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Mushroom Macro Photography

Mushroom hunting as a hobby has taken off in popularity in recent years, and so has the art of mushroom photography, the art of photographing very small, quirky, and colorful fungal fruiting bodies …

Troop 3 Summits Mount Garfield

On a brisk late fall New England weekend, six BSA Troop 3 Manchester scouts conquered Mount Garfield.   Mount Garfield in the White Mountains, NH, has an elevation of 4,480 feet and is five …

Joy from an Unknown Artist 

Joy and beauty are elusive in this post pandemic, divided, burning world we inhabit. Elusive, but not gone, writes Manchester resident William Barth, Jr., MD in this latest edition of "Local Musings."

Festival-by-the-Sea 2023

Manchester’s Festival-by-the-Sea has become a Cape Ann Classic, and the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s community artisan event this year brought with it a crystal-clear amazing summer day …

Mushroom of the Week: Fungal Fruitings

All of our seemingly endless summer rains have produced some interesting fungal fruitings! Typically, we have a mid-summer drought, or worse, and can only collect fall species, but this year, we …

September 16, 2023 Road and Gravel Routes Available For beginner riders to seasoned cyclists, Essex County Greenbelt Association’s annual Tour de Greenbelt - Cycle for Land Conservation is …

July 6 - 9, 2023 This weekend as part of Gloucester’s 400+ anniversary celebration, Maritime Gloucester will host a series of maritime history signature events that will include dory races, …

Patton Bowl’s Sailing Highlight

The fleet of seven boats, assembled for the 70th running of the Patton Bowl regatta, was pleasantly surprised when the wind, forecast to be light and from the south, turned into a strong 15 knot …

One of Gloucester’s flagship vessels, Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries has announced a series of events to coincide with the 4th of July holiday …

O&A: Summer Kick Off for Adventure

The schooner Adventure is set to launch its Gloucester 400+ season this weekend, during St. Peter’s Fiesta.  Adventure is inaugurating Gloucester Sails!, an official event of the Gloucester …

Chicken of the Woods is one of the “Top 4” easiest edible mushrooms to identify.   It is right up there with Morels, Puffballs, and the Shaggy Mane. Its bright orange colors can shine …

Mushrooms can benefit your landscaping efforts as well as add variety to your dinner table.  They can also be fun to study because of their complex nature and the sheer challenge of the science …

My husband recently asked me what I wanted from him and the kids this Mother’s Day.  “Do you want to spend the day with us or do you want us to skedaddle?”  My answer is yes and yes, because …

2023 Gardening Season Is Here

As the days get longer and temperatures rise, it’s time for local gardeners to welcome in the 2023 gardening season.  This is an exciting time of year as you plan out your garden beds and decide …

The North Shore has much going on in the way of gardening—from flower farming and amazing CSAs to spectacular home and formal gardens.  But out on Southern Avenue in Essex, just next to the Cox …

Will Fungi Take Over the World?

Will the human race be annihilated by a fungal infection?   Will fungi turn us all into homicidal zombies someday?   That is what the popular new HBO science fiction series, “The Last of …

The Joys of Winter Mushrooms

It may be surprising, but one can find a few edible wild mushrooms during wintertime.  The good thing is that hunting them gives you something to do while you’re cross-country skiing or walking in …

It may be surprising, but there are a few edible wild mushrooms that one can find during wintertime.  The good thing is that hunting them gives you something to do while you’re cross-country …

Tweetings, fellow birders.  Thanks for flying in to read this column!   Well, the holiday season has kicked off, which means it's time for that annual Thanksgiving feast.  Truly a wonderful …

So Much Work Ahead For The Great Marsh

YOU MAY HAVE READ in these articles on the Great Marsh details on the salt marsh restoration work that is underway in the Great Marsh.   This work includes regeneration of native salt marsh …

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