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Diane - Tue, Nov 29, 2022, 7:37 P
Magpie Concert 12/2 7pm
MAGPIE Concert
Friday – December 2 - 7:00 pm
Mount Toby Concerts - 194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA
www.magpiemusic.com

With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

Magpie's songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg's sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry's guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.

This performance will focus on the story of John Brown. It will draw from their CD featuring 11 songs about the famed abolitionist, his family, friends and associates. Plans are in the making for the presentation of their one-act play of the same name on May 6, 2022.

In Greg's words: We have also tried to raise some questions about violence. Our national history is rife with violence. In our present day most of us deplore violence and take a lofty moral view of U.S. history as if our nation all along was non-violent. Nothing could be further from the truth, and slavery represented one of the most violent aspects of that history, far more violent than anything Brown ever did. So the question is: when is violence, and further, violent civil disobedience, appropriate? When is a law or a government so wrong and so intransigent that it may be deemed appropriate to resort to it? Which is a greater "immorality" or a greater "evil," pro-active violence aimed at a redress of injustice or silent complicity in the injustice? How do we as a racist society deal with this story and with the legacy of slavery? From our point of view, Brown’s most important and most disquieting legacy is a call to direct action, not to violence. We believe, as people who have had the benefit of the great leaders Gandhi and King, that non-violent direct action is always best. Indeed, as we enter a new century there remain many problems in our society rooted in the negative aspects of our history which still require us to take direct action. We encourage everyone to search their own conscience and find their own way to take that action for the things they believe in. In particular, we encourage people everywhere to become involved in learning and practicing anti-racism, not just what is euphemistically referred to as non-racism. In our opinion, if you’re not part of the solution to racism, you’re part of the problem.

Suggested donation $15 to $25
Reserve seats at diacrowe@yahoo.com or call 413-336-2589

COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is no longer required. Measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use two room purifiers.
 
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Laurel - Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 10:10 A
Wendell Monthly Market
The last Wendell Monthly Market will be Saturday October 5th for the 2019 season. Pull on your warm sweater for brisk fall weather when you go to the north common by the gazebo from 10-1 for a fun time with vendors, musicians and Shell Hines doing bodywork. The Friends of the Wendell Library will have their Table Top Sale and food too!
 
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Laurel - Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 3:26 P
Wendell Monthly Market
Wendell Monthly Market & Tag Sale
Sat. Aug. 3 10am–1pm Town Common @t he gazebo
Come to Buy, Browse or Sell - free of charge

Organic veggies, cut flowers, eggs, maple syrup, crafts, bric-a-brac, jewelry, herbal remedies, artisan soaps, woodenware, native pollinator/ wildflower plants, and local bodywork practitioner, Lori Mars.

Corwin Ericson, local author, will have his books on hand, and the Friends of Wendell Library offers the Table Top Sale!

Jackie Hunt of the Whistle Stop café will be there too! How about you?
 
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Laurel - Wed, Jul 3, 2019, 3:58 P
Wendell Monthly Market
Saturday Jul 6, 2019, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Wendell Monthly Market will be held at the gazebo on the Wendell town common this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will repeat the first Saturday of each month.

Come to buy, come to sell, come to browse, come to make music with neighbors and friends. Vendors will be joined by a bodywork practitioner in the gazebo.

For an idea as to what to expect, there will be organic veggies, cut flowers, starts, eggs, maple syrup, crafts, bric-a-brac, jewelry, locally made herbal remedies, artisan soaps, woodenware, native pollinator/wildflower plants and food, with a Table Top sale to benefit the Friends of the Wendell Library too!
 
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Laurel - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 12:31 P
Found Owner
Buck is home safe and sound and on yard restrictions now! He belongs to a family that lives near the boat ramp.
Thanks.
 
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Laurel - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 12:07 P
Chocolate Lab Found
My partner and I found a chocolate labrador on Lakeview Road this evening 9/5/16) at 9:40PM. He was a large male, with no collar. We tried to approach him, but he was too skittish.
If anyone is missing a lab or knows of someone who is, the dog was walking fast towards the corner of Lakeview and Lockes village road.
We hope that someone finds him soon.

Hollie Sutherland
haf.sutherland@gmail.com
 
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Laurel - Fri, Jul 15, 2016, 6:44 P
Wendell Farmers Market
Check the 2019 calendar! We will have a Monthly Market in Wendell, the first Saturday of each month, in Wendell at the gazebo on the north common, 10-1:00.
 
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Laurel - Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 5:32 P
Wendell Farmers Market
Hi everyone! Tomorrow on the Wendell Town Common from 10-1pm:

Sugarbush Farm will have maple syrup and cookbooks.

Joyfarm will have organic, free-range fertile pastured eggs, fruit-infused
maple syrup and assorted plants.

Laughing Dog Farm will have collards, kale, chard, beet greens, lettuce,
beets, garlic, shallots, snow and snap peas, cut flowers + (lil' white
bunny holding) ...and more!

