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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.

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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*
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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carlson - Mon, Jun 27, 2011, 12:38 P
Puppet Performance at New Salem Library
At the New Salem Library this Thursday, June 30 from 11am-noon.... Nicol B. Wander of Wanderful Creations will present "The Frog Prince" and "Little Red Riding Hood" puppet performances. All the fairy tale characters are ingeniously created out of everyday household objects. Her performance will capture the imagination of all who see it and will take them back to a world of make believe. A special dancing marionette will be part of the finale. Meet and greet with the puppets and puppeteer. This program is supported by Union #28 Community Network for Children.
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mmuller - Tue, Jun 14, 2011, 3:54 P
Mutton & Mead this Saturday
Looking for some serious fun this Saturday?

Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival
The Renaissance Faire in Montague, MA, tucked away in the pastoral hills of Western Mass!
Theme: "Thieves of Honor" Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
* * * RAIN OR SHINE * * *
On the grounds of Millers Falls R&G Club
210 Turners Falls Road Turners Falls, MA, 01376

Adults: $15 at the gate
Kids and Seniors: $10 at the gate

DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Mutton and Mead is a fundraiser for the Foodbank of Western Mass. Donations of non-perishable food at the gate will get you $1-off the ticket price for each two items, up to $3 total.

The first annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is coming to Turners Falls on the grounds of the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The festival, traditionally known as a Renaissance Faire, will bring together fun, food, and entertainment with a medieval flair. This will be a day for everyone, kids, teens, and adults alike. Dressing up in period costumes is not required, but it will heighten the experience for everyone.

The theme for the inaugural year is Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, "Thieves of Honor." Many characters from the legend, including Robin and his band of Merry Men, will be making appearances in the woods around the faire along with a varied assortment of entertainers, craftspeople, and other vendors from across New England. There will also be jousting, eagles and falcons, knife throwing, archery demonstrations and contests, various food vendors selling contemporary and period-authentic foods, as well as artisan crafts and medieval merchandise.

Be transported through time

So travel back in time with us to the early 13th Century. The Mutton and Mead Tavern is holding their annual summer festival, and collecting food for the poor. The shire folk are worried the Sheriff of Nottingham will come and exact tax payment on the collected food, but are confident that Robin Hood will swoop in and save the day!
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carlson - Tue, May 31, 2011, 11:59 A
Family Hike - Community Network for Children
Join us for a family hike led by Dawn Ward at Ruggles Pond/Wendell State Forest on Sunday, June 5 at 10:30. We will provide a light snack, but you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch and stay after the hike. For more info contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978.544.5157.
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drmaiella - Fri, May 20, 2011, 2:51 P
Lyme Disease lecture, May 24th
HI Everybody,

I'm giving a lecture at the Jones Library in Amherst THIS Tuesday, May 24th, at 5:00. The lecture is on Lyme disease, and will cover diagnosis (specialty/independent testing and the conventional testing that most docs run), tick identification (the UMASS lab has lent me an outrageous specimen collection!), and of course treatment. I will cover traditional antibiotic treatment, as well as natural medicines.

I'll also help to demystify the elusive western blot tests!

I am an ILADS trained physician (the school of thought that Lyme does have the potential to become chronic if not treated appropriately.) I've been treating Lyme with an integrative approach for the past 6 years and seeing really good results! Come to the lecture. 60 minutes, with a 30 minute Q&A following.

Dr. Emily Maiella
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mmuller - Mon, May 2, 2011, 12:25 P
Looking for Local Talent
Are you or someone you know talented? Mutton and Mead, the upcoming Robin Hood-themed Medieval Festival in Montague, MA, aims to provide a venue to showcase your talents as a performer, educator, crafter or artisan. We have stages and we have streets and we are looking to pack them with talent!

We are looking for musicians, singers, bards and other performers or entertainers to put the “festive” in “festival.” Are you or someone you know a singer, musician, bard, juggler, dancer, storyteller, puppeteer, sword fighter, acrobat, tumbler, fire eater, stilt walker, sword swallower, juggler, rope walker, ventriloquist, or otherwise talented person? We are looking for both professional and novice performers. Send them to where they can find out how to get involved.

We are also looking to tap into New England talented community of artists, artisans and crafters. Likewise, if you or someone you know is a painter, jewelry maker, wood artisan, sculptor, weaver, metal worker, glass worker, or otherwise makes or sells something visitors of Mutton and Mead might want to buy, please send them to

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stevetx7 - Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 7:11 P
Ice Dams Prevention
No More Ice Dams
Free public presentation on ice dam prevention.
Shutesbury Athletic Club
282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury, (
Wednesday, April 27th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Roof top ice dams occur when accumulation of ice builds up along the edge of a building's or home's roof, which can cause leaking, structural damage and other problems. Many homes in Shutesbury and around the valley experienced problems with ice dams. Now is the time to address this issue before winter rolls around again.

