In a town-meeting, the great secret of political science was uncovered, and the problem solved, how to give every individual his fair weight in the government, without any disorder from numbers. In a town-meeting, the roots of society were reached. Here the rich gave counsel, but the poor also; and moreover, the just and the unjust.—
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Vol. II No. 20 • Issue No. 45
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
April 27–May 10, 2006
Mohawk district faces
budget cuts of $275,000
Increase in state aid ‘may buy a year'
to study school closings more carefully
By Don Stewart
creases, the district was facing
cuts of $482,000 in order to trim
the budget to an overall increase
BUCKLAND—Just two hours
of four percent in operating costs.
before the monthly school com-
School ofﬁ cials are now consider-
mittee meeting on April 12,
ing how to carve $275,000 from
Mohawk Trail Regional School
next year's expenditures.
District (MTRSD) officials re-
Buoniconti said that he didn't
ceived upbeat news regarding the
anticipate more funding from the
state's proposed FY07 education
state senate when it votes ﬁ nal
Superintendent Michael Buo-
"I'm not expecting anything
niconti told committee members
dramatic," he said. "I'm really
that the House Ways and Means
happy, frankly, with what I'm
Committee had increased state
Chapter 70 educational funding
In earlier remarks, the Super-
to the district by $98,705, while
intendent explained that the
providing an additional $108,557
$19.3 million "status quo" bud-
in busing reimbursement money.
get, which would have required
A later vote in the state senate
overrides in several towns, has
will conﬁ rm the ﬁ gures.
been abandoned. When it was
"It's more revenue than we had
proposed, town ofﬁ cials through-
a few days ago," Buoniconti said,
out the district expressed strong
"so this is good news."
disapproval of a ﬁ nancial picture
Previous to these revenue in-
which would have increased op-
SFI photo/Jeff Potter
erating costs by approximately
Susan Todd stands in the Heath Elementary School, where she has served as principal since 2001.
"After much conversation, the
likelihood of passing that budget, I'd say is slim to none," he said.
Classrooms without walls
The community speaks
In late March Buoniconti con-vened four "public forums" with
Heath principal Susan Todd heads toward retirement,
parents and concerned residents at the four district elementary schools. The purpose was to con-
leaving a legacy of education and community engagement
vey the harsh ﬁ nancial realities the district is facing—declining state aid and, over the past three
By Don Stewart
during a recent interview at
writers who would be the envy
composed and edited by Colrain
years, a jump in local ﬁ nancing
the Colonial era farmhouse
of Oprah's booking agent.
resident Judith Maloney.
As part of the Independent's
of "above minimum contribution"
where she and her husband,
Pulitzer Prize–winning author
Todd said that she'd been
launch of its long-awaited new
costs that have spiraled from
September, Richard, live. "But I felt that at
Tracy Kidder (The Soul of a New
inspired by a biography about
Web site, coverage of West Coun-
$195,000 to $2.7 million.
following more than 20 years
whatever age you are, you can
) spoke to
19th century essayist and jour-
ty's annual town meetings and
This is coupled to an annual
of work in secondary school
start teaching. So the challenges
classes and was encouraged by
nalist George William Cur-
elections will be available at
bus transportation bill of $1.34
education, Ashfield resident
are every bit as present then as
both Todd and Sandy Warren, a
tis, one of Ashfield's cultural
www.sfindependent.net after Satur-
million, which, despite a legal ob-
Susan Todd will be retiring.
they are when you're just out of
Northampton school principal,
day, April 29.
ligation, is only partially funded
For the past five years she's
to write the 1990 book Among
"He recalled when Ralph
A good deal of town warrant
with a $750,000 check from the
been principal at the Heath
. Fragments from
Waldo Emerson came into his
information was still under dis-
Elementary School. Previous to
Emerson's inﬂ uence
his Colrain visit can be found
class when he was in elementary
cussion at press time.
Shadowing these financial
that appointment she taught at
As a Boston resident in the
within its pages. And Newbery
school," she said. "It made me
"We're excited about the pos-
spikes is a substantial decline
Colrain Central from the mid-
late 1970s, while her husband
Award winner Pat McLaughlin,
think, the best people should
sibilities of getting beyond the
in student population which,
1980s until 2001.
worked as an editor for The
best known for her book Sarah,
come into the public schools. I
limits of publishing on paper
district-wide, may fall to 1,000
Before beginning a teaching
Plain and Tall,
visited the school
kept thinking: if people would
every other week," Editor Jeff
pupils within ﬁ ve years. Several
career in Colrain, she'd been a
a founding editor of Parents'
twice. At a time when Colrain
come in, it would be an impor-
schools are operating at from 50-
reviewer and editor, a house-
magazine, a tabloid-
was celebrating its 225th Anni-
Subscribers will be able to ac-
60 percent capacity. Buoniconti
wife and mother to three girls.
sized publication that reviewed
versary, National Public Radio
"She was an excellent teach-
cess the site at no charge. Those
has suggested that the annual
The transition to a chalkboard
children's media. Drawing from
reporter Tom Looker taught
er," Colrain Central Principal
who have bought this issue may
budget could be stabilized to a
classroom was dramatic.
her acquaintances in the cre-
students how to interview the
Jackie Daley recalled recently.
access the additional information
more predictable growth rate if
"I was in my early 40s when
ative fields, Colrain students
town's residents. Those inter-
"Very empathetic, very struc-
by following the information in
one or two elementary schools
I started teaching," Todd said
were soon meeting with A-list
views were compiled into a book
continued on page 6
the box on page 2.
continued on page 6
West County citizens to be recognized
Naomi Clark, paralized last
• GCC to honor Colrain poet Purington
year from a spinal cord injury
sustained in an ATV accident,
is seeing improvement from
By Laura Rodley
able, and the amount of syllables
Pond, Ribbons, American Tanka,
her rehabilitation in Arizona.
per line to vary.
The Christian Science Monitor,
See story, page 2.
While a poem is a distillation
Lynx, Poetry in the Light
COLRAIN—Local poet Carol
of an experience or feeling,
Purington will be given the Dis-
haiku carries it even further, to
She has also published books
tinguished Alumnus Award by
be a breath of the essence of a
of her haiku with illustrations
Greenﬁ eld Community College
feeling, or experience. Reading
drawn by her sister-in-law, Steph-
a haiku is rather like getting a
Carol Purington, who attended
whiff of the emerging fragrance
"Yesterday, I counted eight
the school from 1970–1973, is
of a new lilac blossom or sweet
books, two of which are prose,"
well known for her peaceful
pea blossoms, or the elusive fra-
said Purington. Her books in-
pastoral haiku, a Japanese verse
grance of a pansy. To write haiku
clude A Pattern For This Place,
form with three unrhymed lines
is very difﬁ cult, and Purington
Family Farm, The Trees Breathe
of ﬁ ve, seven and ﬁ ve syllables
has mastered the form.
and The Seasons Where
respectively. Currently the exact
More than 100 of her haiku
The Sap Runs.
Her most recent
number of syllables is blurred, al-
have been published in jour-
book is Where the School House
lowing 11 syllables to be accept-
nals such as Modern Haiku, Frog
continued on page 12
SHELBURNE FALLS INDEPENDENT
8 Deerﬁ eld Ave., Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
• World traveller has spirit of adventure
By Laura Rodley
George Needham Business Award
and discovered a rare species of
Turners Falls, MA
will be awarded to the Warﬁ eld
rock that is now displayed in the
Address service requested
House in Charlemont for contin-
FALLS—Carolyn ued support of local education.
"More than anyone else I know,
Taylor of Shelburne has been cho-
A special award will be awarded
Carolyn exhibits the true spirit
sen for the Jim Boulger Spirit of
to Gerhard Stebich of Plainﬁ eld,
of adventure," said Mary Lyon
Adventure Award from the Mary
an active school committee mem-
Director Susan Samoriski. "She
ber, for many years of service to
keeps us riveted with her e-mails
The presentation will be at
the education of youth in the
the annual spring Lyonnaise on
Taylor has just returned from a
Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at the
As a former member of the
trip to Central America that she
Warﬁ eld House in Charlemont.
Mary Lyon board of directors,
started on in January.
The honor includes a plaque and
Taylor is well acquainted with
"I go to study Spanish," said
Taylor. "This year my goal was to
Two other awards will also be
"Jim Boulger was on the
do the past tense. Next year my
presented. The Mohawk Out-
board," she said. " As his hobby,
goal is to do pronouns. I don't
standing Alumni Award will be
he used to travel. He went to very
have a chance to speak the lan-
awarded posthumously to Tanja
different, off-the-map places.
guage when I get home. I go two
Davin, MD, class of 1989. The
Once he climbed some mountain
continued on page 12
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Taking steps to recover from accident — literally
ON THE WEB SITE If you purchased this newspa-
Naomi Clark, paralyzed by four-wheeler accident, makes progress at facility in Arizona
per and wish to access our new Web site (available Saturday,
By Laura Rodley
it's purely with my abs."
legs through all the range of
April 29), use this code:
With her forearms supported
by the platform, Clark has pro-
"Otherwise, I will grow bone in
ASHFIELD—While riding a
gressed from six steps on March
my knee and hip, and they will be
If you buy the paper at a store,
four-wheeler in her family's or-
31 to "the most I've ever done,
seized, won't move," she said.
look here each week for this code
chard last summer, Naomi Clark
[which] is two loops around the
At the end of her workouts,
so you can enjoy the additional
sustained an injury that badly
gym. One loop, I sit down and
she has the stim-box applied to
material we're gearing up to pres-
bruised her spinal cord, broke
rest." And then she begins again.
reduce pain and relax her hard-
two vertebrae, crushed one ver-
"If my spasms are active, they
If you're a subscriber who
tebra, broke four ribs, and left
mess with me," and she can't
Clark is steeped in the lan-
would like to access the newspa-
her unable to walk.
complete the loop.
guage of her therapy. She drives
per online, follow the instructions
The accident left the 21-year-
The muscle spasms are very
herself to the Institute, takes
on the Web site, www.sfindependent.
old Clark a paraplegic with use of
painful. At times, the spasms
showers by herself and has been
her arms and hands but no feel-
thrust her hips forward and up
able to lower herself into the pool
ing in her body from her shoulder
her back, making her hyper-ex-
where she is staying with family
blades to her toes.
tend her back as the spasms pull
friends to swim. The dry heat of
On Feb. 12 she left for The
on the muscles of her back.
Arizona means Clark does not
Neuro Institute in Arizona where
"Exercising the muscles makes
experience the amount of pain
she has been working out ﬁ ve or
my legs stronger, and makes the
she would experience by being
six hours a day.
spasms stronger," said Clark. "I
exposed to the humidity of Mas-
high school student
"They have therapies three
am taking very little spasm medi-
sachusetts. She goes shopping in
hours a day. I do extra stuff on
cation." Prescribed for Clark are
the nearby town.
for peacemaker's prize
my own so I don't get charged,"
Baclofen and Zanaﬂ ex.
"I'm the happiest I've been
said Clark. The Neuro Institute
The spasms can cut short her
since my accident," said Clark.
in Arizona specializes in im-
exercising, and require fine-
"I'm doing really good. I have
Council of Franklin County and
mersion therapy, where clients
tuning to manage. At the same
a positive attitude. I appreci-
Traprock Peace Center are co-
receive three to ﬁ ve hours a day
time, the severity of the spasms
ate the support. My next goal
sponsoring the Annual Peace-
of physical therapy and occupa-
means that her muscle mass is
is making more progress. There
maker's Prize for which nomina-
tional therapy, along with cogni-
is no other place like this. The
tions are open. In April, mail
"I'm progressing faster because
people are great. It's like a family.
a one-page (not longer) letter
The work at The Neuro Institute
I was so prepared," said Clark,
My mom is coming tomorrow to
describing the problem solving,
reteaches the spinal cord to con-
who had been working out with
visit. I can't wait."
conflict resolution, peace and
nect, or listen, to messages from
her trainer, Robert Uguccione,
justice work or other worthy
the lower body. Equipment there
before going to Arizona.
Tax-deductible donations can
initiatives of a Franklin County
includes more than $100,000 of
"Yesterday was extremely
be sent to the Neuro Institute at
high school student to
exercise equipment including
exciting," she continued. "I do
1221 West Warner Road, Suite
Traprock Peace Center, 103a
The Galaxy FES Bike, Sci-Fit
sit-ups on a bossa ball; I do the
102, Tempe, Arizona, 85284. It
Keets Road, Deerfield, Mass.
Pro II, Uppertone, NeuroPluse,
sit-ups with an eight-pound medi-
must be specified that it is to be
Neuro gait trainer, and a 30-foot
cine ball. I sit up and throw the
put toward T-7 injuries for Clark
All nominees will be recog-
I-Beam walking machine. Arnie
ball. Someone throws it back
to receive the funds. The phone
nized. Students attending high
Fonseca, exercise physiologist, is
to me. It's a lot of work. Usu-
number is 1-888-22-Neuro or visit
school while living in Franklin
owner of The Neuro Institute. It
ally I do 50 sit-ups and I stop
County—including in all West
costs $6,000 a month to use the
because I was tired, not because
can also be sent to Clark's parents
County towns—are eligible.
facility. It costs $120/hour for the
the muscles were getting sore,
at Clark, South Cemetery Road,
Five $100 awards and other
because I can't feel them. Yester-
Ashfield, MA 01330.
prizes will be awarded on Sunday,
Clark is waiting to be fitted
day, after 20 sit-ups, I'm getting
Naomi Clark walks around the gym at the Neuro Institute in Tempe,
May 7. The public is invited to
for a custom-made leg brace on
feeling in my abs. It happened
Ariz. with the help of physical therapist Renae Popkin.
"come and be inspired" at the
April 27 that will help her walk
ceremony, 7 p.m. at Greenﬁ eld
with the aid of a walker, which
When working with the abs, a
recover as much as possible.
"It you turn it up, it makes the
High School. To ﬁ nd out if you
she has been using.
person who doesn't have a spinal
Clark has used the stim-bike,
legs work at a lower voltage, it
should bring a pot luck dish call
"I have a walker platform that
cord injury would "feel the burn
or FES bike, two or three times
loosens the muscles up and takes
cradles my forearms," Clark said.
almost immediately." This recov-
a week, and has ridden on it 70
way pain from the tight muscles,"
"I have braces on my legs that
ery of feeling likely means that
minutes while watching a movie,
said Clark. The stim-box is ap-
immobilize my knees. I shift my
at some level, her spinal cord has
pushing for three minutes, and
plied to her quads, hamstrings
left leg, which unweights the op-
recovered its ability to transfer
resting for two. FES stands for
and back. Her exercise program
Mohawk panel meets
posite leg, do a crunch with my
messages from the muscles to the
functional electrical stimulation,
includes exercise and stretches to
School Preschool is accepting
abs, and thrust the hip forward.
brain. Extremely encouraging, it
where electrodes send a current
correct and arrest the scoliosis as
applications for the 2006-2007
The crunch automatically swings
is why Clark went to The Neuro
to the muscles of the legs, quad-
much as possible.
school year beginning in the
Trail Regional School District
your legs forward. It's not walk-
Institute, to do whatever she can
riceps and gluteus by bypassing
She works with three people,
fall. This full-day program for
Committee will meet Wednesday,
ing the way people think. I don't
to walk again, and to help her
the injury to strengthen the
Renae Popken, Jim Cole and
15 children from Buckland and
April 26 at the school in rooms
have muscle control of my legs,
spinal cord relearn messages and
Chris Scott, as well as Fonseca.
Shelburne runs from 8:45 a.m.–3
175-177 at 7 p.m.
Clark has worked with the
"One of the therapists is go-
p.m.at the Buckland-Shelburne
stim-box, which "hooks me up to
ing to make me this suit, similar
Elementary School at 75 Me-
electrodes set in a series of ﬁ ve to a swimsuit, that I can put on,
different programs so my legs go
with electric stim pads on the
Children need to be at least 3
straight, and then tuck towards
upper back, four on the upper
years old. Enrollment is limited
It's More Than a Drunk Driving Law
my body. It works out my legs."
back—two high up on the shoul-
and determined by la lottery.
