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Jaywalking: Busy B’s

Last Friday was shaping up as a splendid way to greet the weekend. I began working on the farm at 7 a.m., picking squash and cucumbers among other chores. That afternoon I was alone, weeding by hand around some of our later cucumber plants when my phone rang. It was my father, who was out of sight but only about 100 yards away, suckering tomatoes. We were both aware that the Boston Bruins were looking to make some moves that day in anticipation of that 0

Keeping Score: Local scholar

Good morning! Growing up in Greenfield, Kevin Hassett loved canoeing on Barton Cove, hiking along Sachem’s Head and watching the Fourth of July fireworks at Beacon Field. “There are so many wonderful things about Greenfield, it’s hard to pick a favorite,” said Hassett, who walks the trails behind Highland Pond with his father whenever he’s home. If he ever does come home for good, he would be a terrific mayor. Hassett is the Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington 0

On The Trail: Tick talk

Yes, it came out of the blue a couple of weeks ago by email from someone I did not know. No, her question was not unique. In fact, it seems I am asked the same question on every visit to my longtime vet’s office, and often in the public square: Are you finding a lot of ticks? Now, let me say I can understand why folks figure that, because my dogs and I routinely patrol off-road habitats with thick cover — traipsing through chest-high hayfields 0

Jaywalking: Hall of Fame Jim Woodward

Jim Woodward and John Cena share a common bond. That may seem a bit wild, since the former is the longtime football and track & field coach and athletic director at Mahar Regional School, while the later is one of the world’s most recognizable professional wrestlers. But in April, both men were enshrined into the Springfield College Hall of Fame during the 44th enshrinement ceremony, forever linking the men. “I mean, John Cena,” exclaimed Woodward of his 2015 Hall of Fame classmate. “I really would 0

Keeping Score: twice burnt

Good morning! Tampa’s Skip Smith has a travel tip for Caribbean-bound vacationers: watch your wallet. “Two guys on my crew learned the hard way,” said Smith. “One spent $12 on lighters in the casino shop and his card was charged over $950, and another guy in the same shop was charged $500 for a $20 purchase. Lots of tourists don’t realize they’re ripped off until after they’ve left the island.” Smith is a Shelburne native and sports cameraman. “A few weeks ago I was watching 0

On The Trail: One of the guys

A gray, rainy afternoon brought news of the same somber hue to my Recorder desk late Monday afternoon: old friend Walter T. Kostanski Jr., known playfully to me as Honorable Walter T., was dead and gone at 91. I had just put to bed the first draft of a column suggested by a female reader explaining my unscientific take on ticks when Recorder advertising sales rep. Mike Currie passed by as he often does at that time of day. He stopped to chat, not unusual, 0

Jaywalking: Payday

For the past eight years, I’ve covered Turners Falls native Sonya Lamonakis as she has risen from amateur Golden Gloves champion to professional women’s heavyweight world champion. Now, another local woman is trying to make a name for herself in the ring. No. Make that caged octagon. Greenfield native and 2006 Pioneer Valley Regional School grad Sarah Payant is quickly climbing the ranks of the rapidly growing women’s mixed martial arts world. Payant, who has the fighting nickname “Soulja,” will get a huge opportunity in 0

Keeping Score: Stories of David

Good morning! It might take some prodding, but even a sports fan like myself can enjoy the theater. On May 14 in Keene, my friend Marilyn Medina and I had $59 orchestra seats for an evening with David Sedaris at the historic Colonial Theatre. The 58-year-old Sedaris is an essayist and humorist who writes for the New Yorker Magazine, has eight books with 10 million copies in print and does two stand-up tours a year across the U.S. and Europe. He hit it big, but 0

On the Trail: Hidden wonders

Gray, damp, windy. Storm brewing. Wild-rose buds bursting into fragrant white blossoms emitting that sweet, unmistakable scent that money can’t buy. I look forward to the two weeks it annually lingers, making our daily rambles all the more pleasant. I should have known what was coming next. So predictable if you keep a journal. Yes, as is customary when the sweet fragrance of multiflora rose fills Sunken Meadow and my front yard, I can expect turtle migration from marsh to field to lay eggs. And, 0

Keeping Score: Epstein’s legacy

Good morning! Come back Theo, the Red Sox need you. Owner John Henry will piggyback you to Secaucus for Monday’s draft. It starts at 6 p.m. and the first 75 picks will be televised. The Red Sox pick seventh and 81st overall, and they need to hit the lottery. Only seven percent of all players who ink pro contracts ever reach the big leagues, which underscores Epstein’s success in his last draft for the Red Sox before he left for the Cubs. That was 2011 0