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Life & Times

A maple tree puts on a show of its fall colors in New Salem on South Main Street. In the distance is the Quabbin Reservoir.
Recorder/Paul Franz

Paul Franz, Franklin County's photographer

Friday, July 25, 2014

One recent morning when senior Recorder photographer Paul Franz was driving his daughter to school, he saw a man riding a bicycle in the pouring rain, one hand on the handlebars, the other holding an enormous umbrella the size of a patio umbrella over his head as he pedaled through the deluge. Franz shakes his head. “It seems like I … 0

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 … 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: come and smell the roses

Friday, June 13, 2014

Preparations for the Annual Rose Viewing got off to a slow start. May was so cold that the roses weren’t leafing out on schedule. I knew there would be winterkill, but I couldn’t tell where it began. Then June arrived and the roses must have felt they needed … 0

A (17 across) among word (5 down)

Friday, June 6, 2014

It’s 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and already the lobby of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge is buzzing with activity. Printed crossword puzzles cover every available surface. In the hallway, vendors hawk puzzle collections, word-game … 0

Keeping the dreams alive

Friday, May 30, 2014

During Jill E. Harrington Hanzalik’s far too brief life she was always a dreamer. According to her brothers, Adam and Kevin Harrington, those dreams were not just empty thoughts. Jill worked hard to achieve her goals, something both … 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