Before her arrival at The Neuro
der blades, two lower on the
Tuition is a sliding fee scale.
Institute, Clark had developed
shoulder blades—and one lower
This program is funded by
mont Regional School District
Allowing an unlicensed person to
scoliosis due to not having much
on the shoulder blacks, and one
tuition and by a grant from the
Committee will meet Thurday,
operate a vehicle owned by you
muscle strength in her lower
just on my left side of my lower
Massachusetts Community Part-
April 27 at 7 p.m. in the school's
is also punishable by this law. To
back to hold her spine correctly.
back," Clark said.
nership for Children. Applica-
Her left hip has sunk lower than
Currently, someone else ap-
tions are available at the school
learn more, visit our web site:
the right. To reduce the result-
plies the pain-reducing pads of
beginning April 24 and are due
ing back pain and extreme pain
the stim-box against her skin.
by May 12. Families will be noti-
produced by the spasms, one of
"I can put on the suit, and I'm
ﬁ ed of acceptance by May 26.
the physical therapists applies
good to go," said Clark.
Pre-town meeting savvy
an "electric stim" which " is the
She does upper body work-
exact same thing as the stim-box,
outs as well and stretches be-
at lower voltage.
fore her workouts, putting her
Phoebe Walker invites residents
to meet on Friday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall to hear pre-sentations by sponsors of some of
J H SHERBURNE
the larger issues on the warrant for votes at annual town meeting
on Wednesday, May 3.
Those issues warrant articles include creating a wood smoke
K E Y S T O N E
pollution committee, chang-
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among member towns, setting the
• Affordable •
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Walker will also discuss stan-
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Monthly library rafﬂ e
Watershed Association seeks help
for North River survey project
Batters up in Plainfield
Friends of the Arms Library group is holding a monthly rafﬂ e
Deerfield North River, the South River, the
PLAINFIELD—Plainﬁ eld boys will beheld SatuVrday, April 29
May through July. Six Plainﬁ eld
featuring prizes from local artists
River Watershed Association
Chickley River, the Green River
and girls have started practicing
at 9 a.m. All youth baseball home
boys are practicing with this
and stores to help raise money
seeks additional volunteers to
and two segments of the main
throwing, catching and hitting
games are played at Plainﬁ eld
to support library activities and
conduct visual shoreline surveys
stem of the Deerﬁ eld River.
baseballs in preparation for the
Town Park on North Central
and record results along the
The surveys will be used to
upcoming baseball season.
League also sponsors two older
The prize for May is a half-gal-
North River in Colrain during
create an action plan prioritizing
The Recreation Committee
In addition to the teams men-
level teams: Mickey Mantle, for
lon of maple syrup from Hager
the weekend of April 29-30.
both short-term and long-term
will again sponsor three levels of
tioned above, Ashﬁ eld sponsors a
age 16 and Connie Mack, for age
Brothers in Colrain.
Widely regarded as one of
work needed along these river
baseball teams. Plainﬁ eld Little
girl's softball team for sixth grade
17-18 for youths in the Mohawk
The self-service raffle is set
the coldest and cleanest river
segments and will be incorpo-
League, which competes in the
girls from both towns. Ashﬁ eld/
Regional School District. Josh
up on a table inside the library
systems in Massachusetts, the
rated into a watershed-based
Hilltown Bryant Little League,
Plainfield Babe Ruth team for
Shearer, a senior at Mohawk, is
near the front door. Tickets are
Deerﬁ eld River and its tributar-
plan to reduce non-point source
has a large group of 9- to 12-year-
ages 13-15 has started try-outs
playing on the varsity baseball
$1/each or $5/six. The drawing is
ies—of which the North River is
pollution in the watershed.
old kids who have been practic-
for the team, which plays games
team for the second year.
on or near the last day of each
one— provide habitat for numer-
A volunteer training workshop
ing for the past few weeks in an-
in the Mohawk League from late
ous species and attract fisher-
will be held on Thursday, April
ticipation of the league opening
man, swimmers and paddling
27 at the Colrain Central School
game scheduled for Wednesday,
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Trained vol-
May 3. The Bantam team for ages
Although much of the water-
unteers will then spend 2-3 hours
7-9 and the T-Ball team, for ages
shed is undeveloped, non-point
each during the weekend travel-
5-6, have also registered teams
source pollution has degraded
ing by foot along their assigned
and practice is underway for
portions of the Deerﬁ eld River
games starting in May.
and its major tributaries. Pos-
For information call Carrie
In anticipation of the season
sible sources of non-point source
Banks at (413) 268-2040 or email
the annual town park clean up
pollution in the Deerﬁ eld River
watershed include failing septic systems, storm water runoff, runoff from paved and unpaved roads and agricultural and other
Voter awareness urged
land use activities in close prox-imity to rivers and streams.
State House visit
ROWE—A citizen's guide to
Funded through an $87,700
town meetings by way of an infor-
grant from the Massachusetts
County mal question and answer session
Department of Environmental
residents are invited to join the
will be held on Tuesday, May 2
Protection and conducted in
group of parents and other com-
following the scheduled candi-
partnership with the Franklin Re-
munity members who will travel
dates' night at 7 p.m. in the Rowe
gional Council of Governments,
to the State House in Boston
Elementary School gymnasium.
the project will assess and ﬁ eld-
to lobby for added educational
Town Moderator Robert Clancy
verify potential non-point sources
money on Wednesday, April 26.
and the board of selectmen will
of pollution in six of the major
Call Phoebe Walker at 625-9883
discuss the basic procedures of
sub-watersheds in the Deerﬁ eld
or e-mail p[email protected] for
a town meeting and the warrant
River Watershed, including: the
articles for this year.
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qualiﬁ ed teachers to teach in
this later might not prove to be
ungraded school buildings. 3)
ﬁ neness of grain, temper, and
as valuable in a long-range plan
The ease with which more pu-
durability. Progress in educa-
as the building of a Junior High
pils of one grade may be taught
tion is more intangible. We like
in comparison with mixed
to think that we have the best
schools, and this is a healthy
1951 Report of Superin- Today we are a nation on
attitude so long as it does not
tendent of Schools
wheels living in a scientiﬁ c or
lead to complacency.
Philip M. Hallowell
atomic age. Civilization in spite
If we are to have the schools
Buckland is faced with a seri-
of our feeling toward change
we think we have it is necessary
ous [school capacity] shortage.
is constantly changing; and if
that we remain alert to retain
Should consideration be given
we are to progress, as I am sure
educational practices which
to the remodeling of buildings
we will, we shall continue to
hve been found by experience
which are already obsolete and
change. If we wish to witness
Editorials • Commentary to be sound, and to be just as which lack sufﬁ cient play-
one of our greatest strides in
ready to adopt practices which,
ground facilities according to
change, let us visit a modern
though new to us, are proving
modern theories of education?
farm. The average farmer can-
Letters to the Editor in current use to be superior. We build modern highways, air- not exist in our present society
We are hearing on all sides
ports, etc. to ﬁ t the up-to-date
farming as our forefathers did
that modern schools must
methods of transportation. Why
ten, twenty-ﬁ ve, or even ﬁ fty
be functional. To meet this
not give our children consid-
years ago. Fortunately, most of
INDEPENDENT THINKING SPECIAL requirement school equip-
eration and provide modern
our citizens do not agree with
ment, including buildings,
facilities in order that they may
this latter theory.
playgrounds, athletic ﬁ elds,
enjoy the beneﬁ ts of the latest
Today we live in a mobile so-
classrooms, and shops must
recommendations in the train-
ciety. A boy or girl born and at-
The roots of
be arranged and equipped to
ing of our citizens of tomorrow.
tending school in this area may
meet the needs of the courses
The regional planning com-
live a greater part of his life in
of studies to be taught, and
mittee has had several meet-
another area. If this is true, he
the courses of study must be
ings since I have been associ-
must be able to compete with
adapted to prepare the stu-
ated with your school system.
people who have had an educa-
dents to be well adjusted and
I feel the action which the
tion equal to or better than the
useful citizens in the only area
citizens plan to take regarding
one he has been able to obtain.
of the world whose citizens are
the regional school will have a
In order to encourage the
trained in self government.
very important bearing on the
consolidation of schools the
The responsibility inherent
steps which are taken to im-
State assumes a large share of
in the above requirement is so
prove the elementary housing,
the transportation costs. Any
great as to be appalling. Upon
particularly in Buckland and
cost over ﬁ ve dollars times the
One town's long journey
the success of the gigantic
Shelburne. The Arms Academy
average attendance is reim-
American experiment in public
is also crowded and the facili-
bursed by the State.
education, depends the prob-
ties of the vocational depart-
In 1939 your Superintendent
toward a nine-town high school
ability of remaining for long a
ment, which includes both the
of Schools at that time remind-
self governing people.
shop and home making depart-
ed the citizens of Shelburne
Accomplishment of this re-
ments, are not adequate. These
that more space was need for
quirement does not necessarily
facilities will be less desirable
the vocational department. His
Editor's note: I'm not sure what I was expecting to
the concept of regionalization and consolidation being
mean that all existing buildings
as the larger classes which are
recommendation at that time
ﬁ nd when I went to the Arms Library one Saturday
a space-age ideal rather than a means of containing
and curricula should be aban-
now in our elementary schools
was to add to the east side of
looking for town reports in an attempt to understand
costs. It might have been the concern about state
doned and immediately re-
enter the high school.
Cowell Gymnasium. Fourteen
some of the origins of our school system, but I ended up
budgets and "hold harmless" money in 1948. With
placed by all new buildings and
While I realize the above
years later we are still recom-
captivated by the historical vignettes in the dusty cop-
all this in mind, we present some excerpts from these
curricula. Education evolves.
recommendations are not new
mending more space for our
ies of Shelburne's ofﬁ cial history. Why? It might have
reports in the hope that these opinions — ranging in
The best of the old blends in
it is obvious that some decision
been the echoes of the rhetoric of the school building
age from 40 to 60 years old — might tweak our think-
with the best of the new. Most
on a well planned long-range
spree of the 1990s; it might have been the realization
ing, helping us understand the past as our region's
older buildings can be adapted
building program cannot long
that educational professionals in the area were trying
communities begin the long and painful process of
1953 Report of Superin-
to the needs of the present, and
be delayed. If we should start
tendent of Schools
to get a regional school for a long time, a process that
ﬁ ghting to preserve our school system at the state level
new buildings can be built to
now it would be approximately
Philip M. Hallowell
— reading between the lines — was divisive and even
or ﬁ ghting to redeﬁ ne it locally (more realistically, a
provide for the future so far
two years before we could ex-
During the past several
failed profoundly the ﬁ rst time. It might have been in
combination of both).—JEFF POTTER
as current insight can foresee,
pect anything in the form of a
months a committee of nine
to replace such buildings as
building ready for occupancy.
members called the Regional
cannot be economically made
It is not my intention to
School Planning Committee has
elementary school. It lacks the
serve as a springboard for the
to meet current educational
sound pessimistic and be over
been meeting to attempt to ﬁ nd
Report of the
recreational area that should
building of an action program."
critical of your present facili-
a solution to the school housing
be a fundamental part of the
The ease of modern transpor-
ties. I merely wish to remind
The need for a new building
school of the future. Renova-
1948 Report of superin- tation is leading to the consoli- the citizens that if your school There is no doubt that the
to replace the Baker school is
tion of the Baker school would
tendent of schools
dation of schools. Collecting
system is to keep its position as
schools of the past and also
more urgent than ever with the
cost nearly as much as a new
children into larger groups is
a progressive up-to-date system
at present are doing an out-
growth of our population. The
school. Replacement of the
New legislation repeals the
of value only as far as it results
these problems must be faced
standing job of educating our
present building is inadequate.
present building with a modern
provisions of Chapter 70 of
in a better educational offering
and solved for the best interst
youth. There is also no doubt
There are not enough rooms
structure on the present site
the General Laws whereby
for all children, and opportu-
of all concerned.
that the horse and buggy, the
and the heating and lighting
would be impractical. We con-
$6,500,000 of state income tax
nity for each student to receive
The Regional School concept
sailing vessel, and the square
is very poor [sic]. In fact the
clude that a new elementary
moneys were distributed to the
instruction in the arts and
is beginning to take root in
rigger, the kerosene lamp, the
whole set-up is not in keeping
school, on a new site, is needed.
towns and cities. A new Chap-
crafts most likely to prepare
Massachusetts. In my opinion
record-playing victrola, and the
with the best interest of our
We have recommended that
ter 70, effective Jan. 1, 1949,
him to undersstand the broader
the local school union plus
milking pail and stool served
action be taken immediately
provides for the distribution
concepts of modern civilization,
other towns (which may wish
well and contributed much in
to initiate a program directed
of 15.5 millions of dollars on
to accept his responsibilities
to participate) would make an
its time. We have left most of
toward eventually constructing
an equalizing formula which in
in a society of self governing
ideal regional school district.
these latter mentioned instru-
a new elementary school on a
general will give more to poor
people, and render a satisfacto-
Some advantages of the region-
ments to a bygone age and are
ing Committee report by E.A.
towns than to wealthy towns.
ry service in a speciﬁ c vocation
al school plan are as follows:
facing the future realistically. If
Milne, chairman, C.S. Brewer,
Our survey of the high school
It provides that no town is to
commensurate with his inter-
1. The state will contribute
schools are to train citizens of
buildings indicates that addi-
receive less "School Aid" than
ests and abilities.
up to 40% of the construction
a future generation who are to
tional improvements would be
it received in 1948.
Experience seems to be pro-
live in the atomic age, the jet
are changing. If the children of
beneﬁ cial. Because it appears
There is considerable dis-
viding that the gathering of stu-
2. The state will contribute
airplane, and even the possibil-
the town are to be competent
that improvements can be
agreement relative to whether
dents in groups ranging from
15% more toward the local
ity of ﬂ ying into space, they
to condend with the compli-
impeded by lack of funds, we
there is more or less money
400 to 1,000 offers opportunity
school fund than it is contribut-
must change, too.
cated problems of the future,
have recommended that the
available for schools. The for-
to provide instructors who
ing at present.
Schools organized on a larger
Shelburne schools must not be
school committee survey this
mula for distribution of moneys
possess the abilities necessary
3. Facilities of the pro-
unit basis are to be the schools
allowed to remain static. We
problem with the Arms Acad-
under the new Chapter 70 is
to more adequately serve the
posed Junior High unit and
of the future. Such towns as
must be conscious of required
emy trustees and suggest, if an
intended to result in a more
Senior High unit would be
Charlemont and Hawley on the
improvements and keep abreast
accelerated improvement pro-
equitable equalization of edu-
It has been possible during
elementary level; Deerﬁ eld,
of trends in education. Our sur-
gram is expedient, that addi-
the past two years to consoli-
4. The costs would be shared
Whately, Conway, Sunderland,
vey shows that a well-planned
tional funds for this purpose in
Two methods for comput-
date most grades. A teacher
proportionately by all towns in
Northﬁ eld, Bernardston and
long-range program of school
the form of increased rents be
ing state aid are provided.
who has one grade can give
Warwick on the secondary
improvement should be effect-
made available to the trustees.
The ﬁ rst will not provide ad-
more attention to individuals
5. The regional school could
level, have moved forward into
Several towns, making educa-
ditional funds for Shelburne.
and groups who need help and
offer an educational plan and
this new age. There are many
Shelburne supplies educa-
tional surveys, have employed
The second, which may be used
provide a richer experience
program that would surpass the
others throughout this state,
tional services to surrounding
consultants experienced in
at the discretion of the Com-
for those who are interested
one we now have.
the New England states, and
towns. It is entirely appropriate
school plant requirements and
missioner of Education, could
to do more than the average.
