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clegg - Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 2:12 P
October Events
October 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

A Museum about the Connecticut River’s Natural, Cultural, and Industrial History


All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted, such as a suggested donation. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

Open Hours

October 1—14: Open 7 days a week 10:00 am — 6:00 pm



October 17 –31: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 am—4 pm



October 1-7 Great Hall History Exhibit: DCR

125 Years of Stewardship and 15 years of Discovery

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is celebrating 125 years of Stewardship. In 1893, DCR’s foundation began with the creation of a regional system of parks to preserve our natural resources for the public as the city of Boston continued to expand. In October 2003, the Great Falls Discovery Center opened its doors for the first time in a public open house. We welcome you all to the Great Hall once again, this week to view the history of Massachusetts State Parks and to celebrate 15 years of Great Falls discoveries here at the center.



October 9 – 28

Great Hall Art Exhibit: Migrations

Art in celebration of the Third Annual Migrations Festival. Join us on October 27th 5:00-7:30 pm for the Festival.



Saturday, October 6

10:30-11:30 am

Leaf Peeping Bike Path B-I-N-G-O

Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! For this special edition of bike path bingo, we focus on the amazing New England fall color right outside our doors. Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water and wear layers and sturdy shoes.



Three Fridays in October

10:30–11:30 am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour

10/12: Squirrels; 10/19: Bear; 10/26: Bats

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, October 12

7:00–9:00 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: The Nite Caps

Classic roots country music and Western swing. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and museum store open during intermission.



Sunday, October 14

1 pm

Naming the Land: History of the Pioneer Valley Association

A talk with Mike Jackson

“Pioneer Valley” is a phrase invented to entice urban residents in their new motorcars to vacation in rural Western Massachusetts. A Montague Cultural Council grant program.



Saturday, October 20

2-6 pm

Great Falls Harvest Festival (aka Pumpkin Fest)

Discover us on Avenue A! We are joining the fray of harvest fun once again this fall. Kids and families— make fall seasonal animal crafts at our outdoor tables near the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street from 2-6 pm. Enjoy our museum exhibits during our special extended open hours from 10 am to 6 pm.



Saturday, October 27

1-5 pm

Monarch Butterfly StoryWalk® — Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

As part of our Third Annual Migration Festival celebration, we are reprising our monarch butterfly StoryWalk®. Join us for a migratory journey at the Discovery Center, as we read together the story of “a teeny-tiny creepy-crawly bug” (a Monarch butterfly caterpillar) in Gotta Go! Gotta Go! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.



Saturday, October 27

5:00-7:30 pm

Third Annual Migrations Festival

We would be honored for you to join us at the 3rd Annual Migrations Festival, a celebration of human and natural biodiversity. Come enjoy art, music, dance and traditional food offered by the diverse local people of the upper Connecticut River Valley. Free and open to all. Sponsored by DCR, Montague Catholic Social Ministries, RiverCulture, and the people of Turners Falls.



Wednesday, October 31

Annual Rag Shag Parade, All along Avenue A

Special Halloween open hours until 6 pm because we have candy! The Turners Falls VFW invites all ghouls, goblins, and ghosts to a parade along Avenue A. Meet at Food City Parking lot at dusk for the parade.
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 19, 2018, 1:05 P
Trivia Night And Supper For The Reporter
Trivia Night fundraiser for the Montague Reporter has quickly approached and is Saturday, September 22, with doors opening at 5:15 p.m. with food, games and a cash bar

St Kaz on Avenue A in Turners Falls has graciously donated the hall for the evening and many local businesses and individuals have donated prizes, and there will be plenty of gag gifts

So, come on down and help support the newspaper. You may just leave with a prize, a full stomach and hopefully a smile knowing you are helping an important feature in towns that the Montague Reporter covers.
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 12:08 P
Trivia Night And Supper For The Reporter
Menu update

The Montague Reporter's Trivia and Supper night on Saturday, September 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. has determined some menu selections which includes 1 plate for which you fill with selections such as these: Meatballs, kielbasa with sweet peppers and onions, baked beans, macaroni, potato and 4 bean salads, corn bread, rolls along with a dessert plate. You won't go home hungry for just $12. ( trivia is a separate fee of $10)

Also that evening we will offer some county fair type games where you could win a stuffed animal. If you have a nerf basketball, whoola-hoop, or something fun not damaging to attendees or St. Kaz Hall then please call me at 863-5125. We will return it to you undamaged.
 
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clegg - Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 5:55 P
Trivia Night And Supper For The Reporter
Save the date of September 22.

The Montague Reporter is having their second annual trivia night but this year there will be a supper along with games and prizes.

Details are being worked out there but there will be a separate fee for trivia and for supper. Come for one, come for both. More info will follow in coming weeks.

St Kaz is again offering the hall to the Reporter and there will be a full cash bar.

So save the date and bring some friends and form teams
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2018, 1:25 P
June Events Gfdc
June 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: Open Every Day - 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.
Extended Summer hours begin June 23 – open 7 days a week – 10 am to 6 pm.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

June 2—June 30
Great Hall Art Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett celebrate Nature’s bounty through traditional and contemporary quilts.

Saturday, June 2
10 am-2 pm
13th Annual Family Fishing Day
Join us for a day of FREE fishing fun! Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event is held rain or shine. Parking is free at each site. Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites!
At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill
· Free fishing from 10:00am to 2:00pm!
· Fishing equipment provided - limited supplies available. Bring your own pole if you have it.
· No fishing license needed.
At Great Falls Discovery Center: 2 Avenue A
· Fly lure tying demonstrations.
· Fly fishing casting demonstrations.
· CATCH THE FISH BUS HERE! Free shuttle bus provided to and from Barton Cove every half hour, or as needed from 10 am to 1 pm.
At Turners Falls Fishway: 15 First Street
· Fish printing - The art of Gyotaku, from noon to 2:00pm.
Thank you to all of our partners for making this event possible: MassWildlife, Western Mass Fly Fishermen, First Light, Turners Falls Fishway, Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center, and volunteers!

Sunday, June 3
1-3 pm
Artist Reception Great Hall Exhibit: Flora and Fauna Quilts
Two New England quilters Leslie Cook and Anneke Corbett, practicing different forms of the art, celebrate their love and vision of Nature’s bounty. Leslie’s elaborate traditional hand appliqué complements Anneke’s more contemporary wildlife images.

Friday, June 8
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Sue Kranz and Friends
Original songs, covers, and a sampling of songs from various traditions accompanied with flute and guitar. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.


Saturday, June 16
6-8 pm
The Ninth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour
The annual bipedal concert tour promoting local arts and culture. Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use. With each visit, a community has pulled together and taken part in a dialogue which serves to strengthen local investment in the arts. From June 15 - 27, 2018, the Massachusetts Walking Tour visits towns along the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail - hiking and paddling to eleven community concerts. Free. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council. For more information visit www.masswalkingtour.org.

Sunday, June 24
10:30-11:30 am
Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!
Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we
practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Meet at the main entrance to the
Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Friday, June 29
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Eagles
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Saturday, June 30
1-2 pm
Friends Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker
Dale Monette on the Secret Lives of the Quabbin Reservoir
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special presentation from Dale Monette on the Quabbin Reservoir. Free. ?

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4:pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Tue, May 8, 2018, 11:18 A
May Events
May 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center


The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current seasonal hours: 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm.

Summer hours begin May 23 – open 7 days a week.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.


April 6—May 30

Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham

A conceptual watercolor portrait series, exploring the seen and unseen.


May 4th and May 11th

10:30-11:30am

Kidleidoscope Story Hour—5/4: Birds; 5/11: Fish

Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.



Friday, May 11

7-9 pm

Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Ukulele Scramble

Rare, obscure, and underperformed songs from the past 500 years. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.



Friday, May 18

7:30 pm

The Nolumbeka Project presents: River Stories—An Evening Talk

Authors Lisa Brooks (Our Beloved Kin) and Christine DeLucia (Memory Lands) will speak to the diverse intersecting histories and memories of Kwinitekw, the long river, also known as the Connecticut River, and the Great River. Co-sponsored by DCR, the Friends of the Center, and the Nolumbeka Project.



Saturday, May 19 – All Day

A Day of Remembrance of the Great Falls Massacre of 1676

· 10 am in the Great Hall: History, Archaeology, and Healing at the Falls

· 12 pm: Gathering outside, Lighting of the Fire, Invocation, Opening Words

· 1 pm: Keynote speaker Doug Harris, How the Work of a Ceremonial Preservationist Evolves with additional sharing and conversations after the talk.

Co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR and Jaime and Senani Babson.



Sunday, May 20

11 am - 1pm

Let the Landscape Speak

The indigenous ceremonial stone landscape is of cultural significance to the tribes of the northeast. Sponsored by the Montague Cultural Council, Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office, explains why these ceremonial features should be preserved, and how you might help protect this important landscape.


Sunday, May 27

10:30-11:30 am

Bike Path B-I-N-G-O!

Kids - grab your parents and we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see! Meet at the main entrance to the Center. Please bring water, bug spray, sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes.

Saturday June 2nd Save the Date! Free Family Fishing Day is June 2nd! 10 am—2 pm.
 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 10:59 A
April Events
April 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.



April 6—May 30 Great Hall Exhibit: Seen/Unseen, portraits by Cindi Oldham
A conceptual watercolor portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time.

Three Fridays in April
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
4/13: Ducks; 4/20: Bobcats; 4/27 Who Lives in a Tree?
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, April 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lenny Zarcone
Frank Sinatra tunes, the great American songbook, jazz standards, and pop music. Long time internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter folk musician. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, April 14—Sunday, April 22
April School Vacation Week—Open Every Day All Week!
We are expanding our spring hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for Earth Week investigation stations, habitat diorama scavenger hunts, and games to explore the grounds. Bring your bike for the Canalside Rail Trail.

Saturday, April 14
10:30-11:30am
Teaching Creatures presents: Animals of Spring
Hurray for Spring! Join Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures as she talks about what animals were doing all winter and what they are up to now that spring has arrived. Meet in the Great Hall, as Rae brings amphibians, reptiles, and a mammal or two to help us all celebrate the new season. This program is free and for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come early as seating may be limited.

Saturday, April 14
4-5 pm
Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS
“from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler
Tickets are $15 for this festival happening all evening in Turners Falls. One ticket is good for the whole festival! Art includes original dance, theater, music, spoken word, and installation art in downtown Turners Falls. “from Walt, from me, to You” by Katherine Adler explores the universality and depth of one of America’s most revered poets, Walt Whitman. For a full schedule to RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS visit http://www.eggtooth.org or www.turnersfallsriverculture.org.

Friday, April 20
1—2 pm
Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten
After a terrible tornado in 2011 in Brimfield, MA, the clean-up crew found an itty-bitty kitten in the wreckage. The courageous kitten was named Toto and nursed back to health by a rescue worker named Jonathan and by others. Jonathan went on to write a children’s book about Toto’s adventure. Join the author and Toto too for a read-along of Toto the Tornado Kitten and celebrate those who help others! Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries.

Sunday, April 22
10 am -2 pm
Earth Day Open House: Put Yourself in the Big Picture
All ages are welcome to join us for activities and games to help you make a difference in the Connecticut River Watershed. Our exhibits ask: how have people helped or hurt the habitats in our watershed? What will you do to help?

Saturday, April 28
10 am—12 pm
Park Serve Day: Give a Day, Make a Difference
The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to the Great Falls Discovery Center to lend a hand during this day of volunteer service to our state parks. To discuss any special accommodations or needs you may have for the day, please call (413) 863-3221. To register please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.

Saturday, April 28
1:30—3:30 pm
Great Hall Exhibit Artist Reception: Cindi Oldham’s Seen/Unseen
Seen/Unseen is a conceptual portrait series that explores what it means to be seen, yet unseen at the same time. The viewer can see the subject’s likeness in their portraits while learning a little bit about each one of them by reading the narratives that correspond with them. You may learn something about them that is often overlooked, something that one can only notice when they take a second look, or something that has been right there in plain sight, yet invisible. Until now. Sponsored by The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community.

Sunday, April 29
10 am—4 pm
Celebrate Massachusetts Art Week with “Your Exquisite Corpse”
Join Nina Rossi for a collaborative and interactive exhibit based on the Surrealist game of Exquisite Corpse. Figure paintings with the Head/Shoulders and Legs/Feet executed by two different artists will be exhibited. Accompanying each figure will be a short text or poem also created by multiple writers and poets. Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the event, including a chance to have the artists and writers use them as inspiration. They may have their head/Shoulders or Legs/Feet photographed by the artists for use in the Exquisite Corpse project. Visitors can watch artists create Exquisite Corpse paintings from photo sources during event. They may contribute random text for use in the stories that complete each Exquisite Corpse.
 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 10:09 A
Montague Reporter Fundraising Dinner
A Benefit for the Montague Reporter
Tuesday, March 27 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Gill

Menu: Lasagnas, Salad, Garlic Bread, Desserts, Beverages
Note: Cash bar available for Beer and Wine
Advance reservation $25, walk-in $30
reserve for discount at FriendsofMontagueReporter@gmail.com by March 23

There will be games, bingo and trivia for your entertainment
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 10:59 A
February Events
February 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open all week for school vacation week, February 17 – 25. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission to the museum. Facilities are accessible.

February 17—April 1
Great Hall Family Learning Exhibit
Reading the Rocky Book of the Past:
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
An exhibit about the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and local people, like Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. Designed for fun family learning by Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), the space includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and more! Be sure to come to the opening event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm. (During some of the larger events in the Great Hall in February and March, the exhibit might not be fully visible. Please check our events calendar or call 413-863-3221 to find out more.)

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21
1-2:30 pm Homeschool Science: Hands-on STEM
Sponsored by Montague Public Libraries
Topics this month: 2/7: River Otters; 2/14: Beavers; 2/21: Porcupines
The Turners Falls Carnegie Library offers homeschool science on Wednesdays with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. This month young scientists are invited to take a field trip to the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Registration requested to ensure that we have enough supplies for everyone. Please email Angela at the library at arovatti-leonard@cwmars.org or call 413 863-3214.

Four Fridays in February
10:30-11:30am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour
2/2: Groundhogs; 2/9: Beavers; 2/16: Owls; 2/23: Coyotes
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.


Friday, February 9
7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Lisa Davol and Stephen Page
Traditional songs from the American songbook. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Sunday, February 11
12—3pm
Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, stop by the Great Hall to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist— all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it. Co-sponsored by CFCE Playgroup, a free, fun, safe playgroup for Gill, Montague and surrounding area, promoting early literacy and school readiness.

Saturday, February 17
1-4 pm
Opening Event: Reading the Rocky Book of the Past
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
This opening event includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make your own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments. Sponsored in part by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

February 17—25
School Vacation Week: Open Every Day All Week Long
We offer expanded winter hours this week so stop by the welcome desk for investigation stations every day 10am to 4pm. Investigation station topics may include dinosaurs, mammals, and birds. Come try a scavenger hunt or a habitat game!

Saturday, February 24
10:30-11:30am
Dinosaur Story Hour
A story hour with crafts and activities focusing on dinosaurs! For ages approximately 4 – 8, with a parent or guardian. Friends and siblings welcome.

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Current office hours Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 4 pm
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
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clegg - Tue, Jan 2, 2018, 11:11 A
January 2018 Events
January 2018 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 5 days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. We are open on January 1st. Join us for our first day hike! All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

Coming Soon: Great Hall Art Exhibit on Montague Diversity
Stay tuned for details on our exhibits in the Great Hall gallery for this month.

Monday, January 1st
1—3 pm
First Day Hike: Canalside Rail Trail Stroll
Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by our Friends Group. Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1:00 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:15 p.m.

Four Fridays in January: Kidleidoscope Story Hour
1/5: River Otters; 1/12: Bugs in Winter; 1/19: Rabbits; 1/26: Porcupines
10:30-11:30am
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

Friday, January 12
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Caleb Wetherbee
Traditional and contemporary folk music with songs in the vein of Fats Waller along with other solo guitar favorites. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, January 13
1-2 pm
Who’s Been Here? Let’s find out!
Join us for stories, crafts, and a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. For ages 3-8 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. Meet in the Great Hall.

Saturday, January 27
11 am—12 pm
Teaching Creatures presents Animal Defenses
Join Rae Griffiths from Teaching Creatures to take a closer look at live animals that have evolved unique adaptations for defending themselves against predators. This program is FREE, but space is limited so please call 413-863-3221 to reserve your spot! Sponsored by the Friends Group.
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 3, 2017, 10:30 A
October Events
October 2017 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center current seasonal hours are that we are open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm through October 9th. Starting October 11th, we are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Free admission. Facilities are accessible.

October 11—28 Great Hall Art Display: Migration
Connecting through Art and Culture of the Americas
Guatemalan art display curated by local artists.

Sunday, October 1
10:30-11:30 am
Big Picture Botany - Extended Series
Back by popular demand, this series invites you to jump in at any time for one or more sessions to get to know the occasionally tasty, inevitably beautiful, helpfully medicinal, and sometimes dangerous plant world. There are as many reasons to learn to identify plants as there are curious people. We deal more with visual patterns than Latin names to spark your own connection to plant identification. Meet outside the Center.

Friday, October 6
10:30-11:30 am
Kidleidoscope Story Hour—Squirrels
Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the
Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, activities or games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings and friends welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, October 8
10:30-11:30 am
Introduction to Invasive Species on the Canalside Rail Trail
Join a DCR park interpreter as we learn together some of the plants that are from these parts and some of the plants that are not. The walk along the rail trail and Discovery Center grounds will be leisurely and not more than 2 miles. Dress for the weather and bring water. Meet outside the museum.

Friday, October 13
7-9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse presents: Bill Shontz ~ Sweet as Sugar Trio
Jazz to Folk, Rock n’ Roll to good old-fashioned sing-alongs. Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local talent. Refreshments available. Suggested donations to support educational programming at the Center. Museum and store open during intermission.

Saturday, October 14
12-2 pm
The Great Falls Word Festival & Straw Dog Writers Guild Presents
The Easy Way to Write 30 Poems in 30 Days for fun and non-profit
In this workshop for poets and non-poets, using simple prompts, Tommy Twilite will demonstrate some of the “tricks of the trade” he used to complete his successful 2016 campaign to write “30 Poems In November” and how he helped the Center For New Americans to surpassing its fundraising goals in 2016. The emphasis of the workshop will be on having fun, and on using your creativity and positive energy to fulfill your own dream of writing 30 Poems in 30 Days. Participation is strongly encouraged.

New addtion to the calendar:
Stay tuned for more information on apple picking and fresh cider making on Saturday October 14th!

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--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mass Parks, Department of Conservation & Recreation
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 21, 2017, 11:27 A
Pub- Quiz Night Trivia)
The Friends of the Montague Reporter will be holding a fundraiser Pub Quiz Night at St. Kaz in Turners Falls on Friday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We are planning to have teams of 3 to 6 with an entrance fee of $10 per person. Folks can sign up as a team in advance. Individuals arriving will be assigned to fill up teams or form their own team.

There will Montague Reporter mugs for sale, along with free snacks, 50/50 raffle, Bake sale and a cash bar courtesy of St. Kaz.

If you are on Facebook, you can find teammates by inviting your friends, coworkers,and neighbors directly- There's an event page "Pub Quiz" linked to our general Facebook page at www.facebook.com/montaguereporter

If you have any questions please email friendsofmontaguereporter@gmail.com or call Lyn, 863-4779, or Don, 863-5125.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 21, 2017, 10:31 A
Montague Reporter Tag Sale
The MR has received a huge amount of donations. Much more than we are expected. So it appears we have it all from bikes to books,clothes, sports and camping equipment,
luggage, pictures frames, housewares, decorative items and a whole lot more.