Information on DIY fixes and longer term solutions will be followed by a question and answer session.


Bick Corsa of Bick Corsa Carpentry is Winner of the Zero Energy Challenge for building the Stephens/Clarke Residence in Montague. Currently, Bick is teaching a home weatherization training course through Greenfield Community College, and also does Home energy audits for the -Home Energy Plan - a new service that he and partner Kent Hicks of now offer.

Sponsored by Transition Shutesbury. This volunteer group of local residents is working to increase the resilience of their towns in the face of economic uncertainty, increasing energy costs, and climate related challenges.

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Laurel - Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 12:32 P
Hoophouse Design with Dan Botkin - at the Wendell Library
Place of workshop next Thursday is the Wendell Free Library's Marion Herrick Meeting Room. Sorry to have omitted that!
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Laurel - Sat, Apr 16, 2011, 12:26 P
Hoophouse Design with Dan Botkin
_"Basic Hoophouse Design and Building"_
Thursday, April 21st 7pm ($2-$5 donation requested)
The four season, steel and plastic "hoophouse" can offer huge growing opportunities to the aspiring backyard gardener or micro-farmer. Growing seedlings and plants (even perennials!) in hoophouses fosters superior growth with much less disease, earlier (and later) harvests, as well as a precious winter habitat for off-season horticulture, recreation and learning projects. In this lively slide show and lecture, farmer Dan Botkin will review basic hoophouse design options, and step by step building information. We will discuss both home fabrication (salvage...) as well as working with a commercially available hoophouse "kit". We will discuss single and double walled greenhouses, options for doors, endwalls and "roll up" ventilation.
Dan Botkin
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stevetx7 - Tue, Apr 12, 2011, 8:30 A
Free Composting Workshop April 13
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
and the town of Shutesbury Presents

Composting and Healthy Gardens

A Free Workshop

Learn how to compost and have a beautiful garden that’s healthy for your family, neighbors, pets and the environment!

April 13, 2011

Shutesbury Elementary School
23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury

Call 413-567-5027 or e-mail to pre-register and for directions for this free workshop.

Refreshments served! Free gifts for participants! Win a compost bin!

Sponsored by the Shutesbury Recycling Committee

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Mammalou - Thu, Mar 31, 2011, 8:55 P
Delay? Closed?
I don't think we will know until they officially make the announcement around 5:30ish tomorrow morning.

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mmuller - Thu, Mar 31, 2011, 6:11 P
Delay? Closed?
Any ideas on whether or not the school will be delayed or closed tomorrow? The latest forecast makes tomorrow morning look pretty bad.
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mmuller - Wed, Jan 19, 2011, 3:55 P
Open Auditions: Call for Talent
Open Auditions: Call for Talent
To be held Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at the Montague Grange hall

For Immediate Release

Montague Renaissance Faire Seeks Talent

Mutton and Mead, Montague's Medieval Festival, seeks Actors, Singers, Dancers, Minstrels, and other creative types at an audition and open house on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Montague Grange hall, for "THIEVES OF HONOR" a Robin Hood-themed Renaissance Faire to be held on June 18th in Turners Falls, MA.

Actors should come with a two-minute monologue and be prepared to participate in some improvisational activities. Not looking for a major role? We are also seeking extras for "depth and color" and will provide training. If you sing or play an instrument please bring it and a song to present.

Not an actor, but still interested in helping bring our medieval village to life? Mutton and Mead is also seeking volunteers, crafts-people, merchants, theater crew, designers and carpenters, independent acts, interns and staff. Just contact us or stop by on audition day. There are several Managerial spots available as well, for those who like to work on these types of events.

Are you some other creative type? Our hope is that Mutton and Mead will provide a venue for the community. We welcome your ideas on how we can make that happen. We hope to see you or hear from you too.

Auditions and Open house to be held at the Montague Grange hall, 34 Main Street, Montague Center, on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM.
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carlson - Thu, Jan 6, 2011, 1:06 P
Toileting Tips Workshop for Parents/Caregivers
Presented by Sarah Patton, LICSW, HHC and Union #28 Community Network for Children
Thursday, February 10 from 6-8 pm
At Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury
To register contact Gillian Budine of Community Network for Children at 978-544-5157 or

When to start? What to do? When to worry? Bring your questions, concerns and ideas about what has worked or not worked for you. Appropriate for those who are just beginning or those 'still working on it'!
Dinner served at 5:30. Child care available with registration.
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Diane - Mon, Nov 29, 2010, 3:21 P
SI KAHN Concert - Dec. 11
Veteran singer/songwriter, activist and community organizer, Si Kahn, will appear at the Echo Lake Coffeehouse in the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA, on Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be reserved by calling 413-548-9394 and are $15-$20.