6. Badly needed space for
the nation that have done the
that other towns be charged
curricula to support surveys
provide additional "school aid"
Shelburne has single grades
the agricultural and vocational
equitable rates for the services
made by citizen committees.
in some amount. Fullest beneﬁ t
in grades one through four.
schools would be assured.
Recently the National Assoc.
rendered. Current and future
Such action might be initi-
could amount to several thou-
Colrain in all grades. There are
7. A better athletic and physi-
of Manufacturers, which is a
high school improvements
ated proﬁ tably by the town of
sand dollars. There is sufﬁ cient
advantages in having upper
cal education program would
conservative organization, in a
should be reﬂ ected in the
confusion in the arguments to
grade pupils work with two or
be made possible.
pamphlet dated August, 1954
tuition rates charged to other
The Fact-Finding Committee
make it probable that we shall
more teachers, and this is pres-
entitled "Our Public Schools,"
believes that progressive action
have to wait till next year to
ent practice in all three towns.
1952 Report of Superin- wrote as follows: "Many states
This committee is completely
will provide progressive accom-
determine whether Shelburne's
The towns of Buckland,
tendent of Schools
encourage reorganization of
aware of the costs of modern
plishments. A quotation from
share of the income tax is to be
Colrain, Shelburne and Heath
Philip M. Hallowell
school districts — as a method
education. It is also impressed
a recently published survey of
more or less than in the past.
havee, by a vote of a town
The founders of our free gov-
of improving education. Small
by the need to plan concretely,
educational programs will sum-
meeting, authorized the ap-
ernment, in their concern that
schools and small districts tend
in a reasonable manner, for
marize the thoughts of the com-
1949 Report of the site pointment of a Regional School it might endure, understand- to be expensive; they may not
the real educational needs of
mittee: "It is hoped that these
committee for what
Planning Board under the pro-
ingly emphasized education as
obtain full return on the dol-
our children. We believe that
recommendations constitute a
would become the Buckland-
visions of Chapter 638 of the
a means of maintaining it. Edu-
lars invested. Their ﬁ nancial
expanded facilities will prove
state of common understand-
Shelburne Elementary School.
General Laws of 1949.
cation according to our State
limitations make it impossible
necessary to meet the educa-
ings which can serve as the
Legislation by the Massachu-
The duty of the planning
Constitution is a function of the
to offer a broad educational
tional and related needs of the
basis for an action program in
setts General Court authorizing
board is to determine if a re-
State, but is locally adminis-
children of today and tomorrow
meeting the neededs of youth.
regional schools was not avail-
gional school is desirable.
tered and locally controlled.
They also quote as follows:
to prepare them for greatly
Undoubtedly there is need for
able to the public until a late
The proposed agreeement is
There are great pressures
"We are spending proportion-
additional research. But the
date. This law might materally
then submitted to the voters
upon our public school system
ately less of our income on
We stress herewith some of
greatest neeed is for action on
affect the requirements of our
of all towns for approval. Two
today. Some of these pressures
schools today than we did in
the highlights of our report:
the research which has already
town. Your committee give this
or more towns may enter into
are well intentioned for the de-
1930 — even then the schools
The Baker school is an obso-
been carried on. If the state-
as their best excuse for fail-
such an agreement and oper-
velopment of the system, while
were supported inadequately."
lete structure. While usable, it
ments in the report are com-
ing to report at an earlier date
ate a part or all of their schools
others are created by subver-
is and will be inadequate as an
mon understandings they can
as required by the vote of the
on a regional basis. The more
sive organizations, which would
the parents become interested
rejoice in the thought that our
1953 Report of Arms
A regional school for both
in school planning the more
publoic school system would be
the grades and the high school
likely will be a wise choice of
wrecked. [T]he founders of
The students have many ex-
would of course relieve the
our country believed in public
town of the need for any town
Two recommendations might
education for the perpetuation
cellent qualities, even though a
school plant. Such a school to
be given consideration:
of our free government. It is
few seem to have no goals and
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replace Arms Academy would
1. To form a Regional School
likewise true that, fortunately,
drift from day to day. They are
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relieve any congestion as to a
District to operate Arms Acad-
most of our clear thinking
well worth your conﬁ dence and
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high school and too probably
emy as a four year high school.
citizens of today ardently sup-
support. Be sure to encourage
leave at least Cowell Gymna-
This would give a group of
port our public school system.
and promote their many ﬁ ne
sium and possibly the Academy
towns some experience in joint
However, there are members of
qualities, rather than harp on
An independently owned newspaper
property available for grade
operation and maintenance
our society who would abandon
their few weaknesses. They are
serving Shelburne Falls and the surrounding hilltowns
school use, being sufﬁ cient to
without involving the joint
some of the support of public
our greatest hope -- both as our
meet future needs of this part
responsibility of capital outlay
education and thus cripple it
sons and daughters and as our
Jeff Potter, Editor and Co-Publisher ([email protected])
of the town as well as allowing
for new buildings.
future neighbors and citizens.
Ted Cahill, Co-Publisher/Advertising and Operations ([email protected])
the Center school to be con-
2. To give early consideration
One of the most difﬁ cult con-
solidated here. If no regional
to the building of a new unit
ﬂ icts which we face in public
1956 Report of Superin-
Virginia Ray, Managing Editor ([email protected])
school is set up then our needs
to house the seventh, eighth
education is the old one-room
tendent of Schools
as at present include at least a
and ninth grades, including
country school system with its
Philip M. Hallowell
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grade school site and a ﬁ eld ﬁ t
adequate space for vocational
inherent methods versus the
Since my last report the
for athletics, a small children's
shops and industrial arts. This
newer concept of consolidated
towns of Buckland and Shel-
Regular contributors include: Christopher Baldwin, Brian Duffey, Stephanie
playground and for other com-
building program should pro-
schools and improved methods
burne have taken signiﬁ cant
Funk, Kate Higginbotham, Laura Rodley, John Snyder, Don Stewart, Nate
munity celebrations and other
vide adequate athletic ﬁ elds
of education. In most of our
steps toward the planning of
and playground areas.
communities this problem has
modern elementary education-
3. A third consideration,
been settled. Whether we ac-
al facilties. Last January the
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easily accepted, would be to
consolidation is is bound to suc-
the elementary level. Since that
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It would be nice if one could
grades, including the same
logical reasons for this trend
of each town have been work-
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I believe regionalization is
The visitors spent three days
the best method of handling
and two evenings observing and
—The immediate construc-
to arrive at a point where it
the elementary school program
recording their ﬁ ndings con-
tion of a six-room addition to
may still be defeated by vote of
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cerning the academic program,
the present Buckland-Shel-
any one community.
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the following reasons:
the school administration,
burne Regional School.
Another possible solution:
1. The state will contribute
and the school plant. The
—Continued participation by
amend the present Buckland-
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35% toward the costs of a new
rankings according by the two
your superintendent in a study
Shelburne Regional School to
school rather than 23% which
Evaluation Committees were
of the possibility of forming a
include not only K–6 but K–12.
would be the case if either
quite similar and especially
regional vocational school in
Another amendment might be
town built its own facilties.
so when they referred to the
to include Colrain in this re-
2. The major portion of the
physical features of the High
—The immediate reactiva-
gional development. Since the
two towns' school population
School buildings. Both reports
tion of interest in a new region-
three towns mentioned already
is separated only be a narrow
emphatically indicated that
function so closely as a unit,
the classrooms, shops, study
I should like to make the fol-
I feel this would be an easy
3. It would avoid duplication
hall, auditorium, cafeteria, of-
lowing comments concerning a
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in cafeteria facilities, play-
ﬁ ce space, recreational areas,
possible regional high school.
I do feel that under this ar-
rooms, heating plant equip-
playing ﬁ elds, toilet facilities,
First of all, it should deﬁ nitely
rangement we should not forget
ment, and personnel.
provisions for storage, parking
include grades seven through
our friends in Charlemont,
4. I believe state aid of the
areas, bus-loading stations, and
twelve. I believe this could be
Heath, Hawley and Rowe. If
future will continue to empha-
corridors were so limited that
handled in one or the other of
they are interested or willing
the academic and extra-curricu-
the following two fashions.
perhaps they could be included
In addition to the above plan-
lar programs were unable to be
ﬁ rst solution is the one
in such an expanded regional,
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While the enrollment at
including the faculty of Arms
tuition basis such as signing a
of Charlemont, Hawley, and
Arms in September 1960 was
Academy. They have started the
ten-year tuition contract with
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This committee, too, has been
for September 1961 is 322.
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the secondary level. This type
to do everything possible to
be included in the planning
1964 Report of the Mo-
of project moves much more
guarantee a high school educa-
of a high school. However, the
hawk Trail Region-
slowly, as naturally it should.
tion that will place our chidl-
drawback to this is the fact that
al School District Committee
Any group can plan an ordinary
ren in a position to compete
these towns already have failed
At special town meetings
school but making plans for a
with the graduates of other
to form a regional high school
in April, the seven original
school which will ﬁ t the pat-
schools in Franklin County and
several times in the past. I feel
towns in the region completed
tern of education for several
elsewhere in New England.
that some of the trouble is
a year's work by the District
decades requires much thought.
Although ﬁ nancial limitations
the necessary largeness of the
Planning Committee by approv-
When the committee has ﬁ n-
must be recognized and help us
committee. Another drawback
ing the formation of a Regional
ished its task they are conﬁ -
in selecting modest, but worth-
is the fact that this would have
School District for our towns.
dent it will be a school of which
while, solutions to our school
to repeat much effort that has
The cooperation and spirit of
the communities will be proud
problems the maintenance
already been done, with per-
committee members has been
and one which will satisfy our
of even the status quo of our
haps the expenditure of several
outstanding. With the contin-
changing methods of education
good high school, in the face of
thousand dollars [$3,000 would
ued support of the eight mem-
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during the next twenty-ﬁ ve to
the increasing demands being
be the equivalent of approxi-
ber towns the young people of
ﬁ fty years.
made of the graduates and the
mately $17,450 in 2002 dollars]
our communities will enter the
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rising costs of education, is
new school in September 1967.
impossible without the support of an interested citizenry and
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1956 Report of the Mo-
hawk Trail Region-
some self-sacriﬁ ce. To wait or
al School Committee
postpone positive action any
It is our sincere hope that
longer will needlessly handicap
The Mohawk Trail Regional
the boys and girls and cause
High School will become a
larger expenditures in the not-
reality during the next twelve
months. However, if it is to
Let us all remember that the
become a reality, it will require
boys and girls of 1960 are en-
the sincere efforts and sacriﬁ ce
titled to educational opportuni-
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of all citizens in the six towns.
ties the equal of or better than
The committee visited
those provided by our parents.
several sites and had engineer-
This assistance is essential if
ing tests made on two of these
they are to take their places as
sites. The red brick schoolhouse
future leaders of our nation.
site in East Charlemont was
During a time when greater
ﬁ nally chosen as the most suit-
percentages of the graduates
able site for the region.
of urban and city high schools
are going on to further educa-
Report of the Mo-
tion it is unfortunate that, of
hawk Trail Region-
graduates continuing with their
al School District Committee
studies, our own percentage is
During the past year this
not growing accordingly.
committee has been faced with
Although there is some
numerous obstacles brought
disagreement with certain of
"I believe that the country
about by some voters of the re-
the approaches taken by the
gion who are not in agreement
Mohawk Trail Regional School
with [town meeting's instruc-
District committee, it must be
weekly acts as a form of social
tions] to this school planning
rememered that said commit-
committee. At the annual town
tee had an obligation, given
meeting of some of the member
to them by the voters of the
towns there will be an article
district, to make every reason-
to withdraw from the MTRSD.
able effort to provide improved
Join cement in holding the com-
The majority of this committee
educational facilities for the
munity together." —Lyndon
feels that withdrawing at this
children of this area. Further, it
time would be premature.
is very important to note that the committee did accomplish
1959 Report of the Mo- a major objective by keeping in
hawk Trail Region-
front of the public recognition
al School District Committee
of the need for better school
On June 30, 1959 the towns
facilities and making the only
of Buckland and Shelburne
cooperative effort toward pro-
were legally out of the district.
"Count the day lost when
On June 30, 1960 the town of Hawley will be legally out of
Only $20 for one
1961 Report of Superin-
tendent of Schools
your newspaper.has not
This will leave the towns
Donald A. Fisher
of Charlemont, Colrain, and
I strongly recommend that a
year, and you'll never
Heath in the district. It is the
careful study should be made,
done something to benefit
opinion of this committee that
both locally and by the Legisla-
it would not be in the best
ture, to explore the possibility
have to remember
interest of the three towns to
of raising funds for education
the community it serves."
build a Regional School at this
from sources other than the
time. However, we do feel that
real estate tax. If we continue
which week we
it would be in the best interest
to rely, solely, upon this heavily
—Oscar S. Stauffer
of the entire area for Char-
burdened base it will eventual-
lemont, Colrain, and Heath to
ly make limited the educational
remain in the district. The need
opportunities to be made avail-
for more adequate and educa-
able for your youth. This would
tionally desirable faacilities for
indeed not only handicap the
the children of the area has not
boys and girls, but it could have
lessened during the last ﬁ ve
an undesirable effect upon
years but is becoming more and
our local, state, and national
economy and security. with
the passing of recent years our
Report of Superin-
need for improved and larger
tendent of Schools
facilities is growing ever more
Donald A. Fisher
?aN_O UNQ to yourO[YYaZU eZQc_ M Q
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1961 On April 30, the
Buckland and Shelburne.
Mohawk region dis-
Among these occasions the
solved by vote of the remaining
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Roy Bither Jr.
administrators, and a represen-
I feel that the faculty of
tative of the Commonwealth of
Arms Academy is doing an
Mass., Department of Educa-
unusually ﬁ ne job considering
tion was the culmination of a
the limitations of the plant. You
survey authorized by the Shel-
people are even more aware of
burne School Committee and
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carried out by the principal
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and faculty at Arms under the
several attempts during the
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Peggy Hart answered, "We're at
a very different place than when we voted the regional agreement.
in the system were closed. He
our legislators," Walker said. "We
outstanding capital costs of a
I think we literally have half the
has also suggested that a closed
have a couple of points that we'd
closed school will be met by all
number of kids as we had at that
school could be reborn in some
like them to address that apply to
district towns. The proposal for
other educational entity, such as
either everyone or every regional
the amendments will be before
Porter again said that she felt
a technical school.
school district, which include an
annual town meeting voters and
that details regarding closure
In distilling information re-
enormous number of tech schools
will require unanimity district-
were undeﬁ ned.
ceived from the public forums,
in eastern Mass.So we think
wide to pass.
"I just think it's too bad to go
Buoniconti said that the message
we have kind of a
representative out without a clear plan and ask
from communities was that they
Cindy Smith said that she had
for this." she said.
were "uncomfortable at moving
"very strong feelings about the
"There were tons and tons of
quickly" toward a possible school
Regional amendments pass
amendments. I think it's very
discussions," MTRSD Business
As the school committee con-
important to put it on the ballots
Manager David Fraser said. "The
Residents, he said, wanted a
sidered the four per cent budget
and to see what people have to
question was — maybe Heath
delay of at least a year for more ﬁ -
prior to voting its authorization,
missed it. What is in front of
nancial information and for more
there was some dissent among
Newly appointed Heath rep-
us is what's affordable and what
research into the consequences.
members, chieﬂ y because pos-
resentative Pam Porter, however,
we can afford for the kids. We've
"There's not a lot of support
sible staff or program reductions
been speaking about this for four
for any of the downsizing plans,"
will not be discussed until April
the amendment regarding the
years and every year [the issue] is
he said. ".The general idea that
relocation of elementary students
[postponed to] the next year."