Don't forget we are also having a bake sale and the chance to purchase a Montague Reporter coffee mug.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 17, 2017, 4:48 P
Tag Sale Benefit Montague Reporter
The Montague Reporter is having a giant tag sale, on Saturday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are now reaching out to the community for donated items. The fundraiser, which will include a bake sale, Montague Reporter coffee mugs and a 50/50 raffle is sponsored by The Friends of the Montague Reporter. The majority of the tag sale tables will be set up in the lower portion of the St. Stan's parking lot next to 177 Avenue A which is directly across from the Turners Falls Post Office.

For information about what items will be accepted, drop off times and pick ups contact friendsofmontaguereporter@gmail.com or call Lyn, 863-4779, or Don , 863-5125. Donations can also be brought to the MR office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prior to the sale from 1 to 6 p.m.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 5:26 P
Reporter Tag Sale
Something to start thinking about: The Montague Reporter will be having a tag sale, on Saturday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. We are now reaching out to the community for donated items. So save your stuff! The fundraiser, which will include a bake sale, Montague Reporter coffee mugs and raffle items is sponsored by The Friends of the Montague Reporter. It is a bit early to call into the office but you can start looking in your closets, attic and garage for suitable items.

For information about what items can be accepted, drop off times and pick ups contact friendsofmontaguereporter@gmail.com or call Lyn, 863-4779, or Don, 863-5125.

Rain date is Sunday, July 23
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 22, 2017, 12:08 P
Annual Meeting And Tour
Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting presents a Museum Tour with Muralist Frank Gregory on June 24, starting at 1 p.m.

Meet the Friends of the GFDC and learn how you also can become a friend. Then join them for a special museum tour and presentation with Frank Gregory, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the center’s exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born. You don't need to be a Friend to attend this rare opportunity.
 
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clegg - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 8:55 A
Alert Phone Calls
Maybe is is something like 1-413- then your 7 digits
 
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clegg - Thu, May 12, 2016, 11:50 A
May Events
May 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center



The Great Falls Discovery Center’s current spring seasonal hours are
Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm through mid-May.



All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

Facilities are accessible.



Great Hall Art Display: April 2—May 28

Vintage Powerhouse: Cabot Station - A One Hundred Year Retrospective



Friday, May 13

(7—9 pm)

The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents—Moonshine Holler

Moonshine Holler plays American Southern roots music, old time
Appalachian ballads and blues. Each month the Friends of the Great
Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical
talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during
intermission. Suggested donations.



Saturday, May 14

(10:30 -11:30 am)

The Great Migration Challenge

Birds, fish, and butterflies are on the move. Where are they going?
Where have they been? What do they need while they stay with us here?
This story hour with crafts and activities focuses on the many wonders
of life in the Connecticut River watershed. For ages 6 – 8, with a
parent or guardian.



Saturday, May 21

(10 am—6 pm)

Ceremony at 1 pm

Nolumbeka Project: A Day Of Remembrance:

Commemoration of the 340th Anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre

Join the Nolumbeka Project for a Day of Remembrance to honor 12,000
years of Native culture and history at The Great Falls
(Peskeompskut). We are allowing time for visitors to tour this
battlefield area near what was once Great Falls (Peskeompskut) for
personal reflection and historic perspective. Ceremony begins at 1
pm. Key ingredients of the day will include Elder Teachings by Native
American Grandmothers Jeorgina Laroque and Nancy Andry, a look back to
the lasting significance of the Reconciliation Ceremony, guest
speakers, musical offerings, and special tributes to Monique Fordham
and George Nelson. For more information about the day please visit
the Nolumbeka Project’s Facebook page.



Saturday, May 28

(10:30 —11:30 am)

Kidleidoscope—Bird Beak Buffet



Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut
River watershed. This program includes a story, interactive games,
and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the
river. Today’s topic is about how different birds eat different food
with different beaks. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6. Siblings
and friends welcome.
 
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clegg - Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 12:48 P
February Schedule
February 2016 program listings at the Great Falls Discovery Center

The Great Falls Discovery Center’s winter seasonal hours are Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 4 pm, and Tuesdays by appointment.

All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
Facilities are accessible.

Great Hall Art Display: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
An Exhibition by Louise Minks (painting) and Belinda Lyons Zucker (sculpture)
February 5 through the end of March


Three Fridays in February
10:30 — 11:30 am
Kidleidoscope— 2/5: Winter Birds 2/19: Bobcats 2/26: Owls
Come learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6.

Sunday
February 7
1— 3:30 pm with lecture at 2:30 pm
Artist Reception: Portraits of African Americans, Past and Present
Turners Falls RiverCulture presents an art exhibit featuring near life size paintings by Louise Minks and fabric sculpture by Belinda Lyons Zucker. Tim Neumann, of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, will give a lecture, “A Web of Community: Slavery in a Rural New England Town” at 2:30 pm.

Friday
February 12
7—9 pm
Great Falls Coffeehouse— David Fersh offers a concert version of his recent album “Songs of Peace, Protest & Spirit.” Each month the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host an evening coffeehouse with local musical talent. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open during intermission.

February 13—21
10 am – 4 pm
School Vacation Week— Open Every Day All Week Long —
We are expanding our winter hours this week so stop by for investigation stations on planting seeds on 2/15, making your own nature journal on 2/16, exploring mammal adaptations to winter on 2/17, indoor birding on 2/18, and bobcats on 2/19.

Saturday
February 13
10 am-2pm
Who do you love? — Valentines for Wildlife
For all ages, come make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist—all in honor of your favorite animal.

Sunday
February 14
1—3 pm
Canal Stroll along Migratory Way— Dress warm in layers with winter boots for a moderate walk along Migratory Way for about 2.5 miles. For adults and sturdy young hikers with an adult. Meet at main entrance of the center.

Saturday
February 20 12—3 pm
The Nolumbeka Project’s Full Snow Moon Gathering— Jennifer Lee (Metis/Narragansett, Pequot) will share her personal journey as a Native American descendant and her explorations of history and culture.

Saturday
February 27
10:30 a.m.
Build a Blue Bird House— Help the blue birds in your neighborhood get ready
for spring nesting by building a birdhouse with specifications just for them. Please register to reserve your space. Call 413-863-3221. Free.

Saturday
February 27
4— 6 pm
From Africa to Hip Hop— Hear the history of music from New York spoken word poet Bob McNeil. His lecture will celebrate music through essays, poems, stories and quotes, as part of Turners Falls RiverCulture’s Black History Month.

--Janel Nockleby
Visitor Services Supervisor, DCR Mass Parks
Great Falls Discovery Center
Connecticut River Gateway State Park
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
janel.nockleby@state.ma.us
Office Hours: Wednesday through Sunday
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 3:23 P
Missing Paper
We have plenty of stamps. We mail 28 papers to this route now. So far we have only heard from Stash
Still looking for a driver. Know anyone?

Don Clegg
Montague Reporter
 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 10, 2015, 11:24 A
Erving/millers Falls Delivery
Customers in Erving and Millers Falls that get their newspaper delivered to them will see a change for awhile. Your delivery person has moved one and the Montague Reporter is looking for a replacement. Call 863-8666 if interested in taking over.

Your paper will arrive on Fridays with your mail. Sorry for this temporary delay.

Don Clegg
Distribution Manager.
 
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clegg - Mon, Sep 15, 2014, 8:35 A
Montague Reporter Editorial Cartoon
Here we go with folks on this site just winging it.

I don't know who Katmondu is but that poster felt the need to add or link my name, Clegg, to this debate. and use the word BLAME Were have you seem me write anything that fixes blame on any one side. I have stayed out of this debate and may continue to do so. My previous involvement with MCTV was very positive and I hope to volunteer and work with them in the future.

I attended CAC meetings and suggested that MCTV expands their evening hours and increases video capacity. I suggested the folks in this community would be more likely to video events if they did not have to spend time editing. Maybe MCTV could out reach to schools teaching video editing for help and internship. That is hardly blame.

I have produced, and been behind the camera for 100's of video productions since 2006. Probably more than anyone in the community or employed at the MCTV.I even volunteered in the office and helped with the 2 summer video camps we had for children. To even imply that I am a non- supporter of MCTV is an outrageous lie. You Katmondu should be ashamed of yourself and check our facts. Better yet my email is don.clegg@yahoo.com. Email me. I'll give an honest answer and opinion base on my 8 years of VOLUNTEERING.

Don Clegg

a qoute from 9/13 by Katmondu

"In turn, be it Detmold, Singleton or Clegg, the term BLAME comes out and gets erroneously assigned to MCTV.
 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 11, 2014, 8:59 A
Trash Schedule Montague Or, How The Internet (doesn’t) Work
Or look in the Montague Reporter. Each Thursday the paper has what is recycled the following week. For when the paper is every other week in the summer we have a 2 week schedule for recycling. I know you both get the paper.
 
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clegg - Fri, May 9, 2014, 4:06 P
Paper
Stash,
I am the Distribution Mgr for the paper but that is just a title. The paper has an excellent group of delivery folks and a very good office routine The age range is 9 years old to 80 years young for newspaper delivery folks. I will check who the Reporter's new customers were for this week's issue and pass on your compliment to your newspaper delivery person.

Thank you for your subscription and comments.

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Tue, Apr 8, 2014, 2:40 P
Welcome Party Carnegie Library
Angela,

When is the welcome party. I don't see in the notice

Don
 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 8:40 A
Take Out Food And Sick
I only asked if anyone else go sick and no it was not the place that gives out candy. I said in my original post that the place that I got sick at did not serve ice cream.

I went through the proper channels. I even waited to talk to the mgr when there was no one else at the counter or even in the building. I told him that I did not wish for a refund just letting him know.

If anyone got sick as I said some friends of mine have then just share that info or call the Board of Health as I did.

The arrogance and rudeness of that Mgr contributed greatly into my post. If you are responsible for a take out place and customers get sick you should not act like an ass. Act like you care even if you don't.

Don
 
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clegg - Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 11:17 A
Take Out Food And Sick
I should not say the name of the place, but has anyone gotten very sick just a few hours after eating take out food from a place on Avenue A in Turners Falls over the past week. The place does not sell pizza, hamburgers, ice cream or just opened up last month. So this question should not affect every place on Avenue A.

I was very ill on Feb 27 - March 1 and had gotten sick just 3 hours after having that take out. on the 27th I know of at least 5 other friends and possibly 7 that suffered the same length of time feeling rotten and all got sick within only hours of eating.

The take out place's manager was very rude and arrogant when I spoke with him. on March 6. He said he would not do anything or look into anything until he heard from more folks or the Board of Health. Of course he is not going to tell a customer that "Oh ya a bunch of folks got sick" . HE was a real ass.

So I guess he was actually asking me to help him see if anyone else is out there and you know I will call the Board of Health on Monday

I will see to it the the Manager gets a copy of this discussion.

Thanks

Don
 
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clegg - Thu, Jan 30, 2014, 5:30 P
February Calendar
February 2014

In the Great Hall

19th and 20th Century Photographs: Children of the Swift River Valley in the Great Hall


Sat., Feb. 1 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Groundhog Weather School!

Will the groundhog see his shadow this year? How long until Spring? Join Janel Nockleby for stories, crafts, and activities to find out more about this hibernating mammal and its mysterious forecasts. For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.


Sat., Feb. 8 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Opening Reception for Children of the Swift River Valley Exhibit

Family-friendly exhibit of historic photos focusing on the children of the Swift River Valley before it was flooded. This exhibit is presented by the Swift River Valley Historical Society and will be open Fridays and Saturdays through the end of March. Please join us!

Fri., Feb. 14 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Fire Pond

Eveline MacDougall and Douglas Reid present a wide variety of music: old-time fiddle tunes, swing, roots music, Celtic, Eastern European, folk, gospel, and originals. The Valentine's Evening show at the Discovery Center will feature many types of love songs (love for the earth, love for each other, good jokes, family, chocolate, & community)! The concert will be geared for people of all ages & all walks of life.



Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.


Sat., Feb. 15 (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Bears!

It’s the time of year when bear cubs are being born in their dens and adult bears are thinking about coming out of hibernation. Come learn all about bears and what they have been doing all winter. “Watershed Investigators” is a kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Join refuge staff as we explore different ways to look at the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories, and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.

Thurs., Feb. 20 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Greenfield Garden Club Presents: The Smith College Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future.

This evening will feature two guest speakers. First, Cynthia Boettner of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge will present an update on new invasive species to the Franklin County area, and the things that can be done to prevent their spread. Following her, Mr. Michael Marcotrigiano, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Botanic Garden at Smith College in Northampton will give a talk highlighting the past, present, and future of the Smith College Botanic Garden. Smith College contains over 8,000 taxa of plants that are housed within its outdoor gardens, glass houses, and Arboretum. Public is welcome!


Sat., Feb. 22 (10:30 – 11:30 am) Winter and Spring Pre-school Series: Where Are All the Animals Hiding?

Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! Join Janel Nockleby to investigate the secret hidden animal homes of the season through stories, crafts, and activities. For ages

3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome

The Great Falls Discovery Center is open om Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Call 1-413-863-3221 for info and/or field trip options for schools, senior centers or other area organizations
 
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clegg - Fri, Nov 15, 2013, 4:10 P
Bridge 2 way traffic
About 3:30 pm today just 1/2 hours ago the Gill/Turners Falls Bridge was open for 2 Way Traffic
I took a camera out from MCTV and videoed the traffic, Caution 20 mph sign, and drivers hooking and waving. Both a Gill and Montague patrol car gave the thumbs up sign.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 1:46 P
Lonesome Brothers
Just a last minute reminder that the Lonesome Brothers (Jim Armenti, Ray Mason & special guest Jason Smith on drums) will be appearing tonight (Friday July 12th) at the Great Falls Discovery Center Coffeehouse (2 Avenue A) in downtown Turners Falls, MA! (413) 863-3221. www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org . Celebrating the release of their brand new 14-song CD "Check Engine". Early show. 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Thanks for supporting live music!
 
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clegg - Thu, Jul 11, 2013, 6:09 P
Lightening things up ....
I have enjoyed reading about all the ways that montaguema.net posters can or can not change a light bulb. But as we all know that light bulb will never get changed because they can't decide, agree or remember if you screw IT into the socket LEFT or RIGHT of the topic of changing that light bulb.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 5:41 P
June Calendar of Events
June 2013

In the Great Hall:
Paintings and Photography by Nicole Werth

June 2, 2013 - June 30, 2013


Sat., June 1, 2013 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 8th Annual Family Fishing Day
Adults and children of all ages can join refuge staff, staff from the state of MA, educators from Northfield Mountain, and volunteers in a day of fishing fun! Activities include: a live sturgeon exhibit, hands-on fly fishing demonstrations, fly-tying lessons, fishing at Unity Park, fish printing, aquatic insect investigations, raffles, and more! All equipment is provided and no fishing licenses are required to participate.
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Sun., June 2, 16, 30, 2013 (8:30 am - 9:30 am) Canal-side Nature Walk
Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8:30 am. We will leisurely explore level, paved bike trails and village sidewalks to learn about plants, animals, and mill town history. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, and cultural or industrial history. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
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Tues., June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic is based on the theme “we share our home” and includes a story, interactive game, and craft
activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended for ages from 3-6 years who must be accompanied by an adult.
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Sat., June 8, 2013 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception
Join us in the Great Hall to welcome painter and photographer Nicole Werth, and to view her exhibit, “Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley: An Exploration of Native and Non-native Species from Canada to Connecticut.” Refreshments will be served.
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Sun., June 9 & 23, 2013 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm) Habitat Highlights Museum Tour
Explore the center’s Connecticut River watershed dioramas in a guided tour of the special habitats along the river. Each habitat plays a vital role in creating a home or rest stop for the thousands of animals and plants that depend on the watershed. From bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more, we will explore the different types of homes that rivers create.
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Fri., June 14, 2013 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) The Great Falls Coffeehouse Presents: Mandeville & Richards
Lovers of Americana and old country music will enjoy Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, whose combinations of familiar melodies and poignant lyrics are backed with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar, and banjo.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
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Sat., June 15, 2013 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side Nature Walk for Kids
Kids, grab your parents, bug spray, and sunscreen, and then we’ll go exploring! All ages are welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars, and a fun game to see just how much you can see!
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Thurs., June 20, 2013 (6:45 pm) Museum Tour with Mural Painter Frank Gregory & Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Annual Meeting
Meet the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn how you can become a friend too! Then join us for a special museum tour with Frank Gregory at 7 pm, the artist who painted all of the amazing murals in the Great Falls Discovery Center exhibits. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the museum was born! Light refreshments provided.
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Fri., June 21, 2013 Summer Evening Hours Start Today on the Solstice!
The center will be open every Friday and Saturday until 8:00 pm until September.
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Fri., June 21, 2013 (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel
What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Right next to where the center is today, the hotel was built in 1872 and taken down in 1968. We’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls.
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Sat., June 22, 2013 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Watershed Investigators: Creepy, Crawly, Insect Investigation
“Watershed Investigators” is a monthly kid-oriented program that focuses on hands-on discovery of local nature. Join refuge staff as we explore different ways to look at the natural world around us. Methods of discovery may include crafts, games, stories, and exploration. This program is geared towards grades 2-5, but everyone is welcome.
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Fri., June 28, 2013 (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) Watershed Poets
Join us to take a new look at the natural world around you. Watershed Poets explores the plants and animals of the Connecticut River watershed as seen through the eyes of local poets. We will investigate birds, wildflowers, trees, the poetry of field guides, and the wonders of the watershed. Enjoy a lively discussion of works by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, Wallace Stevens, and more!
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Sat., June 29, 2013 (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm) Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour
Join us for a leisurely two-hour bike tour along the Turners Falls Bike Path that highlights the history of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River historically in our villages. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block.


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clegg - Fri, May 24, 2013, 4:23 P
Voting today
I am sure that everyone who has commented on this topic has already gone to their 2014 calendar and circled the date of May 19th. ( The third Monday in the Month of May.)
Not a single person commenting can blame any one but themselves for not remembering to vote and make an effort to find info about the candidates.

Anyone not know about the special election for U.S.Senator and for a soon to be vacant Montague Select Board seat. Hint it is in June.

I would be interested to see how many Town Meeting members failed to vote. Election day was announced a the Annual Town Meeting and Deb B pleaded for write-in candidates for town meeting members.
 
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clegg - Wed, Mar 6, 2013, 10:37 A
White House Tours
Are they still running tours of the Capital building? I hope not. School children on tour won't find anyone working there either.
 
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clegg - Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 10:07 A
School Vacation
Wondering what to do school vacation week? Come visit the Great Falls Discovery Center! We will be open Tuesday through Saturday of the break. We have two children's events happening during that week. The first is a three day build a duck program for children in grades 3-6 with one of our spectacular volunteers who also happens to be a retired art teacher! Kids will learn various art techniques, take a closer look at ducks in nature, and create their very own unique duck. This program will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3 pm. Pre-registration is required. The second program is for younger children 3-6, though all are welcome, and will take a look at wildlife tracks. Children will use their detective skills to figure out which animals have been paying a visit to the Great Falls Discovery Center! This program will be Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. We hope to see you stop in!
 