Si Kahn is an accomplished author and musician who incorporates his passion for people’s rights and dignity into his songwriting, concert and festival performances, conference keynotes, workshops and residencies.

His songs of family, community, work and freedom such as Aragon Mill, Wild Rose of the Mountain and Gone, Gonna Rise Again have been recorded by hundreds of artists, including Dick Gaughan, Robin and Linda Williams, June Tabor and the Oyster Band, Patrick Street, Laurie Lewis, Planxty, Hazel Dickens, Dolores Keane and Renaud Séchan.

In addition to his 16 CDs of original songs, he partnered with Pete Seeger and Jane Sapp to record Carry It On (Flying Fish, 1982), a double album of traditional songs from the labor, civil rights and women's movements.

The May 2010 publication of Creative Community Organizing, A Guide for Rabble-Rousers; Activists and Quiet Lovers of Justice is a moving memoir. Faith Petric's review. states . . it is a pleasure to read, full of stories, written in everyday English.

Courage, a CD with 16 new songs about the quiet heroism of everyday people, superbly produced and accompanied by Jens Kruger and featuring harmonies and liner notes by Kathy Mattea, was ranked Number 1 played CD and Si as Number 1 most played artist for May and June 2010 on the Richard Gillmann Folk DJ survey. Rich Warren's Sing Out! review reports: " Kahn’s writing and energy remain at the peak of his career. He addresses subjects overlooked by most writers, and he always defends the underdog."

Si Kahn has worked for over 45 years as a civil rights, labor and community organizer and musician. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos: A National Center for Ideas and Action. He also serves as Executive Director Emeritus of Grassroots Leadership, the Southern-based national organization he founded 30 years ago. For the past 11 years, Grassroots Leadership has worked to oppose privatization and to defend the public sector. This work currently includes a campaign to abolish all for-profit private prisons, jails and detention centers, including immigrant detention centers, as a step towards helping create a prison and criminal justice system that is truly just and humane.
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mmuller - Mon, Sep 20, 2010, 4:52 P
September is Shutesbury Report Troubles to Verizon Month
[re-posting from the deepsoft mail list. -Mik]


From: "Aron P. Goldman" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:24:54 -0400

[I'm pretty sure Verizon doesn't really track this stuff (we've heard different stories from VZ insiders over the years), but the Shutesbury Town Administrator is making an effort, and deserves our help. She devised this:]

Sept is "Shutesbury Report Troubles to Verizon Month". The goal is report each and every Verizon line trouble in Shutesbury. Reports need to be made BOTH to the town and to Verizon.

Step 1: Call Verizon at 866-745-3741 or file online:

Step 2: File incident with town - call 259-1214 or online form:

Also see flyer for full info and please share with others:
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Diane - Sat, Sep 18, 2010, 1:26 P
Echo Lake Coffeehouse Schedule of Concerts
Schedule of Concerts thru May 2011
Sept. 19 - Sun - 4:00 pm - Larry Kirwan
Oct. 16 - Sat - 7:30 pm - Colleen Kattau
Nov. 18 - Thu - 7:30 pm - Dana & Susan Robinson
Dec. 11 - Sat - 7:30 pm - Si Kahn (reservations required in advance 413-548-9394)

2011 - all concerts on Saturday at 7:30 pm
Jan 15 - Spook Handy
Feb. 12 - Magpie
Mar. 12 - Sue Kranz & Ben Tousley
Apr. 16 - Ben Bedford
May 14 - David Ferrard

Please mark your calendars so you won't miss these special appearances of performers from far and near, including the North Carolina, the Midwest, Scotland and even New Jersey!

You can catch many of these singer/songwriters on my radio show, "Music of the People", now streaming on Mon 4 pm, Tues 4 am, Wed 9 pm and Thurs 9 am at
(All times are Eastern seaboard times-adjust for your area)
My playlists can be viewed at the blogspot address listed below.

Diane Crowe
Music of the People, WMCB 107.9 LPFM, Greenfield, MA, DJ, -
Echo Lake Coffeehouse, Leverett, MA, Mgr.,
People's Music Network, Coordinator,
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mmuller - Tue, Aug 17, 2010, 12:15 P
Montague Race Entry Deadline Extended to August 30th
Turners Falls - People wishing to enter the Montague Soapbox Races who haven't yet sent in their entry form now have an extra two weeks to get them in. The new entry deadline is Monday, August 30th, 8:00 PM.

The Montague Soapbox Races, the first of a new annual event, is a fundraising event for Montague Community TV, and will be held on Sunday, September 19th, from high noon till the last cart goes down the hill. Winners will be handed real metal trophy cups in a winners ceremony at the end, hosted by Russ Brown, State Senator Stan Rosenburg, and Montague Selctboard chair Pat Allen.

