RECREATION

The Massachusetts Pirates are Worcester's arena football team.
Courtesy Massachusetts Pirates

While the only recent NFL action was the draft last weekend, arena football players are now well into their regular season.

Donnie Gardiner doesn’t like to waste time. Not with the Red Sox home opener fast approaching.

After offering a quick greeting at Gate D — “C’mon in. Welcome to Fenway Park,” he says — he rushes off to the visitors’ clubhouse. Gardiner walks and talks.

“We have city inspections we have to worry about,” he says. “We have construction we have to finish up. We have just all kinds of things going on right now.”

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, opens for the season next weekend. Like at that other large amusement destination in Florida, a day at the park is not just about the thrill rides. 

Some of Vermont's working farmland is under a land protection deal called the Current Use program.
AMY KOLB NOYES / VPR

A new study of New England cities and towns, led by scientists at Harvard Forest, Amherst College and others, shows that when land is conserved, a modest growth in employment follows. 

An Ode To Wooden Boats, Even Building Them

Mar 12, 2019
A group representing Renbrook School in West Hartford, Connecticut, races a St. Ayles skiff built at the school.
Mercedes Maskalik / Courtesy Toby Goodrich

Floating in a wooden boat soothes the soul.

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