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clegg - Sun, Dec 30, 2012, 2:03 P
New Years Music
Starting on Monday, Dec 31, through Tuesday, Jan 1, MCTV will be broadcasting music, stage and theater productions for your entertainment. So if you are tired of the same old same old for holiday programing and not into football bowl games then tune into channel 17
Venues include the Shea Theater, Discovery Center Coffeehouse Series, Montague Ctr Grange and SNAP, Montague Community Band @ Peskeomskut Park , Upper Valley Music Festival, Rendezvous, Gill/Montague Senior Center and a few old school plays

Get the theme? ALL LOCAL and videoed by your public access TV station.
We hope you enjoy.

No re -broadcast of previous Montague Select board or GMRSD meetings on Monday or Tuesday.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 19, 2012, 4:49 P
Great Event prior to Pumpkinfest at the Discovery Ctr
Saturday, Oct. 20, (12:30-1:15 pm and 1:45-2:30 pm) Raptor Encounters with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. Limited to 75 participants.
Please pre-register by calling (413) 863-3221.
 
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clegg - Thu, Aug 23, 2012, 2:34 P
September Events Calendar
September 2012
In the Great Hall: Photographs by Peter J. Crowley
September 1-30, 2012

Sundays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Refuge Rambles: Connecticut Watershed Habitat Discoveries

Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center to view the Connecticut River watershed exhibits and talk with a park interpreter about the many special habitats along the river and its tributaries. Each Sunday afternoon in September we will focus on a different type of habitat in the watershed of the largest river in New England. We will have informal conversations with photos, field guides, anecdotes, and examinations of the different qualities of water’s homes – from bogs to estuaries to floodplains and more.

Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid friendly, environmental experience for very young children. Each topic includes a story, an interactive game, and craft activity to help you and your child understand the natural world around us. Recommended ages from 3-6 years and must be accompanied by an adult. Topics for this month include snakes, raptors, bats, and squirrels.

Friday, Sept. 7, 21, 28 2012, and Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, (6:30 pm – 9:00 pm) Turners Falls RiverCulture History Program

RiverCulture hosts a series of talks on four immigrant groups that settled in Turners Falls during industrialization (German, French Canadian, Irish, and Polish/other Eastern European). Includes panel discussions, music, exhibits with story boards and photos, and recordings of oral history. Check www.greatfallsma.org for more details.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Peter J. Crowley

Join us in the Great hall in welcoming our new artist of the month. Peter J. Crowley, a photographer from Connecticut, will be displaying his photographs throughout the month of September. Join us on this Saturday for a reception with this fine art photographer! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel

What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Come to the Great Falls Discovery Center to find out! We’ll explore the site of the old hotel, right next to the Discovery Center, that was built in 1872 and taken down in the 1960s, and then we’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of grand old days in Turners Falls. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Blame it On Tina preforms at the Great Falls Coffeehouse

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7:00. Refreshments will be available. Museum and Museum Store are open during intermission. Donations ($6-$12 suggested at the door) help the Friends support free nature programs at the Center. The Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and individual musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month, except for December.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 pm) Watershed Investigators: Dinosaur Dig!

Become an archeologist for the day and help the staff at the Great Falls Discovery Center
unearth some dinosaur fossils! Orientated for ages 7-10 but all are welcome!

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Watershed History: The Patch

A small patch of land sits in the middle of the Connecticut River at Turners Falls – sandwiched between the power canal on one side and the largest river in New England on the other. The history of “The Patch” is the story of industrialization, immigration, fish, birds, rocks, resilience, and more. We’ll explore some of these stories during a leisurely stroll through the little neighborhood with eight streets and paths through the woods and amazing views. We will meet at the corner of Avenue A and Eleventh Street in Turners Falls, near the canal side bike path to start our journey. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) Third Thursday Evening Program: Forest Management

Forest Management: An exploration of our culture's perceptions of the relationship of people to the rest of the natural world, and the impact of those perceptions on our approach to environmental issues. Join Helen Johnson, a service forester with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as we dive into the subject of forest management.


Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm) Watershed History: Brick By Brick the Bickyards of Montague City

Come learn about brick manufacturing in Montague City and Turners Falls and the architectural styles and designs with brick in Turners Falls. Just how did they build a planned industrial community in Turners Falls so quickly in the 1870s? With a very local, fireproof, and cheap approach – bricks from the clay of the Connecticut River. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 (10:30 am - 11:30 am) Discovery Hour: “In the Woods”

This months story “In the Woods” will help us learn about things that can be found in the woods. Touchable artifacts, stories, games, and art will help us explore!

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm ) Source to Sea

The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual one-day coordinated cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the vast Connecticut River system. On a fall Saturday, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat. They work hard. In 2011, about 1,500 volunteers pulled over 51 tons of trash from about 60 miles of river banks and waterways. Volunteers use human power and sometimes heavy equipment to pull out everything from recyclables, fishing equipment and food waste to tires, televisions and refrigerators. We will be meeting at the Great Falls Discovery Center on September 29th to do our part. Help spread the word and bring a friend. See http://ctriver.org/p...a_cleanup/index.html for more information about the cleanup initiative
 
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clegg - Sun, Jul 22, 2012, 4:44 P
Little Library
The "Little Library" is back, well sort of. Some one brought over a book shelf and attached it to the previous stand. and covered it with see through plastic. Many others have since donated books and the "Little Library" is again full, not as fancy as the first library but it is back.
What a great town!!!!!! And the plotted plant that was left on the stand yesterday is still there.
 
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clegg - Sat, Jul 21, 2012, 3:04 P
Little Library
Some one or ones torched the "Little Library:" just outside Nina's Nook on Avenue A in Turners Falls at about 3:00 AM on Saturday morning. No details available yet and all that remains is the stand the library stood on, lots of ashes plus a plotted plant and a single book to remind folks of what was once there.
 
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clegg - Sat, Jul 21, 2012, 3:01 P
Happening now in Turners Falls - Music Festival
The 2nd annual Upper Valley Music Festival is a multi-venue, 12 hour music event in downtown Turners Falls, MA to benefit The American Cancer Society.This year’s line-up includes 30 local, regional and up and coming artists as well as an Irish music session and contra dance. Admission is just 10.00 for the whole day. Come see acts at the Shea Theater, St. Kazimierz, Great Falls Discovery Center, The Rendezvous, and Burrito Rojo and help fight cancer. Purchase wristbands at any of the concert locations.

Just $10.00 for the entire day.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 27, 2012, 11:00 A
Book signing
If you happen to be in Greenfield on Wednesday afternoon stop by World Eye Book Store on Main St. Author Matt Rigney will be signing copies of "In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish." The book store will be donating 10% of today's sales of the book to the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in support of free programming at the GFDC.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 20, 2012, 9:16 A
No rain?????
This is our 8th market or the season and it has rained every Wednesday.. No rain in the forecast so stop by. If you get a little warm from today's heat stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center to cool off. They are open until 4 PM.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 7, 2012, 12:57 P
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15th, 2012……..10:00am – 11:30am
Greenfield Savings Bank Community Room
282 Avenue A, Turners Falls, Ma 01376

Our Seniors are very precious to all of us. In conjunction with the White House and their social media-based interactive sessions on the 14th of June, Greenfield Savings Bank is partnering with the Franklin County Home Care Corp to offer our local version of awareness. Linda Puzan, Home Care’s Protective Services program director, will bring knowledge and information to share at this meeting. Elder abuse has been deemed a public health crisis with millions of older Americans suffering yet an estimated 84% of cases going unreported!
Won’t you please come as knowledge and support are powerful tools. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of GSB. To reserve your seat, feel free to contact Aliesha, Kerri or Linda at 413-863-4316. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor! Thank you

Linda N. Ackerman
Branch Manager- Turners Falls

413-775-8261 P | 413-863-9445 F
www.greenfieldsavings.com
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 11:57 A
Farmers Market; not rain again
Some times she won't set up if the weather is poor, but has promised to return. Fran is a pleasure to have at the market and has been setting up since almost the very fist year of this market way back in 1997.
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 5, 2012, 9:10 P
Farmers Market; not rain again
Oh no not rain again. The market is every Wednesday form 2-6pm right on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. It has rained or had a forecast for for thunderstorms every Wednesday. It is bad enough that we dealing with the bridge being one way now we are dealing with mother nature.
Please stop by and visit some or our new vendors. Pizza oven cart is on it's way in a few weeks.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 1, 2012, 10:11 A
Family Fishing Day
June 2, 2012
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family Fish Day

The Great Falls Discovery Center's Seventh Annual Family Fish Day event takes place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing at Unity Park. There will also be face painting and fish printing! Also new this year, tour the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge's mobile visitor center the Watershed on Wheels Express. Investigate interactive kiosks about the Connecticut River watershed and explore the habitat immersion trailer. This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businnesses with help from local volunteers as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!


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clegg - Wed, May 2, 2012, 11:15 A
May events
Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Starting May 14th, the Center will be open 7 days a week, from 10 am to 4 pm.
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

In the Great Hall: Paintings by Heather M. Craig May 1-30, 2012


Saturday, May 5, 2012 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception: Heather M. Craig

Join us in welcoming Artist Heather M. Craig to the Great Falls Discovery Center. You will get the opportunity to meet the artist and explore her new exhibit. Refreshments served.

Friday, May 11, 2012 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends Coffeehouse Series: The Harmaniacs

The Harmaniacs are an eclectic harmonica trio, from western Massachusetts. Coming from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, the Harmaniacs play everything from swing to the Beatles to waltzes from Finland, switching lead, bass and chord roles. Doug Tanner, Rob Fletcher, and Steven Retchin are "The Harmaniacs."

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments are available. The museum and museum store will be open at intermission. Donations help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center ($6–$12 suggested). The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month.


Saturday, May 12, 2012 (10:30 am – 11:30 pm) Second Saturday Family Series: What is an oil spill?

Let’s take a look together at some sources of water pollution and their effects on wildlife. Through hands-on experiments we will learn about the difficulties of cleaning up these problems. Afterwards, participate in a fun craft.

Thursday, May 17, 2012 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife: Turtles and Road Ecology
Join us for a chat with David Paulson of Mass Wildlife. He'll explore how roads are maintained with wildlife in mind, especially turtles!
Programs are generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.


Friday, May 25, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour: Frogs

Spring peepers may be the smallest frog in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, but did you know their call can be heard from over a mile away? Join us for some frog-tastic stories accompanied by a frog themed craft. This event is geared towards children ages 3-6.


Saturday, May 26, 2012(10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station: Rocks & Fossils

The Pioneer Valley is known for its unique geological features. Come visit the museum and stop by our front desk to view some examples of rocks and fossils you can see in our area such as armored mud balls and dinosaur prints.

Saturday, May 26, 2012(1:00-2:00 pm) Movie: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, whose “warnings sparked a revolution in environmental policy and created a new ecological consciousness.”
 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 27, 2012, 5:29 P
Bill, Ted and Alan again on MCTV
Local programming at MCTV over the past 6 years have included the Select Board, School Committee, Finance Committee and Annual town meetings. There has also been a host of sporting events, Coffeehouse concerts, Discovery Center Programs and the list could go on and on. BUT ever once in awhile we got a chance to interview some individuals who were a huge part of this community. Such is the case of three men from Gill that have passed away during this last calender year. Bill Burnham, Ted Graveline and Allan Adie each gave and cared greatly for their community.

This weekend MCTV will be replaying the TV shows that these 3 gentleman starred in. Bill Burnham for the History of the Gill Congregational Church, Ted Graveline for in the Artist Studio and the always man of straight shooting comments,. Alan Adie, who passed away most recently on April 19th. I had the opportunity to be the camera guy for each of these shows along with the help of my co-producer John Duda, who got to do the interviewing.
I have always told people that I have videoed that once MCTV has taped your show we got you for ever and we might replay that program time after time and years into the future. Even now after you have recently left us.

Thank you Bill, Ted and Allan

Don Clegg
Community Producer for MCTV
 
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clegg - Thu, Apr 26, 2012, 1:56 P
Farmers Market opens
The Great Falls Farmers Market will be opening up on May 2. The first Wednesday of May is sort of a tradition. There was some delay in announcing the opening day because a permit situation where it was not determined until recently who had the right to issue a permit, either the Montague Selectboard or MEDIC. I think we are all familiar with the news and proposals on the Old Cumby's building.
Just glad that everyone could get together and see the worth while value of a mid-week farmers market in downtown Turners Falls. Additionally our insurance cost increased by 800% yes 800%. The GFFM is no longer a "rider" on another insurance policy and we were forced to fly solo. Though decision but like I said folks realize the worth of a downtown market.
If there are any potential vendors out there contact me through this site, our face book page or call 413-336-3648. We are looking for some one to sell baked goods. our long time vendor is unable to commit to this year's market.

Thank you and I hope to see lots of folks on Wednesdays.

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Wed, Apr 25, 2012, 10:50 A
Veggies
The Great Falls Farmers Market opening day is scheduled for May 2, corner of 2nd and Ave A in Turners Falls. They should have that stuff there. Market goes from 2-6 pm
 
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clegg - Wed, Mar 7, 2012, 1:16 P
Regarding the Recorder Article,
Mike, thank you for your kind words
I remember about 4 years ago we were having these very same comments about Avenue A in Turners Falls. At that time folks were complaining about all the hanging around on the benches and the loss of business at Equiis, Cup of Joe and TF pizza house. Back then everyone was blaming teenagers or young out of work adults. Like many things the story slowly changed and the real corrupts soon appeared.

There were 3 older men who were notorious town drunks. They contributed greatly to the disturbance on Ave A. Living in downtown I have seen a lot of those teenagers grow up and turn into pretty responsible adults. some graduated from college, some play in bands and a few work in town while a few are on a downtown committees like the skate board park and help out with the block party. Those notorious drunks have moved out either through eviction, jail or skipped bail.

I suspect this to will happen in Greenfield. Folks will move on. There really isn't a hell of a lot to do in downtown Greenfield. Over confidence and some poor behavior comes out when a lot of people are hanging out.

I suspect some folks are blaming this on subsidized housing folks that are just hanging around. Those same comments came out because of all the housing in Turners. (power town apts, etc.) I doubt that is a prevailing reason. However government funding forces a percentage of various incomes, ages and disabilities and the old Harco rooms were remodeled with gov. funding. So be careful what you wish for when it comes with gov.funding. Lots and lots of restrictions.
Sorry about the SNAP card comments but I know you can't use those benefits for take out or prepared food of any kind which the co-op does allow. I know I used it twice there a few years ago when I needed benefits for a short time. ( I did not know about that policy until I tried to buy a sub at Food City and that was not allowed) Can you imagine the huge business at subway, TF pizza or Peking gardens if you could use SNAP cards for take out.
I hope this post is a little more kind and gentle. However, I know why I don't post to often. Some folks get pretty huffy.
 
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clegg - Sun, Mar 4, 2012, 2:56 P
Regarding the Recorder Article,
I don't really think you are missing much but as noted in previous notes this behavior is in front of a store not many us us can afford to shop at. But do you know that folks that get the SNAP benefits, the replacement for food stamps, get to do take out at this Food store that is complaining so much. I guess it is ok to take SNAP money for take out but they just can't stand those folks otherwise.
BY THE WAY THE USE OF SNAP CARDS IS ILLEGAL IN THE THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR TAKE OUT FOOD..
Just something to think about. I will take your money but later complain about you.
 
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clegg - Wed, Feb 29, 2012, 5:43 P
Regarding the Recorder Article,
Some folks seem to be commenting on a recent article in the Greenfield Recorder about homelessness- bums-street urchins on Main Street in Greenfield without having a clue. Not every person hanging around on the street is a " bum". Sometimes, just maybe sometimes bad things happen to good people.
A large amount of home owners/renters/child support dads are just one pay check away from being behind in the mortgage payment or rent and these are those working folks. Just ask me!
Some extra hanging around in Greenfield may have something to do with the fact that there is a "No Smoking" order in many subsidized apartments in downtown Greenfield ( most recently the old Harco Rooms on Main St.) and a no smoking policy in the Veterans Park.

Locally in Turners Falls, the apartments offered through Franklin County Housing Authority are also going to be, (and many already are) non-smoking. So maybe we can expect people hanging around outside the apartments on 3rd street for the Multenbry Apts, the Crocker building on the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street or the Cultery Apts on 4th Street since these are also subsidized. And what is wrong with that.
 
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clegg - Mon, Feb 20, 2012, 3:57 P
Dog Owners Who Don’t Clean Up Poo
I believe the town of Montague passed an ordinance or town law that does not allow for dogs to shit any where they dam please and the walker or owner must pic up after that dog. . I would call Gina at the Montague Board of Health I believe there are fines involved.
 
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clegg - Sun, Feb 12, 2012, 11:45 A
We are at Food City
The Montague Reporter will be set up at Food City today from 1:00 p.m. until close or until we run out of cookies, cupcakes and stuff.
We are offering $5.00 off all subscription today. We are also bringing T-shirts though it is not exactly T-shirt weather today. But THE BIG THING is that we are having a monthly raffle and for $1.00 you get a chance to win a donated prize from more than 20 local businesses or free admission to upcoming events. Better yet, you get to chose your prize!!!
Can't make it today, then the raffle tickets are always available at the Montague Reporter along with those T-shirts.
Story ideas and local brief news is always welcome.
Help us get to 1,000 subscribers. We are getting close.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 5:10 P
Febuary Schedule of events
February 3-29, 2012 2012: In the Great Hall-Painting by Camilla Roberts

Feb. 4, 2012 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Meet this month's artist Camilla Roberts in person from 1-3 pm. Refreshments served and tips shared.

Feb. 11, 2012 (10:30 - 11:30 am) 2nd Saturday Family Series –Animal Tracks Investigation Walk

Come take a walk around the Discovery Center and learn how to identify different animals by their tracks. See what's been here when we're not around. A fox? A racoon? Dress warm!

Feb. 16, 2012 (7:00 am - 8:30 pm) Goji berries!

Join us for a chat with Rachel Levin from the Department of Biology at Amherst College. We'll explore goji berries and their relatives!

Thursday night series is generally geared towards adults, but families are welcome to attend.

Feb. 24, 2012 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Fourth Friday Story Hour-Owls

Come listen to a wonderful story about Owls, and then stay for a craft activity. This is meant for our very young audience.

Feb. 28 2012 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Investigation Station-Winter Buds

Can you tell what kind of tree it is by looking at its buds when there are no leaves? Come investigate winter buds.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jan 16, 2012, 10:36 A
Monday Schedule Change
There is no Select board meeting on Monday, January 16th. The select board will be broadcast live at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 17th at 5:00.
MCTV has received some phone calls about when the School Committee meeting of January 10th would be rebroadcast. The GMRSD meeting will be re-broadcast in the time slot of the usually Montague Select board mtg, of Monday at 7:00.
The meeting was more than 4 1/2 hours long.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 6, 2012, 5:51 P
Ray Mason performing at the Discovery Center
GFDC Coffehouse
Friday Jan 13, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ray Mason performs at 7 pm on Friday, January 13, at the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Ray will be performing solo with his 1965 Silvertone guitar. Although Ray is local to the valley, he has been touring far and wide since the 1960’s with big-name bands such as The Band, NRBQ, They Might Be Giants, Graham Parker, Warren Zevon, Laura Cantrell, Junior Brown, Fred Eaglesmith, his own band The Lonesome Brothers, and many more talented musicians and bands. Ray has released 12 CDs to date; some will be available for sale on the night of the performance. “It’s rock with the roll, just one man and his guitar”.

