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

Said and Done: Lollygagging was not Mabel's way

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a Valentine’s remembrance for a lady no longer here. She is worth remembering. Mabel always wore widow’s weeds. There was no need for it. She had never lost a husband, for she had never married. We often saw her, dressed in black from head to toe, … 0

Kids & Critters: a fat rabbit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

All winter long, I have been noticing something rather odd. It doesn’t happen every single night, but at least a couple times a week it appears as though rabbits will walk out onto my deck. This is odd … 0

Voice of Audubon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. Open water has brought more migrating water birds to the region. Found this week were mute swan, wood duck, northern pintail, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, hooded merganser and common merganser. Also reported were … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Peaceful, healing food

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I often get wonderful recipes from people I meet in the community. Recently, I ran into Pat Hynes at a GCC event and she shared her simple but tasty root vegetable recipe (below). We also talked about my participation in the Greenfield Weekly Peace Vigil … 0

Free concert kicks off 4 days of events at Smith College

Friday, February 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “Music is Our Revolution: Hip Hop and Social Activism in Senegal” will be a four-day residency at Smith College, today through Tuesday, bringing together an innovative and distinguished group of musicians, poets and scholars to explore the impact of hip-hop and rap music on political and … 0

Between the Rows: What’s the deal with microgreens?

Friday, February 21, 2014

You can find microgreen seed mixes in the seed racks. You can find “baby” greens mixed in with salad mixes at the supermarket. Why are these tiny greens becoming more and more popular? The term microgreen is fairly … 0

Speaking of Nature: The harlequin duck

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Well folks, this is it: the end of February and the light at the end of the tunnel for winter’s reign is starting to show brighter and brighter on the horizon. I have just returned from one of … 0

Greenfield Garden Club’s events calendar

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Greenfield Garden Club, which will mark its 25th year in 2016, complied this list of activities. Nonmembers are welcome to attend. Full membership in the Greenfield Garden Club entitles full voting privileges, club discounts and a monthly … 0

Home and Garden briefs

Friday, February 14, 2014

Winter gardening clinic today HADLEY — The ABC’s of Growing Vegetables is the title of the winter gardening clinic to take place Saturday at 1 p.m., Hadley Garden Center, 285 Russell St. For more information on this free clinic, call 584-1423. Smith Botanic Garden talk Feb. 20 TURNERS … 0

‘Food’ mystery serves up engaging heroine

Friday, February 21, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die” by Edith Maxwell (Kensington Publishing, 272 pages, $24) Our cold, snowy winter has made me want to curl up with a good book … 0