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~