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A, in downtown Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and homemade baked goods are available. The museum and museum store are open during intermission. Suggested sliding scale donation $6–$12, free for children. Donations help the Friends of the Discovery Center provide free nature programming for the public. The Discovery Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 4:54 P
November events
November, 2011

Nature Printing, Weaving, and Surface Design by Leonore Alaniz in the Great Hall all of November

Nov. 11, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Friends’ Coffeehouse- Last Night’s Fun Stop by and enjoy Celtic music from Last Night’s Fun, a local band. Come and get your jig on! Refreshments are available!

Nov. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Nature Printing! Join Great Falls Discovery Center featured artist, Leonore Alaniz, and learn about the history of nature printing and the Renaissance technique of imprinting plants, feathers and shells onto paper and fabric with water soluble, non-toxic inks!

Nov. 17, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Mineral Collecting. Fascinated by minerals, but don’t know much about them? Maybe you’re just curious about the difference between minerals and gems? Join artist Fred Wilda of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club for a presentation about his interesting collection! Fred also does water color paintings of minerals, and has published his work in mineral books and magazines! This program is adult oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

Nov. 25, 2011 Center Closed

Nov. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station: All About Turkeys! Learn about the different parts of a turkey! Investigate wild turkeys and their re-introduction to Massachusetts! Come and join us for a turkey craft!
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 4:26 P
Rag shag parade
A few local media outlets have the Turners Falls Rag Shag parade listed as being today, Friday the 28th. WRONG. The Turners Falls Rag Shag parade is on Monday the 31st. I think everyone starts showing up about 4:30 on Monday outside Food City then heads on down Avenue A towards the Discovery Center.

Look for big and bright pumpkins in store windows. The Montague Business Association is helping to sponsor and encourage some down town trick or treating
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Leave to the Greenfield Distorter to get something wrong about Turners Falls.
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 P
October events
In the Great Hall

October 1-31, 2011 Northeast Fall Photography by Eric Valentine

Interested in what draws people to New England in the fall? Come check out Eric Valentine's photography exhibit as he brings an Oregonian’s eye to the Northeast.

Oct. 1, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Come meet Oregon photographer, Eric Valentine, our featured artist, in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 8, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm) Catch a Falling Star: Family-science fun…hunting for micrometeorites!

Would you like to catch a falling star (a micrometeorite, that is!) and put it in your pocket? Come to the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 am and Holyoke Community College geology instructor Steve Winters will show you how!

Scientists estimate that about 22,000 tons of micrometeorite materials fall to the Earth every year. Most falls in the ocean, but some falls on land, and much of it ends up in our rivers. Our New England rivers (especially the Connecticut, New England’s longest) have collected, funneled, and preserved tons of micrometeorites over the years, and they’re just waiting for you to come find them and take them home!

Steve will guide you through family-science fun sifting through river sand with a magnet looking for tiny metallic beads—the most common form in which we find this special kind of cosmic dust. Sand, magnets, and microscopes will be provided.

“Catch a Falling Star!” is sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Oct. 14, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series featuring Zydeco Connection

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Come catch the Louisiana blues beat with Zydeco Connection--dancing encouraged!

Oct. 15, 2011 (10:00 am-2:00 pm) WoW Express at the Great Falls Discovery Center

Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with the Silvio O. Conte’s new Watershed on Wheels! Walk through an immersion trailer; try your hand at identifying 40 different critters to identify; test your grip compared to an eagle’s talon; play a web of life Jenga type game, and learn about your watershed! Cake offered to celebrate the Refuge System!

Oct. 20, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Where do the birds around Turners Falls spend their winters?

Come join Scott Surner from the Hampshire Bird Club help kick off our fledgling group of birders! Scott will share some remarkable information about bird migration and highlight what we can look forward to when spring comes our way. And where do the birds that we see here in the Turners Falls area go in the winter anyway? And, how about the birds that stay local? Why is that? Are you interested in birding? Would you like to learn the answers to these questions and more? Come to this program and let's learn together and get this group flying.

Oct. 22, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk-

All about pumpkins!

This months’ investigation station be set up at the front desk will cover all aspects of pumpkins. A craft activity will also be available for younger visitors.

Oct. 28, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday story hour featuring animals of the night in honor of Halloween. Have your little one wear a costume if they would like. There will be a craft activity and prizes! This hour is especially for children ages 3-6.


Sarah A. Bevilacqua
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.3676
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 2, 2011, 4:42 P
This weekend at the GFDC
Stop by the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls on Sunday, September 4, from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m.and learn about brick manufacturing in the town of Montague and architectural styles and designs using those bricks. This program is in conjunction with the September’s Artist Exhibit in the Great Hall by Anne Harding. Harding is displaying knitting based on brick designs in Turners Falls and brick photography in the Great Hall starting September 1st. An open reception for the art work will be held on Saturday, September 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
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clegg - Sat, Aug 6, 2011, 12:29 P
David’s Brules book reading, stories and music
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center are having a very special evening on Saturday, August 6th, starting at 7:00 pm with David Brule reading from his new book, “West Along the River” and then be entertained by Banish Misfortune playing Irish roots music. Brule will also be available for questions, book signing and some story telling to go along with the readings.
This eventful evening will be held in the Great Hall of the GFDC, 2 Avenue A, in Turners Falls. Don’t forget to bring your previously purchased book for signing.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 22, 2011, 3:12 P
Block Party using GFDC grounds
Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for activities, displays, and crafts about the natural world during this town-wide celebration of Turners Falls.

The grounds will also feature paper making presentation be Southworth Paper and many or the vendors from the Wednesday Great Falls Farmers Market.

This will be the first year that the Turners Falls Block Party has extend all the way to the park grounds.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 4:45 P
August Events at GFDC
In the Great Hall
Photography by Rollin Atkinson

August 1 – 31, 2011


Tuesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story, interactive games and activities, and a craft to help you and your child understand the world around us. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Each session will have a theme: squirrels (8/2), bees (8/9), bats (8/16), moose (8/23), and butterflies (8/30). Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.

Saturday, August 6 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk

“That’s In My Backyard?” Come explore plants and history with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.

Saturday, August 6 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Artist Reception

Join us for a reception recognizing Rollin Atkinson, whose work is featured in the Great Hall for the month of August. Light refreshments available.

Sunday, August 7 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Wildflowers

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. Obsessing about wildflowers is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the wildflowers of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canal-side Bike Path to view wildflowers and write about them ourselves. We will consider ways to honor our own favorite wildflowers through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221

Friday, August 12 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm) GFDC Friends presents Coffeehouse Series

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Tonight, Al Canali & Small Change will help us beat the heat with cool swing, jazz, country, folk, a capella, and a few other genres that defy categorization.

Saturday, August 13 (10:30 am – 2:00 pm) Second Saturday Children’s Series: Dinosaur Footprints

If you were around millions of years ago, you'd have to watch out for towering dinosaurs as they walked this earth. Stop by the Great Hall today between 10:30 and 2:00 to check out some dinosaur footprints and explore a creature from a distant past!

Saturday, August 13 (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party!

Join us on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center for activities, displays, and crafts about the natural world during this town-wide celebration of Turners Falls.

Sunday, August 14 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Poets and Watershed Birds

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. How many ways can you look at a blackbird? Wallace Stevens found thirteen. Emily Dickinson knew that the oriole was “a Pleader – a Dissembler – an Epicure – a Thief.” Obsessing about birds is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the birds of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite avian friends through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.

Thursday, August 18 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Turners Falls: A Planned Industrial Community- History of its Early Development (1866-1914)

Join Refuge staff as we take a virtual walk through Historic Downtown Turners Falls with Frank Abbondanzio of the Town of Montague. Learn about the power of the Connecticut River on the location and formation of manufacturing and milling within the community. This program is free and is adult-oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

Saturday, August 20 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) “Know Where You Live” Nature Walk

“They Live Here Too” Come explore animals and insects with us on the bike path. Meet at the Discovery Center. All ages and interests welcome. Flat terrain along the canal-side bike path.

Saturday, August 20 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Canoe Trip on the Connecticut River Water Trail

Join us for a FREE canoe trip, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, starting in Montague City and following the Connecticut River Water Trail, a protected section of the river.

For ages 10 and up, more details to follow. Please call (413) 863-3221 for more details and to reserve your spot! It will be a leisurely paddle downstream viewing our unique natural history.

Friday, August 26 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Fourth Friday Young Children’s Story Hour

Trees are amazing plants! Come check out some creative ways to study them!

Story hour is especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an activity or craft.

Saturday, August 27 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Investigation Station

Why are Monarch butterflies orange? Why do stink bugs stink? Investigate these questions and more in the Beetles and Butterflies station.

Visit the Investigation Station on the 4th Friday of each month (located at the front desk). A variety of topics are covered throughout the year.

Sunday, August 28 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) Canal-side Bike Path Nature Walk

Start the day off right with an early morning nature walk! We will leisurely explore level paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canal-side Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, cultural or industrial history, and more! Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellent, and sun screen. For more information, call (413) 863-3221.
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clegg - Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 11:16 A
no rain
Both should be there, See Bob and Peter
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 20, 2011, 9:04 A
no rain
No rain 3 weeks in a row. That has to be a record.
 
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clegg - Sat, Jul 9, 2011, 2:21 P
Special events
On Friday, July 22nd, 2011 starting at 1:00 pm, join the Boston Museum of Science in the Great Hall for a live animal program featuring reptiles! What makes a reptile a reptile? Are snakes slimy? Come find out when the Museum's live animal center visits the Great Falls Discovery Center! Call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) for more information.

On Saturday July 30th, 2011 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, join Refuge staff with water chestnut removal in and around Barton Cove. Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that can choke out other native plants, making boating, swimming, and fishing difficult. Please call the Discovery Center (413.863.3221) to register and for more information.

All programs at the Discovery Center are free unless otherwise indicated. Summer hours are 10 am - 4 pm, 7 days a week. Visit www.greatfallsma.org to view our calendar and stay up to date with what's happening at Great Falls Discovery Center! Or join us on facebook: Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center

Silvio O. Conte NFWR
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
413.863.3221
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 30, 2011, 12:35 P
July Events
In the Great Hall

"Underwater Life" a Photographic Exhibition by Norm Vexler

July 1- July 31, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011 (1:00 - 3:00 pm): Artist Reception

Join us for a reception recognizing the current month's featured artist, Norm Vexler, in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center.

Norm Vexler, a resident of Amherst, Massachusetts has been involved with underwater photography for the past 20 years. His extensive travels around the world have taken him to some of the most remote and beautiful locations on the planet including Micronesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Fiji, Indonesia and Thailand. His love for the ocean is reflected in his art as a photographer and his images capture the essence of the incredible natural beauty found in the underwater environment. Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, July 8, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm): GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Join the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center to enjoy the 20’s and 30’s acoustic blues sound of “Same Old Blues.”


Saturday, July 9, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children's Series

The second Saturday Children’s Series is a great way to explore pieces of nature. This time, we’ll look at petals and thistles. Test your matching skills and learn something new about the wild plants we live with.



Sunday, July 10, 2011 (2:00 - 3:30 pm): Watershed Poets and Their Rivers

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a FREE program. Obsessing about rivers and water is elemental for many poets. Come learn about the Connecticut River Watershed, including its tributaries, from the perspective of the poets. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canalside Bike Path to view the Connecticut River and write our own interpretations of water. We will consider ways to honor the largest river in New England through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.


Tuesday, July 5th, 12th, 26th, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am): Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story, interactive games and activities, and a craft to help you and your child understand the world around us. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Each session will have a theme. Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.


Saturday, July 16, 2011 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm): Montague Sandplain Hike

Come learn about the story of fire on the Montague sand plain! Why is the landscape like Cape Cod, but the ocean miles away? Now’s your chance to explore a unique habitat designed by fire, ice, and sand. Find: Sand dunes! Scrub oak! Pitch pine! Blueberries! Join an interpreter for an introduction to the fauna, flora, and geology of this amazing and threatened habitat. Easy-to-intermediate difficulty hike. Bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. Free. Registration required- call 413-863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org. Meet at the Great Falls Discovery Center to carpool to the site.


Sunday, July 17, 2011 (8:00 - 9:30 am): Canalside Nature Walk

Start the day off right with an early morning nature walk! We will leisurely explore level paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 a.m. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canalside Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, cultural or industrial history, and more! Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org.


Monday-Thursday, July 18th-21st, 2011 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm): Junior Rangers

Starting July 18th and ending July 21st, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is offering a four-part science and nature education workshop for children as part of their 2011 Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” program. “Nature Kids,” for young naturalists ages 8-11, will meet July 18, 19, 20, and 21. Children and parents should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. All programs will start at 10:30 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes. Each day will have a theme. Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” programs are free and open to all. Space is limited- to register call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.


Thursday, July 21, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Evening Program

Join Refuge staff as we present a different program on the third Thursday of each month. Thursday night programs are free, unless otherwise noted, and are adult-oriented, but families are welcome to attend.

This week, let’s learn about those mysterious mushrooms that inhabit the oddest places! Roger Monthey, from U.S. Forest Service in New Hampshire will help to enlighten us about these fascinating fungi.


Friday, July 22, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am): Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

This week, it’s Anasazi the Spider. Let’s kindle an interest in our eight-legged friends!


Friday, July 22, 2011 (1:00 - 2:00 pm): The Boston Science Museum Presents: Reptiles!

Are snakes actually slimy? Why do snapping turtles snap? And most importantly, what makes a reptile a reptile? The best way to become acquainted with reptiles is to meet animals from the Museum’s Live Animal Center. Together we will answer these questions and many more while we learn about these incredible animals.


Saturday, July 23, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm): Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk!

Every fourth Saturday, visit the investigation station set up at the front desk. Investigation stations will cover a variety of topics throughout the year, and will have something to offer for all ages.

This week, let’s examine the differences between reptiles, fish, and amphibians. Some have slimy skin, others have scales. Come teach our naturalist all you know about these creatures!


Sunday, July 24, 2011 (2:00 - 3:30 pm): Watershed History: The Patch

A small patch of land sits in the middle of the Connecticut River at Turners Falls – sandwiched between the power canal on one side and the largest river in New England on the other. The history of “The Patch” is the story of industrialization, immigration, fish, birds, rocks, resilience, and more. We’ll explore some of these stories during a leisurely stroll through the little neighborhood with eight streets and paths through the woods and amazing views. We will meet at the corner of Avenue A and Eleventh Street in Turners Falls, near the canal side bike path to start our journey. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.

Saturday, July 30, 2011 (9:30 am – 12:30 pm): Pesty-Plant-Pulling Day

Help save the Connecticut River from a plant invader. Water chestnut is a pretty, but serious plant pest that can take over shallow waterways, obstructing boating and other recreational activities and crowding out native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. Staff from the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, the Connecticut River Watershed Council and Northfield Mountain are organizing a "plant-pulling day" in and around Barton Cove in Gill, MA. Participants will canoe to a couple of locations where plants have been found in previous seasons and look for new infestation locations. The plants, which are easily recognizable from their floating leaves, will be carefully pulled and put in trash bags for removal by truck to a place where they cannot do any more damage. After pulling, there will be a gathering in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. where participants can enjoy air conditioning, relaxing, and desserts! A confirmation email with what to wear and bring will be shared with registered participants. Pre-register by calling 413-548-8002 ext. 115. For ages 12 and older.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 29, 2011, 2:30 P
no rain
No rain on a Wednesday. My goodness. Lots of vendors at today's market
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 14, 2011, 2:28 P
Community Groups at Market
This week's market will include the monthly visit from Franklin County Home Care along with a representative from the new community gardens in Turners Falls.
As usual there will be plants, eggs, grass feed beef, crafts, soaps, local hot house produce, jams and maple products.
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 9, 2011, 11:55 A
Elementary School parade
Montague Elementary School students will be parading down to the Connecticut River on Friday morning, June 10, about 9:30 a.m. to recognize, “Long Live our River from Source to Sea”. The students and staff in grades 1-5 will be walking with a police escort down Unity Street towards the river and park. The road will be closed during this time. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarteners get to be transported by school bus.

Folks are encouraged to line up alone Unity Street to support our elementary students and recognize the appreciation the schools and students have for our great river. On-lookers at the park will be delighted in a performance by students to honor the Connecticut River.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 3, 2011, 5:55 P
June Schedule and more
In the Great Hall

Nature Photography by Patrick Zephyr

June 1 – June 30, 2011


Friday, June 10, 2011 (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm): Friends Coffeehouse Series Presents: Daniel hales, and the frost heaves

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Daniel hales, and the frost heaves blend indie rock and psychedelic folk—as well as other genres—to create their own eclectic hybrid. The core of the band is Daniel: guitar, sitar, harmonica, and lead vocals; James Lowe: bass, kazoo, and vocals; Charlie Conant: guitar, dobro, and vocals; Ivan Ussach: drums, percussion, and vocals; and Emily Breines: violin and vocals.


Saturday, June 11, 2011 (9:30 am - 12:00 pm): GeoPlus River Walk

Ever want to go on one of those Turners Falls Geowalks but never got around to it? Here’s your chance! Steve Winters, now working as Holyoke Community College’s first full-time Earth Science instructor, will again make the geologic rounds in Turners Falls on Saturday, June 11, 2011. In addition to snooping under various shales and sandstones, Steve will also lead a group down to the river to look at rock worn flat by centuries, if not millennia, of water’s smoothing action. Most of Steve’s walk will be on pavement and sidewalks around Turners Falls (about 2 miles), and the short excursion to the river will involve some minor descent along the river bank (weather and water-levels permitting). Please wear appropriate footwear. “GeoPlus River Walk” starts at 9:30 am. Please meet in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center. We will return to Center grounds around 12 noon. (Rain date: June 18, 2011).

Sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center with funding provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration with the assistance of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.


Saturday, June 11, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children's Series

Join us the second Saturday of every month for a day of children’s activities. Daily activities may include crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. Drop in anytime between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm for activities.

This month, discover crayfish and aquatic insects up close! Get your hands dirty looking through aquatic plants to discover what kinds of insects fish and other organisms eat. Additionally, look at crayfish up close to determine what features make them suited for the habitat that they live in.


Saturday, June 11, 2011 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm): Water Under the Bridge Bike Tour

White bridge, red bridge, green bridge, one way, which way, fish way? Find out more! Join us for a leisurely two hour bike tour along the Turners Falls Bike Path that highlights the history of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River historically in our villages. How do these challenges compare with our current Gill-Montague bridge construction experiences? We will meet at the main entrance to the Great Falls Discovery Center at 1:30 pm on Saturday June 11th. Bring your bike, water, bug spray, helmet, and sun block. For more information: Call Janel at (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org. Planned in partnership with Turners Falls RiverCulture for the Water Under the Bridge Music Festival.


Sunday, June 12, 2011 (2:00 - 3:30 pm): Watershed Poets and Watershed Wildflowers

Join us at the Great Falls Discovery Center for a free program. Obsessing about wildflowers is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the wildflowers of the Connecticut River watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Hear from poets Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman, and more! Weather permitting we may stroll along the Canalside Bike Path to view wildflowers and write about them ourselves. We will consider ways to honor our own favorite wildflowers through words and through conservation. For more information call (413) 863-3221.




Thursday, June 16, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Gordon Morrison: How to be a Field Artist

Come join us to hear nature artist and illustrator Gordon Morrison talk about how he does his work as a field artist—either to pick up some tips for your own work or to discover how an artist’s choice of work led him to a deepening commitment to nature. Gordon will bring along samples of his sketches, finished works, and book illustrations and will show us the kit of materials he keeps in his car just in case he finds an urge to draw from nature, which happens pretty frequently. This is your chance to learn about how art illustration is done, from an artist’s point of view.