New Wendell Farm will have, in addition to CSA distribution, the following
extras to sell:
bunched greens, hukurei turnips, snow and snap peas, culinary sage bunches,
and head lettuce. *Head lettuce will be on sale this weekend, 2 for $4*!
Don't forget to eat your veggies this weekend, folks! The romaine is huge--
make some big, crunchy caesar salads to go along with your BBQ. Romaine
also gives the perfect crunch to fresh-grilled burgers.

In addition: Shelley Hines here, of Wellness Shines. This Saturday, July 2nd, I shall be offering Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu) and Energy Healing for the Body, Mind & Spirit. I'm available from 10am-1pm and shall be booking onsite, as well as ahead of time with a call from you, to me, at 508-631-6376. If anyone who has already experienced my healing work and feels inclined to share some feedback, that would be awesome.
Looking forward to our time together!

See you there!
 
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Laurel - Fri, Jun 24, 2016, 6:45 P
Wendell Farmers Market
*Sugarbush* Farm will have 100% maple syrup and maple cookbooks! (That's me!)

*Laughing Dog Farm* will have chard, beet greens, kale, collards, lettuce,
garlic, snow peas, flowers and more, (Danny and Divya!)

*Lori Mars will be offering Integrated Bodywork*
Unwind from your busy week with Integrated Bodywork by Lori Mars. I meld
various techniques to relieve muscular skeletal tension and pain, bringing
balance and ease to your body. You may call me today, Fri. to sign up
early, or sign in @ the market tomorrow....or just show up between 10 am
and 1pm.

*New Wendell Farm* will have head lettuce, bagged salad lettuce, bunched
greens sugar snap peas and kitchen herbs (sage, thyme, etc)
New Wendell Farm is Caro's. Come meet our newest CSA!
 
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Laurel - Fri, Jun 17, 2016, 9:56 P
June 18th
Hi everyone! Tomorrow at the Wendell Farmers Market we will have:

Garlic scapes, baby garlic, rhubarb, lettuce, kale, collards, flowers,
heirloom tomato plants, basil and more... from *Laughing Dog Farm*

Share pickup and extra Bagged Salad Greens for sale from *New Wendell Farm*

Maple Syrup from *Sugarbush Farm *

Integrated Bodywork with *Lori Mars*
 
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Laurel - Fri, Jun 10, 2016, 11:46 A
Wendell Farmers Market
The Wendell Farmers Market (Saturday mornings, Wendell Common, 10-1:00) is a unique, weekly offering of high-quality, home-grown produce, plants, flowers, herbs, syrup and more, conceived in Wendell's inimitable spirit of diversity, generosity, creativity and mutual support. The vendors and practitioners of the Wendell Farmers Market aim to provide healthy, fresh and locally-grown sustenance (and services) to our friends and neighbors as well as other regional visitors to Wendell, especially those who value and are otherwise isolated from other good food sources. As well as fine produce, the Wendell Farmers Market often includes an on site healer/bodyworker, drummers and/or other minstrel musicians. Patrons include food lovers, friends, as well as local neighbors who come not only for the incredible, fresh, (largely organic!) produce, but as well to barter, kibbitz and talk gardening/food with the passionate farmer-teachers, onsite.

The Wendell Farmers Market welcomes other local growers, crafters, musicians and healers to participate, whether as "vendors", consumers, barterers or just to enjoy fellowship and a lovely view from the historic Wendell Common. Stop by and see us, Saturdays 10:00-1:00!

Sugarbush Farm features premium maple syrup crafted by Wendell farmer Bill Facey (who built a post-and-beam sugarhouse in Wendell. Laurel markets his syrup and can usually be seen on Saturdays at the Wendell Farmers Market as well as at the house at 47 Davis Road, off Mormon Hollow Road.

Laughing Dog Farm (of nearby Gill), run by Wendell "ex-pats" Divya Shinn and Dan Botkin, is a five acre, permaculture-inspired market farm, sanctuary and learning site, producing a wide variety of heirloom, seasonal and storage produce (plus herbs, flowers and garlic) to share with neighbors and friends... (CSA shares still available for summer.) 413-863-8696

Sarah Kohler's Joyfarm from New Salem and Caro Rozwell's new CSA will be there too!
 
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JennyB - Fri, Jun 3, 2016, 7:11 A
Seeking Housemate For Beautiful Bdrm House
Seeking one person for a 2 bdrm house share in a unique and beautiful home. Looking for someone interested in participating and collaborating in making the household work. A great fit is a person who enjoys connecting and communicating, and who also loves cats! Please view my ad on Craigslist for all the details:
https://westernmass..../roo/5610593844.html
 
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Laurel - Wed, Jun 1, 2016, 9:51 A
Farmers Market Wendell
The Wendell Farmers Market is back and looking forward to serving the greater community. Look for us on the north common by the gazebo on Saturdays from 10-1:00!
 
