one of many people here and across the … 0

Snowmobiler’s dream

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Arctic Cat patiently purred as a wide-open, snow-covered Pratt Field in Bernardston stretched out before me. Sitting on the 450-pound snow machine, I pushed my thumb down hard on the throttle and the snowmobile surged forward with … 0

Speaking of Nature: Sheldon the red-tailed hawk

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The pattern became a familiar one in February. Birds would be at the feeders, or on the porch railing, or anywhere else I had spread out some seed. The options were limited due to all of the snow, … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for Western Massachusetts. A pair of redheads was found in an open area of Cheshire Lake. A long-tailed duck was seen for two days on the Connecticut River below the Northend Bridge in Springfield. Five … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 18, 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 limited. Please contact organizers to ensure you can attend. This … 0

Between the Rows: Roses without chemicals

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of the things I love about our Annual Rose Viewing is the chance to tell visitors that you do not need an arsenal of chemicals to grow healthy, beautiful roses. I did not always know this. My … 0

Book review: “An Upraised Chalice”

Monday, March 16, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “An Upraised Chalice” by Gene O’Neil (ASEMC Press, 268 pages, $15.95) Near the beginning of “An Upraised Chalice,” a clipping from this very newspaper appears. The article reports on a car … 0

Test-tube berries: At Nourse Farms in Whately, a controlled growing environment makes soil obsolete

Friday, March 6, 2015

Emptying a bowl full of fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries into the blender, slopping in a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and jabbing the “mix” button with your finger to make that morning smoothie, there’s no way, you may … 0

Winter-into-spring delights

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Hooray for above-freezing-during-the-day-below-freezing-at-night temperatures, the definition of maple sugaring weather! It seems like a late start to sugaring season, but hopefully, these conditions will continue so our sugaring neighbors — who are even now trudging through deep snow to tap trees and bring us tasty … 0

Between the Rows: Your own Eden; Master Gardener Spring Symposium March 21

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creating Your Own Eden is the name of this year’s fact- and delight-loaded Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 21, at Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield. I can imagine a garden Eden where … 0