Saturday, June 18, 2011 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm): Family Fish Day, Including a Visit from the Watershed on Wheels Express

The Great Falls Discovery Center's Sixth Annual Family Fish Day event takes place today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. Learn how to tie flies, cast fly fishing rods, and go fishing in Barton Cove. There will also be face painting at the Discovery Center and fish printing hosted by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center at the fish viewing station! Also new this year, tour the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge's mobile visitor center the Watershed on Wheels Express. Investigate interactive kiosks about the Connecticut River watershed and explore the habitat immersion trailer. This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businesses with help from local volunteers as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!


Sunday, June 19, 2011 (8:00 am - 9:30 am): Canalside Nature Walk

Start the day off right with an early morning nature walk! We will leisurely explore level paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Canalside Bike Path of Turners Falls. Topics may include birds, fish, invasive species, wildflowers, cultural or industrial history, and more! Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. For more information, call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org.


Sunday, June 19, 2011 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm): Barton Cove by Canoe

Join Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center’s Dwight Harrison and Kim Noyes for an introduction to canoe safety, paddling on the Connecticut River and the magic of Barton Cove. Blooming mountain laurel, nesting bald eagles and ancient waterfalls are all part of this June paddling program at Barton Cove. The program is free and sponsored by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center with funding provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration with the assistance of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged by calling 413-863-3221.


Friday, June 24, 2011 (10:30 am - 11:30 am): Fourth Friday Young Children's Story Hour Explores Fireflies!

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

We will be reading Fireflies! by Julie Binckloe, and then exploring the fascinating world of fireflies through an interactive activity. After the activity, we will have a craft available to help spur your child's interest in investigating fireflies further.


Saturday, June 25, 2011 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm): Visit the Investigation Station at the Front Desk!

Every fourth Saturday, visit the investigation station set up at the front desk. Investigation stations will cover a variety of topics throughout the year, and will have something to offer for all ages.

This month investigate what fish eat! Look at what aquatic insects eat up close!


Saturday, June 25, 2011 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm): New England Wildlife: Live Animal Program with Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and Friends Annual Meeting

Join Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum to look at examples of New England’s wildlife. Live birds, mammals, and reptiles, along with New England wildlife artifacts will help the audience to learn about the many wildlife species that live in our forests. This program is appropriate for all ages. Call (413) 863-3221 for more details. The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center will meet briefly prior to the program.


Sunday, June 26, 2011 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm): Watershed History: The Grand Trunk Hotel

What was so grand about the Grand Trunk Hotel in Turners Falls? Come to the Great Falls Discovery Center to find out! We’ll explore the site of the old hotel, right next to the Discovery Center, that was build in 1872 and taken down in the 1960s, and then we’ll use our imaginations, old photographs, and testimonials to piece together the story of the grand old days in Turners Falls. For more information call (413) 863-3221 or visit www.greatfallsma.org.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011 (10:30 - 11:30 am): Kidleidoscope

Kidleidoscope is a kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story, interactive games and activities, and a craft to help you and your child understand the world around us. Programming recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Each session will have a theme. Call 413.863.3221 or visit: www.greatfallsma.org for more details.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm): River Mammals with Naturalist Dawn Marvin Ward

Beavers, muskrats and river otters are all native to our wetlands and waterways. However; these fascinating creatures have lots of differences in their behaviors and lifestyles. Join along in this hands-on educational nature program that begins inside then venture outside to explore the banks of the Connecticut River for a close up look at the habitat of these curious creatures. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and footwear suitable for a rocky shoreline. For more info call the Discovery Center 863-3221 or Dawn 367-9562. This program is made possible with a grant from NOAA.

Note: In case of really inclement weather, activities will be set up for exploration and creativity indoors.



Laurel Carpenter
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 3, 2011, 5:28 P
June events and info
The Great Falls Discovery Center has 19 events/programs scheduled during June. In addition to the calendar on MontagueMA.net check out www.greatfallsma.net and the the Facebook page of Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center for more info and updates.
 
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clegg - Sun, May 15, 2011, 1:05 P
Thank you
The GFDC was packed for both owl presentations on Saturday, May 14. Thank you to all that attended
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These programs are free of charge and brought to the public through the efforts of US Fish and Wildlife staff and the " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center". We hope you had a good time.

Check out www.greatfallsma.org or join us on Face book at " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center' for upcoming programs and updated information.
 
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clegg - Sat, May 14, 2011, 3:56 P
7 day a week
The Great Falls Discovery Center is now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm until mid- October.
Please go to www.greatfallsma.org for programming info and also please join us on facebook at " Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center"
 
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clegg - Sat, May 14, 2011, 3:36 P
R.I.P. Mike Farrick
More than 5 years ago I left where I was at both in where I lived and how I felt about life. I saw a sign at the Great Falls Discovery Center that a local TV station was looking for someone to video programs for re-broadcast on what was again starting to be MCTV. Directions were given to the station which everyone knows is about 200 yards from the GFDC .
When I showed a copy of that flier for help to the guy behind the desk he greeted me with a smile and said, " would you like to learn how to video"? After at least 200 times behind the camera since that day is because I meet Mike Farrick, who was behind that MCTV deck on a cold Friday February afternoon in 2006.
God speed my friend. The community of Montague is in your debt for helping to bring back local public access TV.
 
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clegg - Fri, May 13, 2011, 5:24 P
Why should I bother to vote on Monday...?
Though I have only been in this town for 5 years I have observed the deep division on the School Board which appears to have gone on for many years. I would look to a few of the long serving members for a frank answer to who is doing what behind the curtain and trying to pull the strings. Maybe they are the reason for the under performing status of the schools. Not the teachers ,students and revolving door of administrators.
Remember when the School Board was accused of a violation of the open meeting rules and that the Attorney Generals office was informed of that later to be determined erroneous accusation.
I never have believed in coincidences and a skunk will always have a white stripe Maybe you have your answer to who are the voices. Though come to think of it, some stripes are yellow.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 4, 2011, 11:17 A
Unusual Vendor
Over the past few years we have had a few vendors selling unusual items but today we have someone planning to sell compost which I hear is some pretty good SH-T.
I promise that I don't make this sh-t, stuff, up.
 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 15, 2011, 6:52 P
May Schedule
Great Falls Discovery Center is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm until May 14, 2011.
Starting May 15, 2011, Great Falls Discovery Center will be open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.


May 2011


In the Great Hall
May 1-May 30

A Sense of the Refuge: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Program Schedule

May 1, 2011 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm): Downtown Turners Falls Spring Clean-Up

Pitch in to clean-up Turners Falls. Meet in front of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 10:00 am. This clean-up is being put on by the Streetscape Committee. For more details, call the Discovery Center at (413) 863-3221.

May 13, 2011 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm): Friends’ Coffee House Series Presents Kathy Chapman and Blue Moon

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Kathy sings songs about family, love and life’s challenges in a smooth, folk/rock, Nanci Griffith style. She has opened for artists like Bill Staines, and Garnet Rogers, and plays widely in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Her band, Blue Moon, widens the repertoire to include classic rock and blues tunes from Patsy Cline to Jimmy Hendrix along with some original pop tunes written by guitarist and music composer Joe Pod. Joe, perhaps best known in the Valley as a member of the 70’s band, Spirit in Flesh, is also the owner of Avocet Recording Studios where Kathy’s first and second CD were recorded. On keyboard is Dick Amberman, her partner in Limited Edition and also a member of The King Bees, a long running blues band in the Pioneer Valley. Other musicians in the group include John Sorrentino holds down the bottom end of the rhythm section on bass and Daniel Scott keeps the groove going on drums.

May 14, 2011 (10:30 am - 11:45 am and 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm): Eyes on Owls- Live Owl Presentation

Program is free but space is limited- please call 413-863-3221 to reserve a spot.

Everyone loves owls! Yet, how often do you get to see an owl up close? Perhaps you've glimpsed the shadowy form of a Great-horned Owl in the beam of your headlights as you traveled a back road at night. Have you ever scanned a frozen saltmarsh or hayfield in winter, hoping to find that arctic hunter, the Snowy Owl? How about that mob of noisy crows circling a white pine tree? Have they found an owl? Join teacher/naturalist Marcia Wilson and author/photographer/naturalist Mark Wilson in sharing their passion for owls!

Owls of the World - Who's Watching You? introduces you to the owls of New England and beyond. Mark and Marcia share the field marks, signs and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them. Next, you meet six live owls (from small to huge) up close. Everyone participates in a hooting lesson and learns tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. While the selection of live owls varies from group to group, chances are you'll meet New England's tiniest owl, the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (weighing in at 4 ounces) along with the world's largest owl, the Eurasian Eagle Owl (check out that five foot wingspan!). Other species that figure prominently in our program can include Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl, Barn Owl, Great-horned Owl, Snowy Owl and Spectacled Owl. Owl pellets and white wash are topics of great interest at our programs and we spend time dissecting these fascinating aspects of owl biology.

The 10:30 am program will be held in the Great Hall. If weather allows, the 1:30 pm program will be held outside.

May 15, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 pm): Edible Plants of Spring Field Walk

Take a walk along the Canal-side bike path with Blanche Derby to locate and learn about edible plants that emerge in Spring. The walk will depart from the bike path entrance in Unity Park at 1 pm. In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

May 19, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Adult Speaker’s Series presents Lamar Gore on Birding

Join biologist Lamar Gore to learn some beginning birding skills. Lamar has been bird watching for well over a decade while working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Massachusetts. During the program, you will learn how to identify birds by look, behavior, and sound.

May 21, 2011 (1:00 – 4:00 pm): “Picture Your World” Photography Workshop for Teens

“Picture Your World” is a free photography workshop by two professional photographers and a naturalist especially for teens. The afternoon workshop will explore the basics of photography and build appreciation for the natural world surrounding the Connecticut River landscape. Discover the art of nature and landscape photography. Point and shoot cameras provided or you may bring your own. Workshop is for ages 13-18, and space is limited so please give us a call at 413-863-3221 to reserve you spot. Participants’ photos will be published in the The Montague Reporter. This workshop was funded by the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.


May 27, 2011(10:30 – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

We will be reading Rainbow Fish Finds His Way by Marcus Pfister, and then making our own rainbow fish. This program is a great way to get your family interested in migrating fish, which you can view for free across the street at the Turners Falls Fishway, a fish ladder, after the program.


May 28, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): Come see this month’s investigation station at the front desk!

The fourth Saturday of every month, come into the Discovery Center to learn something new about the environment! An investigation station will be set up at the front desk with interesting items for you to see. In May, we will investigate birds’ nests. Appropriate for all ages.



Ashley Dussold
Park Ranger, Visitor Services
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376

 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:51 P
Saturday Programming
The Great Falls Discovery Center is a partnership which includes DCR, US Fish and Wildlife, Town of Montague, and “Friends of GFDC”. If the United States Congress and President Obama do not agree on a fiscal budget by Friday, April 8th, then this coming weekend programming at the Discovery Center will be cancelled. U.S. Government employees, such as those that conduct the programming at the GFDC, are not allowed to do their normal activities on a volunteer basis. A government shutdown can affect many facets of community life that sometimes is taken for granted.
Please call the Discovery Center at 863-3221 if you were planning on attending the Second Saturday Children's workshop on April 9th.

 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:09 P
Coffeehouse Music Series
Coffeehouse Series
Friday Apr 8, 2011, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series: Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone Riders

Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone Riders croon cowboy tunes at 7 pm on Friday, April 8, at the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Corralled from across New England, the cowboy musicians are singer and tamboritza (octave mandolin) player Lisa “Red” Abbatomarco, pedal steel guitar player “Prairie Phil” Abbatomarco, and string players Charlie “Chuck Wagon” Moser, Michael “T.R. Wilburn” Nix, and Bob “By Jiminy” Asprinio, with a special appearance by Miss Patricia, a.k.a. “the Schoolmarm.”

The coffeehouse takes place in the historic, handicapped-accessible Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A in downtown Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Coffee and home-baked treats are available, and the Center and gift shop open during intermission. The suggested sliding scale donation of $6 to $12 (free for children) helps the Friends support free nature programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center. For more information, please call the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center at (413)863-3221 or visit greatfallsma.org.

 
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clegg - Mon, Apr 4, 2011, 2:12 P
looking for old, dead electronics
Becca,
I would call the Franklin Area Survival Center at 413-863-9549. We frequently get things donated to us that don't work. The Center is located at 96 Fourth Street in Turners Falls. Ask for Ed, he is the store manager and always works with folks to keep broken items out of our dumpster.

Don
 
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clegg - Sun, Mar 27, 2011, 4:48 P
April schedule of events
All programs are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

April 2011
In the Great Hall April 1 – April 30, 2011
Spineless Splendor Insect Sign Photography Exhibit by Northern Naturalists


Saturday, April 2, 2011 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm): Artist reception for Turners Falls High School Students’ Fish Artwork
Come meet some of the young artists of a temporary fish-themed art exhibit in the live exhibit room. The exhibit will be on display until mid-May.

Friday, April 8, 2011 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm): Friends’ Coffee House Series

Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Where the buffalo roam ain’t always where the cowfolks roam! Corralled from across New England, Ramblin’ Red and the Blackstone River Riders were born from a love of the singin' cowboy. Lisa “Red” Abbatomarco lassooed this posse to roam the musical range. “Prairie Phil” Abbatomarco is the grandpappy of the pedal steel with over 60 years under his beltbuckle. And strummin their strings like lickin butter off a knife are 3 corn crackin buckaroos, Charlie “Chuck wagon” Moser, Michael “T.R. Wilburn” Nix and Bob “by jiminy” Asprinio. With a special appearance by Miss Patricia aka “the Schoolmarm”.

Saturday, April 9, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children’s Series

Join us the second Saturday of every month for a day of children’s activities. Daily activities may include crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. Drop in at your convenience any time between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Call ahead for more details at (413) 863-3221.

This month, get your hands dirty in celebration of Spring by making seed bombs and learning about native flower species. Take these peaceful bombs to a place near the Center to deploy a small army of flowers. When left outside, seeds will release during rain showers and begin to grow into flowers. Come back in Spring to see what grew! All ages are welcome.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Third Thursday Speaker’s Series presents Spineless Splendor Invertebrate Slide Show and Artist Reception with the Northern Naturalists

Meet Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney, this month’s featured artist in the Great Hall, as they present their field work for their award winning book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates. The authors will show images of exquisite invertebrate-created objects, teach mind-boggling natural history, and tell amusing anecdotes from their eccentric journey. Professional entomologists and bug-haters alike have found themselves rolling with laughter and staring in horrified fascination during this entertaining presentation. All ages are invited.

April 15 - May 15: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Exhibit: A Sense of the Refuge

A Sense of the Refuge is an exhibit in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit will be hosted in the Great Hall.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm): Park Serve Day

Get outside to enjoy the weather! Park Serve Day is a statewide day of volunteer service, so wear your working clothes to help get the Center ready for summer. We will be working together on the grounds and in the flower beds, so bring sunscreen and gloves if you have them. This event is for all ages.

Tuesday – Saturday, April 19 – 23, 2011: Open for Spring Break Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please see our website www.greatfallsma.org for special Spring Break events or go to the Facebook page of " Friends of the Great falls Discovery Center'

Friday, April 22, 2011 (10:30 am – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour

First, we will go on a rock hunt outside (please dress appropriately for the weather.) Then, we will read If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian, which explores different whimsical categories of rocks. Finally, each child will decorate their rock to take home. Snacks are allowed and energy is appreciated. Appropriate for ages 3-6, but all are welcome.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): Come see this month’s investigation station at the front desk!

The fourth Saturday of every month, come into the Discovery Center to learn something new about the environment! An investigation station will be set up at the front desk with interesting items for you to see. In April, we will investigate bears, which are coming out of hibernation. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm): Field Walk and Invertebrate Tracking with the Northern Naturalists

Have you ever noticed that someone's been etching delicate feathery patterns into the algae on your picnic table? Have you ever flipped over a rock and found neat shiny red discs? How about perfect circles cut out of the leaves of your rose bush? If you've never seen these things, perhaps it's time you slow down and take a walk with Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney, who will point out all sorts of curious objects that will expand your sense of the fullness of our world. These are the signs of invertebrates. Each object tells a story of bizarre lives playing out all around us all the time. Come spend some time with the authors of the 2010 winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, and see the world as they see it. Space is limited- call us to reserve a spot. 413-863-3221

Laurel Carpenter
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3221
 
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clegg - Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 6:33 P
Meet the young Artists
Meet some of the young artists that created this month's art display in the Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Open reception is on Saturday, March 5, from 1-3 pm.
The art work will be on display through March 27.


Told and Retold: Art Exhibit by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum

Serving as a conversation-starter, art created by Northfield Elementary School students explores how we talk about war--as adults and as families. Relating to photographs and documents in Memorial Hall Museum's collection and several children's picture books, the exhibit is inspired by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association's NEA-sponsored BIG READ of Tim O'Brien's novel, "The Things They
Carried."

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

For more info please call 863-3221. Also check out the "Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center" on Facebook and get automatic updates on all the FREE, educational and entertaining programming offered at the center.
 
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clegg - Mon, Feb 28, 2011, 9:15 P
Icy roads!
And I suppose if it is Kentucky Bluegrass it speaks with a twang and you most fertilize it with bourbon from Grandpa's still in the spring to have it rejuvenate.
 
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clegg - Fri, Feb 25, 2011, 6:35 P
March Schedule
March Schedule of Events

March 1 – 31, 2011

In the Great Hall
Told and Retold: Art Exhibit by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum

Saturday, Mar. 5, 2011 (1:00 pm- 3:00 pm): Artist Reception

Come meet the many young artists and collaborators of this month’s artist exhibit! Light refreshments will be served.


Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 (7:00 pm- 9:00 pm): GFDC Friends present Coffeehouse Series

The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center host local bands, singers, and musicians in the Great Hall on the second Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

March's performance will be by veteran musician Ronald Meck, who sings traditional Celtic and folk ballads in a soulful baritone while playing guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo, and percussion. His son Adrian, an accomplished fiddler and symphonic violinist, joins him for toe-tapping jigs and reels.


Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children’s Series

Join us the second Saturday of every month for a day of children’s activities. Daily activities may include crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. Drop in at your convenience any time between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Call ahead for more details at (413) 863-3221.

Join Refuge staff as we investigate some of the vernal pool creatures that you will be able to find migrating during the first warm rainy nights of March or April. Explore with us, up close, red efts, spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and other vernal pool creatures. Partake in related activities and a craft.


Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Marine Conservation Biology: Keeping the Oceans Shipshape

Oceans dominate our planet, influence our climate, and sustain us in innumerable ways. Although much of humanity lives near a coastline, too often we forget the importance of the oceans to our lives and livelihoods and the impact our activities are having on this irreplaceable life support system. The goals of marine conservation biology are to preserve the ocean’s living resources and simultaneously provide for human needs over the near- and long-term. his talk will examine ways we connect with the oceans; touch on unique aspects of its life forms; discuss current threats to marine ecosystems; and highlight positive actions citizens and policy makers are taking to preserve life in the sea.

Saturday, Mar. 25, 2011(10:30 am – 11:30 am): Young Children’s Story Hour: Dreamweaver

Join us the fourth Friday of every month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for a story hour especially for children ages 3-6. After the story, you can join us for an age appropriate activity.