I've gotten is that.although it's
Ashﬁ eld representative Mary
as "unnecessarily divisive and
Mohawk Trail Regional High
painful, towns think that
Link explained that budget ap-
School Principal Philip Dzialo
they can support a four percent
proval was necessary on April 12
"I'm very strongly opposed to
noted that he had lived through
budget [increase] as long as we
due to imposed deadlines for the
offering this without offering
three ﬁ nancial crises, including
keep working on a long-term
district's annual town meetings.
what any real plan will be," she
a few years ago when there were
The teachers' contract also man-
said. "I'm also mistrustful of the
22 staff cuts at his facility.
Referring to the $206,000
dates that staff be informed of
idea that we're buying a year to
"That was catastrophic," he
increase in education and trans-
any layoffs by June 1. She noted
said. ".What these amendments
portation funding approved by
that with no authorized ﬁ nanc-
Buckland representative Jon
do is provide solutions that the
the House Ways and Means Com-
ing the district would potentially
Wyman said that the committee
school committee can have the
mittee, Buoniconti said, "that
face a "one-twelfth budget" or
would have to consider the best
power to deal with.We ought
would buy us the year that we're
month-by-month funding until
education for all the district's
to think that we are a region, a
ﬁ nancing for the coming school
The four per cent increase
year is authorized.The budget
"If that means moving children
The two amendments passed
budget reﬂ ects operating costs
to other schools, that is a neces-
with just one "nay" vote and
Discussion regarding accep-
sity," he said. "This [amendment]
one abstention recorded. The
The budget subcommittee will
tance of amendments to the
is what's going to help us.if we
legal mechanism providing the
present proposed cuts, accom-
district's regional agreement
don't have this we're going to be
school committee authorization
modating the $275,000 reduction,
took more than an hour. Essen-
spinning our wheels."
to potentially close a school, or
to the school committee on the
tially, the revisions
Porter asked for the creation
schools, now awaits a decision
evening of April 26.
the school committee authority
of a more specific plan before
from district voters.
to close a school if necessary.
considering the amendments.
They also provide that any
School Committee Chairwoman
That same day a group of dis-
and a few school committee mem-
bers will travel to Beacon Hill to
ondary school funding, full school
tured, very bright. She had high
to her when she was ﬁ rst elected.
to accept that as your reality. You
transportation revenue and a sug-
expectations for the kids and
I said ‘We're going to ﬁ nd wheth-
change the reality."
gested change in the educational
worked very hard to get them to
er it's possible to be effective in
A reality that has also changed
reform ﬁ nancial formula.
meet those high expectations.
politics when you're as good as
is the financial landscape of
ofﬁ cials and concerned
And she did it with a smile all
you are.'," he recalled.
secondary schools. As the direc-
parents from all over the Com-
Robinson gave Todd high marks
tor of the Title I program for the
monwealth will also be in Boston
Todd stressed the ﬁ ner points
in a demanding task.
district, Todd has seen federal
that Wednesday for several state
of reading by assigning students
"Susan is without guile," Rob-
funding shrink from $400,000 to
functions, ranging from a meet-
the challenges of the long-form
inson said. "There's nothing naive
$300,000 in the past ﬁ ve years.
ing of the Mass. Association of
novel. They were taught the
about her, that is, she knows the
The program provides for more
School Committees to a "Stand
value of written communication
complexities of human situations
intensive teaching of supplemen-
For Children" rally. Phoebe
by keeping journals of their
as well as anyone. But, she's di-
tal math and English language
Walker of Buckland is one of
rect and candid and I think she's
arts, making the 40-year-old proj-
the organizers of the as-yet-un-
"She also began taking kids
been as effective as she was in
ect a vital adjunct to meet the
named grassroots campaign to
on ﬁ eld trips that extended far
government because you can't
federal annual testing mandate
make legislators more aware of
beyond what had previously been
bring yourself to show any guile
of "No Child Left Behind."
Mohawk's financial crisis. She
done," Daley said. "She was one
to her. She obviously was a person
"It means that supplies and
was asked whether the group's
of the innovators of taking her
everyone trusted and admired."
professional opportunities are
message might be dissipated
sixth grade class to Washington,
Todd brought to Heath a guid-
limited," Todd said of the cut-
amid so many organizations seek-
D.C. for a week."
ing educational philosophy and
back. "The thing about most
For Todd, a soft-spoken Gar-
a strong drive to inform students
teachers is that you obviously
"I wouldn't say so. I would say
den State expatriate, however,
of their places in the world. She
ﬁ ght for what you think is right,
we're not so much joining people
the early months of teaching
made sure that they knew of the
but then you get a ‘fait accompli'
from across the state as much
to a classroom of 29 12-year-old
work of Heath's well-known sum-
[the cutback] and you try to make
as we are somewhat crashing a
strangers was not initially a
mer residents, now long gone,
it work. That's the way teachers
party," she said.
smooth glide through calm aca-
such as Felix Frankfurter, FDR's
Walker said the group has
choice for the Supreme Court,
Todd said that she was not
made appointments to see several
"For me it was a long process
who served as a justice for 23
opposed to the intent of the "No
of the state's leading legislators,
of thinking ‘How do you work
years. Educator and theologian
Child" federal program despite
or their aides, including Rep.
with children who aren't your
Reinhold Niebuhr, perhaps best
Robert Deleo (D-19th Suffolk),
own and develop the tone, the
known for the "Serenity Prayer,"
"I have a lot of respect for a
chairman of the House Ways and
expectations and guidelines in
held religious retreats nearby,
lot of these approaches," she
Means Committee, Sen. Robert
a classroom?'" she said.
while Charles Kades, who died
said. "I'm not the person who's
As 90-year-old Lakeland, Flor-
in 1996, was a prominent attor-
going to criticize it wholesale.
sex), chairman of the Education
ida schoolteacher Hazel Haley,
ney who oversaw the drafting
You may miss a child if you don't
25 years solving
Committee and Robert Travaglini
who also retires this year, told
of Japan's post-World War II
test everybody. [Annual testing]
(D-1st Suffolk-Middlesex), Senate
a CBS reporter recently, "If you
may sound like overkill, but I
don't love children, run for the
"Wherever you are, whatever
don't think it is because people
"We know we can't go to Bos-
you're teaching, you're part of the
have found in the testing they
ton and hope that anyone gives
In time, Todd was conﬁ dent in
community," Todd said. "I think
did discover some people they
a hoot about Mohawk other than
her bearings and also discovered
true understanding of the com-
did miss, for whatever reason."
your property by
that this brought a tone to the
munity enables children to really
understand the wider world,. It
Daniel Shays' shadow
"Sometimes there was this
permits them to have a global
Regarding state educational
‘hum' in the room which is always
understanding. I think you have
funding, Todd is more pointed in
the thing that you love," she
to begin with the ‘rootedness' in
• Contact Lenses
said. "Everyone's engaged and
your own community." Heath stu-
"The message seems to come
• Pool Cabanas
• House Additions
everyone is involved in their own
dents have used math and science
from the communities loud and
• Industrial Protective
• Fishing Camps
to study the production tech-
clear that we have to find an
• Hunting Camps
niques of Brooks McCutchen's
alternative means to fund edu-
• Screen Houses
sugarhouse, while also measuring
cation," she said. "When the
In 1999, with encouragement
maple trees to analyze growth
state taxes were lowered, it just
from her husband, Todd studied
and health. There's an ongoing
meant the property taxes had to
for certiﬁ cation to qualify as a
study of a nearby vernal pool,
go up in order to fund municipal
principal. During that same pe-
which, due to the students' data
needs and the schools' needs.I
Come in and choose
riod Richard also suggested that
collection, has become a state-
think there has to be a greater
from a vast array
she should run as a candidate for
certiﬁ ed site.
awareness from the state of the
the Ashfield select board. In a
demands for funding education
Natural — $19/yard
race with an opposing candidate
"Architecture is destiny"
in this region."
Dyed — $24/yard
for an unexpired term, she won
As to any difference in Heath's
Intrigued by history, Todd said
and began what would become
approach to elementary school
the current educational funding
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"For People Who Value Their Vision"
a ﬁ ve-year stint. Retired Smith
education, Todd noted, "As one
crisis brought to mind Shays'
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College professor Don Robinson,
teacher said ‘We're just trying to
Rebellion, a 1786 uprising of
27 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls
who served a final year on the
do what everybody else is trying
farmers in Hampden County
board as Todd began, recalled
brought to a boil over high taxes
her "purity of heart."
She added, however, that
"I remember that I commented
there's a compelling element.
"There was the same lack of
"Someone once said that ‘archi-
understanding of this region and
tecture is destiny.' It's a great
that was over 200 years ago,"
idea, isn't it?"
she said. "It maybe still hasn't
DR. ROBERT SIDORSKY
Todd explained that the large,
changed. We still haven't been
open, high-ceilinged meeting
able to engage the imagination,
place near the Heath school
or the attention, of people in the
building's entrance enhances "all
eastern part of the state."
school" programs and also serves
When Todd leaves Heath a
for community gatherings.
unique legacy remains. Her ap-
"What it means is that you're
proach is perhaps best summed
able to experience interactions in
up by Margaret Keith, who served
a way that might be more difﬁ cult
with Todd on the Ashﬁ eld Histori-
if you had a number of closed
spaces," she said. "The architect
"When I think of Susan," Keith
tried to recreate in modern form
said, "I just think of an ear-to-ear
A Subterranean Slice of
the idea of a one-room school-
grin. She's always, well, of course,
house.It sure feels like it when
no one's always happy, but she
Heaven Serving Latin &
you see children of many ages
always appears happy and she
being able to interact."
always appears genuinely con-
Todd has been influential in
cerned with what may be going
bringing live theater and live
on in your life. She had a way of
music to the 10-year-old school.
listening to both sides and then,
She's also applied this year to
very quietly, putting everything
Tapas served 4–10 p.m.
the Massachusetts Agricultural
all in perspective when there was
Dinner served 5–9 p.m.
Society for grants to finance
an argument, and there often
ﬁ eld trips that allow students to
was. She has a calming energy."
visit local farms and has received
funds in the past from the Mass.
Environmental Trust for similar
10 Bridge St.
the new owner!
"We're isolated," she said of
the rural facility, "but why should
that be a reason for children not to have wider experiences? If
you're isolated, you don't have
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through ﬁ elds and forest of Red
readings designed to help people
SHELBURNE FALLS tures special Gate Farm. 9-11 a.m. All ages. surrender fear, maintain hope, and
showing: Buckland Public Library
feel a deep sense of peace and
will co-sponsor a showing of the
Red Gate Farm, 4 Norman Rd. In-
community. 3-4 p.m. at the First
classic coming-of-age ﬁ lm October
formation: (413) 625-9503; www.
Congregational Church, 43 Silver St.
Sky as part of its "We're Read-
Information: (413) 773-2570.
ing" promotion. The library is urging all residents of Buckland
Strings play: Advanced
and Shelburne Falls to read the
UMass Amherst string
novel, "Rocket Boy,"and see the
30 students perform as part of the
ﬁ lm based upon it. This is the story
Opus One String Ensemble under
of a misfit teenager (Jake Gyl-
the coordination of violin profes-
lenhaal of "Brokeback Mountain"
sor Elizabeth Chang. Free; 8 p.m.,
SHELBURNE FALLS (right, www.
fame) growing up in a dead-end
Signs of spring: Look
Bezanson Recital Hall, University of
myspace.com/joshritter) returns to
coal mining town in the 50s who
for signs of spring in
Hilltown Folk to celebrate the
dreams of making rockets and is
Dubuque State Forest. Join Polly
release of his highly anticipated
encouraged to achieve his dream
Bartlett and Pat Serrentino for an
new album, The Animal Years.
by his enthusiastic teacher Laura
early spring hike with little eleva-
Lord of the Rings mu-
Touring with Ritter is the oc-
Dern. Fighting poverty and his
tion change, but lots of interesting
sic: UMass Amherst's
tet, HEM (below, www.myspace.
father's disapproval, the boy over-
natural history, to look for spring
Minuteman Band performs Sousa,
com/hem), playing sophisticated,
comes seemingly impossible odds
flowers, frogs and salamanders,
Tull and premieres a student
subtle orch-pop with a twang.
in this inspiring story for all ages.
migrating birds, beavers, and other
arrangement of music from the
Josh Ritter¹s CD release party
Preceded by David Sand playing
inhabitants of forest and wetlands.
film Lord of the Rings. $10; $5,
will be at Memorial Hall on
finger-style guitar, who will per-
Impressive stone remains of previ-
students, senior citizens, and un-
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 pm.
form a few rocket-inspired songs.
ous mills can also be seen on this
der 18. 3 p.m.; Fine Arts Concert
Tickets are $18 in advance, $20
Music, 7 p.m.; ﬁ lm, 7:30 p.m. $6
hike. The entire loop is about ﬁ ve
Hall, University of Massachusetts.
at the door. Student tickets are
at the door or one prepurchased
miles, but shorter loops with car
$10. Tickets are available at
ticket (5 for $15). Pothole Pictures,
spotting can be arranged. Meet at
Tickets: Fine Arts Center Box Ofﬁ ce,
The Hempest, Boswell¹s Books,
51 Bridge St. (Memorial Hall). In-
9 a.m. at the Staples parking lot
World Eye Bookshop, and on-
formation: (413) 625-2896; www.
in Greenﬁ eld for carpooling. Free.
line. Information: (413) 625-
Deerﬁ eld River Watershed Associa-
tion. Information and registration
West County artists
(required): (413) 625-6628 ; www.
HOLYOKE participate in arts deerfieldriver.org.
weekend: Shelburne Falls artists
Bernard Banville, Christin Couture,
War tax resistance:
Karen Dolmanisth and William
An information ses-
Talking drum: UMass
Hosie will exhibit at Open Square
sion sponsored by Traprock Peace
AMHERST Amherst Department
in a three-day offering of perfor-
Center. 1 p.m. Green Fields Market,
of Music and Dance Percussion
mance, open studios, installations
upstairs meeting room, 144 Main
Studio concert, coordinated by
and exhibits. Preview reception
St. Information: (413) 773-7427;
UMass Amherst Percussion Profes-
Friday 6-10 p.m. Open Saturday
sor Eduardo Leandro, will feature
and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m . Free.
Professor Astrid Schween, cellist
Open Studios at Open Square Arts
Opening: Photos hon-
and member of the Lark String
of the Valley Celebration, 4 Open
or children's mental
Quartet. The program will include
Square Way. Information: www.
health week: The Support Network
works by Tan Dun, Toru Takemitsu,
for W. MA/PAL/The Consortium,
Philippe Manoury, Adam Silver-
the Children's Museum at Holyoke
man, and Iannis Xenakis. Tickets at
and the state department of Men-
Fine Arts Center box ofﬁ ce. 8 p.m.
SHELBURNE FALLS Swing Cara- tal Health present an exhibit by $10; $5, students, children under
van: Swing Caravan is welcomed
children from western Mass. who
18, senior citizens. Bezanson Re-
back to play their engaging upbeat
are sharing photographs of things
cital Hall. UMass Amherst Depart-
renditions of Django Reinhardt
that are important to them and that
ment of Music. Information: (413)
and Gypsy Jazz classics. 7pm. Free;
make them happy. The program
tips appreciated. Mocha Maya's,
presents a family's struggles for
47 Bridge St. Information: (413)
safety and stability when facing
any Ticketmaster outlet, (413) 733-
childhood mental illness. Opening
tours. Great Falls Discovery Center,
2500 or www.ticketmaster.com.
reception 1-2 p.m. followed by "The
2 Avenue A, Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Dangers of Empathy" from 2-3 p.m.
Yes to chess:YMCA
Information: (413) 863-3221; www.
