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Shauna - Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 12:30 P
New Users
Welcome Shen - I'm glad someone else is familiar with how useful this corkboard is in Montague, and if it was even half as used here it would be a great success of communication amongst villagers. Thanks for chiming in and inviting others to use it.
Everyone reading this is encouraged to let others know as well, and post any happenings or questions - dialogs or announcements of any kind about literally Anything in or around Shelburne Falls. Some fun or useful things talked about in Montague are animal sightings, favorite trails and nature spots, weather happenings, senior center/ library /school / boards/ councils/ events and conversations - topics are unlimited.
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Shen - Thu, Sep 25, 2014, 10:38 A
New User
Just learned about this site from a flyer at the Arms library. I know what a great tool has been for years now and would love to see the same here.
It looks like you've been here for quite a while, but with a very small number of users?
I just posted info about the site on my FB page - maybe I'll also email to selected local acquaintances....
: ) shen
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Shauna - Wed, Jul 23, 2014, 6:58 P
Art Showings
Local Artist, Kimberly Sebrey

has two showings in Shelburne Falls:

Moca Maya's July 23 - September 3rd, Reception July 30th


Blue Rock Aug 12 - Nov 3, Reception August 14
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Shauna - Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 9:06 A
Hiking Trails
There are some interesting trail maps on this page of the site, which is a wealth of information about Shelburne Falls:
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Shauna - Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 9:04 A
Bof Road Race
Bridge of Flowers 10K August 9. 2014
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Shauna - Thu, Jun 5, 2014, 12:26 P
Riverfest Saturday
Don't forget: RiverFest is THIS SATURDAY!
Great fun for the Whole Family

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Shauna - Tue, Jun 3, 2014, 12:25 P
Scenes Threatened
Calling photographers & artists: as part of a June 18th event in Greenfield, a show of artwork depicting scenes along the proposed pipeline route is planned. Janice Sorensen ( will put together a slideshow if you send her photographs. Please contact Janice if you are interested in submitting artwork. Please share. Thank you!
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Shauna - Sat, May 24, 2014, 4:11 P
Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader is speaking at the Buckland-Shelburne Community Center at 52 main Street, Shelburne,
Falls, at 6:30 pm on June 4. Tickets for $5.00 are to be purchased in advance at Boswell's Books at 10 Bridge Street. (413)625-9362 or at

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Shauna - Sun, Apr 13, 2014, 12:18 P
Pipeline Presentation
TGP Pipeline Presentation

Where - Sanderson Academy 808 Cape Street, Ashfield, MA 01330
When - Tuesday April 29 at 7:00 pm
What - This is an in-depth presentation focusing on all aspects of this proposed pipeline project. This is your chance to learn about who Kinder Morgan is, what the pipeline will look like, safety risks, financial risks, environmental risks and more. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Spread the word.
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Shauna - Fri, Mar 28, 2014, 3:06 P
Mexican Potholes!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
(Published in print: Friday, March 28, 2014)

SHELBURNE FALLS — If all goes as hoped, Michael Collins and Pacifico “Tony” Palumbo — former co-owners of a popular Colrain eatery — could be starting something folks have wanted for a long time: a restaurant next to the Glacial Potholes.

During their 20 years of running a restaurant at The Green Emporium, Collins and Palumbo received restaurant critics’ praises and features in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine and Saveur Magazine, Bon Appetit, Self Magazine and in travel books.......

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dmciver - Thu, Mar 13, 2014, 4:16 P
Greening Greenfield-mar. Water Weekend-3 Films The Global Water Crisis
Water is a growing problem everywhere. What are the issues?
How can we protect our supplies?

Greening Greenfield and co-sponsors Saint James
Episcopal Church and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
are presenting a weekend of films that address various aspects
of this global crisis and what we can do about it.

Fri. Mar. 28th-6:30 p.m. - FLOW - "Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. The film also takes a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround".
Discussion leader- Glen Ayers lives in Greenfield and is a Soil Scientist by training, having accumulated a BS and MS in soil science. For the past 10+ years he has worked as a Health Agent for numerous towns in Western Mass. He currently maintains nine Public Health licenses or certifications, including Registered Sanitarian, Public Water Supply Operator, and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator.

Sat. Mar. 29th -3:00 p.m. - Tapped - "Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. The documentary presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water. Addresses the "manufacture" of the water itself, and also where the bottles come from, where they go after use and how they influence our lives while they're with us."