In March, we will focus on spiders. First, we will read Dream Weaver, a story about a spider's world written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Rocco Baviera. Then, children can explore different kinds of spider webs through a shape-matching game and a spider web painting activity.


Saturday, Mar. 25, 2011 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm): Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program and Fish Population Status Update

Ken Sprankle, USFWS Connecticut River Coordinator, will review the history of the modern Atlantic salmon restoration program in the Connecticut River basin. He will also talk about the status and trends for this species, as well as other migratory fishes (e.g., American shad, river herring) of management interest. The development and role of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission in these efforts will be discussed. A review of evolving fishery management and restoration strategies, new assessment and research findings, recent restoration nitiatives, and related issues will be presented and discussed.


Saturday, Mar. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): Come see this month’s investigation station at the front desk!

The fourth Saturday of every month, come into the Discovery Center to learn something new about the environment! An investigation station will be set up at the front desk with interesting items for you to touch and see.

This month, we will have beaver artifacts displayed at the front desk for you to see. People of all ages can investigate beavers with Refuge staff, and learn about adaptations that they have that make them fascinating animals.



 
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clegg - Sat, Feb 19, 2011, 12:55 P
Shared apartment in Turners Falls
A large 3 bedroom apartment in downtown Turners Falls has been recently changed over to a 2 bedroom apartment. I am looking for a responsible individual to rent the 2nd bedroom. The monthly rent will be $450.00 which includes heat, hot water, electric and most household needs/supplies. Security deposit is negotiable based on references. Call Don @ 413-336-3648 or email don.clegg@yahoo.com
 
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clegg - Mon, Feb 7, 2011, 9:51 P
big box store
Oh and I forgot something. there are two local Walmarts in Western Mass that are closed. One the roof fell in and the other is closed because there are funny noises coming from the roof.
Maybe the well informed planning board of Greenfield can make their next big box store safe and have something besides a flat roof with no center support system . You know this is not Arkansas.

 
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clegg - Mon, Feb 7, 2011, 9:22 P
big box store
OK I am weighing in for the first time on just about anything so here goes.

Big box stores destroy small down towns.

There is a Walmart very close to the center of the about to be listed towns. These downtowns are now ghost towns. Drive through these downtowns it you think I am wrong. Winchendon, Gardner, Fitchburg, Orange, Athol.
There is a Walmart with in 5 miles of each of these central to western Massachusetts towns.
We are all worried about the effect on food stores. well guess what, if a Walmart shows up you can also close the doors on local hardware stores and nurserys
Goodbye Aubuchon and goodbye Stewarts in Turners Falls.
And if this Walmart has an automotive section with tires then kiss goodbye your local place for oil changes, tires and battery service.
This goes far beyond food sales.
WAKE UP Walmart is bad news for us.

If for some reason you think I might be wrong well let me tell you I owned a home in Winchendon and worked for the GE in Fitchburg. I saw first hand these downstowns going right down the tubes.
 
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clegg - Fri, Feb 4, 2011, 4:44 P
February Events at GFDC
February 2011

In the Great Hall
Fine Fishing Artwork by Jim Roszel
Now – February 28, 2011

Feb. 5, 2011 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm): Artist reception for Jim Roszel

Come meet fish artist Jim Roszel. Explore his works of fine art with a fishing theme that include still life, oils, and watercolors. His portraits feature life-sized renditions that have brilliant colors and textures and are catch-and-release friendly.

Feb. 11, 2011 (7:00 – 9:00): Friends’ Coffee House Series presents Mando Paradiso, an 8 piece mandolin ensemble.

The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Mando Paradiso. Mando Paradiso is an 8 piece ensemble of 4 mandolins, a mandola, 2 guitars and a bass. This group plays music from the early 20th century including traditional Italian waltzes, marches, polkas and mazurkas, as well as other ethnic music, some light classical selections, and some popular tunes from the time before TV when people got together in their parlors for entertainment.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. Museum and museum store open at intermission. Donations ($6–$12 suggested) help the Friends support free programming at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Feb. 12, 2011 (10:30 am - 2:00 pm): Second Saturday Children’s Series
Join us the second Saturday of every month for a day of children’s activities. Daily activities may include crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. Drop in at your convenience any time between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Call ahead for more details at (413) 863-3221.
This month, learn about birds that stick around in the winter. Make a bird feeder using recycled goods and investigate how the shape of birds’ beaks affects their choice of food. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Feb. 17, 2011 (7:00 - 8:30 pm): Climate change and water resources: expectations and uncertainties in natural systems.
Join Associate Professor of Watershed Management and Water Quality with the University of Massachusetts to learn how climate change and the hydrologic cycle are coupled. This program will also discuss how conservation done at the watershed level increases the ability of an ecosystem to withstand a changing environment.


Feb. 23 – 26, 2011(10:30 am - 4:00 pm): Center open for school vacation week Wednesday through Saturday.

Feb. 25, 2011(10:30 – 11:30): Young Children’s Story Hour
Join Refuge staff as we read the children’s story Stellaluna, a story about a baby bat that is raised by a family of birds. The story explores the life history of bats and examines the similarities and differences between bats and birds. This story is appropriate for ages 3-6. Immediately following the story, an age appropriate activity will be offered.

Feb. 25, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): What Do Animals Eat?
Stop by the Discovery Center at your convenience between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to partake in this mystery hunt activity. Look though the exhibits to find animals that are hungry, and help them decide what type of food to eat! This activity is appropriate for ages 4 – 10.

Feb. 26, 2011 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): Come see this month’s investigation station at the front desk!
The fourth Saturday of every month, come into the Discovery Center to learn something new about the environment! An investigation station will be set up at the front desk with interesting items for you to touch and see.
Ever wonder why rivers flood in the spring? This month’s investigation station will answer this question! Our interactive watershed model will help us to examine snow melt and to demonstrate where all of that melting snow goes in the watershed.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 21, 2011, 4:56 P
Webcam ??
I wish more folks web cams were broken.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 21, 2011, 4:55 P
The Snail
Mik,
Is this about a UPS delivery in Montague Center also.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jan 10, 2011, 1:07 P
As Ye Sow.....
Maybe, just maybe, our political and social views are to hateful and derogatory towards others points of view . Watch a debate and you can see.
America once listened. We no longer do that. We seem to pick a side and that is it.
We need true leaders not finger pointers. Our leaders don't need to be on the national scale they can be here in Massachusetts or right here in Montague.
A plant won't survive if you don't water the roots. The roots of freedom, common ground, equality and idealism need some watering.

 
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clegg - Wed, Jan 5, 2011, 4:30 P
Artist display at Great Hal of Discovery Center.
January 1 - February 26, 2011

In the Great Hall-Fine Fishing Artwork by James Roszel

Since the age of four, Jim Roszel spent summers at his grandparent’s cottage on Harsens Island fishing the North Channel of the St. Clair River.

Catching many perch, rock bass, smallmouth and the occasional walleye from their dock, he loved fishing immediately.

Jim's artistic talent showed at an early age. He was encouraged to develop his skills through the study of Art at Michigan State University. After college Jim moved to Boston to paint and learn art conservation apprenticing with, Mark Sirdevan, a respected conservator.

After a number of years of apprenticeship, Jim opened The Oil Painting Conservation Studio commissioning projects for Boston College, Brown University, Cohasset Historical Society, Whistler Museum, Groton Historical Society, Town of Norwood, prominent galleries in Boston, and art collectors nationwide. Jim benefited from the close-up contact with great artwork by Edwin Lord Weeks, Frederic Church, Joseph DeCamp, Abbott Fuller Graves, Francis Augustus Silvia, Thomas Cole, Earnest Lawson, and Frank Benson. The experience taught Jim how to construct a painting that will last for generations.

Finding his true calling, Jim Roszel combined his passion for fly fishing and painting, resulting in the inspiration and creation of Fishing Artworks. Jim currently fishes the waters of Massachusetts with his family and friends.


 
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clegg - Sat, Dec 11, 2010, 1:02 P
Barnyard John Boehner
I think you missed a few good Republicans from your last paragraph. Abe Lincoln was our first Republican President, how many folks didn't know that, and Teddy Roosevelt was a monopoly busting president along with accomplishing great strides in conserving lands though the foundation of forming the National Wildlife Refuge System and preserving millions of acres of land through many new national parks during his almost 7 years as president.
If the Republican party had stayed the course they would be a different party than what they turned out to be and the Democrats have not only strayed away from their course, or core values, they are swimming in another ocean with no compass.
And you know what , Bill Weld was not a half bad Republican Governor of Massachusetts. Who has been better since?
P.S. I am not a Republican
 
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clegg - Mon, Nov 15, 2010, 1:46 P
Best President
and so was FDR
 
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clegg - Mon, Nov 15, 2010, 1:31 P
Turkeys!!!
Join local expert, Joe Judd, in a discussion about the re-establishment of Eastern wild turkeys to Massachusetts. These birds, once removed from our landscape have rebounded to the largest population dating back to the time of the Pilgrims.
Held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls on Thursday, November 18th, evening from 7-8:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 and FREE.
 
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clegg - Sun, Nov 14, 2010, 2:03 P
Best President
Since corkborad subscribers as well as many voters in this nation seem to be flushing the Obama presidency down the toilet lets have a little poll on this corkboard as to who was the "best" president since the end of WW2. I think that is fair. Mik could you help with that?

Start with Harry, "the buck stops here", Truman to our "golden years" under Eisenhower through the Kennedy Camelot and pool parties, to LBJ's new society and the Vietnam years , to "Tricky Dick" Nixon, to Gerald, "How did I become President" Ford, to Jimmy and Billy Carter, to Ronnie Reagan and the monkey and I don't mean Nancy, to Bush ,"read my limps no new taxes" the 1st, to Bill , "I never had sex with that woman", Clinton or "whitewater, what is whitewater", to Bush the 2nd, PS. "Dad, thanks for all your great friends you sent to me like Dick Cheney" to Obama, "Hay, I have only been here two years" give me time.

No wonder comedians make a fortune off of American politics. And some of those comedians can be seen nightly on CCN, FOX , CNBC and the Comedy Channel.. George Carlin you died way to soon. You would have made another fortune with developing a skit on this past election and the voters, yes us, in general.

So to be the first to jump into this poll I vote for Harry Truman. Yah, he might have given Eastern Europe to the Soviets after WW2 but at least he stood up for his daughter against a critic even thought she could not sing or play the piano. Give "em" Hell Harry.

PS Believe it or not I am almost serious about this.
 
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clegg - Mon, Nov 8, 2010, 7:50 P
A letter from a long-time Corkboarder
I also have been a bit guilty or firing a shoot or two across the bow at someone that was saying not so correct things about me on this corkboard.
I am not sure it is a sign of the times. It is that just some people are rude and that is a way of life.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 29, 2010, 5:01 P
Saturday at the Discovery Center
Halloween Treats
Saturday Oct 30, 2010, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Halloween Treats at The Great Falls Discovery Center
Come by and pick up your Halloween Treat from 10-4 donated by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

Amazing Bats
Saturday Oct 30, 2010, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are bats really scary? Do they actually get stuck in your hair? Learn answers to these questions and more during an hour long celebration of bats! Children will be able to hear a story, investigate our bat mystery box, learn what it is like to be a bat through games, and make their own bat mask! This program is aimed at ages 4-11, although everyone is welcome! Also, while at the center, pick up a Halloween treat!

 
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clegg - Wed, Oct 27, 2010, 8:50 A
Final Market
Today is the final farmers market of the season. Figures it would rain.
2-6 pm on the corner of 2nd St. and Ave A in Turners Falls
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 4:17 P
Falcons at the Discovery Center
Falcons at the Center
Saturday Oct 16, 2010, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with Falconer, Chris Davis

Master falconer, Chris Davis will present a live bird program and demonstration. Come celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week. Eat cake and enjoy learning about the world of falconry. Free and get here early for a great up front seat.
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 8, 2010, 3:22 P
MCTV Program Schedule 10/8/10 thru 10/14/10
Friday, October 8 Program
8:00 AM Gill Select Board 9/27/10
10:30 AM Americas Wildest places#3
11:00 AM Americas Wildest places#4
11:30 AM Americas Wildest places#5
12:00 PM Americas Wildest places#6
12:30 PM Select Board 10/4/10
2:00 PM Finance Committee 10/6/10
4:00 PM Coffee House:Michael Orlen 2010
5:30 PM Rhema Word
6:00 PM BFMC Healthbeat September 2010
6:30 PM Free Speech TV
7:00 PM School Committee Meeting 9/28/10
9:00 PM Better Bird Watching Loons-Woodpeckers Part 1
10:00 PM Better Birdwatching Flycatchers-Finches Part2
10:46 PM Tom Carroll Holiday Concert 2009

Saturday, October 9
8:00 AM Silly Wizard 9-7-10
8:30 AM Silly Wizard
9:00 AM Silly Wizard
10:00 AM Silly Wizare
11:00 AM Mighty Minds
12:00 PM Gill Select Board 9/27/10
2:30 PM Americas Wildest places#9
3:00 PM Select Board 10/4/10
4:00 PM School Committee Meeting 9/28/10
5:31 PM School Committee Meeting 9/28/10 (2)
6:00 PM Free Speech TV
6:30 PM Free Speech TV
7:00 PM MBI Meeting
9:00 PM White House Chronicle
9:30 PM White House Chronicle
10:00 PM White House Chronicle
10:30 PM Better Birdwatching Flycatchers-Finches Part2

Sunday, October 10
8:00 AM Rhema Word
8:30 AM Rhema Word
9:00 AM Both Sides of the Bridge
10:00 AM Chainsaw Massacre
11:00 AM A funny thing happened on the way to the moon
12:00 PM BFMC Healthbeat September 2010
12:30 PM Physician Focus October 2010
1:00 PM Physician Focus September 2010
2:00 PM Select Board 10/4/10
3:00 PM School Committee Meeting 9/28/10
5:00 PM Reconciliation Ceremony
5:30 PM Power Canal Draw Down
6:00 PM Finance Committee 10/6/10
8:00 PM Gill Select Board 9/27/10
10:30 PM The Meaning of Wilderness

Monday, October 11
8:00 AM The Reflecting Pool Interview with filmaker
9:00 AM The Flow of Time
10:00 AM Gill Select Board 9/27/10
12:30 PM The Soap Box Meals on Wheels
1:00 PM Better Bird Watching Loons-Woodpeckers Part 2
2:00 PM Both Sides of the Bridge
3:00 PM Finance Committee 10/6/10
5:00 PM Living Along The River
7:00 PM Select Board 10/4/10
8:00 PM Free Speech TV
8:30 PM Free Speech TV
9:00 PM MBI Meeting

Tuesday, October 12
8:00 AM Finance Committee 10/6/10
10:00 AM School Committee Meeting 9/28/10
12:00 PM Common People Concert Eric Goodchild
1:00 PM Common People Concert-Amandella
2:00 PM Select Board 10/4/10
3:30 PM MBI Meeting
5:30 PM Common People Concert Steel Drums 2010
7:00 PM GMRSD 10/12/10
10:00 PM Fashion Show 2009
10:30 PM 9/11 Road to Tyranny

Wednesday, October 13
8:00 AM MBI Meeting
10:00 AM Mark Beaubian: Biomass Plant
11:00 AM Select Board 10/4/10
12:00 PM Local Bias:Gary Earles
12:30 PM Local Bias#61
1:00 PM Finance Committee 10/6/10
3:00 PM Free Speech TV
3:30 PM Free Speech TV
4:00 PM Block Party Parade 2010
4:30 PM Block Party 2010 Naia Kete
6:00 PM Block Party 2010 Groove Shoes
7:00 PM Gill Select Board 10/12/10
10:00 PM BFMC Healthbeat August 2010
10:30 PM White House Chronicle
11:00 PM White House Chronicle

Thursday, October 14
8:00 AM Masters of the Universe
9:00 AM Montague Machine
10:00 AM Gill Select Board 10/12/10
1:00 PM GMRSD 10/12/10
3:30 PM Mideast Ambassadors
5:00 PM MBI Meeting
7:00 PM Select Board 10/4/10
8:00 PM Over The Falls Painter New England
9:00 PM Finance Committee 10/6/10
11:00 PM River Rat Race 2010


 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 17, 2010, 5:03 P
Wildest places
MCTV will be broadcasting the entire DVD of America Wildest Places on Sunday evening from 7-9 pm. This is a wonderful DVD provided to your own public access TV station from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The video starts with an animated short of Teddy Roosevelt then takes you through wildlife refugees from swamps to glaciers from bison to alligators.
We hope you enjoy the program and as always call us at MCTV with your comments. 863-9200
 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 16, 2010, 6:10 P
Native American panel discussion
Sorry about that. I had it posted on the calendar page also and forgot to copy the date. As you all know it is tonight at 7:00 pm.
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 15, 2010, 9:37 A
Another nice day.
Geezes Two weeks in a row with nice weather for the Farmers Market. That is a record for this year. Vendors start setting up about 1:00 pm and stay until 6;00 pm. However if you want some of Marge's baked goods you got to get the buy 4:45. She is usually sold out by then.
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 15, 2010, 9:35 A
Native American panel discussion
Conversation and insights into the history of Native Americans in the Montague area. Panel will answer questions about current events and discuss and give insights into the prospects for a future Native American cultural center in the region.
Held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
 
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clegg - Fri, Sep 10, 2010, 12:52 P
On display
September 1 - 30, 2010 there is a wonderful display of "Birds of the Massachusetts Coast:" photographs By John Van De Graaff in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

On Saturday,September 11, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Stop by the center and meet photographer, John de Graaff, who's exhibit is entitled
"Birds of the Massachusetts Coast: Piping Plovers and More"

The majority of his images are from Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
in Westport (south of New Bedford), which he's visited regularly for the past few years. The shots focus especially on the birds’ characteristic activities--especially the breeding and feeding behaviors of piping plovers and least terns. Some fifteen pairs of piping plovers nest at Allens Pond each season, and up to 200 pairs of least terns. Stop by and see these amazing images.
 
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clegg - Wed, Sep 8, 2010, 2:40 P
Great weather
Finally great weather for the farmers market. There is eggs, beef, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, fresh veggies and fruit along with baked goods and a back massage. The market will be going until 6;00 pm.
 
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clegg - Fri, Aug 20, 2010, 5:43 P
Patriot Tickets- Opening Day
Call Ray @ 413-863-9687 if you are interested in purchasing 2 tickets for the season opener with the Patriots taken' on the Cincinnati Bengals at Foxboro on September 12. Game time is 1:00 pm. Tail gate time and opening day events are much earlier.

 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 3:57 P
Gravestone Geology
Gravestone Geology: From Rocks to Remembrance: A Brief History of Pioneer Valley Gravestones

Historical archaeologist Bob Drinkwater will present a program on gravestone geology at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, August 19, at Great Falls Discovery Center. Bob's presentation will include the materials, sources, and succession of materials used in gravestones in the Pioneer Valley from the 18th century to the present. Marie Ferre, Archivist at the Association for Gravestone Studies, will also be there, with a table full of information on gravestones and AGS.


Bob Drinkwater has been recording, photographing, and reporting on the 18th and 19th century gravestones and stonecutters of Massachusetts for the last 40 years. He is a charter member and past president of the Association of Gravestone Studies, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He offers a workshop, "Gravestone Studies 101: A Survey of Gravestone Art in the Pioneer Valley," at Greenfield Community College. He holds a masters degree in Anthropology from UMass-Amherst.

