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Turned & Sculpted

5/1/2017 | Fanceen Munson

Approaching the home of Rosanna Coyne, master woodworker, one starts to see neatly placed chunks, blocks, logs, and trunks of wood weathering and drying in the elements in Hampden, Massachusetts. Stepping into the federal style home that she designed, one realizes the incredible level of skill and artistr ...

It's About Thyme

5/1/2017 | Amy White

If you have ever driven up Route 83 in Somers heading toward Springfield, you are sure to have noticed a bright pink post and beam barn with a green door and white trim. It was built in 1830, and, like so many Connecticut Tobacco Valley barns, had hinged sideboards originally used for opening the barn to dry the tobacco that hung from its rafters. Today that barn is the home of Kassandra…It’s About Thyme…Herbs Unlimited, a unique shop owned by Katherine Mashiak, who grew up with the nickname Kassandra, or Kassy, for short. ...

Local Roots

5/1/2017 |

Amongst the sprawling acres of fields and greenhouses at E. Cecchi Farms, there’s more than just produce and plants rooting in, but also a long-standing family tradition of agriculture. Here, embedded in the soil is a rich tradition of timeless work and diligent farming practices, one that has been passed down through five generations. It began in 1946, when Erminio Cecchi left his father’s farm in Agawam, purchasing a forty acre plot to start his own business in Feeding Hills. Under the shade of a large maple tree, Erminio sold his yield and thus began a legacy of providing the community with fresh, local produce. ...

Something From the Clouds

5/1/2017 | Carly Maher

Luis Lee, member of the Seneca Beaver Clan says that everything, animate and inanimate, has a spirit. As he lifts a handmade tomahawk, a deer hoof dangles from a string tied to the end. He suggests that it infuses the instrument with the likeness of the animal. “Grace, agility,” he says thoughtfully, turning it over to show the detail. The retired business owner, award-winning graphic designer, craftsman, lacrosse coach and member of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Longhouse, is, if nothing more, anyone’s most interesting dinner guest. ...

The Little Red Store

5/1/2017 | Amber Wakley

Situated on a precarious corner in the Stafford Hollow – the original center of town – there’s a little red store with a treasured history. The gable-ended building is draped with warm nostalgia and timeless charm; its rustic ambiance is a point of pride for locals and an intriguing stop for visitors. This is Mill Pond Country Store. Established in 1845, the country store has always lent itself as a local hub and the façade has gone nearly unaltered over the last 175 years (a true rarity for commercial buildings of this period). At its inception most arrived by horse and buggy, while others used furs in exchange for goods. And while some things have changed over the nearly two centuries, it has always been a place for community and conversation. ...

Born From the Heart

5/1/2017 | Amber Wakley

In the front yard of a modest ranch home in East Windsor you can hear a pleasant commotion inside; the warm breeze blowing inward exchanges itself with happy laughter tumbling out. Rainbow bits of thick chalk are sprinkled across the driveway and a downscaled plastic yellow wheelbarrow leans against its replica in the meticulously kept garden. Approaching the breezeway curious voices, chattering toddlers and even a few squeals escape through the screen door – this is the Dziadul Family. ...

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