Discussion leader-Jill Appel CPA, MPH, is a member of Concord's Sustainable Energy Committee and she ran the campaign to bring Concord's historic single-serve bottle water bylaw to Town meeting.

5:30-6:30-one hour break for dinner - pizza, and salad provided -Donation

6:30p.m. - Liquid Assets - "tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and storm water. Many of these systems are more than 100 years old and provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. These aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation's history. The film explores the history, engineering challenges, and political and economic realities in urban and rural locations, providing an understanding of the hidden assets that support our way of life".

Discussion leaders-Sara Campbell and Mark Holley
Sara has been Greenfield’s Engineering Superintendent for over two years. She has been a consulting Civil Engineer in Franklin County since 1987 and has worked on numerous residential, industrial and commercial projects in the region, designing utility systems for new development. Her work includes reviewing plans for new connections to the systems, and planning for rehabilitation of the aging pipes. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.

Mark is the Superintendent of the Water Facilities Department of Greenfield’s DPW and has been part of the DPW for over 17 years His team has responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the drinking water supply and waste water treatment facilities. This includes complying with numerous regulatory requirements, operating pumping stations and treatment plants, and maintaining a laboratory on site.

Saint James Church Parish Hall
Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield-Enter via parking lot side door
Free Admission/Donations accepted
Refreshments served-door prizes at end of last film
Contact: 773-5165
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Grant - Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 5:06 P
New Local Artist The Bakers Oven
Greetings everyone. I recently moved to Shelburne Falls this past September and have some of my new work on display at The Bakers Oven this weekend. There will be a meet and greet from 9 - 10pm with free Apps at the Bar this Saturday March 1st. I look forward to meeting you. See you there!
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Shauna - Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 12:18 P
Fracked Pipeline
The map in on this website looks like the pipeline proposal could go though Shelburne Falls, which is why it is very important to be aware and act now if we can, to prevent it.
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Shauna - Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 12:11 P
Fracked Pipeline
What route would you like the proposed gas pipeline to take?
We are all one big community here in Western MA so no town could easily claim NIMBY and if does go through, eminent domain may be imminent.

Presentation on Fracking in Western MA, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
There will be a presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Bruce Winn from Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT - will be talking about the basics of fracking, the proposed pipeline route, the nature of the pipeline and its contents, environmental and health issues, economic and regulatory issues, issues of eminent domain, and what can we do to stop this. Discussion time to follow.
Place: Village Congregational Church, Main Street, Cummington, MA


Please do what you can to get people to this and to let folks know....we must stop this!!!!!!
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Shauna - Fri, Feb 14, 2014, 3:51 P
7:30 Tonight
Show Valentines Day LOVE for your Shelburne Falls Community! If you get dug out (or walk as I will!) come over to Mocha Maya's for the 7:30 screening of the Transition Movie.

"The Transition Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. Join us for a showing of the Transition movie." Mocha Maya's
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Shauna - Sun, Feb 9, 2014, 5:08 P
Ice Rink Cowell Gym
Ice rink open by Cowell Gym


Recorder Staff
Monday, February 3, 2014
(Published in print: Tuesday, February 4, 2014)

SHELBURNE FALLS — Frigid winter weather combined with volunteer efforts to create a 100-by-90-foot ice skating rink on the outdoor tennis courts of the Cowell Gymnasium.

While winter lasts, residents may go to the Cowell Gym on Maple Street to enjoy the free outdoor rink, which is divided between an ice hockey area and a free-skate section.

Cowell Gym Director Emily Crehan said the ice pond formed naturally, then volunteers mounded up the surrounding snow to contain the ice. Neighbor and volunteer Frank Field added more water, to smooth out the ice, and he keeps an eye on its condition.

The rink also has a new cedar bench nearby, where skaters can take off shoes and skates. The skating bench was built and donated by carpenter Dave Campolo of Greenfield, who worked with Recreation Committee Chairwoman Diana Hardina and Jeff Kratz of Leader Home Center to create it. Leader Home Center donated the cedar for the bench.

“Townspeople have been coming up here and are really happy to see it,” said Crehan.

To find out about more activities at the Cowell Gym online, “like” the Cowell’s Facebook page to see notices of open gym times that randomly occur over weekends, school vacations and holidays. For more information or to inquire about a private rental, call 625-0305.