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mmuller - Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 7:22 P
1997 Volvo 960 Wagon. $700
1997 Volvo 960 wagon. $700. Runs, but has several issues. Passed inspection last year. Solid body with almost no rust. HUGE back when the seats are down. Good for a contractor, station car, or first car for new driver. Put a tow hitch on this baby and haul that trailer anywhere! There may be several issues with the car, but they can be overcome. Have an open mind, and come take it away.

http://westernmass.c.../cto/5188769486.html
 
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mmuller - Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 4:00 P
Come And Hear About High Speed Internet Choices For Shutesbury
Come and hear about High Speed Internet choices for Shutesbury

A meeting will be held at the Shutesbury Athletic Club
Tuesday, 21st January 2014, 7:30PM to 9:00PM

1. Robert Brooks will give us the details of the cost/benefit analysis that inclined 83% of the Leverett voters to choose to install their own Fiber-Broadband (BB)- to-the-Home system. (owned by their Town and run as a Municipal Utility)

2. He will also tell us about the progress Leverett has made with the installation phase, and how they anticipate completion by the end of this year.

3. Becky Torres will update us on the current understanding of Wired West’s efforts. (expected to be owned and run as a Municipal Utility Cooperative)

4. Question and Answer segment.

5. General discussion - of how to evaluate and make the best choice for the Town of Shutesbury?

This meeting is being organized by Graeme Sephton at the request of a bunch of other town residents. He is the cable plant engineer at UMass, responsible for installing and maintaining all fiber and copper communications cable on that campus.

Robert Brooks serves on the Leverett Broadband Committee, which is in charge of their fiber installation.

Becky Torres is Shutesbury’s delegate to Wired West

Craig T Martin
cmartin@chem.umass.edu
 
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mmuller - Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 2:51 P
2013 Montague Soapbox Derby is ON!
Attention Soapbox Derby Racers!

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!

Visit our website www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.

http://montaguesoapb...0&title=Forms++Rules

We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.

Good News For Local Businesses

We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.

We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.

https://www.facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxDerby

For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.

If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.

Many thanks!
Mik Muller, Race Director
 
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mmuller - Mon, Jul 15, 2013, 8:34 P
First cutting Hay
Will you have any hay in September to rent? The Montague Soapbox Derby,a fundraiser for MCTV, will needseveral hundred bales just for one day -- five hours, really.
 
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Laurel - Tue, Jun 25, 2013, 11:00 A
First cutting Hay
Bill Facey (Sugarbush Farm in Wendell) has first cutting hay ready to be delivered at $5/bale. Call 978-544-7178 if interested.
 
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BrooksBendFarm - Tue, Jun 11, 2013, 3:03 P
RAW COWS MILK IN MONTAGUE SURVEY
Howdy,

My name is Devin Hickman. I am starting a small dairy selling 100% grass-fed organic raw cows milk here in Montague. I am trying to gauge community interest for raw milk being available in Montague by conducting a small survey

If you are interested in healthy, great tasting, raw milk from grass-fed pastured cows being available right here in Montague, please take this small survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MTGQSMM

The survey is short, you don't need to register to take the survey, its free, and no demographic or personal information is required. The information will help me to figure if there is a good market for raw milk here in Montague.

Thanks,

- Devin :)
 
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mmuller - Mon, Mar 11, 2013, 5:11 P
MWW Moves to the Cloud
MWW Moves to the Cloud

Montague WebWorks will be moving its servers to a cloud environment in March

After five years of hosting our websites on a single server (or even a shared server, back in the old days) Mik Muller of Montague WebWorks decided it was time to take the next step in the evolution of Montague WebWorks -- to move up to the cloud.

The big move will start Friday morning, March 15th, and continue through Sunday evening, March 17th. Every website and email we host will move from our existing servers to our new Cloud Servers. There should be no interruption of service, though we ask you to bear with us.

What are Cloud Servers?

Cloud Servers are the same as regular servers, except that a very large number of them are tied together through networking and software to act as a larger, faster single server, that you can then take a "slice" of as a virtual single server.

The main benefit of this is that upgrading to more processing power and storage is literally a mouse-click away, rather than physically cracking a server case open and adding resources to a single box.

This means that, for Montague WebWorks, we will be moving from ONE server that hosts all our websites, our databases, our email server, to TWO cloud servers that will each actually be multiple processors spread across many machines. One of the servers will now be dedicated to only hosting the websites, and the other server will host the databases and the email server.

The plan is to further expand, by the end of the year, to a third cloud server so we can split our databases and email server onto separate machines.

And while we're moving up to two cloud servers, we're also upgrading all the software. Our web hosting server software will get a double upgrade -- from IIS 7 to IIS 8, and from ColdFusion 8 to ColdFusion 10 -- and our email server software will upgrade from SmarterMail 8 to Smartermail 11, which has major improvements for mobile devices.

What's the Bottom Line

The bottom line is that everything will become faster. This website will load faster, and if we also host your email, your email will send and arrive faster, and the webmail interface will run faster, and on all your mobile devices.