Children's Museum of Holyoke, 444
Chess Club meets
Dwight St. Through May. Informa-
every Thursday 5:30-9 p.m. All wel-
Guys and Dolls: Tony Award-win-
come to participate for an hour or
Fa m i ly - f r i e n d -
ning musical takes the stage under
musicians visit UMass:
the entire evening. Club members
the artistic direction of Li Ciaglo
Meditation for chil-
Terry Everson, an internation-
will help beginners learn the ba-
"Stringing Styrofoam" and "Cub-
with Michael Rheault conducting.
ally renowned trumpet performer,
sics. Information: (413) 773-3646.
ist Collages" for children and
$30, $26 and $15; student and se-
meditation course for children
educator, composer/arranger and
their families during spring break.
nior discount and 20 percent group
ages 8-12. Participants learn a
church musician, will perform
Create your own hybrid string and
rates available 8 p.m., Fayette
with Amadeus : Mohawk Trail Con-
nonsectarian technique said to
works by Robert Schumann, Ro-
SHELBURNE FALLS ometry: Se- collage instruments inspired by Congdon Auditorium, Northamp- certs will celebrate Mozart's 250th help improve concentration and dion Shchedrin, Elena Roussanova
ries of photographic abstractions
the Kidspace exhibition, "The New
ton High School, 380 Elm St. Also
birthday by co-sponsoring a show-
self-control. Donation. 9:30 a.m.-4
Lucas, Eric Ewazen, Robert Russell
by Martha Braun. On exhibit at
Sound of Music: Hybrid Instru-
Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. and
ing of "Amadeus," the sensitive ex-
p.m., Vipassana Meditation Center,
Bennett and Gregory Pascuzzi.
McCusker's Market & Deli, 3 State
ments," by Ken Butler. Kidspace
Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Infor-
amination of the nature of genius
Colrain-Shelburne Road. Information
Bezanson Recital Hall. 8:15 p.m.
Street. Through May 15. Open daily
at MASS MoCA, 87 Marshall St.
and how the boorish, hedonistic
and registration (required): (413)
Free. UMass Amherst Department
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Information and registration: (413)
org; (413) 586-5026. Tickets: (413)
Mozart composes brilliant music
of Music. Information: (413) 545-
664-4481, ext. 8131; [email protected]
while the cultured Salieri produces
mediocrity. This is the seldom seen
Guys and Dolls:
"director's cut," which includes
See listing for Fri-
Alice Parker speaks
now for "Natural Rhythms: Heal-
mimes, music and
30 minutes of new footage. Stars
day, April 28.
at MacLeish tribute:
ing through Nature." A unique
more: Lynx Company presents Tom Hulce as a manic, hilarious
Noted composer, conductor and
movement group for women. April
26 "Side Dish: A Vaudeville Show." Mozart and F. Murray Abraham in
FMC hosts sacred
teacher, Alice Parker of Hawley,
5–May 10. Great Falls Discovery
Performed by Biz Wells, Evan
an Oscar-winning role as the mur-
will speak at the annual tribute to
Center, 2 Avenue A. Information:
Young, and Ezra LeBank, with live
derous Salieri. Preceded by Mozart
Regional Cancer Program at Frank-
Archibald MacLeish. Noon. Free.
music by Soﬁ a Abassi and Katie
keyboard music live on a 1770-era
lin Medical Center and the FMC
Greenfield Community College,
The Clothesline Proj-
Kloss. The History of a Hand, writ-
square fortepiano. Music, 7 p.m.;
Volunteer Chaplains sponsor the
AA meets: Alco-
ect: Visual display
ten and performed by Ezra LeBank,
ﬁ lm, 7:30 p.m. $6 at the door or
third annual Sacred Gathering for
CHARLEMONT holics Anonymous bearing witness to violence against will open the show. A.P.E. Perfor- one prepurchased ticket (5 for $15). Those Touched by Cancer. Inter-
holds open meetings Mondays at
women through 20 tee shirts deco-
mance Space, third ﬂ oor Thorne's
Information: (413) 625-2896; www.
denominational service includes
Calendar continues on
the Community Bible Church, 108
rated to represent particular vic-
Market, 150 Main St. Through Sun-
prayer, blessings, music, dance and
Main St. 7 p.m. Free. Information:
tims. Main campus beween the
day. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
East and Core buildings. Rain
Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $10; $8,
location is Social Sciences Studio
seniors, $5, students and children.
SHELBURNE FALLS Adam Swee-
AA meets: Alco-
E115. Continues through Thursday.
Reservations and information:
ney / Erik Alan: Oregon-based
SHELBURNE FALLS holics Anony- Greenfield Community College, (413) 586-5553l; www.apearts.org.
Adam Sweeney, folk singer/song-
mous holds open meetings Thurs-
1 College Dr. Information: (413)
writer, on acoustic guitar. Erik Alan
days at Trinity Church, Severance
Spring quilt show:
of The Amity Front, a Northampton
Now open for brunch
St. 7 p.m. Free. (413) 625-2341.
Third annual show
Americana band, will alternate
8 a.m.–1 p.m.
features more than 100 quilts
sets. 8 p.m. Free; tips appreciated.
and quilted items — some by Mocha Maya's, 47 Bridge St. In-
Friday, April 28 - Roadhouse
27 West County quilters — including formation: (413) 828-1413; www. Live music!
ers/The Maezumi Institute present
family, antique, historic and baby
Friday, May 5 - The Direction
programs at The House of One
quilts. A quilt of special interest:
People, 177 Ripley Road. Medita-
"Louisa's Sweet Freedom Quilt"
24th annual sax sympo-
Saturday, May 6 - The No-No's
tion, yoga and workshop informa-
GCC show features
by Bambi Miller of Charlemont
sium: UMass Amherst
tion. (413) 367-2080, ext. 2#; www.
and her group, made in honor of
Department of Music & Dance
Student art show opening includes
Louisa Dorsey, one of a family
sponsors the Annual New England
musical performances by various
of runaway slaves known to have
Saxophone Symposium. Featured is
student ensembles. Refreshments.
stayed in Charlemont as part of
the Marine Band Saxophone Quar-
TURNERS FALLS exhibit: "Retro- Show features student work from the Underground Railroad. Tickets tet with UMass Amherst alumnus
spective," a photography exhibit
drawing, painting, video, photogra-
to rafﬂ e of handmade ﬂ ying geese
David Jenkins. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Music
Just a 10 mile ride from Shelburne Falls!
Jay Maisel's bold, graphic, satu-
phy, sculpture, graphic design, ani-
quilt at show. $5. Show continues
Wing of the Fine Arts Center, Uni-
Dinners 5–9 weekdays, until 10 weekends
rated color images. Maisel, photo-
mation and computer art classes.
Saturday, April 29. St. Paul's
versity of Massachusetts. Informa-
Lunches Wednesday–Monday from 11:30 a.m., Tuesday from 3 p.m.
graphing since 1954, has selected
Gala reception, 7 p.m. Through
Lutheran Church, 23 Long Ave.
tion/registration: (413) 545-2810;
Children's Menu • Open 7 nights a week
works from his career as an ad-
May 12. Show open Monday-Thurs-
Information and directions: Ruth
vertising, corporate and editorial
day from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays
Warner, (413) 625-9029 or Cathy
141 Buckland Rd. • Ashﬁeld, MA • 628-0158
photographer based in New York
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Satur-
Nelson, (413) 773-7361; [email protected]
Cats: See listing for
City. Opens April 6. Free. Hallmark
days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. South
Friday, April 28.
Museum of Contemporary Photog-
Gallery and adjacent areas of the
raphy, 85 Avenue A. Thurs.-Sun. 1-5
main building on College Drive.
Guys and Dolls:
Bring this ad to the diner and save 10 percent!
p.m. Information: (413) 863-0009;
Greenfield Community College,
See listing for Fri-
1 College Dr. Information: (413)
Saxophone Quartet performs at
day, April 28.
the next "A Bouquet of Music"
series. The group includes Jon
sings: Join the
M. Weeks of Leyden on soprano
Courage Choir, 6:30 p.m., in the
and alto sax, Ronald R Smith
The Deerfield River Watershed
Red Studio at Shelburne Falls Yoga
28 of Northfield on alto sax, Adam Association and Silvio O. Conte
Studio, Deerﬁ eld Avenue. Open to
Scotera of Northampton on tenor National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
all. Wednesdays, ongoing. $10 fee
sax and Cliff White of Ashﬁ eld on
sponsor a workshop on updated
suggested, but contributions are on
baritone sax. 1 p.m. Main lobby,
methods to control Japanese knot-
sliding scale. Information: (413)
Franklin Medical Center, 164 High
weed in wetland and upland areas.
Area Business As-
St. Information: (413) 773-2573.
1-4:30 p.m. Free. Great Falls Discov-
sociation meets: Annual spring
ery Center, 2 Avenue A. Informa-
Accepting takeout orders
breakfast and meeting, which in-
tion and registration (required by
cludes presentation of the Marvin
courses at Marl-
April 21) to Cynthia Boettner at
Call ahead for fast service
10 a.m. Wellness Walkers, 1:30-2:30
J. Shippee Community Service
boro: Spaces still available for a
(413) 863-0209, ext. 6.
p.m. Crochet with Julie, 5 p.m.
Award. 7:30 a.m., Academy at Char-
two-day course to cover vital infor-
S.M.A.R.T. Recovery for Youth;
lemont, Route 2. Catered by Mar-
mation about legal and business
Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. free
garet Fitzpatrick, former owner of
issues for those involved with the
in pictures: In-
Reiki sessions for the drug and
Tusk ‘n' Rattle. $12; $10 per person
arts, presented by Volunteer Law-
terpretive mural backdrop tour
at the Arrowhead Shops
alcohol recovery community, call
if payment sent by Tuesday, April
yers for the Arts at the Marlboro
with artist Frank Gregory (www.
Jess to schedule an appointment
25 to Karen Laudon, c/o Greenﬁ eld
College Graduate Center. Sessions
frankgregory.com). Journey through
1105 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne
(413) 774-5489, Wednesdays: 6 p.m.
Savings Bank. Information: (413)
will include "Ask the Lawyer" pan-
the Connecticut River watershed
women's yoga at the Grapevine, 93
els, discussions about intellectual
via the center's murals. Great
Open Monday–Friday 5 a.m.–3 p.m.
Chapman St., free; Thursdays: every
property, and contract and business
Falls Discovery Center, 1-2 p.m.
other week community meetings at
Cats on stage : Andrew
structures. Additionally, there will
Information: (413) 863-0209; www.
Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m.–3 p.m.
1:30 p.m.; Fridays: 3 p.m. games/
Lloyd Webber's Tony-
be area-speciﬁ c presentations for
movie/ music. Information: (413)
award-winning musical (www.really-
musicians, ﬁ lm and video profes-
useful.com) comes to Massachusetts.
sionals, and nonprofit organiza-
Spring quilt show:
Friday and Saturday 4–9 p.m.
Continues Saturday, April 29. $65,
tions. . Marlboro College, 2912
See listing for Friday,
Art in Nature:
$57.50 and $50. 8 p.m., University
Route 9. Information, registration,
625-6643 • [email protected]
of Massachusetts, Mullins Center
fees and schedule: 802-257-4333;
ages by Tom Whalen on display
Tickets: Mullins Center Box Ofﬁ ce,
Spring bird walk:
Michael Ryan, Proprietor
through April. Also general exhibit
Ben Mazzei leads hike
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pristine rivers, as well as evidence
naturalist Aimee Gelinas and his-torian Mike Whalen, this moderate
270 Main St. Information: (413)
West St. Co-op Power, 277 Federal
hike (5 miles) with a few climbs
Practice in Similar Mo-
St. Information: (413) 425-6795;
culminates in a scenic overlook
tion, or Why Did Bach Have It In
of the Deerfield watershed. 10
For Hidden Fifths?": UMass Am-
a.m.–3 p.m. $15; $10, members of
herst Professor of Music Theory
Trustees of Reservations Highland
Bret Aarden lectures. The talk
Dan Hicks and
Communities Initiative, 132 Main
is part of the UMass Amherst His Hot Licks: Dan Hicks (www. St. Information and registration
Department of Music and Dance
danhicks.net), the self-described "one
(required): (413) 268-8219; www.
Theory lecture series. 12:20 p.m.
and only icon of West Coast jive
An Evening with
Free. UMass Amherst Department
‘n' jazz." 7 p.m. $22.50 and $25.
NORTHAMPTON The Little Wil- of Music. Information: (413) 545- Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center
lies: The Little Willies originally
St. Information and tickets: (413)
The Books: Due
came together to play a one-shot
to strong demand, MASS MoCA
gig in NYC (covering Willie Nelson
has added a second performance
tunes), but soon found a shared
Concert: Boston Har-
of The Books. Nick Zammuto and
love of classic American music. Fea-
Paul de Jong are rising national
tures Lee Alexander, Jim Campilo-
mony, the new 22-member world music stars and hometown heroes
ngo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian
music vocal ensemble, will make
known for their unique blend of
and Dan Rieser. 7 p.m. Iron Horse
its western Massachusetts debut.
sampled and acoustic music. 7 p.m.
Music Hall, 20 Center St. Informa-
Formed under the direction of
$14, advance; $17, day of concert;
tion, tickets and directions: (413)
from beloved operas:
Village Harmony Co-director Patty
MassMOCA members, 10 percent
The Opera Workshop of the UMass
Cuyler, the concert will include
discount MassMOCA, 87 Marshall
Amherst Department of Music
songs from Cuyler's ‘home country'
St. Information: (413) 662-2111;
Concert: UMass Am-
and Dance will perform scenes
of Georgia in the high Caucasus as
AMHERST herst Jazz Ensemble I from a variety of beloved operas. well as from Bulgaria and Croatia,
The director's cut of Amadeus will play at Pothole Pictures on Saturday,
and Studio Orchestra: The award-
Program includes scenes from
some South African dance-songs,
Concert: The Roots
winning UMass Amherst Jazz
Mozart's "Don Giovanni and The
and a variety of down-home mu-
and Dashboard Confes-
Ensemble I and Studio Orchestra
Magic Flute," Purcell's "Dido
sic from Americashape note and
sional: The Roots (www.theroots.
Building, Room 115A. Greenﬁ eld
Friends of the Great Falls Discov-
perform a full-length concert.
and Aeneas" and Britten's "The
gospel quartet. Tickets are $10 for
com), a Philadelphia-based live rap
Community College, 1 College Dr.
ery Center and members of the
Conducted by Professor Jeffrey
Rape of Lucretia." Also included
adults/$5 for young people 16 and
group, with alternative rock band
Information: (413) 775-1141; www.
Athol Bird and Nature Club as club
Holmes, director of the African-
are sections from Menotti's "The
under. Reserve by calling (413)
Dashboard Confessional (www.
founder and trip leader Bob Coyle
American Music and Jazz Studies
Consul and The Medium," Johann
625-2082 or at the door. Tickets
dashboardconfessional.com). 6:30 p.m.
leads the 43rd Annual Northﬁ eld
Program. Bowker Auditorium $10;
Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" and
available at the door. 7:30 p.m. $10;
$35; free, UMass undergradutes;
Bird Trip. Meet at the Northﬁ eld
$5, students, children under 18,
Rossini's "William Tell." $10; $5,
$5, 16 and younger. Congregational
$15, other 5-college students (valid
UMass Amherst Sym-
Country Club. 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
senior citizens. UMass Amherst
students, children under 18, senior
Church. V. Information and reser-
ID required for free and discounted
phony Band: American wind band
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2
Department of Music. Informa-
citizens. Bezanson Recital Hall.
vations: (413) 625-2082.
admission). Mullins Center, Univer-
classics by the UMass Amherst
Avenue A. Information: (978) 249-
tion: (413) 545-2511; www.umass.
UMass Amherst Department of
sity of Massachusetts. Information:
Symphony Band, under leader-
Music. Information, tickets and
Hike: Bear Swamp wild-
(413) 733-2500 ; www.mullinscenter.
ship of Music and Dance Depart-
directions: (413) 545-2511; www.