Entry forms are still coming in to the TV station every day. The race will stop at a maximum of 150 racers. The race entry fee is $25. Spectators attend for free.

Race entrants who need technical assistance putting their cart together will be invited to a cart building party on Sunday, August 29th, in Turners Falls. Some of the Race Inspectors and Race Officials will be on hand as well to give professional advice.

Racers should bring whatever they have already completed, as well as all parts and supplies they intend to use, including bolts, screws, nails, wood, concept drawings and their own tools (very important). the build party host has a large supply of bicycle parts and wheels to provide for free. All racers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Race rules and applications can be downloaded from the official race website and printed. If you don't have a printer you can pick up a pre-printed application at the Montague Town Hall clerk's office, any of the three Montague public libraries, or the TV station itself, at 34 Second Street in Turners Falls.

The race is still looking for vendors, either to sell food or wares, or distribute their information or fundraise. Please contact Nancy Paglia (413) 548-9015.

The race is also looking for sponsors and hay bale advertisers. Please contact Doug Fontaine (413) 522-8382.
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Laurel - Mon, Jul 26, 2010, 9:57 A
The Maya Seed Ark Project
Please join us on August 10 at 7:30 in the meeting room at the the Wendell Free Library for an evening with Camila Martinez, of the Maya Seed Ark Project (

The evening, a Benefit to raise funds and resources for Camila Martinez's Maya Seed Ark Project, includes Camila's special reading of THE MAYA PROPHECIES, also storytelling and a compelling media presentation of the very present crisis of GMO infiltration of heritage seed corn stock that is profoundly effecting the Maya people in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. For the Maya this is not only an environmental crisis--- it is a spiritual and cultural crisis. The Maya know themselves as the 'People of the Corn'. Corn is central to their spiritual heritage, ceremony, and food security, as well as their daily nurture.

Camila Martinez has been a tireless advocate for native seed banks amongst the Maya populations in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Her Maya Seed Ark Project has been instrumental in educating about the effects of GMO and establishing functioning heirloom seed banks amongst native populations. Bioneers has recently requested that Camila Martinez and the Maya Seed Ark Project be the Guest of Honor at their 2010 Food and Farming Banquet. Camila has spent many decades studying, living, and working amongst indigenous peoples in Central and North America. She is passionate about her cause and we think you will be too after hearing her story and the stories of the Maya people.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the library and the Wendell Agricultural Committee. It is free, although donations to help Camila with this work will be gratefully accepted.
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Laurel - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 9:14 A
Blueberry Festival this Sunday, July 18, 2010
Blueberry Celebration!
Sunday, July 18th from 2:30-5:00 p.m.

In the backyard of Wendell's Deja Brew

It's Potluck - Bring your favorite blueberry dish

Deja Brew will be open for beverages (no BYOB please)

Tell your favorite berry-picking stories

Share your blueberry recipes

Sponsored by the Wendell Agricultural Commission

For more information, contact Linda Hickman at 978-544-8604

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mmuller - Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 11:21 P


First Local Soapbox Race in Decades

Montague will host the first Soapbox Race in Franklin County in decades on September 18th, 2010. The gravity-fed race will take place at Unity Park in Turners Falls on the 1st Street hill. Racers must be at least 8-years old and reside in Franklin County. All carts must be made from scratch, not from kits or pre-fabricated, and must include no propulsion of any kind.

The entry fee is $25 per racer and only 150 applications will be accepted. There will be three age brackets: kids, teens and adults. Yes, adults may race! The application deadline is August 15th. Racers may obtain sponsorship to help defray the cost of building their vehicle.

Racers in each age bracket will win real-metal trophy cups based on distance or creativity. The event will be free to watch, and it is hoped families will come out to picnic with the many local food vendors.

Race Director Mik Muller remarked “Unity Park is a perfect location for a downhill race: the 1st Street hill is quite steep and the bend at the bottom requires some skill, both in vehicle construction and driving; the wide lawns in the park are perfect for spectators to gather and cheer; there is plenty of room for vendors to sell their food and wares; and of course there is the Connecticut River spanned by the Turners Falls Gill Bridge as a beautiful backdrop, an icon for Turners Falls.”

This is the first derby since the Old Home Days derbies of the mid-1960’s in Montague Center, and before that the 3rd Street derbies of the late-1940’s in Turners Falls.

Vendors interested in having a table at the race should call Nancy Paglia at (413) 548-9015. Those wishing to advertise, sponsor or underwrite the race please call Doug Fontaine at (413) 522-8382. Anyone wishing to volunteer on race day (free staff t-shirt!), please call Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336.

Race rules, all required forms, and more information can be found on the official race website.
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lakewyolaroadrace - Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 12:31 P
Lake Wyola Road Race - June 13
Register for the race and get more information at:

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