Online information is at:

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Shauna - Wed, Feb 5, 2014, 3:19 P
Reschedule Movie
Mocha Maya's showing of the Transition Town Movie has been rescheduled to

Friday, February 14th, at 7:30 pm

Show LOVE for your Village on Valentines Day - come join us!
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Shauna - Mon, Feb 3, 2014, 4:59 P
Mocha Maya’s Transition Movie
Follow up to Village Visioning:

If you don't know about Transition Town, or if you Do know:

Join in community to watch the
Transition Movie at Mocha Maya's
This Wednesday, Feb 5th, at 7pm

here's a quickie from Rob Hopkins - creator of the global Transition Town movement:

also, if you are on Facebook, you can go to "Village Visioning, Shelburne Falls Transition"
to see the first Transition event, Village Visioning, where we discussed what we love about Shelburne Falls, and what else we would like to see, to increase localization, sustainability and resilience here.
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Shauna - Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 9:30 P
Art Garden Feb. Vaca.
the art garden
a Community Supported Art-making place

February Vacation 2014


February Vacation Clay and Art for Kids!

The Art Garden is collaborating with Molly Cantor Pottery to offer a week-long program including morning clay and mixed media art-making in the afternoon.

Program will meet
February 17-21, 2014
Monday – Friday
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Additional hours

available until 5 pm

at The Art Garden.




for details.

Mixed ages 6-12 year olds.

Cost: $275 per week

Please register as early as possible with a $50 deposit
at Molly Cantor Pottery, 20 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
or call Molly at (413) 625-2870, or email:
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Shauna - Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 8:37 P
Equalites Bakers Oven Now!
Tonight at 9:00 - any minute now - the local Reggae Band the EQUALITES is playing at the Bakers Oven, 24 Bridge St!
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Shauna - Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 2:22 P
Tonight Sarah Pirtle Seeger Tribute
Tonight: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger Tribute 7 p.m

Sarah Pirtle will facilitate the evening
Location: Ashfield, Big white church on main street, across from the fire department

Kate Stevens writes:

Dear friends,
As many of you probably know by now, world-renowned folk singer and peace activist, Pete Seeger, died yesterday. We are holding a Pete Seeger Tribute tonight at the church.

Sarah Pirtle will facilitate the evening and it is open to the whole community. We will hold the event in the upper room at the Ashfield church at 7 p.m.
It's the big white church on main street Ashfield across from the fire department, about thirty minutes from the Greenfield rotary.
Participants are invited to bring instruments, copies of the book Rise Up Singing, and any favorite Pete Seeger stories. Please feel free to invite any of your singing friends.
Blessings to you all,
Kate Stevens

As CNN reports this morning:
Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday. He was 94. Seeger's best known songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song).
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Shauna - Tue, Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 A
Community Garden
Lets create a community garden in Shelburne Falls. Villagers who live in the center of town, or residents who prefer gardening with friends and neighbors, and growing their own food, need a place to become resilient and save money on healthy fresh organic (low carbon miles) food! interested? - write to me, or post a reply with your ideas.

By Christina Brown
blog - frugal by nature

With food prices continually on the rise, more people are turning to gardening as a way to save money. If this is something you’ve been thinking about, you have a couple of options to consider.

You could invest in a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) program, where you buy a share of produce from a local farm. It’s much less work than planting your own garden, but it also offers less flexibility. You’ll spend a minimum of $400 for the season and you may end up with produce you don’t know what to do with (rutabega, anyone?)

If you’re willing to invest some time, growing fruits and vegetables in your own back yard can be very economical. A $1 packet of carrot seeds will give you dozens of fresh carrots to eat. Just a few tomato plants will bear enough fruit for salads, salsas, sauces and more for a few months for a family of five.

Either way, gardening on your own has a lot of perks, besides the obvious cost savings. One of the perks is that you control the conditions. You can choose to raise your food organically, which provides a significant cost savings over buying organic produce at the store. You could pay as much as $3 a pound for organic carrots, or you could grow 25 pounds of carrots for the cost of a $1 packet of seeds.

The other perk: food you’ve grown yourself tastes amazing! Your food is picked fresh from your garden when it’s ready and doesn’t have to be transported on a truck or sit around on store shelves. When food tastes better, you’re less likely to let it go to waste.

I first started gardening three years ago. I’ve never had much of a green thumb, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes (and I’ll make more), but I can honestly say that growing your own food isn’t that hard. I’ve grown tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, carrots, peppers, zucchini, and basil in just two 4’x4’ raised bed garden plots and saved more than $125 on my food bill.