ﬂ ower hike: Come look
ment Professor Laura Rexroth.
for spring wildﬂ owers with Natu-
Works to be performed are Walter
hot spots: Silvio
HOLYOKE "Crystallizing Mo-
ralist Denise Pavao on a leisurely
Piston's "Tunbridge Fair," Michael
O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife
hike through forests and wetlands
Colgrass's "Old Churches," Fisher
Refuge staff will lead walks start-
reception of fourth annual visual
SATURDAY, to look for wildﬂ owers, fern and Ensemble: Featuring "Aztec Gods," Tull's "The Final Covenant," An- ing at the Great Falls Discovery
and performing arts show features
other signs of spring. 9:30 a.m.
by Gardner Read and "Stone
drew Boysen's "Kirkpatrick Fan-
Center to explore local birding hot
visual and performing artists from
Free. Bear Swamp, Hawley Road in
Wave,"by Rolf Wallin; under the
fare" and Vincent "Persichetti's
spots. Binoculars and ﬁ eld guides
the regionincluding local artist
Ashﬁ eld south of the intersection
direction of Professor Eduardo
Pageant." 8 p.m. Fine Arts Center
recommended but not required.
Janice Sorensenwho have received
with Tatro Road. Deerﬁ eld River
Leandro. 4 p.m. $10; $5, students,
Concert Hall. UMass Amherst
Dress for the weather. 10 a.m. and
2006 Career Initiatives grants.
Watershed Association. Informa-
children under 18, senior citizens.
Department of Music. Informa-
2 p.m. Free and accessible. Great
Poetry, music and refreshments. 5
tion and registration (required):
Bowker Auditorium, UMass Am-
tion: (413) 545-2511; www.umass.
Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue
p.m.–8 p.m. Open Square, 4 Open
Postponed concert has new date
(413) 625-6628; www.deerfieldriver.
herst campus. UMass Amherst
A. Information: (413) 863-3221;
Square Way. Western Massachu-
Department of Music. Informa-
setts Training Consortium, 187
Roseanne Cash. Tickets for April
tion: (413) 545-2511; www.umass.
High St. Information: (413) 536-
29 concert will be honored. 8 p.m.
Iron Horse Music Hall , 19 King
St. Information, tickets, cost and
how different birds make their
Program: A tree
TURNERS FALLS by a ny o t h e r
name: A Closer Look at Trees with
directions: (413) 584-1444; www.
nests and the habitat they depend
UMass Amherst Vocal
Gini Traub fromAdults will learn
TURNERS FALLS the birds are: iheg.com.
on to nest successfully. A special
Jazz Ensemble : Program under
that trees are punny (like funny)
Wayne Petersen, Mass. Audubon
look at crabapple trees and the
the direction of Professor Cath-
Dinner: Spring ban-
and children will learn that tree
Society's Important Bird Area
Event: New England
birds they attract. Program in-
erine Jensen-Hole includes ar-
quet: Shelburne Falls
cookies are for exploring but not
program director, shares history
cludes hands-on activity geared
rangements by Jensen-Hole, Paris
Women's Club holds its spring
for eating. For school-aged chil-
of IBA and signiﬁ cance of the 11
Powerlifting at 11 a.m., bikini con-
to the child in all of us. 1 p.m.
Rutherford and Michele Weir of
banquet and annual meeting.
dren, their families and the child
important areas of the Connecticut
test at 4 p.m. and mixed martial
Free and accessible. Great Falls
"Just the Thought of You," by
Mary Lyon Church, Upper Street.
in all of us. 1–2 p.m. Free. Great
River watershed. 7-9 p.m. Great
arts competition at 7 p.m. $50 and
Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. In-
Billy Taylor; "Nica's Dream," by
Shelburne Falls Women's Club. In-
Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A.
Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue
$25; $10, UMass students Mullins
formation: (413) 863-3221; www.
Horace Silver, and "At the End of
formation and reservations: (413)
Information: (413) 863-3221; www.
A. Free. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Free. Great
Center, University of Massachu-
the Day," by Rosana Eckert and
Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A.
setts. Information: (413) 733-2500;
"Besame Mucho," by The Hi-Los.
Information: (413) 863-3221; www.
8 p.m. $10; $5, students, children
Concert: Local com-
under 18, senior citizens. UMass
posers: Singers from
Dinner to beneﬁ t Trinity Church's
Amherst Department of Music.
NORTHAMPTON e r g y s u m m i t : Access for All campaign. Home-
12 three choral ensembles will be
Information: (413) 545-2511; www.
sharing the stage as the chamber
Hands-on workshops to help you
made casseroles served family
choir, chorale, and women's choir
use clean energy and save money.
style, homemade baked beans,
of the UMass Amherst Depart-
Workshop topics include: Solar
salads, homemade rolls and home-
ment of Music and Dance perform
Hot Water, Solar Electric Systems,
made pies. All proceeds go to the
Geothermal, Biodiesel for Home
renovations fund to make Trinity
Heating, Biodiesel for your Car,
Church fully accessible. Seatings
8 SHELBURNE FALLS dren's health: under the direction of Professor E.
Franklin Medical Center and
Wayne Abercrombie and graduate
Franklin County libraries join student Jeffrey Kempskie. 4 p.m.
Wind and Small Hydro Power,
at 5:15 and 7 p.m. $9, adults; $6,
to present "Blood and Guts," a
$10; $5, students, under 18, senior
Grease Cars and Biomass, On Farm
children 6th grade and younger.
program designed to give elemen-
citizens. Fine Arts Center Concert
Wind and Biodiesel farm machin-
tary school-age children a greater
Hall. UMass Amherst Department
ery, Municapal Wind and Biodiesel
Center, corner of Church and Main
ing Injuries on the
understanding of human anatomy,
of Music. Information: (413) 545-
, Recycled Oil Collection, Biomass,
St. Information and reservations:
Farm": Diane Fisher-Katz, M.S.,M.
to lessen fears about hospitals
Conservation and Efﬁ ciency. Walk-
Janet Eaton at 625-2110 or Anna
D.T., a physical therapist from
and health care and to encourage
Friday–Saturday, April 28–29
ins welcome. 8:30 a.m.8:30 p.m.
the Valley Medical Group, will
continuing exploration of the sci-
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Smith College Campus Center, 126
demonstrate and discuss how to
ence resources available at their
prevent back, knee, shoulder and
local library. This is a hands-on
other joint injuries. CISA ofﬁ ces.
program in which participants
Dinner provided. Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
visit nine stations, each represent-
followed by program and meet- ing another aspect of health care.
ing. $7–10, dinner. Pioneer Valley
Refreshments and prizes. 6 p.m.–8
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Women's Agricultural Network,
p.m. Free , Bridge and Main streets.
23 Long Ave., Greenﬁeld
Concert: PVS presents
CISA ofﬁ ces, 1 Sugarloaf St Infor-
Information: (413) 625-0306 or
ment in the banquet room for
Brahms: The Pioneer
mation and registration (preferred,
625-9765; [email protected]
Mother's Day with Espresso Jazz
Valley Symphony and Chorus,
by May 3): (413) 665-7100; www.
(www.espressojazz.com). 11 a.m.–3
Directions: Exit 27 oﬀ I-91
Paul Phillips, music director and
p.m. Charlemont Inn, Route 2. In-
South on Routes 5 and 10
Conductor, and Alexandra Ludwig,
chorus director with Hampshire Choral Society, Allan Taylor, cho-
13 formation and reservations: (413)
rus director, present Brahms Re-quiem on the composer's birthday.
SHELBURNE FALLS o f F l o w e r s
Features vocal soloists Elizabeth
Concert: Student com-
Plant Sale: Sale features perennials
Keusch and David Kravitz. 3 p.m.
posers: New works
divided from the Bridge and other
Fine Arts Center, University of
Film: Howard Zinn:
written by UMass Amherst music
local gardens, nursery propagated
Massachusetts. Pioneer Valley Sym-
You Can't Be Neu-
students. 4 p.m. Free. Bezanson Re-
wildﬂ owers from Hillside Nursery,
phony, 91 Main St. Information
tral on a Moving Train : Greenﬁ eld
cital Hall. UMass Amherst Depart-
geraniums, specially selected gar-
Friday, April 27 • 7:30 p.m.
and reservations: (413) 773-3664;
Community College and the Hu-
ment of Music. Information: (413)
den-inspired art and other items
man Ecology Department present
of interest to the avid gardener.
1999. PG. 108 min., color. Part of We're Read-
a public screening of the documen-
Rain or shine 9 a.m.–noon. Green
ing! program of Buckland Public Library,
tary of the life and times of the
Hike: Northﬁ eld
between Main and Water streets.
Arms Library, and Shelburne Free Library
historian, activist and author of the
Bird Trip: Join
Shelburne Falls Women's Club.
On the big screen
celebrates 80th: Shelburne Falls
best-selling classic, A People's His-
Information: (413) 625-9830.
Women's Club holds 80th birthday
tory of the United States. Featuring
open house. Look back at the club's
rare archival materials, interviews
at the historic
Saturday, April 28 • 7:30 p.m.
long history. 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Free.
with Zinn and colleagues and
M E M O R I A L
Directed by Milos Forman. 1984. PG. 180
friends, including Noam Chomsky,
Center, Main and Church streets.
Marian Wright Edelman, Daniel
min. color. Director's cut with 30 min. extra
Shelburne Falls Women's Club.
Ellsberg, Tom Hayden and Alice
footage. Co-sponsored by Mohawk Trail
51 Bridge St.
Walker. Part of the Human Ecology
Hike: Monroe State
department's a four-part, Tuesday
(above town hall)
Forest: This natural
night ﬁ lm series (through May) to
ERRATUM: The dates of these films were
and cultural history hike on Dun-
inform people and spark debate
$6 at the door
published incorrectly in the last issue of the
bar Brook will showcase the re-
about current issues in ecology
or 1 prepurchased ticket
gion's thriving forest ecology and
and sustainability. 7 p.m. East
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Nichols promotion SHELBURNE—Former
dent Glenn Nichols has been promoted to the rank of Captain in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.
Capt. Nichols is a pilot and Air Crew Member of the Massachu-setts Wing, and a member of the Franklin County Cadet Squadron.
Judith A. Albee, 46
Civil Air Patrol conducts Home-
Joseph W. Gormley, 69
land Security and Air & Ground
Search and Rescue missions for
the United States Air Force and
dith A. (Heir) Albee, 46, of 10
Gormley, other agencies.
Highland Avenue, Shelburne
69, of 264 West Hawley Rd., died
He is the son of Sally Nichols
Falls, died Thursday, April 13,
April 23 at Holyoke Hospital.
of Shelburne, and the late Rob-
at Baystate Medical Center in
He was born in Framingham
ert Nichols. He is a resident of
We would love
on Aug. 5, 1936, the son of Jo-
She was born in New Bruns-
seph and Clotilda (Michaud)
to publish them
wick, Canada, on Feb. 29, 1960,
the daughter of Patrick J. and
He was a 1954 graduate of
Capt. Glenn Nichols
Bernadette L. (Parmenter) Heir.
Newton North High School.
She had been a resident of the
Gormley served in the U.S.
Shelburne Falls area for 18 years,
Navy, enlisting on Jan. 19, 1956.
coming to the area from West
He was honorably discharged on
Jan. 18, 1962.
She attended West Boylston
Prior to his retirement in 1988,
First Congregational Church, UCC:
intractable and potentially disastrous domestic
High School until her sophomore
he was employed by the former
Rev. Kate Stevens, Main Street,
and international situation, but that if we begin
year, when she transferred to
General Motors in Framingham,
what Joanna Macy has called The Great Turning,
Worcester Trade School. She
where he worked for 30 years.
there is a way out of these crises. Though not op-
studied cosmetology and gradu-
He and his wife, the former
children in kindergarten through grade six led
timistic, he is hopeful that changes can be made
ated in 1978.
June Stiles, were married on
by Maryellen Abbatiello, minister of children's
that can save us from the chaos and disasters
Judith Albee was a member
Sept. 28, 1963, and moved to her
education. Child care is provided for preschool-
we seem to be creating for ourselves.
of the VFW Post 8503 Ladies
Raymond E. Dyer.
family home in Hawley in 2002.
ers, and there is a nursery from which you can
Auxiliary in Shelburne Falls. She
In addition to his wife, he
listen to the service on intercom. Coffee hour,
Unity in the Pioneer Valley: Rev. Car-
enjoyed needlepoint and collect-
leaves two sons: Stephen R.
with fair trade coffee served, follows worship.
ol Kelshaw. 322 Deerfield St., (413)
Gormley and his wife, Sheby, of
Q G E N E R A L
Survivors include her son,
certiﬁ cates in refrigeration and
Woodstock, Conn. and Frederick
St. John's Episcopal Church: Rev. Jane
I N F O R M A T I O N : Association of Unity Churches Inter-
Jaycee Albee, of Charlemont;
air conditioning. He worked at
Gormley of Leominster. He leaves
Dunning; Main Street, (413) 628-4402.
national: "Unity is positive, practical Christianity."
a sister, Sheila Carruthers, of
the Coca Cola Bottling Co., in
a brother, Paul, of Trinity, Fla.;
As a gift to those who are chemically sensitive,
Worcester; a brother, James
Greenﬁ eld, since his senior year
two sisters, Maureen Haley of
26: Ofﬁ ce hours, 10-11:30. Sunday, April 30: Holy
the congregation strives to be a scent free
P. Hehir; two nieces, Jennifer
in high school.
Marlborough and Barbara Wills
Eucharist 10 a.m. Visit of Bishop.
Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday services, 10
Carruthers and Marla Holt; a
He enjoyed hunting, ﬁ shing,
of Foxboro; and three grand-
a.m.; child care is available from 9:50 to 11:15;
nephew, Brad Holt; a great-niece,
his old cat, Mustang, which he
children, Amanda, Benjamin
First Congregational Church of
youth education/Sunday school, 10–11 a.m. "A
Olivia Draughn; a great-nephew,
raised since he found her as a kit-
and Jenna Gormley. Another
Buckland, UCC (Mary Lyon Church):
Course in Miracles" class meets every Sunday
Kahlil Draughn; and her life
ten. He enjoyed Red Sox and the
daughter, Juliana, died on Jan.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Downes, acting pastor. 17
noon–1p.m. Caroline Wenck and Don Wheeler
partner, Charlie O'Gorman, of
Patriots games (both in person
Upper St., (413) 625-9440. Q S C H E D U L E : Worship
are the facilitator. Class: The Quest, Thursdays, 7
Shelburne Falls. She also leaves
and on television), as well as good
Funeral services were held on
service on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School,
her former husband, John Albee,
jokes and joking around. Over a
April 27. Burial will be at the
10:30 a.m. Communion, first Sunday of the
30: Ron and Danyelle Jones, transformational
period of years, he completely re-
West Hill Cemetery in Hawley.
coaches and authors of I'm Right…You Need to
Services were April 18 at the
built a 1966 Ford Mustang. Dyer
Suggested donations may be
April 30: Stewardship Sunday. Acting pastor Rev.
Change, will be guest speakers with "I'm a Co-
Callahan and Fay Funeral Home
was a snowmobile enthusiast who
made to the the Baystate VNA
Dr. Kenneth Downes will speak on the subject:
Creator . But." They will also lead a "How to
in West Boylston. Burial will be at
enjoyed long rides through the
and Hospice, 45 Amherst Rd.
"Does God Have Deep Pockets? (A Question of
Master Your Own Life Workshop," noon-3 p.m.
the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Sug-
P.O. Box 482, Sunderland, MA
Security)" (Text: Luke 4:1-13, 12:22-34; Mark
Sunday, May 7: First of a 4-part series based on
gested donations may be made to
Dyer, an accomplished self-
the book I of the Storm by Gary Simmons. Rev.
the Adoptees Liberty Movement,
taught photographer, took many
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home
Carol Kelshaw's ﬁ rst lesson in the series is "No
PO Box 85, Danville, NJ 07834.
pictures of nature and peo-
Charlemont Federated Church: 175
One Is Against You."