Montague WebWorks is moving up, and expanding. By the end of April we should have around 150 RocketFusion websites, with a goal of 200 by the end of the year.

If you're ready to switch your website over to Montague WebWorks, please call Mik at (413) 320-5336. We can get started early next week.

http://www.MontagueWebWorks.com
 
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Dragonflyzone - Thu, Dec 13, 2012, 9:12 A
"Made in Shutesbury" Holiday Fair this weekend!
Hi Everyone!

The “Made in Shutesbury” Holiday Shop is going to be fantastic! The Function Room at the Shutesbury Athletic Club will be filled with beautiful handcrafted items, books, gift certificates and more. The Shop will be open Dec. 14 from 6-9; Dec. 15 from 12-6; Dec. 16 from 1-6. Cash, Check, and Debit/credit are welcome. The Shutesbury Athletic Club will be open for business during shop hours so feel free to grab a beer, glass of wine, coffee, tea, soda, etc to sip while you shop. It’s located at 262 Wendell Rd., a little over a mile from the Post Office. Call 259-1474 if you need directions.

We have had some great new developments.
• Ron and Adrian Meck will be performing on guitar and fiddle from 1-3 on Saturday.
• Sales of Shutesbury logo items (t-shirts, mugs, etc) will benefit the elementary school 5/6 grade.
• The Shutesbury Afterschool Program will have small craft items made by the children for sale.

We have a truly amazing group of talented artisans, authors, and businesses. Here is some of what you can expect…

• Assorted paintings, soaps (John Walter)
• Barn hoodies, cowl neck scarves (Debra Pichanick)
• Beaded hair clips and jewelry (Kaya LeLacheur, Peace, Love, and Platypuses
• Book of poetry (Robert Clark)
• Candles in birch (Jen Dolan)
• Chenille weaving (Susan Loring Wells)
• Children's books (Paul Jacobs & Jennifer Swender)
• Crochet blanket, hats, and more (Colleen Chudzik)
• Dishtowels and other Christmas crafts (Michelle Wheeler)
• Felted scarves, small felted animals, felted soaps (Nina Compagnon, Nina's Fiber Arts)
• Gift certificates for holistic healing (Kristen Avonti)
• Gift Certificates for integrative acupressure (Karen Traub)
• Hazelwood necklaces (Kristen Lee)
• Herbal formulas (Jade Alicandro, Milk and Honey Herbs)
• Holiday ornaments, potholders (Jody Powell)
• Impressionistic nature photography (Leslie Cerier)
• Jewelry and knit hats (Sue Essig, Natures Hues)
• Jewelry from Metal and Stone (Joie Ciepala, Tre Sorelle Jewelry)
• Jewelry from upcycled items, paintings (Tani Anaya, EcoTai Jewelry)
• Klezmer music CDs (Brian Bender)
• Massage and body oils, bath Salts, floral Waters, organic healing salves, organic lip balms (Tanya Shersnow, Moon Butterfly Herbals)
• Natural therapy pillows, tote bags, cuddle dogs, beaded dragonflies and Christmas spiders (Melinda LeLacheur, Dragonfly Designs)
• Nature Photography (Maili Page)
• Painted glassware (Colleen Campbell)
• Painted tables, knitted baby hats/mitts (Liz Armstrong)
• Photographs of the Lake Wyola Area and notecards (Cathy Lawlor)
• Pouch puppets, butterfly marionettes, holiday cards (Ana Sobel)
• Shutesbury Cookbook (Shutesbury Community Church)
• Wampum Jewelry (David Dann)
• Watercolor paintings (Edith Hunsberger)

Plus….
• Braided Bracelets to benefit Smile Train ( SES 6th grader Larkin Campbell Morton’s Bat Mitzvah project)
• Commemorative items from Shutesbury's 250 celebration
• Dean’s Bean’s Shutesbury coffee (S-Curve, etc) – sales benefit the Friends of the Library
• Shutesbury logo merchandise (sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, mugs...) Sales benefit the elementary school 5/6 grade
• Small creations by students in the SES Afterschool program.

Please share!
 
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carlson - Tue, May 22, 2012, 11:10 A
Reading Celebration for the public, students and families with young children
"Reading Celebration! For the public, students and parents with young children"
Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury
Thursday, June 14 from 1-3pm

Author/illustrator talk with Jef Czekaj. Handmade book-making, a story walk, nursery rhyme olympics, book bingo, refreshments, summer reading information and more! Funding provided by Friends of the MN Spear Memorial Library, Union 28 Community Network for Children, SES PTO, and Community of Readers' grant with federal funds from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners. For more info contact the school librarian, Marcia Bernard, at 413-259-1212.
 
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NatureLady - Thu, May 17, 2012, 10:58 P
Plants and Garden Books Needed!
The Leverett Historical Society is having its annual fundraiser Plant and Garden Book Sale
on Sat. May 26 9-Noon
BUT we still NEED plants and garden books to be donated!

