MAGPIE - Saturday – March 19 - 7:30 pm
Mount Toby Concerts - 194 Long Plain Rd. (Rte. 63), Leverett, MA
With a career that has spanned forty years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians and social justice activists, Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.
Magpie's songs touch on historical, cultural and social interests with a large selection focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg's sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, embellished by Terry's guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire.
The duo has appeared in national and international demonstrations and protest marches and rallies, sung in jails, on picket lines and churches. Their songs are used today in modern Civil Rights and environmental protection movements, especially Give Light and We Belong to the Earth, which are included in the new group singing songbook, Rise Again, along with six other of their songs. https://magpiemusic.com
We are offering an online concert viewing (via zoom) for this concert as well as our usual in-person show. Ticket prices range from $5 to $30. Pay as you are able. Visit the web page below to purchase online tickets and get details about how you’ll receive the live-stream link:
COVID -19 Policy: Masks are required indoors. Proof of Vaccination for the virus is required or a negative test taken within the previous 2 days. Additional measures we have taken at the concerts include reduced room capacity to 50 people and distancing of seating from others. We also use room purifiers.
I didn't know him well, but I remember him as someone who was willing to show up if something needed to be done. I enjoyed our chats when I'd pass him on his porch on my walks through town. I'm grateful to have known him.
Most full-time town employees are represented by unions (and most of the rest have contracts that mirror union agreements), and those contracts provide for annual raises. Those raises do account for most of the police budget increase. You can see all the details here: https://montague-ma....Y21_Budget_File.xlsx (look for the "211 Police" tab. You can also find the details on all the other budgets, along with a lot of other information (this is the main file used by the finance committee in its budget deliberations). This file is found on the town's web site here: https://montague-ma.gov/p/374/, along with a bunch of other useful files.
IMHO, simple budget reductions (or increases) are a heavy-handed way of changing how departments operate. Ideally, they would come at the end of a process, not the beginning. In this case, I think it's clear that a lot of town meeting members would like to see changes in how policing is done in Montague; however, it was a close vote, so it wasn't an overwhelming mandate for change.
Instead, I see it as a mandate (opportunity) for town leaders and community members to begin substantive conversations about policing in Montague could or should be different. The success (or not) of that effort will depend (as so many efforts do) on who is willing to step up and be part of that process.
I had hoped when I asked the police chief for the reason for the request for increased funding that he would have given a more robust answer. Saying "contractual obligations" must not have been compelling for most 38-35. I expect the chief to be back at next special town meeting asking for his more money for his budget but with more detail. But I guess the town of Montague sent a "message" with the budget amendment but I don't know to whom they were addressing it to.
Mike Naughton, I think your overall question to our police dept. about how they view, and intend to respond, to the questions and proposed changes being raised nationally, is important to ask -- although I hold that the "answers" are not known yet, and will come from public forums as well as smaller conversations among community members and police.
The way you pose the question is respectful. I wish I had realized any of this was being discussed on montaguema.net, prior to Town Meeting. A clear presentation of the components of P.D. budget was not requested as part of the discussion, and I wish it had been. I see no evidence that we have any "extra" or "fat" in our budget. Montague could hardly be more different from L.A. or Minneapolis, in terms of these issues. I do think public conversations need to be deep and honest regarding problems that do exist, or any incidents that have occurred, that are sub-par and need improvement.
Restructuring the responsibilities of public-safety officers, AS WELL AS teachers and school staff, so that social services resources can handle counseling, conflict resolution, domestic abuse, and addiction interventions -- taking the lion's share of this work off the backs of police and schools -- would be a dream come true for so many of us!
The money to provide these alternatives, at a robust enough level, is not something we can raise from taxes locally. I believe we need a Federal government that taxes income at the rates of the Eisenhower years, and returns the lion's share to communities for infrastructure and human needs. A graduated income tax at the state level would help, as well.
You were missed at Town Meeting, Mike, and I hope you and your family are all safe and well.
One wayis that on Article 6, the omnibus general budget article, someone could raise a question about the police budget, asking something along the lines of, "How will this money be used to address the issues raised by recent demonstrations in Montague and around the country?" I would suggest giving Chief Williams and the selectboard and town administrator a heads up beforehand (say, by emailing them this week) that the question will be asked, so they have a chance to prepare. My idea is that it's best not to blind-side them -- give them as good a chance as possible to answer the question, and then see what they say.
I would do this myself, but, after a lot of thought, I've decided not to attend the meeting. Long story short, I'm in a high-risk category, as are members of my family, and that comes first. It wasn't an easy decision -- I think this will be the first annual meeting that I've missed in 20 years -- but it seems like the right one. So I'm hoping that someone who does go will decide to do this.