Smith- Kelleher Funeral Home
ple. He enjoyed his computer immensely.
Frank L. Thayer, 94
Main St., (413) 339-4294. Q G E N -
E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N : Child care is provided for young
Heath Union Church: 5 East Main St.,
Edgar G. Dickinson, 82
He also loved to travel and
children during the worship service and coffee
(413) 337-4845. Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday
enjoyed many trips with his long-
LAFAYETTE HILL, Penn.—
is served afterward. Sunday School for children
services, 10 a.m.
time girlfriend, Cindy Geary, of
Frank L. Thayer, 94, of Lafayette
will be held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the
Colrain, to destinations such as
Hill, formerly of Ashﬁ eld, died
month at the same time as the worship service.
Rowe Community Church: 294 Zoar Rd.
Dickinson, 82, of 1231 Mohawk
Las Vegas, Foxwoods and Mohe-
April 22 at Chestnut Hill Hospital
Choir practices are held on Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Trail, died April 10 at home.
in Chestnut Hill, Penn. He had
and Sundays at 9 a.m. To join, call Esther Haskell
Born in Charlemont, July 2,
In addition to Geary, he leaves
lived in Lafayette Hill since 1964,
Q S C H E D U L E : Worship service on
1923, he was the son of Alice
his parents, Alvin N. and Harriet
moving there from Caldwell,
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
of Shelburne: Phyllis Evelyn, pas-
(Gale) and Ernest R. Dickinson.
"Belle" Dyer of Colrain. He is sur-
tor; 22 Church Commons, Common Road; (413)
He was a graduate of Charlemont
vived by two brothers: David and
He was born in Ashfield on
Community Bible Church: Rev. Mi-
High School and the University of
his wife, Barbara, of Bernardston,
Aug. 17, 1911, the son of George
chael Looman; 108 Main St., (413)
T I O N : Handicap accessible. Audio amplification (for
Pittsburg Squadron E, as a mem-
and William of Goshen. He also
A. and Clarissa (Clark) Thayer. He
339-4488. Q G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N : A Baptist Gen-
the hearing impaired). Q S C H E D U L E : Sundays, 10
ber of the 60th College Training
leaves several nieces, nephews,
was employed by Johnson March
eral Conference Church. Child care is available
a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15-11 a.m. Social hour
Detachment in Pennsylvania. He
aunts, uncles and cousins.
of Philadelphia as an electrical
during all worship services.
Q S C H E D U L E : Tuesdays:
follows at the church hall. Child care is available
was married to the former Ruth
He was devoted to his grand-
engineer. He was a volunteer
7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting.
during the service.
A. Bowen, who died in 1975.
mother, the late Flora B. Dyer,
with the Colonial Neighborhood
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.: Fire and Reign
He had been employed with the
who died in 2003.
Council where he delivered
Prayer. 6 p.m.: Community Supper, followed by
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's
J.M. Blassberg Co. in Shelburne
Services in celebration of Ray-
Meals on Wheels. His wife, the
Small Group Bible Study and Prayer at 7 p.m.
Witnesses: 412 Mohawk Trail,
Falls as a driver for 20 years, re-
mond Dyer's life will take place
former Opal Charmichael, died
Sundays: 10:30 a.m. worship service. 10:30 a.m.
(413) 625-2976. Q S C H E D U L E : Services on Sundays,
tiring in 1984. He also owned the
at the privacy of his family follow-
on July 2, 1979.
Sunday School and Junior Church, for children
10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 7:30
Woodbine Antique Shop in Char-
ing cremation, with inurnment
Survivors include two sons:
in grades six and under.
p.m. Home Bible studies available.
lemont for many years. Following
in the North River Cemetery,
Douglas Thayer of Media, Penn.,
his retirement, he had worked at
Colrain. The Rev. David Neil,
and Robert Thayer of Olean, N.Y.
Maranatha Bible Chapel: Rev. Paul
the Charlemont Transfer Station
pastor of the Trinity Church of
He leaves a daughter, Marjorie
Norcross, 1977 Main St., Mohawk
Church: Ashfield Street, (413)
for a number of years.
Shelburne Falls, will ofﬁ ciate.
Gross, of Spring, Texas; and a
Trail. (413) 625–9284 or (413) 339-8630; www.
Serving his country during
Visiting hours will be conduct-
sister, Gladys Schaeffer, of Water-
Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday services, 10:30
World War II, he was in the U.S.
ed on Friday, April 28, 2006 from
ford, Mich, He also leaves seven
a.m. Tuesday Bible Study, 2 p.m. Tuesday prayer
Shelburne Falls Shambala
Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1945
the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36
grandchildren, ten great-grand-
and healing night, 7 p.m. Sermons broadcast
Meditation Center: Tony and
as a 2nd Lieutenant, pilot. He
Bank Row, Greenﬁ eld, MA from
children, and one great-great
Sundays, 2 p.m. on WPLV (107.9 FM).
Gisela Walker, 71b Ashfield St. (413) 625–2982;
was awarded the Victory Medal
2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
WWII and the American Cam-
Expressions of condolence may
Funeral services will take
Colrain Community Church: Pastor
Beginners are welcome.
S C H E D U L E : Sundays,
be directed to the family in care
place Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at
Robert Szafran; 306 Main Rd., (413)
10 a.m.–noon, meditation.
He was a member of the VFW
of the funeral home at www.mc-
the First Congregational Church
624-3808 or (413) 624-3840. Q S C H E D U L E : Services:
"Pema Chodren: No Tome To Lose." Join us for
Post #8503 in Shelburne Falls, the
in Ashfield with the Rev. Kate
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Weekly ofﬁ ce hours: Tuesday,
another class on the teachings of Shantideva
Fraternal Order of Eagles #2758
In lieu of flowers, memorial
Stevens officiating. Burial will
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Saturday 9 a.m.
on Patience brought close to our lives today by
in Shelburne Falls and the Ameri-
contributions are suggested to
be in Plain Cemetery. There are
to noon, and by appointment.
Pema Chodren, popular Buddhist author and
can Circus Association. He also
the Shelburne Falls Ambulance
no calling hours.
nun. Her profound commentaries on working
was an avid stamp collector.
Association, c/o the Shelburne
Donations in Frank Thayer's
First Baptist Church of Colrain: Rev.
with our own aggression and promoting pa-
Survivors include one son,
Falls Volunteer Fire Department,
memory may be made to the First
Robert W. Peck; Foundry Village Road,
tience and appreciation for those who irritate
Steaphen, and his wife, Christine,
121 State Street, Shelburne Falls,
Congregational Church, Main
(413) 624–8886. Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday school for
us always go right to the heart of our daily
of Shirley; and three daughters,
MA 01370 or to the Colrain Vol-
Street, Ashﬁ eld, MA 01330.
everybody: Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Worship service:
experience. The class will use audio tapes and
Dianna Carol Nims of Greenﬁ eld,
unteer Ambulance Association,
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home
Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Prayer meeting: Wednes-
will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9
Alice Kane and her husband,
P.O. Box #37, Colrain, MA 01340
p.m., May 9 for 6 weeks.A $5 donation per class
Michael, of Harpswell, Maine,
or to the Pioneer Valley Humane
is welcome but not required. Call or e-mail for
and Sharon Rand of Montague.
Society, P.O. Box 786, Greenﬁ eld,
St. John's the Baptist Catholic: Church
He leaves 13 grandchildren,
Street; (413) 625–6405. Q G E N E R A L I N F O R-
eight great-grandchildren and
McCarthy Funeral Homes
M AT I O N : A mission of St. Joseph Parish, Shelburne
St. Joseph Parish: Father John
two great-great grandchildren;
Q S C H E D U L E : Mass: Saturdays, 4 p.m.
Roach. 34 Monroe Ave., (413)
one sister, Gertrude Schecterle of
625–6405. Q S C H E D U L E : Mass on Sundays, 8 a.m.
Charlemont; several nieces; and
St. Mark's Catholic: Delabarre Avenue;
and 10:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays,
his former wife, Ellen Jenkins, of
(413) 665–4535. Q G E N E R A L I N F O R M A -
Wednesdays. Confessions: Sundays, 9:45 a.m. and
T I O N : A mission of St. James Parish, South
first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
Funeral services were April 13
Q S C H E D U L E : Call for Mass schedule.
at the Johnson Funeral Home in
The Tiferet Center: Rachel
Respect, Integrity, Compassion . .
Shelburne Falls with the Rev. Da-
United Congregational Church Rev.
Cohen-Rottenberg and Bob
vid Neil, pastor of Trinity Church,
Dr. Candice M. Ashenden; 44 Whately
Rottenberg; 71 Ashfield St. (Shambhala Medita-
officiating. Burial followed in
40 Church Street, Shelburne Falls
Rd., P.O. Box 214, (413) 369–4040; www.uccweb-
tion Center). (413) 624-3921. Q S C H E D U L E : Shab-
Leavitt Cemetery, Charlemont.
bos morning services, 10 a.m., ﬁ rst and third
Donations may be made in his
Pamela J. Kelleher
Special services are held to celebrate holidays
Saturdays of each month. Potluck lunch and
memory to Hospice of Franklin
throughout the year. Universally accessible.
Torah study follow the service on the ﬁ rst Sat-
County, 329 Conway St., Green-
87 Franklin Street, Greenﬁ eld
Audio amplification available.
S C H E D U L E : Wor-
urday of each month. Food Bank donations of
ﬁ eld, MA 01301.
ship service: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school:
non-perishable food items are accepted at all
Johnson Funeral Home
9:45 a.m. Ofﬁ ce hours: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon.
Shabbos morning services.
Timothy P. Kelleher
at the church. Women's Group: 2 p.m., second Monday. Executive Committee: 7:30 p.m., ﬁ rst
Quaker Worship Group: Holly
Wednesday. Communion on the first Sunday of
Iglesias; 28 Elm St., (413) 625-
2451. Q S C H E D U L E : Meeting for worship followed
Raymond E. Dyer, 41
by potluck supper and fellowship is held on the
All Souls Church: Jonathan Reh-
fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m.
mus, minister; 399 Main St., (413)
Dyer, 41, of 2 Wares Hill Rd., died
Trinity Church: Rev. David Neil;
April 22 at the Franklin Medical
T I O N : All Souls is a non-creedal church in which
17 Severance St., (413) 625-
Center in Greenﬁ eld.
members are encouraged to develop their own
2341. Q G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N : Multidenominational
He was born the son of Al-
philosophies of life in the light of conscience, a
congregation (Congregational, Episcopal, Baptist
vin N. and Harriet B. "Belle"
liberal religious tradition and experience. Uni-
Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday worship,
(Thompson) Dyer, on May 1,
tarian-Universalists treasure the universal truths
8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Fridays: Free community
1964, at the Franklin County
taught by great teachers of humanity in every age
meal, open to all. 5 p.m., coffee and fellowship;
Public Hospital (now known as
Q S C H E D U L E : Sunday services, 10:30
5:30 p.m., meal served in Fellowship Hall.
the Franklin Medical Center).
He attended Readsboro Central
16: Rev. Douglas Wilson, of Rowe Camp and
Religious groups in the West County area are wel-
School, Colrain Central School,
Conference Center, a self-described "Unitarian
come to list their services and events here free of
Mohawk Trail Regional High
Universalist minister, writer, political activist
charge. Send to us at 8 Deerfield Ave., Shelburne
School and graduated from the
and amateur comedian and philosopher" on
Falls, MA 01370 or [email protected].
Franklin County Technical School
"The Many Crises Facing America and the
Great Turning." Wilson believes that the Neo-
He spent several years taking
Conservatives have led us into what may be an
classes at Technical Careers Insti-tute in Windsor, Conn., receiving
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Sheehan bashes Bush at UMass
Wilder Brook FarmCommunity Supported Agriculture
By Nate Walsh
at Coretta Scott King's funeral
She also criticized what she
han was asked how she believes
[email protected]ﬁ ndependent.net
in February. Sheehan also gave
called "false patriotism."
that people in rural communi-
the anti-war movement credit for
"I don't like the idea of pa-
ties, such as the towns in West
10 minutes from Shelburne Falls
the falling approval ratings of the
triotism," she said, adding that
County, that disagree with the
We have shares available
war activist "Peace Mom" Cindy
patriotism leads to nationalism,
war might be effective in getting
Sheehan spoke to a diverse crowd
"His approval ratings are
which leads to fascism.
their voices heard.
about the president, government
abysmal," said Sheehan. "I think
She described the opposition
"What they need to do ﬁ rst is
John and Kate, 625-6967
spending and the war in Iraq
Crawford and Camp Casey have
surrounding her protest in Craw-
to reassure their community that
on April 18 at the University of
everything to do with it."
ford as "uninformed, ignorant
they support the troops," said
Sheehan voiced her support
and full of fear." She alleges that
Sheehan. "They need to differ-
Sheehan, 48, gained national
for U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern's (D-
some have even gone so far as to
entiate between supporting the
attention last summer because
MA) bill, known as House Reso-
suggest to the security around
troops and disagreeing with the
of her long-term protest, named
lution 4232, which would cut off
her protest that she should be
"Camp Casey" after her late
taxpayer funding for the deploy-
shot. She replied to her detrac-
Sheehan suggested candlelight
son, Casey Sheehan, who was
ment of troops to Iraq and allow
tors by saying that she does not
vigils as effective ways to protest
killed in Sadr City, Iraq in 2004,
spending for their withdrawal.
hate her country.
the war in most small commu-
that took place outside of Presi-
She accused most of the gov-
"I love my country so much I
nities. Shelburne Falls held a
dent George W. Bush's ranch in
Healing of the Soul
ernment—not just Bush and the
want to get it on the right track,"
vigil similar to what Sheehan
Crawford, Texas. She has since
Republican Party—of issuing
said Sheehan. "We need a new
suggested on August 17, 2004.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy XYhandi's lnner Light
become a hero to the anti-war
a blank check to what she de-
paradigm. Not patriotism, but
"The key is for people to find
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movement and a gadﬂ y for the
scribed as "the war machine."
‘matriotism,' which is a love of
common ground in the com-
"Democrats are bobble-headed
the human race." She said that
munity," said Sheehan. "Every
Wearing a red sweat shirt,
rubber-stampers for the war
"matriotism" is not deﬁ ned by
community is different."
khaki capri pants and carrying a
machine," said Sheehan, who
borders and supports all life.
On March 6, Sheehan was ar-
Leslie Brooks, M.A., A.C.H.T., Rh.M. Leyden, MA
ﬂ oppy straw hat adorned by a pin
said the government should take
Sheehan urged people to
rested in New York for disorderly
www.healingofthesoul.com (413) 773-0306
of her late son, Sheehan took the
money away from the war and
vote for progressive candidates
conduct, trespassing and resisting
podium and was quick to criticize
put it into communities to fund
in upcoming elections, regardless
arrest while trying to deliver a
families and education.
of their party afﬁ liation.
petition to the U.S. Mission to the
"He's a pretend cowboy just
"They don't want you edu-
"Elect republicans if they're
United Nations and she was held
like he's a pretend commander-
cated," she added, accusing the
doing the right thing," said Shee-
overnight at Manhattan Central
in-chief," said Sheehan, whose
Bush administration of a war on
han. "Look at the person, not
protest in Crawford, according
poor people and attempting to
She said that when she returns
to her, kept Bush away from his
destroy the middle class. She
She invited people to join
to New York for trial, she also
ranch for Easter for the first
correlated the lack of funding
her in Crawford, Texas on August
plans to ﬁ le abuse charges. Ac-
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the President of being a liar and
ing spent on the war in Iraq and
take place along with a "war tri-
a concussion and a pulled rotator
murdering innocent people.
criticized companies such as Hal-
bunal" that President Bush will
cuff during her arrest.
"Not only is Bush a serial killer,
liburton, Exxon and Black Water
be invited to attend. She also
Sheehan's speech was part
he's a terrorist because he's told
Security for what she saw as their
encouraged those in the crowd
of a week-long protest at the
us that a terrorist is a person that
proﬁ ting from the Iraq war.
to form their own Camp Casey
university known as "Tent State
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murders innocent people," said
"There is one industry that
and to get active.