Labelled Plants can be dropped off behind the Leverett Town Hall anytime this week.
Garden books can be dropped off at the Leverett Libary entryway anytime also. (there is a box labelled "Book Sale").

Then put the date on your calendar and come by to support the Leverett Historic Society and this year the Lev Elementary School greenhouse project!

For more info., contact Dawn 367-9562 or Julie 367-2656
 
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mmuller - Thu, May 3, 2012, 9:04 A
Town Meeting
Is there a Town meeting in Shutesbury on Saturday at 9:00, with a Special Town Meeting before it at 8:30?
 
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Laurel - Thu, Apr 19, 2012, 10:49 A
Kellers commune talk
From the Friends of the Wendell Free Library:

Local Political Communes of the 1960s: a multimedia talk by Dan & Nina Keller
Friday April 20, 7pm (followed by Q&A, refreshments and social) at the Wendell Free Library

The Sixties, remembered as a decade of social change and turmoil (the Civil Rights Movement, assassinations of national leaders, the Vietnam War,) also saw widespread experiments in “back to the land” communal living. Many such communes or “intentional communities” existed in our local area.
Dan and Nina Keller will discuss the history and influence of such local communities with a focus on two where they were members: the Montague Farm, from which the alternative media Liberation News Service operated and Jimmy's Popcorn, which Dan founded in Wendell. Using a selection of books about the Montague Farm and documentary film footage taken by Dan and others, they will reflect upon how these communities extend a long utopian tradition in Massachusetts. In discussion afterwards we can compare this history to current local agricultural and protest movements.
Refreshments will be served after the program to continue the discussion and reminiscence.

Dan Keller, documentary film maker and organic farmer, also a long-time member of the Wendell Selectboard.
Nina Keller, educator, organic farmer, writer, political and NO NUKES activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell for 43 years.
 
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carlson - Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 12:55 P
And one more CNC Event for April!
Craigieburn Alpaca Farm Field Trip - INSTEAD OF the Shutesbury playgroup on Friday, April 27 we will head over to the Alpaca Farm in Shutesbury, 243 West Pelham Road. 9:30-11am. We will get up close and personal and learn about the alpacas from Susan and Steve Rice, owners. Wear mud boots and farm clothes to explore the pastures. CNC will provide a light snack. Enjoy a simple craft with farm materials. For more information and to register contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. This program is sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children.
 
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carlson - Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 12:24 P
Community Network for Children programs
Community Network for Children - April Programs

~Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell families) - Wednesday, April 4 at Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road from 6-7:30. Free child care and potluck dinner. Registration required.

~Noticing Nature with Young Children in Your Own Backyard - Parent / Caregiver workshop to be held at the Erving Elementary School, 28 Northfield Road, Erving on Thursday, April 12 from 6-8pm. Free child care and dinner. Registration required.

~Birds, Beasts, and Bugs - series for children preK-3rd grade to be held at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road on Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30-11:30am. Registration appreciated.

~4-H Babysitting Workshop - Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road on Friday, April 20 from 9:30-4pm. For ages 12-18 years of age. Registration required.

In order to register for any of our programs or to be put on our mailing list, please contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
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drmaiella - Tue, Mar 20, 2012, 9:50 A
Lyme prevention tincture, and tick bite procedure
Hi everyone,

I've put together an herbal formula that I use for my patients during the spring/summer and fall. This formula is meant not to 100% prevent Lyme disease, but more to increase your immune system so if you are bitten by a disease carrying tick, your body will do a better job at fighting it off.

I would be more than happy to talk with anyone about the herbs.

I dispense an 8 ounce bottle per person, and dose it at 2 dropperrfuls per day. At that dose, an 8 ounce bottle should last through the summer/spring and fall (witha one month hiatus in July).

I alson have a tick-bite protocol on my website, valleynaturopathic.com.

It just walks you through the steps of taking off the tick, where to send it to, and what to do next.

Thanks,
Dr. Emily Maiella
413.367.9350
 
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carlson - Thu, Mar 15, 2012, 11:20 A
Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair
Co-Sponsored by the Gill-Montague, Mohawk, Greenfield, Pioneer, Union #28, and Union #38 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs, PCHP and First Church in Greenfield.

Come learn about options for preschool, Head Start, family childcare, out-or-school time programs, playgroups, story hours, and other community resources in the Franklin County Area. Each family will receive a FREE book. Refreshments available. A special visit with Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey!

This is a FREE event. To be held on Saturday, March 24 at the First Church in Greenfield, 43 Silver Street from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information, contact Deb Wood, Pioneer Valley Schools CFCE Coordinator, 413-498-2660
 
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mmuller - Wed, Feb 29, 2012, 1:58 P
MUTTON AND MEAD CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
MUTTON AND MEAD CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Mutton & Mead, the Medieval Festival in Montague, MA, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 2012, is looking for Day, and Pre-Faire Volunteers.

Day Volunteers will work a four-hour shift within the festival, on either day (or both) and then have four hours access as a guest on that day.

