Finding forlorn beauty


Bitter-cold wind whips across the frozen surface of Leverett Pond, rustling the bare branches of a maple tree on its southern shore and sending dry...

As traditional as apple pie


It’s been a half-century since the Robbins Memorial Church in Greenfield began selling pies as a fundraiser — in that time, very little has changed...

Birds of prey swoop into Montague


The Carnegie Library in Turners Falls had unique patrons perusing the bookshelves during the week of February school vacation — birds of prey.Local...

Five-year-old Grace Larson, a student at Newton School in Greenfield, traced letters onto a heart-shaped construction paper valentine one recent...

Reading for a cause


A little over a decade ago, David Manning, 81, retired from Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, where he worked for 45 years as a...

Shining their ‘inner light’


Farm to table cooking is a seasonal affair. Spring brings crops like asparagus; summer is fruit season, featuring locally grown blueberries and...

A decade of decadent eats


In the last decade, from fried octopus in Moscow, Russia to “fika” in Gothenburg, Sweden — traditional coffee and a cinnamon bun — to flavorful...

2019 Best of Blotter Part 2


When I was younger, I dreamed of illustrating a cartoon strip for my hometown newspaper, the Northampton-based Daily Hampshire Gazette. Thus, when...

Not-so-perfect sugar cookies


Every December, my social newsfeed is flooded with photos of cute holiday sugar cookies — little reindeer with perfect red noses; angels with...

On Saturday at 3 p.m. at Greenfield High School Auditorium, Greenfield's Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Orchestra will host...

There was a time, perhaps five years ago, when I wanted to move to California. I wasn’t drawn to the western state’s physical place as much as to...

Giving the gift of flowers, secretly


For as long as she’s been alive, Adria Lowry Paulson, of Northfield, has been a forager. While growing up in Jeffersonville, Vt., for example, she...

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