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House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family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

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

Speaking of Nature: We’re not there yet

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the great joys of childhood is traveling to see your grandparents. When I was a boy, this meant jumping into the family car in Amherst and heading west to Albany. My parents would often pack a … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in western Massachusetts

Wednesday, March 11, 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 … 0

Book review: ‘The Secret History of Wonder Woman’

Friday, March 6, 2015

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” by Jill Lepore (Knopf, 432 pages, $29.95) “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” discusses the genesis and the “life” of the world’s most popular female … 0

Leg work

Friday, February 27, 2015

Growing up an avid alpine skier, I used to watch middle-aged folks mush along the flats on cross-country skis and think “boy, that looks easy.” When I clicked into a pair of cross-country skis earlier this month, I … 0

Between the Rows: Gardening for butterflies

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bill Benner is a man with many strings to his bow, but they all play tunes of the natural world and its fragility. He will be talking about the natural world, climate change and the impact it has … 0

‘Hurricane Island’ offers tense mix of political critique, gripping narrative

Friday, February 27, 2015

“Hurricane Island” by Ellen Meeropol (Red Hen Press, 314 pages, $16.95) I’m not really a thriller reader. Nevertheless, I have to admit that I read the political thriller “Hurricane Island” in one day. This second novel by Ellen … 0