With a degree in Art History from Boston university, Marie Ferre has worked at Vanderbilt, Mount Holyoke, and Dickinson colleges. Her interest in the social history of New England gravestones grew to include their art and philosophy, as encouraged by Dickinson colleague Allan Ludwig, whose Graven Images has become a standard. On retirement, she moved to Northfield, volunteered at Historic Deerfield, and from 2002-2009 was archivist for the Association for Gravestone Studies. She has conducted a comprehensive survey of Northfield's Center Cemetery and guided its listing on the National Register. In 2008, she founded the Friends of Northfield's Old Cemeteries.


Great Falls Discovery Center

2 Avenue A

Turners Falls, MA 01376



 
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clegg - Wed, Aug 11, 2010, 12:38 P
Southworth Plant Tour
Southworth Giving Plant Tour to Celebrate Turners Falls Block Party

Turners Falls, MA (August 10, 2010): Southworth has announced that the company will be conducting a plant tour as part of the Turners Fall Block Party celebration this year. This is the first time the company is offering the tour and it promises to be an interesting walk through this historical paper mill with a step by step introduction to the paper-making process. This is a walking tour throughout the plant and involves going up and down many stairs. The plant will not be in operation on Saturday, so it will allow a behind the scenes look at the operation.

Anyone interested in joining the tour should sign up at Southworth’s booth during Saturday’s Block Party, August 14, 2010. Participants will gather at 3:45 in the lower lot at the Southworth mill, 36 Canal Road, Turners Falls. The tour will start promptly at 4:00 and should last about 45 minutes.

About Southworth
Southworth Company is a privately-held corporation based in Agawam, MA. The company manufactures premium business papers, résumé papers, social stationery and other related products under the Southworth® brand sold through major national retailers, office product dealers and international distributors. Southworth also produces specialty papers for OEM and technical applications. Founded in 1839 by Edward and Wells Southworth, the company is now run by a fifth-generation member of the family, David C. Southworth. For more information, visit www.southworth.com.


Contact:
Ken Deso
Southworth
413-863-4326,
kdeso@southworth.com

 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 9, 2010, 2:27 P
Community Health Center joining market this week
The Community Health Center of Franklin County, Montague City, will be providing free health care information and doing blood pressure checks at the August 11th Great Falls Farmers Market located at the corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street in Turners Falls in celebration of National Health Week

The second week of August each year is dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S. This year's commemoration is special because 2010 also marks the 45th Anniversary of the creation of the National Health Centers.
 
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clegg - Sat, Aug 7, 2010, 12:57 P
Stuff for tag sale shoppers
A neighbor of mine is moving this weekend and lots of stuff needs to go. So swing by 65 Fourth Street in Turners Falls. There is some furniture, kitchen supplies, computer equipment and maybe some good deals on bikes.
There are no specific hours and if no one is outside just knock on the door.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 30, 2010, 1:49 P
Face Book Page
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center now have a face book page. Strangely enough called "Friends of the Great Falls Discovery".
If you have a face book account then check out our new page of events, comments and updates and by all means be a friend.


 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 30, 2010, 12:35 P
August schedule of events
In the Great Hall
Wildlife Photography Exhibit by Glenn Cobiere
August 1 – 31, 2010


August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 (8:00 am – 9:30 am) Early Morning Nature Walk
Start your day off right, observing nature in Turners Falls! Early Morning Nature Walks will leisurely explore leveled paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Bike Path of Turners Falls. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen.

August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010 (10:30 am – 11:30 am) Kidleidoscope
A kid-friendly, hands-on environmental experience for very young children presented in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Each topic includes a story and interactive games and activities to help you and
your child understand the world around us. Thursday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Programming
recommended for ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Call ahead for the ‘Topic of the Week’ or stop in
the Great Falls Discovery Center to pick up a seasonal Kidleidoscope schedule.

August 6, 2010 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) Aquatic Invasive Species Information Session
Interested in learning about aquatic invasive species? Come learn about water chestnuts and their infestation in the CT River Watershed! Ages 12 + welcome!

August 13, 2010 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center Coffeehouse
Kevin Smith and Hilary Graves offer an evening of Americana and family music featuring tuba, guitar and vocals. Doors open at 6:30, concert begins at 7pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center.

August 14, 2010 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) Turners Falls Block Party
Join the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s roving van of interpreters at the Turners Falls Block Party from 2 – 8 pm as well as the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center with their dinosaur fossil display. Learn about the Connecticut River watershed, pick up a Great Falls Discovery Center calendar of summer events, a Turners Falls bike path map, and a state parks camping guide, and get wild with hands-on nature exhibits!

August 18, 2010 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Trash to Treasures
Come join us make fun newspaper necklaces and bracelets while learning about the importance of recycling and conservation! Children ages 4-9 welcome!

August 19, 2010 (7:00 pm – 9:30 pm) Come learn about something spooky!
Marie Ferre of the Gravestone Studies Association and gravestone geologist Bob Drinkwater will talk about iconography and gravestone types in local cemeteries.

August 21, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00pm) Canoe Trip at Barton Cove
Explore Barton Cove and the Connecticut River by canoe! Look for bald eagles soaring overhead and dragonflies skimming the water. Meander and relax while observing the diverse plant and animal species present on the river. There is limited space so registration is required. Call 413-863-3221 for information on where to meet and to register.

August 22, 2010 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Watershed Trees & Poets
Find out about birches from Robert Frost and apple trees from Emily Dickinson and how Wallace Stevens knows “a tree that bears / A semblance to the thing I have in mind.” Come learn about the trees of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite tree friends through words and through conservation.

August 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Nature Journaling
Explore the natural world through careful observation and language play to wake up all of your senses! Through writing and drawing prompts and short walks along the Turners Falls bike path and Discovery Center grounds, you will experiment, see the world in new ways, and have fun! No prior writing or drawing experience necessary.

August 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Fossil Fuel for the Valley’s Fossil Roadshow
Join the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center as they help identify your mysterious rocks or fossils.

 
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clegg - Tue, Jul 27, 2010, 10:39 A
You can still get there.
The Gill/Montague Bridge has gone one way but the market is still at the corner of 2nd and Avenue A. If you are coming or going from any direction besides route 2 then the one way bridge will have no effect on you getting to the market. If you are coming from the Gill side then you will have to go home over the White bridge and cut through Greenfield. If you come to the market as far away as Erving, which I know folks do, then you will have to go home via Millers Falls.
Besides that it will be business as usual at the market with fresh local produce, eggs, grass feed beef, baked goods, fresh breads, crafts and a chair massage.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 16, 2010, 2:51 P
Senior Farm Shares Available
Are you over 60 years of age or have friends or relatives living in the area that maybe be of low income, get food stamps, fuel assistance, SSI, veterans aid or welfare? Then you or they may qualify for a great local opportunity to received as much as 10 pounds of fresh produce each Friday starting on July 23rd.
CISA, "community involved in sustaining agriculture", is teaming up the the Red Fire Farm to supply great local produce to those seniors that qualify.
The produce is available for you to pick up at 152 Avenue A in Turners Falls, Power Town Apartments, each Friday afternoon for 10 weeks. There is just a $10.00 application fee with a check made out to CISA.
Please call Mary at 413-863-9549 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm any day next week or call Sharon at 413-864-9433 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm also any day next week. 7/19-7/23
If you have a transportation issue to get to Turners Falls on Friday afternoons then you can always designated someone to pick up your produce.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 16, 2010, 2:46 P
Weekend full of entertainment at the Voo
Ghost Quartet @ Voo
Friday Jul 16, 2010, 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM

The Ghost Quartet will be preforming at the Rendezvous, 78 Third Street in Turners Falls,on Friday night. Music will be starting at 9:30 pm. Enjoy great food, live local entertainment and a wide selection of beverages. Cover charge just $3.00


Dance Party @ Voo
Saturday Jul 17, 2010, 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Go dancing on Saturday night! It’s air conditioned
The Voo Dance Party with "Rock it Queer’ kicks off at around 9;30 pm on Saturday night, July 17th, at the Rendezvous on 78 3rd Street in downtown Turners Falls. You can always call 413-863-2866 for more info on this frequently occurring party and future events.


Sunday Jul 18, 2010, 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

"After Party" at the Voo featuring a full line-up of entertainment.
B.B.GUN with Bridget Kearney and Ben Davis, JEFFERSON HAMER and Friends plus many, many surprise special guests. Cover charge just $5.00
The Rendezvous is located at 78 Third Street in Turners Falls. Also watch for the return of the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange on Wednesday, July 28th.





 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 2:19 P
LA _ BODEGA THE LATINO CONNECTION
Mik,

Consider that done. I will post on this no longer.
I have been putting up with harassment, snide remarks, misrepresentation of facts and emails from Mr. Canon for over two months.
Maybe now he will understand to just leave me alone.

Don
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 2:05 P
LA _ BODEGA THE LATINO CONNECTION
Mark2

I sort of agree with you. However if Mr. Canon had just left me alone I never would have posted my complaints in this manner. I asked Mr. Canon many many times to stop. Remember I did not post in the first go round for the voter recall.

If he is this persistent in agitating me then you got a good idea how his neighbors feel.

That is why my posting said "enough is enough nyricanny".
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 1:39 P
LA _ BODEGA THE LATINO CONNECTION
I was not at any Bodega celebration with a member of the selectboard. I went on that day to ask Mr. Canon if he would like to help provided some Hispanic Soda and candies to the first ever bi-linguil program at the Discovery Center. I even offered Mr. Canon a Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center membership which he accepted.

Mr. Canon your memory of that facts and what I said to you are way off. Don't you remember me talking to you and your friend, Luis, about that upcoming event at the Discovery Center. No selectboard member was in site.
Mr. Fairbrother did talk to me the falling day at the community garden but it certainly was not all about you. You are not that important
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 1:33 P
WHAT MODERATOR
Mr. Canon,

Were you told by a fellow Community gardener to leave me alone in the gardens?
Were you told by the Montague police to stop harassing me?
Did I request that you not talk to me?
And finally did i ask you not to bring up my name at the Select Board.

The answer to all those question are yes but what is your answer.

Don

 
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clegg - Tue, Jul 13, 2010, 2:03 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
I tried a moderator but that did not work out.
Remember folks, Mr. Canon singled me out first. Not on this post but in previous actions. His snide remarks as we past on the street and his waving at me from his Bodega porch are just fueling my anger. Anger is not a good thing for me and it bothers me that I feel this way. However I feel it is important to let the community which I live in and totally support know that I have had enough of the in the face aggression and "passive' aggression from Mr. Canon. And believe this, I am not the only one that has had these problems with Mr. Canon. I am just the one that has had enough and speaking out..

If this is the wrong place for this post then so be it, but I have seen very worse in my 3 plus years of posting here.

Maybe I should stick to just doing calendar postings.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 11:22 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
This is a copy of the letter I mailed to Mr Canon.

Mark Canon

Regardless of what we think about each other, I thought it would be appropriate to inform you that I posted this included document on MontagueMA.net., (My original post)

I have never or would I ever personally do anything to a person or business without being totally upfront.

Can you honestly say the same?

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 11:08 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
Sorry Mik, but enough was enough.
Lots of town folks know me as you do and for me to post and go on like this means I am really pissed. The comments and attitude I got from a " business owner" , being La Bodega got me riled.
And there is nothing wrong with that.!!!
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 10:39 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
Mark2

Dragging through the mud. Have you, Mark2, been in an Igloo. The bodega guy brings up names all the times. Ever watch a select board meeting when Mr.Canon quotes folks.

And being recalled as a town meeting member on this site with no response from me is keeping my cool. Canon dragged my name through the mud first on local TV and many times since plus has been a pest ever since. Mark2, how would you like that happening to you and now he passes me on the street or sidewalk and gives snide remarks.

I KNEW THAT I SHOULD NEVER HAVE POSTED THIS COMPLAINT ABOUT THE "OWNER OF THE BODEGA' , but when I feel uncomfortable about gardening in my own community garden plot that I have had for 5 years or even passing Mr. Canon on the street then I should be able to speak out.

I have no problem with these questions that are being raised. In fact I mailed, yes US mailed, my original posting to Mark Canon . Can anyone else say they have done such a thing.

Don

 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 8:58 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
Junkman
Shallow???? I don't think so
I never commented on what went on in the store, only that there are other issues. My singular issue is with the " owner' and his continue harassment of people (neighbors) and one of those people is ME.
Mr Canon comes across as business friendly and all about community. Some local folks shop there but the vast majority do not and it has nothing to do with the Bodega being a Hispanic store.
Remember I said I supported the store and still do. The "owner" is the issue.
Maybe I should have posted this on the EXTREME side.
As always junkman and Mark2 you folks will weigh in on any issue with out having a clue about the details that is why I don't post comments on this site very often any longer.

Oh, and by the way I actually post under my name and I am sure nyricanny will be weighing in.

Don
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 8:02 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
Mickjen,
I have acted like the adult as you say. How would you like to be harassed by the same person for over a month? Remember I made no comments about Canon's voter recall of me. However when I am walking down the street I really don't need crap from someone that has been told to leave me alone. Would you like it?

 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 7:56 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
Your suggestion, Junkman, of two grown men was not called for.
There is more to the Bodega issue than you are aware of.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 12, 2010, 5:55 P
enough is enough from nyricanny
While walking down Avenue A this evening, July 12th, nyricanny, the "Bodega guy" could not resists in saying that he had reserved two special chairs. One chair was for me and the other for a Select board member which he mentioned by name. I won't.
It seems nyricanny , actually Mr. Mark Canon, "missed us" at this past weekend's First Birthday party for the Bogeda, and those are his words exactly. Maybe I should not be mentioning his name but what the heck he name drops all the time.

I am getting very tired of Mr. Canon's continue harassment. Canon was told to leave me alone in the community garden by a fellow gardener. Our plots are directly across the street from the Bodega . I actually had to call the police about a month ago asking that they tell Mr. Canon to leave me lone, which I know the police did.

If you remember Mr. Canon tired to have a recall of me, Don Clegg, being a Town Meeting Member about a month ago.

The Bodega is not and has never been a community store. If it was why are the neighbors so upset with the store and why does he continue to attack and alienate the community plus just mess with me.

Enough is enough.

I supported the Bodega from the very beginning. I offered Mr. Canon the opportunity to help support the Mission Wolf program and Migration Celebration, our first bi-linguil event, at the Great Falls Discovery Center which he graciously did. I even encourage him to advertise in the local paper. However Mr. Canon's personal attacks, harassment and just being a real pain in the ass towards me need to stop.

I would love some comments on this posting. I have been silent on the Bodega conversation for far too long.

Don Clegg
Fourth St. Turners Falls
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 30, 2010, 2:18 P
Fresh Corn on the Cob today!!!
Fresh picked corn on the cob from Hadley is available while the supply last

3 ears for $1.25
6 ears for $2.50
Baker's Dozen for $4.75
There is also grass feed beef, eggs, rasberries, bread, pastries, crafts, chair massage, and numerous fresh veggies
 
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clegg - Fri, Jun 25, 2010, 12:41 P
July schedule of activities
July 1 -31, 2010: In the Great Hall
Wildlife Photography Exhibit by Don Cooper & Linda Henderson


July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 2010 (8:00 am - 9:30 am) Early Morning Nature Walk
Start your day off right, observing nature in Turners Falls! Early Morning Nature Walks will leisurely explore leveled paved bike trails and village sidewalks. Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 8 am. Learn about plants, animals, and mill town history along the Bike Path of Turners Falls. Led by a DCR Interpreter. Please wear appropriate footwear, bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen.

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm) Junior Refuge Manager Program
Calling all kids ages 8-11! Come learn about the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge! Earn your very own U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Junior Refuge Manager badge by completing our Junior Refuge Manager academy! This program will run each Tuesday in July (6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th) from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Activities will include: make your own fossils, fossil hunt, tree tag, aquatic insect investigation, animal track scavenger hunt and identification. All activities will be held rain or shine. Bring appropriate clothing, water, sun screen, and bug spray. There is a maximum of 12 children so pre-register early at (413) 863-3221. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010 (10:30am - noon) Junior Ranger Program
Starting July 8st and ending July 29nd, the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls is offering a four-part science and nature education workshop for children as part of their 2010 Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” program. “Nature Kids,” is for young naturalists ages five through seven, will meet July 8, 15, 22, and 29. Children and parents should meet at the Discovery Center lobby at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. All programs will start at 10:30 am and will last about 90 minutes. Junior Ranger “Nature Kids” programs are free and open to all. Space is limited

July 9, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Friends of the GFDC Coffeehouse: Open Mic with Charlie Moser
Musician Charlie Moser will perform solo mandolin and host an annual Open Mic for the Great Falls Coffeehouse. Everyone welcome, performers and listeners alike! Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Great Falls Discovery Center.

July 10, 2010 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Explore the Montague Sand Plains Hike
Explore the unique Montague sand plains habitat. Learn the story of plants and animals living in a land of fire and sand – an amazing and threatened habitat. Easy-to-intermediate difficulty. Led by a DCR Interpreter. Please wear appropriate footwear, and bring water, bug repellant, and sun screen. Registration required. Call 413-863-3221.

July 11, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artists' Reception

Come meet two excellent wildlife photographers, Don Cooper and Linda Henderson. Light refreshments will be served.

July 15, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) A Taste of Industrial Archeology: Exploring the sites of the John Russell Cutlery Company and the Montague paper company
Go to the riverbank across the bridge to talk about industrial archaeology of the John Russell Cutlery Company and the Montague paper company foundations. Explore two sites with Albert Shane, curator of the Museum of our Industrial Heritage in Greenfield, who will explain what is seen. Please wear appropriate footwear.

July 24, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Water Under the Bridge Historical Bike Tour
White bridge, red bridge, green bridge, one way, which way, fish way? Find out more! Join us for a leisurely bike tour along the Turners Falls Bike Path that highlights the history of the bridges in Turners Falls and Montague City. Come learn about the many challenges associated with getting over the Connecticut River historically in our villages. How do they compare with our current Gill-Montague Bridge construction? Participants will meet outside the main entrance to the Discovery Center at 11 am on Saturday July 24th. Bring your bike, water, bug repellent, helmet, and sun block.

July 25, 2010 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm) Watershed Birds and Poets
How many ways can you look at a blackbird? Wallace Stevens found thirteen. Emily Dickinson knew that the oriole was “a Pleader – a Dissembler – / an Epicure – a Thief.” Obsessing about birds is quite natural for poets. Come learn about the birds of the Connecticut River Watershed and the poets here who have loved them. Consider ways to honor your own favorite avian friends through words and through conservation.

July 28, 2010 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Wildlife Watch Workshop
Calling all children ages 4-7! Come learn about wildlife habitats and conservation by building your senses through a fun workshop!

* Holidays
July 4, 2010: Independence Day. The center is open.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 23, 2010, 11:21 A
good Weather for a change???
Can this really be happening. A Wednesday market with no rain forecast for this afternoon.

It has rained on 6 of the previous 8 markets and another day it was so hot no one came out and Marge's famous sticky buns were real sticky.
Wonder how many vendors show up today? Stop by and find out.
 
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clegg - Sun, Jun 20, 2010, 8:00 P
Immigration
to Mark2
Thank you for those words from maybe my favorite president. TR
I was lucky enough to know two grandfathers. One came over from England when he was 9 years old. The other came from Ireland when he was 10. I am sure they looked "American" if there is such a thing. But where they came from had a lot to determine their paths in life. Needless to say Grand dad from England had an easier time. And both families where very poor. Oh, and one was Methodist and the other Catholic and they arrived between the years of 1906 and 1910.