The first year is the most expensive as you get set up. My initial investment consisted of less than $70 for one 4‘x4’ raised-bed kit, dirt and plants. I added a second plot in year two. This year, my only investment has been plants and seeds. The amount of produce I’ve grown more than makes up for the money I’ve spent on my garden.

Of course, if you’re not careful, gardening can be expensive. If your motivation is to save money, it’s important to keep your costs low. Here are a few ways you can save money on planting a garden:

Start small. A smaller garden takes much less work and needs fewer materials to start. With a small raised bed and some containers, you’ll be able to grow plenty of fresh produce.
Start from seed. Starting seeds indoors can be a huge savings over what you’d pay for plants at the greenhouse. For example, you may pay $2 for tomato seeds to plant dozens of tomato plants, or you could buy one tomato plant at a greenhouse for $5 or more. You just need a bit more time and planning to start from seed. Since each seed packet has more than you need, consider a seed exchange with friends to get the plants you want for less.
Shop the sales. If planting from seed isn’t for you, then be sure to shop the sales at your local greenhouse. Sign up for any mailing lists or newsletters from local greenhouses to be notified of special sales. Watch for end-of-season close-outs and save 50% off or more on your plants.
Plant what you’ll eat. There’s no point in having a garden if you don’t like anything you plant. One of the best ways to save money when gardening is to plant things you love to eat but hate spending money on. For me, that’s broccoli. For you, it might be fresh herbs or tomatoes.
Compost. You can start your own compost bin or pile and provide hearty nutrition for your garden with your own vegetable scraps. You’ll save money on fertilizer and be doing something good for the environment.
Preserve your harvest. Make sure to make the most of what you’ve grown – I highly recommend freezing or canning whatever produce you don’t eat right away. You can watch the sales for deals on vacuum packers and bags for freezing, or use coupons to buy canning supplies. Canning jars can be picked up for great prices at thrift stores and estate sales – you’ll just need to get new lids and rings. You can even use a food dehydrator to preserve items like carrots and celery for use in soups during the winter months.

Gardening is a fun, family activity that doesn’t have to cost a lot. And if I can do it with my two brown thumbs, I know you can, too!
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Shauna - Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 2:26 P
Tedx Talk Cpa
A great project in Northampton, using CPA funds:


"......With the help of $910,000 in CPA funds, private funding, and other grants, 24 of these acres will be carved out for active recreation, 35 acres of forest will be conserved as part of the Mill River Greenway, and the remaining land will be devoted to agriculture. Grow Food Northampton worked to raise $700,000 in six months to buy the121 acres of protected farmland from The Trust for Public Land, and is in the process of creating a community-supported agriculture farm. CPA funds are also being used to help develop 17 of these farmland acres as a community garden."

Could Shelburne Falls ever see a smaller scale version of this project come to fruition with the help of CPA funds?
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Shauna - Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 10:56 A
Tedx Talk Cpa
This is a very informative TEDx talk about what could be possible if we passed the Community Preservation Act for our town(s).

Shelburne Falls resident, Wendy Ferris says "It's imperative that when we talk about the natural and cultural assets that define our "sense of place", we also talk about the tools to preserve, repair and enhance them, and the CPA does just that."

$100,000. a year to spend or save to be used on Open Space Conservation Projects, Affordable housing, Historical Preservation projects and Public Recreation.

It would take 61 voters' signatures on a petition in Buckland to put this on the ballot.

I love the examples she gives of what Leverett, Goshen, Whatley, Sunderland, Conway, and Deerfield have done with their CPA money - these types of projects would be great for our Village.

Check it out: Great presentation:

also see:
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mmuller - Sun, Jan 26, 2014, 10:53 A
Make This Your Homepage
Thanks for the kudos, Shauna.

Hello everyone. Yes, this website is here for you to post whatever, free from Facebook and too-wide a reach, which sometimes dilutes what you're trying to do sometimes: create a vibrant local community... a single town.

So, post your events in the calendar, announcements and questions on the corkboard, and your businesses on the business card page. All free. Email the site link to your neighbors and invite them to join. The only way this vehicle will thrive is if there are people here to make it so. More, is more.

And, if you want to buy a banner ad, well, that's always helpful :-)

-Mik, now in Greenfield.
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