Visit the many farm and community festivals close to home

October 7, 2019

“The Earth’s distances invite the eye. And as the eye reaches, so must the mind stretch to meet these new horizons. I challenge anyone to […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: Hike to Breakneck Pond like visiting home of old friend

September 30, 2019

In my capacity as chief ranger of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, I have maintained a tradition for the past several years of […]


The Air Line Trail State Park: A recreation resource to be explored

September 23, 2019

Last year my wife and I purchased new bicycles. We purchased multi-use bikes with wider tires than the narrow tires for biking on roads. Our […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: Walktober nears as Autumnal Equinox does

September 15, 2019

Welcome to the last week of summer. Sorry, but someone had to break it to you. The Autumnal Equinox in our Northern Hemisphere is Sept. […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: Mighty oak has glorious past, perilous present, hopeful future

September 9, 2019

“Since the glaciers last retreated and since humans began to build and settle down, there have been but two versions of the world: the world […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: This is ‘empty nest’ time for us and the birds

September 1, 2019

Two weeks ago, my colleague took her youngest child to college thereby joining the “empty nest” club. My youngest left the nest more than 15 […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: General Lyon’s birthplace and burial along Natchaug Trail

August 25, 2019

It was during a Walktober event led by State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni that I first learned about General Nathaniel Lyon of Eastford. Bellantoni took us […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: Luna moth a recognizable, beautiful creature

August 18, 2019

A few weeks ago, I discovered a large, bright green caterpillar in the yard. It was the size of my thumb with small dark spots […]


Understand the Invasive Japanese Knotweed before doing battle

August 11, 2019

This is the time of year when the invasive plant Japanese knotweed is blooming in large clusters of greenish-white flowers. This perennial plant blooms in […]


Exploring The Last Green Valley: Forest ferns beautiful and fascinating plants

August 5, 2019

“Truly, out of the darkness, where forever the stems of our little northern ferns are hid, the frond reaches up an eager hand for the […]


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