Valley Life

Reach out to the people you care about before it's too late My friend Steven died a few weeks ago. I'd known him since 1962, maybe even '61, but we weren't that close in recent years. But he was a friend, like Joyce, with whom, …

Thursday, August 25, 2016
MILFORD - By all accounts, Cate Langdell was a typical hard-working, God-fearing, 19thcentury New England housewife. Cate cleaned and cooked, sewed and ironed, churned her own butter, made her own …
Thursday, August 25, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
The Hutchinson Family Singers were among the first protest singers, although much more genteel than many today. Four members of the family - Asa, Jesse, John and Judson - presented …
Thursday, August 25, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
"Harvests for Tomorrow," a new government documentary film dealing with farm life in New England, was to be shown at the Latchis Theatre in Milford. W.P. Ennis, 79, of Pelika, …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
LYNDEBOROUGH - Eagle Scout candidate Ian Holden presented his landscaping plan for the area behind Citizens' Hall to members of the Lynde­borough Heritage Com­mission recently. Citizens' Hall is listed on …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
WILTON - Dave Wright was the winner of the $1,000 prize in the photogra­phy contest "Wild Wilton," sponsored by the Conservation Commission. A panel of judges chose his artistic picture …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
> WILTON - The Board of Selectmen recently trav­eled to New Durham to present an appreciation plaque to Elizabeth "Betsy" Castro in honor of her 30 years of service to …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
LYNDEBOROUGH - A pig roast will be held at Center Hall at 1 p.m. Sun­day, Aug. 21, to benefit Fire Chief Brian Smith and his wife, Jackie, a volunteer with …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
WILTON - Sometimes the old way is the best way, with a few modern innovations. A year ago, gardener Alison Meltzer happened to ask Clint Sanborn, of West Baldwin, Maine, …
Thursday, August 18, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
August is National Rum Month, evoking visions of sitting on a tropical veranda with a mai tai or a pina colada. Rum was developed in the Ca­ribbean from sugar cane, …
Thursday, August 18, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
>Proper pronunciation enough to keep one awake at night It's 3 in the morning, and I'm lying in bed and the fan is off because it's cool outside and I …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
> LYNDEBOROUGH - The sky was dark and threatened rain all day, but there was a re­freshing breeze keeping the humidity down and allowing visitors to comfortably stroll among the …
Thursday, August 18, 2016
AMHERST - It's more than a food, almost a drug. Everyone who loves chocolate knows the truth of that statement - that chocolate not only tastes good, but affects how …
Thursday, August 11, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
>We would have to decide whose 'bums' to throw out Oh, man, the "R" word is back. On NPR recently, the lead singer and gui­tarist of the Rhode Island band …
Thursday, August 11, 2016
AMHERST - An ordinary round of golf is 18 holes, but this was no ordinary game. Multiply 18 by five and add 10, you have what 58 golf­ers each did …
Thursday, August 11, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
LYNDEBOROUGH - Before the Civil War, hops were a popu­lar cash crop, as local farmers shipped the dried hops to Boston breweries. Hops now grow along many local stone walls, …
Thursday, August 4, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
>Sometimes the opposing view is the more rational one So, I'm schlepping around my WSJ bag that I use to carry my swim­ming gear, and somebody I know asks me …
Thursday, August 4, 2016
LYNDEBOROUGH - The library and town office oc­casionally receive inqui­ries from people looking for information concern­ing ancestors who may have lived in town. Such inquiries are forwarded to members of …
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
Carol Bonow has led small group tours around Europe for years. Last week, though, she got lost on the way to the Bedford Public Li­brary. But she just shrugged her …
Thursday, July 28, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
>Being deeply ashamed doesn't give anyone a pass to cheat This happens on TV, in movies and in real life: A man or woman gets busted cheating on his or …
Thursday, July 28, 2016
BOOK NOOK WILTON - The Little Free Library looks a lot like the town library - the vision of architect Allison Meltzer, who designed it. Meltzer is a member of …
Thursday, July 21, 2016 |  
Plaque deems Hampshire Hills lap pool lane 4 'Forever Rod's' You ever have a moment when, seeing or hearing something, you just think: "Wow, that is really just so nice." …
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Free courses on civics will be available at Hampshire Hills MILFORD - In 1999 the American Bar Associa­tion estimated that only 15 percent of students in this country receive an …
Thursday, July 21, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
>Animals are safer to admire at a distance Black bears have become com­mon enough in our area to be con­sidered a nuisance. They are beautiful animals, at­tractive and fun to …
Thursday, July 14, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
>Chants are crucial to whatever your organization represents Watching the Amherst July 4 parade, particu­larly hearing the chants by supporters of this or that candidate for this or that office, …
Thursday, July 14, 2016
>WILTON - Big things are happening with An­dy's Summer Playhouse on Friday, July 15. That is when the young actors at Andy's, affec­tionately called "Andy's Kids," will be performing a …
Thursday, July 14, 2016
LYNDEBOROUGH - Many things in town have changed over the last 200 years. Homes were abandoned, leaving noth­ing but a cellar hole. The one-room schools moved around with population shifts, …
Thursday, July 7, 2016
MILFORD - On an afternoon Linda Dobbins would have loved, a group of Amherst and Milford Girl Scouts wearing handmade fairy wings gathered on a hillside behind the First Congregational …
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Could you please just speak clearly? Hatred of public 'nasal talkers' knows no age boundaries You know whom I hate? The dorky kid who sings the Kars4Kids jingle on the …
Thursday, July 7, 2016
>A list of quotes, from various sources, in no particular order Here are some quotes I like from various things: "White dudes shouldn't shave their heads." Jesse L. Martin as …
Thursday, June 30, 2016
> WILTON - From breakfast at 7 a.m. on Main Street to fireworks on Carnival Hill at dusk, Wilton celebrated the arrival of summer with its second annual Summer­fest on …
Thursday, June 30, 2016
LYNDEBOROUGH - For 15 years, New Boston conservationist Gordon Russell has watched the changes in Great Mead­ow. The site is beautiful place, he told a gather­ing at the Tarbell Library …
Thursday, June 30, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
I know what you're won ering: Now that the race for the Democratic and Republican nomintions for president is over, has it in any way changed or solidified MY plans …
Thursday, June 23, 2016
WILTON - Summerfest - the Main Street Associa­tion's celebration of sum­mer - will be bigger and better than last year, according to organizers. "I had to go to the selectmen …
Thursday, June 23, 2016 | By JESSIE SALISBURY Correspondent
How is it acceptable to label individuals 'like groceries?' What shall we call this? Sad? Pathetic? Sick? Or a sign of our times? In the May 29 issue of The …
Thursday, June 16, 2016
AMHERST - When the shop bell sounds, Tybalt stops what he is doing, snaps to attention and trots to the front door to greet the customer. Tybalt and his brother …
Thursday, June 16, 2016 | By KATHY CLEVELAND Staff Writer
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