University," which is a national
George Bush has been good for,
"When my son was killed, I
movement started at Rutgers
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Sheehan went on to joke about
didn't want to raise my voice,"
University in 2003 formed to
her arrest at the State of the
is the funeral industry," Sheehan
said Sheehan. "I thought one
ﬁ ght what students saw as state
Union address for wearing a T-
said, adding that she was not only
person can't make a difference.
budget cuts due, in part they said,
shirt with the number of people
against the war in Iraq, but all
But I think I've proved that one
to the wars in Afghanistan and
killed in the Iraq war, and praised
Thomas A. Wilson, D.D.S.
wars. "I don't think war is a way
person can make a difference."
Iraq. According to their Web site,
Rev. Joseph Lowery for his criti-
to solve any problems. War is
the goal of TSU is to create equal
cism of the Bush administration
wrong. Killing is wrong."
Shelburne Falls Independent, Shee-
access to higher education.
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New Boston Harmonyensemble to debut in Ashﬁ eld
cal ensembles, to learn Corsican
625-9914 sance gets a jump on its tradi- music and to perform eight con-
tional summer presentations of
certs in old churches around the
various Village Harmony vocal
Mediterranean island. Two other
ensembles with a debut concert
Village Harmony camps abroad
by the newly formed Boston
will take place in Bosnia and in
Specializing in Interior Renovations
Harmony at the Congregational
South Africa. For more informa-
Church on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30
tion about the group visit www.
northernharmony.pair.com. Tickets for
• kitchens and bathrooms
Ricki Carroll will host a pot-
the May 6 concert are $10/ adults
• single rooms to entire homes
luck supper from 5-7 p.m. at her
and $5/those age 16 and younger
• additions — porches — dormers
Main Street home for the singers
and may be reserved at (413) 625-
• full-service renovation services
and anyone from the community
2082 or purchased at the door.
Village Harmony performs.
• What would you like to do?
who wishes to bring a dish should call 628-4568 for details.
Call today for an estimate
Led by Patty Cuyler, co-di-rector of the Village Harmony
5 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls • [email protected]
organization, Boston Harmony
Special events at Marlboro
is comprised of 22 singers, half adults and half teenagers, who are veterans of various Village
at and innovative content.
been experimenting with alterna-
Harmony summer singing camps.
Marlboro College will present
Student exhibits of painting,
tive photographic processes rang-
Cuyler commutes weekly from
art, ﬁ lms, photographs and other
drawing, wood sculpture, glass,
ing from 19th century Van Dyke,
the Village Harmony headquar-
bodies of work on campus and
photography and collage will
to 21st century digital methods.
ters in Marshﬁ eld, Vt. to Concord,
in Brattleboro throughout the
be shown in the Drury Gallery
The show will open Friday, May
Mass. for rehearsals.
month of May as part of the Plan
May 1-11. "Disjointed: A Joint
5 and be included in the Brattle-
Rural Renaissance will present
of Concentration. The Plan is a
Effort," is an exhibit by photog-
boro Gallery Walk, a year-round,
two other Village Harmony en-
self-designed, rigorous explora-
raphy students to be presented
festive first Friday stroll down
sembles this summer, on Sunday,
tion of an academic and/or artis-
at the In-Sight Photography
town from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
July 16 and Sunday, August 20,
tic subject. Working one-on-one
Project, located at 49 Flat Street,
The Spring Student Film Fes-
both at 3 p.m. at the Congrega-
with faculty, each student pro-
in Brattleboro, Vt., where several
tival takes place on Wednesday,
tional Church. When asked why
duces an extensive body of work
of the students are also teaching
May 3, at 7 p.m. in Whittemore
Boston Harmony was making
involving independent research
photography. The students have
Theater. The evening will feature
an early Spring concert debut,
work by more than 20 students.
Cuyler said that she was "urged
The documentary ﬁ lm class will
by a number of Village Harmony
screen ﬁ rst person documenta-
addicts from the Boston area who
ries, interviews, and more. The
didn't want to wait until summer
Green River Festival
acting and directing class will
came around to sing."
show scenes and short films.
The nonprofit Village Har-
Some of the content of this event
celebrates 20th year
mony organization is known
may not be appropriate for younger
for presenting an eclectic mix
of powerful folk type choral
Friday, July 14: An Eve-
"Images of Love: An Intimate
music from many countries. The
Green River Festival will be held
ning of Louisiana Music featuring
Experience," is sophomore Seth
May 6 concert will continue the
Friday and Saturday, July 14 and
Bowman's interactive "love expe-
tradition by including songs
15 at Greenfield Community
and Marcia Ball. Music starts at
rience," presented in the dance
from Cuyler's "home country"
6 p.m. and will beneﬁ t Katrina's
studio of the Serkin Center for
of Georgia in the high Caucasus
Presented by the Franklin
Piano Fund (www.katrinaspianofund.
the Performing Arts on the Marl-
as well as Bulgaria and Croatia,
County Chamber of Commerce,
boro Campus Thursday, May 4, at
some South African dance-songs
this celebration combines mu-
Saturday, July 15: Musi-
7 p.m. The installation features
and a variety of down-home mu-
sic on two stages, food, crafts,
cal line-up includes Fountains of
ﬁ ve ﬁ nger painted canvases, all
sic from America—shape note,
dancing, a wide array of kid's
Wayne; John Hiatt with special
hung from the Serkin dance stu-
gospel quartet and a new work
activities and entertainment, and
guest, North Mississippi Allstars;
dio ceiling. There are also per-
by Ysaye Barnwell.
hot air balloons for the Pioneer
Alejandro Escovedo; Winterpills;
forming characters, dancers, mu-
Always something special For 15 summers now, the sing- Valley's biggest outdoor event The Avett Brothers;The Hunger sic, and sculpture involved in the
ers and instrumentalists of Ver-
of the summer. This is the only
Mountain Boys; The Amity Front
event. Some images may not be
mont-based Village Harmony's
music festival in Massachusetts
and Chris Pureka. Music starts at
suitable for younger audiences.
H J C 9 6 N H / Feast on the LONGEST-RUNNING
summer music camps have per-
that features hot air balloons and
A production of Edward Al-
BREAKFAST BUFFET IN THE COUNTY! All you can eat,
formed in every corner of New
Get the Early Bird Special if
bee's ﬁ rst play, "The Zoo Story"
England and in an ever-widening
Complete event information
you buy your tickets before May
will be performed Friday, May 5
swath of the globe, delighting
is available by calling (413) 773-
8: $34.50 for both Friday and
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Whittemore Theater. This play
performances of unusual choral
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around the world all day and evening
and harmony-singing repertoire
prices: Friday, $25. Saturday, $45.
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Thursday, July 13: Free
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All events are free of charge
8 Cuyler and two other Village
kick-off celebration concert in
Tickets may be purchased on
and open to the public. The
H 6 I J G 9 6 N H / LIVE MUSIC every Saturday night.
Harmony leaders will take a
Greenﬁ eld Energy Park with Lori
line by credit card. Tickets are
Drury Gallery, Whittemore The-
group of 23 singers to Corsica
McKenna, Mark Erelli and Peter
also available at Franklin County
ater and the Serkin Center for
B 6 N * Å Cinco de mayo Mexican buffet -- all you
for three weeks to sing with lo-
Mulvey at 6 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main
the Performing Arts are fully
can eat. 5-9 p.m.,$11.99
Street, during business hours,
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$225 at the event. Call (413) 773-5463 for reservations and more
details. Balloon rides may also be purchased online.
on the scenic Mohawk Trail
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to oversee the money; we don't
Taylor will be moving to Mem-
County resident. "It's time."
just hand the money over to the
phis, Tennessee this summer.
For more information on the
steps forward, then slide back. I
in answer to Taylor's question as
When I travel, I used to bring half
her children and needs a little
Foundation at 625-2555.
tell my friends I'm on the 20-year
to what she was sewing. Each day,
police would have demanded a
a suitcase with supplies. Now I
support," said the longtime West
plan. Different schools have
the woman and a fellow crafts-
bribe for her to keep part of it."
ﬁ nd a N.G.O. a nonproﬁ t organi-
different levels. Three out of
woman who worked with her
For many yearsTaylor ran a
zation that already has structure
the four schools were great. The
fashioned the puppets. "I would
summer camp for special educa-
within the community. I keep my
teachers have inﬁ nite patience.
come home and there were frog
tion students in Colrain. She
eyes open for what is needed."
Most of the teachers prefer the
puppets everywhere. I bought
brings her concern for children
The purpose of the tour of the
older students. They do the
four for my grandchildren. The
and eye on education with her on
village is to show the tourists the
homework, and aren't there to
kids just loved them. I bought
them directly from her, so she
"Last year, when I was in Chico
"In the morning the children
Some of Taylor's fellow stu-
didn't get a lower price that she
Ana, Argentina, a volunteer from
must go to the lagoon and cut
Flag First Floated, which is about
dents were people entering the
would from the showroom."
Ireland was working with a priest
patate, [which is] like straw,"
Peace Corp or ministries.
Taylor said, "An older woman
who wanted to set up a library,
Taylor said. "Then the children
"The inspiration for my poems
"In Costa Rica, there were
traveling alone is rare." She kept
to give something to do children
go to school. During the day it
is where I live," said Purington.
eight women who were doctors
people informed of her trip and
to do," she said. "There wasn't
dries out. They don't have ﬂ oors
One of her haiku reads, "ﬁ nal
studying Spanish," she said.
her whereabouts by keeping a
anything for them to do. I went to
in their house; it's dirt. They sit
words/ a window thrown open/ to
She organized her trip through
travel blog. "There were lots and
town and bought books for them.
the spring evening."
lots of people reading them."
I emailed back home and raised
The women do back strap weav-
"They will ﬁ nd you the school
"I don't take the zip line
$300 and set up a library."
ing and dye the ﬁ bers. The hus-
and the home," she said. "You pay
through the rain forest. I took
On this trip, in Santiago, Za-
bands are farmers who work in
In 1955, when she was five,
ahead of time. You are covered
the tram ride through the rain
more, outside of Antigua, in Gua-
the coffee ﬁ elds, picking coffee.
Purington contracted polio.
with a really good insurance that
forest. I temper my risk," said
tamala, (not to be confused with
"They roast coffee after grind-
"It was the last year of the
includes several months after you
Antigua, an island of the Lesser
ing it with a roller. We are talking
polio epidemic," she noted.
return from your trip."
She was on a ‘chicken bus'
Antilles in the East Caribbean)
primitive," said Taylor. "They
Since then her breathing has
She lived with two families in
in Honduras, when the bus was
there is a women's cooperative
make tortillas in the kitchen
been assisted by a ventilator.
Costa Rica, one in Houndorous
stopped by police. "They de-
run by the Mayan woman to give
and serve you a tortilla with
"I sleep in a modern version
and one in Guatemala.
manded we show our identiﬁ ca-
tours of their village. For $8 tour-
of an iron lung," said Purington,
"You eat what they eat," Taylor
tion. They wanted to look through
ists receive a full-day tour.
referring to a Porta-lung, which
said. "Sometimes you have hot
my suitcase. I was just annoyed
"They have to pay the taxi out
"I give travel workshops in
resembles a long cylindrical
water, or you don't. You have
with it. They're too heavy, I told
of that," said Taylor. "It's unusual
packing," she said. "I travel
shaped, clear plastic enclosure
electricity or you don't."
them. If they wanted to get them
for the Mayan women to conceive
with one suitcase; the lighter,
that opens with clasps like a suit-
One of the families she stayed
down, they would have to get
of a cooperative. They don't have
the better. Even with suitcases
case in which her body is placed
with was a couple that had no
them down themselves."
the concept of neighborliness;
on wheels, you can't cart wheels
at night with a snug cloth collar
SFI photo/Laura Rodley
children. They named their dog
Which they did, searching thor-
they do things on their own. They
on cobblestones or dirt streets. I
around her neck to keep in the
GCC alumna Carol Purington will
Dulcinea, and their cats Don
oughly through her belongings.
weave beautiful things. They had
leave clothes along the way that
air, with her head outside and
be honored by her alma mater
Quixote and Cleopatra. The
"No one spoke while this was
used a middle man and didn't get
I'm ready to say goodbye to. That
supported by a platform. The
on April 30.
husband was a mechanic and
happening," Taylor said. "The
enough money. A woman from
gives me room for souvenirs. I
air is pumped with a motorized
the wife made crafts, including
men were lined up against the
Italy gave them money for a one-
bring older clothes. One of my
pump that, during the day, is
and takes note of all changes of
bus. Afterwards, I asked a man
room building, which they call a
friends gave me a tip to go to
connected to a blue shell that
"At 7:30 a.m. when I was get-
who spoke English what they
clinic. The government sends out
thrift shops and buy clothes
ﬁ ts across her chest that lifts and
ting ready to go to school, there
were searching for. He said they
a doctor once a week."
there. At one of the tables, eating
expands her chest, helping her
were pieces of felt everywhere,"
were looking for money, artifacts,
The women use their money to
dinner at the school, a young girl
breathe while she reclines in her
With her literary achievements,
Taylor said, adding that it took a
antiquities. I had just come from
stock the clinic and to buy their
asked, ‘that's all you have? One
Purington is also following the
few moments to work out that the
the Mayan ruins. They didn't
suitcase?' She was there for three
She uses a voice activated
family's tradition of honoring
woman was saying "frog puppets"
ﬁ nd any money. If they had, the
"School is free, but books cost
weeks. I asked her if she packed
computer to type her poems and
and pursuing academic excel-
$15 a year," Taylor said. " With
21 sets of underwear. She had,
send out submissions. She takes
lence. Her brothers, Robert, Ray
seven or eight or nine kids, that's
and ﬁ ve bathing suits. We had a
rides to view the countryside on
and David, have either been on
SPRING IS HERE • GET READY TO RIDE
a lot of money. With their proﬁ ts
lot of laughs about that."
or are now serving on the school
from weaving, the women can
Taylor also brought just two
To complete her courses from
send kids to school."
pairs of sandals in her effort to
GCC Purington had tutors, and
"My grandmother, Agnes Pu-
Taylor sent emails home.
communicated by telephone to
rington, was on the school com-
"Here's the commercial for this
"It's hot all the time," she said.
the school with assistance from
mittee when the town decided to
year," she said was her message
"We were in Guatemala and
the Griswold library and the local
centralize the district schools,"
to friends she asked to help. "I
there were this little old woman
withdraw the money while I'm
going from restaurant to restau-
The view from her window and
Her father, Herbert, also
there. The people pledge me mon-
rant with carrots and onions. She
the hills around her and the birds
formerly served on the school
care for your horses' hooves
ey and give me checks when I get
must go to every restaurant. Each
that visit her approximately 3 ×
committee; her sister-in-law
home. People pledged $600. My
one would buy something—three
2½-foot bird feeder platform feed
Stephanie Purington, David's
friend traveling with me pledged
carrots, one onion. She had no
wife, teaches at the Academy at
$800. One hundred kids will go
shoes on. I went back to our ho-
"We are looking for rose breast-
to school, isn't that fabulous? "
tel and found her a pair and put
ed grosbeaks in the next four
The women's cooperative
them in her bag so she wouldn't
weeks," said Purington, who
is run by Projecto Mosiaceo,
be embarrassed. I told her they
lives with her parents, Barbara
were for her. She held my hand
and Herbert Purington, on their
and said ‘gracias.' You ﬁ nd things
active dairy farm, Woodslawn.
charge," Taylor said. "We rode
that you can do a long the way.
She follows the dairy farmer's
Member, American Farriers Association
in a pick up truck and brought
Spontaneous. You ﬁ nd little in-
tradition of weather awareness
the money to him. Someone has
stances along the way."
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