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

‘It’s like comfort food in a room’

Friday, May 23, 2014

When architect and poet Ann Hutt Browning first saw the building that is now Ashfield’s Wellspring House in the summer of 1998, it was “an old, dilapidated carriage house full of rubbish,” said her husband, Preston Browning. At … 0

Voice of Audubon: bird sightings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Here are some of this week’s bird sightings from the Western Massachusetts Voice of Audubon. The first week of the summer breeding season featured reports of hooded merganser, American bittern, common loon, double-crested cormorant, black vulture, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, Broad-winged hawk, upland sandpiper, yellow-billed cuckoo and black-billed … 0

Speaking of Nature: Waiting for the toddlers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Now that June is here, we lovers of nature can finally get ready for the season’s first batch of babies to begin to show themselves. April is a month of amore, May is a month of nesting and … 0

Trail Mix: Hikes and other nature activities

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Northfield hike Sunday NORTHFIELD — The Sunday hike in Northfield will be a 3-mile loop in the Northfield State Forest between Coller Cemetery Road and Alexander Hill Road over moderately easy terrain on the New England Trail and adjacent hiking and ski trails. Hikers will meet behind the … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Serendipity and salads

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK I love the serendipities and synchronicities in life, and often tell friends about my synchronicity du jour. So, I laughed when I saw the email message from my sister with the subject line “Serendipity.” I had just sent Martha my food column that sang the … 0

Alternative medicine goes mainstream

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kim Ricci is lying on her back on a table with hair-thin needles stuck in the hollows of her ears, five on each side. Several more puncture her wrists. Ricci, 50, says she was surprised … 0

Between the Rows: Forbes garden tour

Friday, June 6, 2014

The time comes for many of us gardeners when we think we cannot carry on with our gardens, or houses, as they are. We are older, the children have gone and we are not quite so energetic or … 0

Between the Rows: Container gardening

Friday, May 23, 2014

The other day, a friend said to me: “Container gardening is such hard work!” “Work?” I thought. It does take a lot of thought, which is in itself a lot of work, but I didn’t think that is what she meant. I soon learned that the work she … 0

Said & Done: Giving lady anglers their due

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The word “women” should have come before “worms” and “world records.” We found “worms” without difficulty, but search as we would, we uncovered nothing under “women.” Our encyclopedia, a massive collection of fishing facts, was published before the … 0

Kids & Critters:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Well boys and girls, this is it. June is finally here and in just another couple of weeks, we’ll enjoy the longest day of the year, followed by the last day of school. Once the school bus stops … 0