Pre-Faire Volunteers will assist with the creation and set-up of the festival on weekends and some evenings leadig up to the Festival weekend, at their availability, on tasks such as set design, construction, materials transport and management, or committee work. All pre-faire volunteers who put in at least eight hours of volunteer time will gain access to the festival for one day. Those who put in at least 16 hours of volunteer time will gain access to both days of the festival.

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a certificate of appreciation from the festival.

Everyone wishing to register as a volunteer for the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival should go to the online application form, located on the Festival's official website.

www.MuttonAndMead.com

Donna DuSell, the Volunteer Manager, will coordinate all volunteers, and can be contacted through the form above.

More information about the Festival and photos from last year can also be found on the website.

Mutton & Mead's Medieval Festival is a fund raiser for both the Food Bank of Western Mass and the Montague Grange.

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carlson - Mon, Feb 27, 2012, 2:40 P
Community Network for Children programs - March
Our playgroups and story hours are happening regularly in all 5 towns in our school union nearly every day of the week! Check out the Shutesbury Story Hour (Mondays 10-11am) at the MN Spear Library and the Shutesbury Playgroup (Fridays 9-10:30am) in the Elementary School Gym.

Also this month, Happiest Baby on the Block parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 6 from 6-8 at the Erving Elementary School. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.

Toileting Tips parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 20 from 6-8 at the Swift River School, New Salem. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.

"Things That Go!" Pajama Story Time with Shutesbury's own Jennifer Swender - Sunday, March 25 from 5-6pm at the Erving Public Library. No registration required.

Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair - Saturday, March 24 from 12:30-2:30 at First Church, 43 Silver Street in Greenfield. Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey will be there to entertain!

Any questions or to be on our mailing list, please call 978-544-5157 and speak to Jessica or Gillian!
 
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mmuller - Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 11:54 A
TONIGHT! Benefit Concert @ Leverett Crafts & Art
The Barnes Gallery @ Leverett Crafts and Arts Center

A benefit for Kiran.

Friday, January 20, 6 pm to midnight.

Music by Rebelle, Gaia Roots, Iriko Nuevo, and Omulu Guanabara.
Silent auction, the proceeds to benefit Kiran.
To donate an auction item, call Shanti Stark at 413-367-9491.

Come and show your support.
Any donation is welcome; $10 and up encouraged.
All proceeds go to the family.
 
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carlson - Mon, Jan 9, 2012, 3:23 P
Community Network for Children programs
Free weekly programs for families with young children (birth to age 5)!
MONDAYS: Shutesbury Story Hour at MN Spear Library from 10-11am
WEDNESDAYS:
Erving Playgroup at the Erving Elementary School, 10-11:30am
Leverett Story Hour at the Leverett Public Library, 10:30-11:30am
Wendell Playgroup at the Wendell Free Library, 10-11:30am
THURSDAYS: Tales and Tunes with Happy Dan at the New Salem Library, 10:30-11:30
FRIDAY: Shutesbury Playgroup at the Shutesbury Elementary School, 9-10:30am

YMCA Open Gym Time at the YMCA in Greenfield (for families with children birth
to third grade):
Certain Sundays from 2:15-3:15
Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1

Coming soon: "Toileting Tips" parent workshop, "Happiest Baby on the Block"
parent workshop

If you would like more info or would like to be on our mailing list, please
contact Gillian Budine, program coordinator, at 978-544-5157.
 
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mmuller - Tue, Dec 20, 2011, 10:03 P
Roadtown Review a Success
Congrats to everyone involved in putting together a very impressive production tonight. Huzzah!
 
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mmuller - Wed, Dec 14, 2011, 6:58 P
Shutesbury Fire Wrecks Home
From Jeanette Wilburn, via Facebook:

As many of you know, a Shutesbury family lost their house to a fire and a mom and her two girls are homeless and in need of clothing, shoes, and some toys. Any donations can be dropped off at Wilburn Chiropractic.

They need: Girls clothing size 9 or 10/12 in blues/blacks; shoe size 2. Girl clothing size 6 or 7/8 in pink, girly colors. Shoe size 13. Women's clothing size XL with feminine style, solid colors, shabby chic; size 10 shoes. Thank you for helping this family!!!
 
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mmuller - Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 10:26 A
Shutesbury Fire Wrecks Home
Christmas tree left too close to fireplace

By BOB DUNN
Recorder staff

SHUTESBURY — It was the terrified growl of a cat named Spooky that alerted Sinneh Rose to the fire that ravaged the home she and her two daughters lived in.

Rose said that she and her daughters had gone to bed about 9 p.m. Sunday and about two hours later, Spooky had come into the bedroom, growling and crying, waking her up.
It was then she saw the flames from the living room.
 
