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Henry Mixsell of Greenfield received third place in the adult color category for his photo of horses at Stonelegh Burnham School.

Winter photography contest winners announced

Friday, February 5, 2016

Shortly after 11-year-old Phoebe Broussard got a camera in her hand, she seemed like a natural. “She has an artistic bent to her — it was amazing,” Phoebe’s grandfather Richard Broussard said. “Within an hour, she got comfortable with the camera, while I’m still trying to figure it out,” he said. Phoebe Broussard won the youth category of The Recorder’s … 0

Between the Rows: Blooming bulbs and tubers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Last spring my husband and I travelled down to Texas to be present when our grandson Anthony was presented with his Boy Scout Eagle award. There was an impressive ceremony and we were so proud of this whole Eagle family who had jointly done so much for the community. Besides our family celebration, … 0

Outdoors: Voice of Audubon

Monday, February 8, 2016

A greater white-fronted goose and a cackling goose were found in Longmeadow. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers in Longmeadow. A northern shrike is still being seen at the Moran Wildlife Management Area in Windsor. A short-eared owl is still being reported in Northampton. A Barrow’s goldeneye and Iceland, glaucous and lesser black-backed gulls continue to be reported in Turners Falls A Barrow’s … 0

Voice of Audubon

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Voice of Audubon for western Massachusetts. A yellow-headed blackbird was seen and photographed with a flock of grackles at a feeder in Chicopee. Reports continue of the red-headed woodpeckers n the Longmeadow Flats and a short-eared owl in Northampton. A … 0

What’s not to love about 2015?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sometimes we are accused — believe it or not — of being overly negative in our annual Year in Review. Critics say we ignore the many positive events in a given year and focus instead on the stupid, … 0

Savoring the Seasons: The light will come

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Over the years, I’ve collected many metaphors to live by. In sea kayaking far and wide, these metaphors came to me: “Don’t focus on the crashing waves off to the side, paddle the wave that’s in front of … 0

Wax myrtles are perfect garden plants all year

Friday, January 8, 2016

One of winter’s native evergreens — wax myrtle — is a stunning shrub in the garden any season of the year. Wax myrtle, botanically called Morella cerifera (formerly Myrica cerifera), is a fuss-free large shrub or small tree … 0