Thanks for raising this Mike. I agree. I'd like to hear the police department respond to the national movement for police accountability and restructuring that best supports community health and safety.
18 articles in an hour is a little over three minutes per article. It would take longer than that just to read some of them.
Your questions about the town hall annex are good ones. I'm hoping someone will ask some questions about how the police budget is spent. I think it would be a good opportunity for the chief and/or the police commissioners (aka selectboard) to publicly acknowledge that they understand the concerns of the recent protesters and to explain how the department and the town are addressing them.
my first question would be if Deerfield can handle 26 warrant questions in an hour, can we do it too?
Actually article 17, do we really want to allow the town hall annex to be sold? I can understand leasing but selling? How would this affect parking?
End White Silence Rally at Montague Common Monday at 4 PM.
We will be lining up along both sides of Main Street for an hour or so - at good physical distance from each other.
Bring a sign or come as early as 3 and there will be sign-making materials available.
If you're wondering "why Montague" -- here is a piece by "Standing Up for Racial Justice" outlining the usefulness of small/village-level/non-Black public support and organizing. https://medium.com/@...iolence-2bb907ba5277
The annual tradition of Montague Holiday Caroling will take place THIS SUNDAY, 12/15, starting at 7:00pm. Anybody interested in singing door-to-door is invited to meet up at the Common Hall, where song books and bells will be provided. Festive garb and good walking shoes are encouraged, and tea or hot cocoa can be provided afterwards at the common hall.
This week we will be having another big Millers Falls meeting!
When: Thursday, November 21st, from 6 - 8 pm
Where: The Covenant Church on Bridge Street
Why: Suzanne LoManto will be there to present the latest draft of the Strategic Plan that she and Walter Ramsey, with help from Peg Barringer of FinePoint Associates, have been working on. This will incorporate input and feedback from the survey last spring and our previous meetings.
Please come if you are interested in helping to shape the future of Millers Falls, or if you are simply interested in finding out what is going on.
Ok! Starting in the next couple of weeks we'll be making minor design changes to the site. In February, when a couple big projects are completed, we'll spend a week or two upgrading the corkboard software, making it much easier to use and more mobile friendly. It'll never be Facebook, but it'll work, and be a local social media resource. We'll upgrade all the other sites, too, including Greenfield, Shutesbury, Leverett, etc.
Affinity Group Forming Defend The Trees Wendell State Forest
Dear Friends in Montague,
If anyone would like to be part of forming a new affinity group to receive non-violence training and prepare for a possible civil disobedience action defending trees from cutting on public lands in the Wendell State Forest, a stone's throw from the Montague border, just east of the Ranger Station off Montague Road, please come to an initial meeting at 6:30 p.m., this Wednesday, February 20th, at 60 4th Street in Great Falls, MA 01376,
For more information, read this:
Call for Action at Wendell State Forest
To all who are concerned about DCR logging our state forests:
As some of you may already know, The Wendell State Forest Alliance has been organizing since December to develop a course of actions ready to stop DCR from logging 80 acres of older oaks in
Wendell State Forest that concurrently share land with indigenous sacred stone.
In Massachusetts, all of our state forests belong to its citizens. We, the people, are sovereign and are responsible to take part in the protections and benefits of the forest. The Department of Conservation (DCR) works for the citizens of the state. We need to take action to stop DCR’s practice of cutting healthy trees down in our state lands, so we may avert the worst consequences of climate change and ecological devastation. We must also preserve the sacred spiritual spaces of the Native Nations of the region we now share. These spaces should be preserved and revered.
Carbon sequestration has been determined to be a priceless resource for stopping climate change. The age of a tree is directly related to the amount of sequestration that occurs. Older trees, both dead and alive are necessary for the integrity of a forest and have been found to nurture and promote protection and nutrition of soil, plants and younger trees to allow for an intact diverse healthy ecosystem. Natural ecological processes are essential for the web of life. In fact, DCR has targeted cutting an area on Montague Road in Wendell which is the most active amphibian crossing in the area and is state-certified habitat of the rare Jefferson Salamander.
More than half of the state of Massachusetts is covered by forest. While privately owned forests are owned and controlled by private citizens and groups, it is the responsibility of the citizens of our state to protect the forests on our shared state lands.
We welcome you to contact Priscilla at email@example.com or Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive any information that is shared by the Wendell State Forest Alliance. You may also contact Erik by phone at 413-262-1587. We also have developed a code of conduct that we need everyone to follow at the planned actions. Please contact either of the above email addresses to obtain the code of conduct. Thank you.
- The Wendell Forest Alliance
The South St. bridge is now completely blocked with Jersey barriers, since yesterday's downpours. Anyone know if there's actual damage to the structure, and/or if/when it might be reopened? Obviously I can call DPW on Monday...
Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions
The Five College Early Music Program will be holding its patented Painless Auditions the first week of classes. These are open to students, faculty and members of the community. The relevant information follows. We would be grateful for any publicity you can provide.
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons. Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.
Tuesday, September 4:
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
5:00 – 6:30 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College
Wednesday, September 5:
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, September 6:
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College
Friday, September 7:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College
“A Tribute to the Music of John Denver” featuring Jim Curry & his band
On Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ 7:00pm tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, will make a rare New England appearance at the Gill-Montague Education Fund Annual Gala.
For more information about our Annual Gala, Tickets, and Student Enrichment Grants go to our website - www.thegmef.org
Something to consider for a cold, gray November Sunday afternoon:
The award-winning musical duo Gangspil (Kristian Bugge playing fiddle; Sonnich Lydom playing accordion and harmonica) are presenting an intimate house concert in Montague Center. The afternoon will be full of exquisitely-played Danish folk music and great stories.
Like most Danish people, Sonnich is comfortable in English, whereas Kristian is downright glib and really knows how to turn a phrase. They're great fun, and their playing is downright virtuosic; spirited, beautiful, and sometimes downright uplifting.
Date and Time: Sunday 11/26/2017 a1:00 PM.
General admission: $20. If you'd like to work off some of it, I'd welcome help with some specific things.
Location: Montague Center. I'll provide specific location details provided to reserved attendees.
For reservations and location details, contact me at email@example.com or (413) 768-9650. The space isn't huge and the reserved list is already growing, so let me know soon! Having some Montague folks with us would be really special.
Wow. She is upset because she violated her lease. You don't need to smoke dope to have it work for illness. I am always amazed by some folks thinking that they are above the law. Just like the illegals. What does illegal mean? Smoking is smoking, butts or weed. ED
Leverett Craft & Arts Exhibit - Barns Gallery, 13 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054 - November series - "Oh beautiful Glass" an eclectic and exciting group show. Opening reception Saturday, November 4th, 4-6pm Gallery Hours Saturdays & Sundays 1-6pm for all of November. Glass artists include - Sally Prasch, Wayne Strattman, Collen Grebus, Louise Erskine, Lori Engle, Dominique Caissi, Annukka Ritalahi, Wesley Flrming, Martha Giberson, Eric Goldschmidt, Beth Hylen, Jeremy Sinkus, Ed Branson, Ann Conlin, Josh & Marta Bernbaum, Pat Bennett, Paula Williams Kochanck and many more. Please come and see the beauty of glass.
MILLERS FALLS — This summer, a bridge in Montague will be getting some new art with a historical emphasis.
The Millers Falls Art Bridge, an organization that connects local artists and community, hasplanned the mural which will be on the footing of the Central Railroad bridge. The footing was sanded and primed in summer of 2016 and the project will be completed this summer, once the Arts Bridge contacts an artist for the work.
Richard Widmer, the director of the Arts Bridge and the force behind the project, said the project will be completed by a professional artist who will work with local teens and kids.
The mural will be of Douglass Smith, a Boston Red Sox pitcher from 1912 who was originally from Millers Falls.
“He’s this awesome son of Millers,” Widmer said.
Widmer said Smith pitched in one game for the Sox but was then dismissed because it was reported he was biracial, something that was taboo at the time.
Widmer said the mural serves as both a way to revitalize the village through art while also making a statement about racial issues.
“It’s a story about a local hero, but it’s also a story about the racial divide in this country,” He said. “Something I think it just as relevant today. ” Widmer said he is holdingcommunity meetings to gather more input on future projects in Millers Falls. He said there’s a good energy in the community right now, with a lot of redevelopment and community members interested in change and growth.
He said that Millers Falls has a combination of history and natural beauty and that he sees the area as a blank canvas right now.
The Arts Bridge was started two years ago as a way to connect Millers Falls to a global art community.
The mural cost $1,500 and is financed by the Montague Public Works Department.
The footing of the Central Railroad bridge in Millers Falls, which will be painted with a mural this summer.
UNProm-Prom Dance Party
~With DJ Just Joan~
(spinning music we know and love, from the 60's onward )
Friday June 16th
Wendell's Old Town Hall
Dress Up as Your Alter Ego..., or Don't (your choice)
Parading on the red carpet (optional) from the Town Hall @ 7:00PM
Create & Bring Your Own Art to Decorate the Hall
(clothes line & pins available for hanging art)
Snacks & Non-Alcoholic Beverages For Purchase
Tickets $10-20 ~ Suggested
Dancing Is GOOD For You!!!!!
~A Portion of the Proceeds Go to Support The Wendell Firefighters Association~