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carlson - Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 1:56 P
Pajama Story Time at Wendell Free Library
Pajama Story Time at the Wendell Free Library, "Just One of Those Days!" for children 3rd grade and younger and their adult caregiver/s.
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wear your PJ's, bring a pillow or cozy teddy bear. Hear some stories and enjoy a cozy night out with family and friends. Small snack and take home activity provided too!
Sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children. Questions? Contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.
Wendell Free Library
7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell
FREE!
http://sites.google....ynetworkforchildren/
 
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Dragonflyzone - Thu, Nov 17, 2011, 10:33 A
Shutesbury Holiday Marketplace
Greetings Neighbors and Friends,

The Shutesbury Elementary School PTO is holding their annual Holiday Marketplace THIS SATURDAY at the school. This is a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping and support local artisan crafters and fair trade purveyors. I don’t have a list of all the venders.(over 30) but I know there will be glass, fiber, fabric, maple syrup, photography, holiday ornaments, quilts, wood and so much more. I will be there as usual with heat/cold natural therapy pillows, market totes, beaded dragonflies and spiders, and cuddle dogs. This is such a fantastic community event - it’s really a "do not miss"! In addition to all the artisan crafters there will also be soups donated by Karma, Hope And Olive, Mango Mango, and The Black Sheep along with bread from Wheatberry and Bread Euphoria.

I hope to see you there! The Marketplace is in the school gym and will be open from 10 am - 3 pm. There is no admission charge.

Melinda
 
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mmuller - Wed, Oct 26, 2011, 4:06 P
Looking for crafters...
Seeking crafty folks and cooks for easy fundraiser for the Montague Grange!

People of all ages come to the Grange for the day one weekend before mid-December, make gifts at stations led by our town's talented craftspeople, eat a delicious lunch, drinks and snacks made by the neighbors, and walk out with a bagful of completed gifts for their families and friends.

Offer activities like beaded earrings, felted baby booties, hand-blown glass ornaments, and all manner of twiggy, herbal, fabric, up-cycled, and colorful handmade gifts, far less expensive than any participants could buy at the store, for the slew of birthdays and holidays coming up! You can use inexpensive materials; we need you to donate or secure donated materials. We can help with this.

Email cindy@thealchemystudio.com to pledge your craft skills, food donations and teaching time, or for more info. Sign up by the end of this week, October 30th. If we do not have enough crafts and volunteers by the end of the week we will start signing people up for 2012!
 
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EnergyMA - Mon, Oct 3, 2011, 4:58 P
FREE Solar Energy Workshop
Free Solar Energy Workshop

MA State has one of the most lucrative solar programs in the country! Representatives from a local solar energy company (based in Ludlow) will show you how to get started with solar electric (PV). They will explain how the technology works, how much it costs, what incentives and rebates are available to you from State and Federal governments, and all about Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). Come to this free presentation to learn how you can start turning the sun into money today!

Where: Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA

When: Saturday, October 8
1:30 - 2:30 PM

More information: 1-866-312-7673
 
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carlson - Mon, Aug 29, 2011, 12:44 P
Children’s Colonial Picnic
Faith Deering of Historic Deerfield will bring colonial dress ups and children's games to the Farmer's and Artisan's Market this Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Shutesbury Town Hall from 10:30am-noon. Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards! This program is sponsored by the Community Network for Children and the Shutesbury Cultural Council and supported by the 250th Anniversary Committee. Questions, be in touch with Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157.
 
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mmuller - Fri, Aug 12, 2011, 12:04 A
Montague Soapbox Derby!
The 2011 Montague Soapbox Derby will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, in Unity Park, Turners Falls. Race Applications are available on the website, as are the Race Rules. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, August 31st.

http://www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the race last year, and the potential to have more racers than can be handled, the committee is capping the number of entrants to 100. If you plan to enter you are urged to get your application in early. Racers who raced last year may apply for the same racer number, and may also enter the same cart if they wish. Racer fee: $25.

Racers are encouraged to upload images of their carts in progress to the Facebook fan page: http://www.Facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxRaces

Race event is Rain or Shine.

This event is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
 
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drmaiella - Sun, Jul 10, 2011, 4:48 P
Help wanted in Naturopathic Practice
I'm looking for a person who is interested in working in my naturopathic office, doing front desk reception. Responsibilities would include: answering the telephone, taking messages, calling back, booking appointments and doing some basic accounting and book keeping. Quickbook experience would be very desirable. An absolute "must" is the ability to be kind and receptive to patients.

Tuesdays only (and possibly Fridays): 9:30-3:30 or 4:00. Beginning August 2nd.
$13.00/hour

Please call Emily Maiella if interested: 413.230.4462
 
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GregC - Wed, Jul 6, 2011, 11:47 A
Brazilian Drumming at Rebel Café Thursday nights
A Brazilian drummer, Ricardo Frota, is leading a drum circle on Thursday nights at the Rebel Café on Rt 202 in Pelham from 7 to 9pm. Everyone is welcome to join in or just listen.

I went last Thursday. Took my dumbek (Middle-eastern drum) and had a fun cross-cultural evening. Folks are bringing their own drums or borrowing his. He also welcomes other people's music and song. Ricardo does accept a small donation for his time but I get the impression he'd rather have people participate regardless of their financial situation.

