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Food & dining


Retired farmer leads volunteer crew in Greenfield

Retired Massachusetts State Police Trooper Mike Lapointe taps a foil pan and watches it spin on the string that attaches it to the pole in his hand. The low-tech device, he explains, was intended to keep crows away from tomatoes. It didn’t work. So Lapointe moved a crow carcass into the field from the nearby road where it was killed, and that did the job.

“We hung that thing up until it was basically a skeleton and the crows didn’t come around,’’ Lapointe says.

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