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Kim Letourneau and her daughter Kaci, 10, of Hatfield speed down the 360 section of the mountain coaster in mid-October. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Coming 'round the mountain: Berkshire East's new coaster is built for fun

Friday, October 17, 2014

I t felt like I was nearly being thrown from my seat, tethered only by my seatbelt as I careened down Mount Institute with no way to steer. When I finally came to a safe stop at the bottom of the hill, I rushed right back to do it all again. Billed as the longest mountain coaster in North America, … 0

Worms, astronauts & moon cows? why not?!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A line of nearly 30 8- and 9-year-olds steps off a yellow school bus and through the rear door of the Amherst Cinema, then files into the front rows of the 180-seat Theater 1. The theater is marked for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” but these third-graders, visiting today from the Discovery School … 0

Liquid inspiration: Inventing cocktails with Jim Zaccara

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid-day last Friday, my editor emailed me with a last-minute assignment: “I’m interested in a feature on the art of making a good drink,” he wrote. Could I meet with Jim Zaccara? Zaccara, co-owner of two downtown Greenfield restaurants, Hope & Olive and Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria, creates many interesting new cocktails for the … 0

BetweenTheRows: Weeds in my garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weeds. The weeds are thriving in my garden. In the middle of August when we are getting ready for the Heath Fair there is no longer even a pretense that I am keeping up with the weeds. This … 0

Speaking of Nature: West Basin birds

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I had been so mesmerized by the loon that I completely forgot about my camera bag. It was only when I turned back to look for it that I realized how far I had walked. The bag was … 0

Trail Mix: nature activities in our area

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Northfield Mountain 99 Millers Falls Road (Route 63), Northfield. 413-659-3714 or 800-859-2960. Owned and operated by FirstLight Power Resources. www.firstlightpower.com ∎ Ahoy, Matey! Kids Cruise on Board the Quinnetukut. Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 to 11:40 a.m. or … 0

Savoring the Seasons: Corn, conversations and cookbooks!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK Thanks to a kind invitation by Zenaida Diaz, Activities Director at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, I spent a LOVELY hour last Friday chatting and enjoying locally grown treats with Poet’s Seat residents. We sat around a big table, munching on cherry tomatoes … 0

‘Days and Moments’ like a good story told by a neighbor

Friday, August 22, 2014

Reading “Days and Moments, Moments and Days” is like sitting on a friendly neighbor’s porch listening to stories of, and musings on, days gone by. The book collects prose and poetry by the Well Done Writers. The members … 0

Poets of Franklin County: The houses that Emily Dickinson built

Friday, August 15, 2014

Walk or drive down Silver Street near Greenfield High School and you’ll see that three new houses have cropped up on what used to be a wide, grassy lawn. No, it’s not a sudden housing boom but an … 0

Between the Rows: Sunny flowers for August

Friday, August 15, 2014

I am an August baby, born under the sign of Leo, and I am in love with the sun and the golden rays of summer-blooming flowers. In fact, many summer flowers like black-eyed Susans, sunflowers and heleniums do … 0

The Newbie: What, wonders our reporter, will happen when she hits the rapids?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of occasional features in which staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan writes about her experiences learning new skills; hence its name: “The Newbie.” The dark black waves sucked me forward. I … 0

Blue Plate Special: Cooking with heart at Shelburne Falls’ Hearty Eats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By TINKY WEISBLAT Special to The Recorder A few years ago, Andrea Beaudoin was all business. Today, her business — Hearty Eats on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls — has a lot of heart. The 30-year-old Conway resident … 0

Savoring The Seasons: All I can do is grin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By MARY MCCLINTOCK What a lovely evening! For the 10th August in a row, I’m sitting on a Sunday evening writing about another fabulous Free Harvest Supper. I have a big, tired grin on my face and a mind full of many scenes: Jim Zaccara of Hope & … 0