You can find more about Ricardo and his music at http://web.me.com/ca...te/Site/Welcome.html

Greg
 
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unclelen - Tue, Jul 5, 2011, 6:59 P
Fireworks ARE bad!
How about predator drone attacks in North Waziristan and Libya? Can they be toxic to humans? Can they contribute to environmental pollution? Probably not as much as cherry bombs over Lake Wyola! Having said that, I am requesting that no one exhales - your carbon emissions will contribute to Global Warming, and as a consequence, the planet will melt. Where will we be then? Thank you for your kind cooperation, and have a nice day. :)
 
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Diane - Tue, Jul 5, 2011, 1:36 P
No Fireworks
Here's some info on the toxicity of fireworks. Aiming them into the lake would endanger, not only the wildlife there, but swimmers. See the entire article at: http://environment.a...a/toxicfireworks.htm

Dear EarthTalk: Do fireworks celebrations cause any significant pollution?
—David Hiebert, Scottdale, PA

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the fireworks displays that go on around the U.S. every Fourth of July are still typically propelled by the ignition of gunpowder—a technological innovation that pre-dates the American Revolution itself. And the fall-out from these exhibitions includes a variety of toxic pollution that rain down on neighborhoods from coast to coast, often in violation of federal Clean Air Act standards.

Fireworks Can Be Toxic to Humans
Depending on the effect sought, fireworks produce smoke and dust that contain various heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds and other noxious chemicals. Barium, for instance, is used to produce brilliant green colors in fireworks displays, despite being poisonous and radioactive. Copper compounds are used to produce blue colors, even though they contain dioxin, which has been linked to cancer. Cadmium, lithium, antimony, rubidium, strontium, lead and potassium nitrate are also commonly used to produce different effects, even though they can cause a host of respiratory and other health problems.

Fireworks Contribute to Environmental Pollution
The chemicals and heavy metals used in fireworks also take their toll on the environment, sometimes contributing to water supply contamination and even acid rain. Their use also deposits physical litter on the ground and into water bodies for miles around. As such, some U.S. states and local governments restrict the use of fireworks in accordance with guidelines set by the Clean Air Act. The American Pyrotechnics Association provides a free online directory of state laws across the U.S. regulating the use of fireworks.
 
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Rebecca - Tue, Jul 5, 2011, 12:31 P
No Fireworks
Well someone attempted to have them anyway. I don't know if they were shut down by the police or not, but I heard them at my house. I do think that the local police were under pressure by the state. From what I heard there is/was someone on the lake, or maybe a few folks, who objected to the fireworks and they had the state law on their side.

I think the whole experience lends itself to the debate about whether towns should have the right to legalize fireworks in their towns instead of the state deciding for all. At the lake it has worked pretty well in the past for private people to safely aim their fireworks into the lake. It doesn't cost taypayer money and the shows usually last a lot longer than the 30 minute performances that Greenfield and Amherst put on. Plus those of us who live near the lake don't have to worry about parking or crowds etc.

It would be nice if Shutesbury could legalize them. Maybe they could open up the boat ramp or the state park for public viewing and the local lakefront residents could do them as they have in the past. However the way the laws are right now that's not an option.

Rebecca
 
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mmuller - Sun, Jul 3, 2011, 11:14 P
No Fireworks
Call me an outsider, but the number of disappointed people around the lake tonight could be measured in the near-thousands, I would guess. Ridiculous.
 
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Laurel - Wed, Jun 29, 2011, 10:52 A
Teens and Tweens welcome to Harry Potter Marathon
*Harry Potter Movie Marathon at the Wendell Library Cinema*
FREE
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is scheduled to open in major cinemas on July 15, 2011.
Here is your chance to revisit all the films leading up to this grand finale.
Saturday July 9th 5pm Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
7:30pm Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Sunday July 10th 3pm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
5:30pm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
8pm Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Monday July11th 5pm Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
7:30pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Hosted by the Teens and Tweens Program. All ages welcome.
Start times of the second and third movies will begin as close to the posted times as possible.
Feel free to bring snacks to share. The films are Rated PG or Pg-13.
 
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carlson - Mon, Jun 27, 2011, 12:56 P
Leverett Library’s Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration- with ice cream!
One World, Many Stories - Leverett Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration-with Ice Cream Sundae Bar!
Thursday, June 30 7-8pm
Who: Kids finishing grades K-6 are invited to take part
How: Sign up at the library and receive a logbook to record the titles of the books you read or listen to this summer
Why: Every book and audiobook that you read will help us raise money for disaster victims in Japan and Western Mass. (Thanks to support from the friends of the Leverett Library, the library will donate the funding up to $180 toward relief efforts in these locations.)
Make your own ice cream sundae, learn to make some origami figures or color a country’s flag to decorate the library.
Optional: Come wearing an item of clothing from a part of the world that interests you!

Sponsored by your local library, the Mass. Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Mass Board of Library Commissioners. The Leverett Library’s program receives generous support from the Friends of the Leverett Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children.
 
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