Monthly Archives: October 2009

Still Going Strong

I took my two surviving English Springers on their routine morning run Wednesday, 8:30-ish, to the usual hayfield — a mix of clover, timothy, orchard grass and rye — the shadowed eastern third still frosted brittle. I let Ringy and Lily out and sat in the cab listening to Dennis and Callahan on WEEI. Well, […]

A Sad Ordeal

It should be with euphoria that I greet the dawning of a new bird-hunting season, which opened today for woodcock, Saturday for pheasant and partridge. And, yes, I am looking forward to the exercise, the dogs and wing-shot challenges. But it would have been better with Bessie — that is, Old Tavern Farm’s Brown Bess […]

Another Shop Bites the Dust

Sad news from Noho, where Dave Warren is closing the doors to Dave’s Pioneer Sporting Center on the south side of Damon Road. Tell me, is there a less likely location for a successful gun and tackle shop than Northampton, the politically correct capital of our Happy Valley? No sir. But that’s not what killed […]

Gentelman Jim

I found retiring, longtime state Bear Project Leader Jim Cardoza at his desk Tuesday (Oct. 6, 2009), just after noon, at Westborough’s MassWildlife Field Headquarters, where he’s kept his office during my entire Recorder tenure; more than 30 years, almost unimaginable to me, the South Deerfield bad boy who told many a teacher and coach […]