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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please call Emily Maiella if interested: 413.230.4462
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
There are quite a few of these objects in the area -- one on West Pelham Road near Leonard, another on North Valley Road near the Robert Frost trail parking space and another on Rt 202 on New Salem just north is the Shutesbury line -- but I, foe one, have NO idea what they are :-( An art project??!?
At the corner of Leonard and West Pelham road is a purple metal triangle object. It is hanging from a tree (you must look up) and is anchored by a wire. Anyone know what this is. I understand there is one in Leverette, too.
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!
Puppet Performance at the New Salem Library: 11am (after the Yoga Playdate) on Thursday, June 30. Nicol B. Wander of Wanderful Creations will present "The Frog Prince" and "Little Red Riding Hood." All the fairy tale characters are ingeniously created out of everyday household objects. Meet and greet with the puppets and puppeteer. This program is sponsored by the Community Network for Children Program and is funded by the CFCE Grant for the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Ed. and Care. For more information contact, Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978.544.5157.
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.
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.
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 www.MuttonAndMead.com 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 www.MuttonAndMead.com
No More Ice Dams
Free public presentation on ice dam prevention.
Shutesbury Athletic Club
282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury, (http://mapq.st/f8vvM2)
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 http://kenthicksconstruction.com 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.