Lets face it we are a very prejudice society and have been since the days of the Puritans and there is very few signs of us dropping our prejudice and becoming that "Melting Pot' we like to think we were and learned all about in history class.

Can you imagine the chat on this corkborad if it was around when the Irish, Polish, Italians and people of the Jewish faith where immigrating to this country. I bet those posts would have been moved over to the EXTREME category.
 
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clegg - Sun, Jun 20, 2010, 7:42 P
Bucking Bull Farm Returns
A few words from Bucking Bull Farm.

Great to be back!
Thank you to all the grassfed beef enthusiasts! Bucking Bull farm will continue to bring meat, eggs, and veggies throughout the season. We have Hereford and Jersey (which some prefer for its yellow fat and flavor) all raised on pasture land free of chemicals. Although not certified we operate on organic principles. Our beef comes frozen and packaged for ease of cooking without icky styrofoam. Most steaks come two per pack
Here's a sampling of our products, prices subject to vary:

Ground approx.90% comes in 1lb, 1.5lb, and 2lb tubes - lb makes 4 patties $4/lb
With bone - beef short ribs 8 for $5, Porterhouse and T-bone $12/lb
Boneless ribeye $8/lb Sirloin steak $6
Sirloin tips and Kabobs for grilling $7
Liver steak $3

We also have steamship rounds and can cater your party with our homemade smoker using your meat of choice (chicken, pig, ribs, beef)

Alicia
 
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clegg - Sun, Jun 13, 2010, 12:12 P
Weather does not stop some vendors.
Even with the chance of lousy weather there are vendors selling plants, strawberries, preserves, beading crafts and yes a chair massage.
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 12, 2010, 8:11 A
Sunday Market
Great Falls on Sunday
Sunday Jun 13, 2010, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Great Falls Farmers Market will be having it’s first in a series of 4 Sunday markets on June 13th from noon until 4:00 pm. on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A next to the Discovery Center in downtown Turners Falls. Interested vendors can contact Don at 413-336-3648 or just show up. As always there is never a waiting list to participate and the hours are flexible with set up time starting at 11:30 a.m. The next Sunday Market will be July 18th.

A trip to downtown Turners Falls that Sunday afternoon could be well worth your time. The Great Falls Discovery Center will also be open until 4:00 p.m. and the Turners Falls Fishway at Unity Park is open until 5:00p.m.
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 8, 2010, 11:12 A
2010 Community Needs Survey
Already returned mine. I did not see anything about recalling town meeting members so so I figured I was safe.
I hope you get the joke.

 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 8, 2010, 11:00 A
Surprise or two
If the weather turns out to be nice the Market might have a surprise or two for Wednesday, June 9 th and Sunday June 13th. Along with a great assortment of plants from many vendors, in season produce, Marge's famous sticky buns, Skinny Man's homemade breads, Dawn's Crafts, Firefly's egg, and Peter's jams we could have entertainment and chair massages. Yes you read that correct.
But you won't know unless you stop by.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 2:14 P
Market turn out
The Great Falls Farmers Market has 13 vendors presently set up So stop on by and also visit the Deerfield Valley Arts building right behind the market.
 
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clegg - Tue, May 25, 2010, 12:11 P
90 degrees
It is suppose to be 90 degrees on Wednesday for the Great Falls Farmers Market. Imagine that, a Wednesday that doesn't rain. Starting a 2pm on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls.

 
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clegg - Fri, May 21, 2010, 1:49 P
June Activities
Great Falls Discovery Center is now open 7 days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Located at 2 Avenue A. in Downtown Turners Falls

June 2-29 : - In the Great Hall for viewing: Nature Impressionistic: Photography Exhibit by Leslie Cerie.


Jun. 5, 2010 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Family Fish Day
The Great Falls Discovery Center's Fifth Annual Family Fish Day event takes place today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Registration is at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Free raffle for everything from fishing gear to fishing trips! No need to bring any equipment, we have it all. This year, we're adding face painting and fish printing! This event happens as a result of generous donations from local businesses, with help from local volunteers, as well as the State of MA, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, State of MA, Department of Conservation Recreation, Northfield Mountain Recreation and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Come celebrate!

Jun. 11, 2010 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Boxcar Lilies at the Great Falls Coffeehouse Music Series:
The Boxcar Lilies offer an evening of Americana music with a folk and rock influence.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7pm. Refreshments available. The museum and Museum Store are open at intermission. Donations accepted to benefit the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Jun. 12, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist's Reception
Come meet Leslie Cerie, photographer, artist, and author. See some of Leslie's work at www.lesliecerier.com. You'll be amazed at the beautiful photographs. Refreshments will be provided by the artist.

Jun. 17, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) What's happening with fish in the CT River?
Join hatchery manager, Mickey Novak, for an extremely interesting talk about the change in population numbers of Atlantic salmon, shad, blue-back herring and striped bass.

Jun. 24, 2010 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) Children's Story Hour and Fish Craft
Come meet Ellie and Ollie Eel and learn of their Tale of a Fantastic Voyage. Have you just been to the fish ladder when it was opened? Did you see any eels? Then come learn more about them and make your own eel craft to take home. This is perfect for young children 4-8 years old and their parents.



Sarah A. Bevilacqua
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.3676 or 863.3221
 
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clegg - Fri, May 21, 2010, 12:44 P
Summer hours
The Great Falls Discovery Center is now open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm , 7 days a week. Call 413-863-3221 for program info or check out www.greatfallsma.org
 
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clegg - Fri, May 21, 2010, 12:24 P
Keys found
A set of keys was left at the Great Falls Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 19th. If you lost your keys call Don Clegg at 413-336-3648 and describe them to me.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 19, 2010, 9:03 A
Rain or Shine
The Great Falls Farmers Market on the corner of Avenue A and 2nd street is always on Wednesdays and always rain or shine. New hours are from 2 to 6:00 pm.
And about the always on Wednesday thing. This year we are having four Sunday markets and the first one will be on June 13th from noon till 4:00 pm.

 
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clegg - Fri, May 14, 2010, 1:44 P
Montague’s Other Black Eye
Columbus was Italian.
 
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clegg - Fri, May 14, 2010, 1:27 P
Noice Complaints
nyricaany,

You seem to be getting off track from your initial post of the noise complaints at your Bodega on Mother's Day.
Why single out other business'.
You are new to this web-site, so a little piece of advice. Stay on message.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 5, 2010, 5:59 P
Opening Day May 5th
Thank you to the ten vendors that set up today and all the customers. And lets not forget to say thank you to the 8 Sheffield School students who played a lot of songs on the instruments they have been practicing on this school year. After the students left customers and vendors were chatting about how great it is to see the students having fun playing in front of a crowd. Steve Damon has promised to bring the students back to the market.
 
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clegg - Mon, May 3, 2010, 7:46 P
Opening Day May 5th
Fifth grade students from Sheffield School are planning on coming to the farmers market at about 4:00 pm and play a variety of instruments. Students played at the market last year and it was a whole lot of fun.
Thanks to Steve Damon the music coordinator/ teacher for GMRSD. We appreciate all his community work.
And it is suppose to be a beautiful day.
 
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clegg - Tue, Apr 27, 2010, 10:19 A
Artist’s Reception
The Great Falls Discovery Center is presently open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and will soon be expanding to summer hours of being open 7 days a week .
In the Great Hall from May 1st through May 31st is a Wildlife and Nature Photography Exhibit by Jennifer Nefedov
There will be an Artist's Reception May 1st, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm withJennifer Nevedov, nature photographer. View her impressive photographs, and share photography tips and stories while enjoying refreshments.
For more Discovery Center info check out greatfallsma.org or call 413-863-3221
 
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clegg - Tue, Apr 27, 2010, 10:08 A
Opening Day May 5th
Great Falls Farmers Market opens up on Wednesday May 5th.
The market includes the sale of produce and plantings but also offers and encourages crafters, baked goods, meats both lamb and beef, fresh eggs, preserves and civic groups are always welcome to participate. Entertainment is frequently offered and there are a new variety of vendors almost weekly. Stop by and check-out this growing market. Special events, specials and vendor listings will be posted as they become available.
Located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center. The market is held each Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 2-6 pm.
The 2010 market season will also have 4 Sunday markets. They will be held on June 13, July 18, August 15 and the autumn market TBD. Those hours will be from noon until 4:00 pm.
For more information or if you wish to participate at any of the markets then contact Don at greatfallsfarmersmarketturners@gmail.com or sealeggsdrc1@gmail.com or call 413-336-3648

 
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clegg - Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 6:49 P
Health Care Bill
Maybe it someone goes to the Harry Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri and pulls his ideas from the archives and proposes that.
Was it 1949 or so when he proposed health care reform.
Some of our old time politicians could run circles around these nimroods we now have in Congress. Plus their ideas might just be right.
Just a thought. No reason to get too historical. The band Chicago came out with a song in the 70's called "Harry Truman" and how we miss him. Maybe they were on to something.
Hay, what about a President that tells the truth. Harry was no saint but who is. But he was pushing health more than half century ago.
 
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clegg - Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 1:37 P
not open on Saturday March 6th
March 6, 2010
Native Plant Society Annual Meeting

The Great Hall Exhibit will not be open to the public for the day. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but hope you will come on another Friday or Saturday to see "From Hornbooks and Samplers to Facebook and SMART Boards: Education in the Connecticut River Valley." You can click on the exhibit's listing on the calendar for more information.
 
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clegg - Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 11:44 A
Warming up
Help warm Franklin County and support local news coverage.
Subscribe to the Montague Reporter before the end of winter, March 19th, and 25% of the subscription price will be donated to The Interfaith Council of Franklin County's homelessness prevention program which includes supporting the Warming Center in Greenfield and the existing shelter in Montague City.
All you have to do is contact the Montague Reporter at 58 Fourth Street. Turners Falls. Ma or call 413-863-8666 and of course you can contact us right here through MontagueMA.net
Local Subscriptions are $20.00 and out of area are $25.00.

Thank you in advance for your support. Keep Warm!
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 29, 2010, 12:22 P
February Events and School Vacation
School Vacation Week. The center will be open Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 am to 4 pm. Please see below for special programs to be held during that week.


February 1-February 13, 2010 Photo Exhibit of Antarctica by Cate Woolner

February 19-February 28, 2010 From Samplers to SMART Boards: Living and Learning in the CT River Valley

Feb. 12, 2010 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Friends Coffeehouse Hosts Spancil Hill

Spancil Hill is a trio that has been performing traditional and original Irish music since 1980. Desmond and Sean Burk, along with Buddy Downey, sing and play guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle, harmonica and whistle. Many of the songs are about the County Mayo where Desmond and Sean were born. Doors open at 6:30 pm, concert begins at 7 pm. Refreshments available. The visitor center and Friends’ store are open at intermission. Donations accepted.

Feb. 13, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Moose on the Loose
Come learn about the effects of: urban sprawl on moose; the changes in the moose range; and the overall biology of this very large animal.

Feb. 16, 2010 (10:00 - 11:00 am) Water's Journey
Where does water go? Come get your hands wet learning the answer to this question using our interactive watershed table.


Feb. 16, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) You can drink that?
Water filters aren't just found in the grocery store, they are found in nature too! Join us for hands on experiments to learn how our drinking water is filtered by nature.

Feb. 17, 2010 (10:00 am - 11:00 pm) All About Recycling!

What's Recyclable? Come learn what is recyclable and what is not through interactive recycling games.

Feb. 17, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Give Trash a Second Chance!
Come learn how to re-purpose everyday trash into usable items!

Feb. 18, 2010 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) Invasive Plants in Your Backyard and Community: Be Part of the Solution!
Invasive plants are encroaching into our own yards, parks and natural areas. Find out which plants are problems, what is being done about them, and what you can do to help.

Feb. 19, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What's wrong with this picture?
Something is amiss at The Great Falls Discovery Center! Come use your detective skills to help us solve the problem!

Feb. 20, (9:00 am 12:00 pm) Accessible Birding
Call 413-545-5758 to register for this interesting trip.

Feb. 20, 2010 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What makes winter so special?
DCR Interpreter, Gini Traub will lead a walk on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center to explore the great outdoors. This is a great program for all? Please dress accordingly.

Feb. 27, 2010 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artists' Reception


 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 22, 2010, 12:13 P
Electing peple from same party
Where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights does it say we can only vote for Dems or Reps. These two parties have been fighting and building walls for the entire 20th Century and now this Century. And don't tell me that our leaders don't already form "coalitions and form groups" as you put it.

 
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clegg - Sun, Jan 17, 2010, 11:18 A
Electing peple from same party
Term limits and a strong Third Party comes to mind.
 
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clegg - Tue, Dec 29, 2009, 11:42 A
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
I don't post much political stuff here but this one sure raised some good conversation.
When we say we can always vote these politicians out of office are we talking about the same American citizens that barely turn out to the polls. What do we get something like 50% turn out to elections. What was the percentage of voters that turned out in Massachusetts for the Senate primary?
I don't really know what to think about term limits but someone being a professional politician is far less attractive to me. I personally have never voted for anyone after they have served 2 terms on any level. That includes city,state or congressional levels.
 
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clegg - Tue, Dec 22, 2009, 12:01 P
Congressional Reform Act of 2010
I don't often get to political on this site but this information was sent to me and it it is hard not to agree with a whole lot of it.

Congress was never intended to be a lifetime job. We need to fix that, and several other things as we go!

Lets promote this "Congressional Reform Act of 2010." It would contain
eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who
drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Our children and grandchildren who will have to live with the messes were
creating or not addressing will sometime in the future ask, “why didn’t they
do something?”

I know you may think, "this is impossible." Let me remind you, Congress
has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when
Americans can join together to reform Congress - the entity that "represents"
us.
We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the U.S. Senate and a
Representative to introduce a similar bill in the U.S. House. These people
will become American hero's.


Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back
to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay
when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social
Security system immediately.


All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress
participates with the American people.


4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.


5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay
will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.


6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the
same health care system as the American people.


7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American
people.


8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective
1/1/2011.

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen,
congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and go back to work

 
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clegg - Sun, Nov 29, 2009, 12:47 P
Downtown Improvement Association
A Downtown Turners Falls Improvement Association is forming and will have it's first meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm at the MCTV studios, 34 Second Street. People living and working in downtown are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss and express any concerns they may have about conditions downtown. Some topics of concern that have been raised informally include loitering, littering, vandalism, and residences with frequent police activity.
This will be an open meeting and if you are unable to attend or wish to keep your concerns more private, email Lisa or Don at downtownturners@gmail.com
 
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clegg - Fri, Nov 20, 2009, 2:26 P
December Events
December, 2009- Activities at the Great Falls Discovery Center


December 1-December 15, 2009 MA Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit

Dec. 5, 2009 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) Nature Crafts with Rachel Roberts

Pine cones, acorns, and seashells – oh my! Join educator Rachel Roberts at the Great Falls Discovery Center (GFDC) and make a variety of seasonal projects using things found in nature. This class is geared towards young school-aged children and their families. FREE and No pre-registration is required – so pop-in! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Dec. 5, 2009 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) Learn to draw wildlife!

Annie Chappell, local artist and member of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center will be on hand to teach young people about wildlife drawing. Be inspired by the Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit in the Great Hall. Maybe, someday you're work will be hanging in the exhibit. You must pre-register for this event by December 1st. Call 413-863-3221 to register.

Dec. 11, 2009 (6:30 pm - 9:00 pm) The Great Falls Coffee House presents Tom Carroll in a Holiday Concert.

The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents a holiday concert & CD release party with Tom Carroll on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale donation of $6 - $12 suggested, free to children. Donations benefit the GFDC. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.

Dec. 12, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) All About Snow!

What is snow and why is it important to so many living things? Have you ever wondered about the beautiful patterns of snowflakes? Come learn the answers to all of these questions. And, while you're here, make paper snowflakes to bring home!

Dec. 17, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Special Screening of "The Deerfield, a Working River" Come view this excellent film produced by Riverbank Media. It's an in depth look at the Deerfield River with great interviews regarding the past, present, and future of this interesting river.

Dec. 19, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) What's that tree? How to identify common trees in winter!

Come learn how to identify a tree without its leaves. You will learn about tree shape, bark, and buds of our local trees. This presentation is geared towards folks 12 years of age and older.

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Phone: 413-863-3221 On the web at: www.greatfallsma.org

Great Falls Discovery Center hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day, and Saturday, the 26th of December.



 
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clegg - Fri, Nov 20, 2009, 12:13 P
Turkeys, turkeys and more turkeys
Wild About Turkeys program and a "Frozen Turkey" winner

Why were turkeys reintroduced into the area? What roles do they play in the ecological system as well as being your tastie Thanksgiving Day dinner? Come join Tasha Daniels, at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Also each person attending the presentation will receive a raffle chance. At the end of the program a lucky winner will leave with a frozen turkey for your Thanksgiving Day dinner. Enjoy the program.
Saturday Nov 21, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 413-863-3221
 
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clegg - Wed, Nov 18, 2009, 2:00 P
Franklin Area Survival Center
The Franklin Area Survival Center at 96 fourth Street in Turners Falls is in need of empty egg cartons. The Food pantry frequently gets donations of eggs from the Diemand Egg Farm and can use these cartons for re-packaging.
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 27, 2009, 11:36 A
Halloween Activities @ Discovery Center
Great Falls Discovery Center Halloween Activities

Bats are Cool
Saturday Oct 31, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

What do you really know about bats? Are they really the scary creatures that a lot of folks think they are? Come by and learn some very interesting facts about them and while you’re here, pick up a Halloween Treat!
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. 863-3221


Halloween Treats
Saturday Oct 31, 2009, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Halloween Treats at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Come by and pick up your Halloween Treat from 10-4 donated by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.

 
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clegg - Sat, Oct 24, 2009, 8:40 P
Room for Rent in downtown Turners Falls
Room for rent in large 3 bedroom apartment in downtown Turners Falls. $375 to $400 per month with $100 security deposit. Rent includes heat, electric and full use of all congregate areas including back deck
You won't get any closer to the center of town in this apartment. Contact Don Clegg through this site or email don.clegg@yahoo.com or call Matt at 413-863-2992
 
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clegg - Sat, Oct 24, 2009, 8:24 P
Customer Appreciation Day
October 28th will be the last market day of the season. Many of the vendors are joining with a appreciation for all your patronage this year. There will be cakes, melons, roasted chestnuts and more.
John again will dress up as the "aging rock star" and pass out treats.
If your child picked up a pumpkin and hasn't dropped it off yet then you still can on Wednesday.
See you October 28th then again on May 5th, 2010
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 23, 2009, 1:38 P
Trick or Teart on Avenue A
Trick or Treat on Avenue A, Turners Falls prior to the Rag Shag Parade from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm on October 31st. The Montague Business Association is promoting a safe Halloween of fun for community children. If you business would like to participate, please call Linda Ackerman at Greenfield Savings Bank, 863-4316. Your business will be provided with Bright Orange Pumpkin to display in your door or window. This will be the invitation to trick or treaters that they will be welcome to enter and rewarded with goodies. It would be great if everyone participated. Such events are held in area towns and it has been a huge success. Please call soon so the MBA can compile a list of participating business.


 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 23, 2009, 1:24 P
November Schedule
November, 2009- Activities at the Great Falls Discovery Center

Great Falls Discovery Center hours are Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 PM

November 6-December 15, 2009 MA Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit

Nov. 13, 2009 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse featuring Tony Lechner & Wild-Wood
The Friends of the Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Tony Lechner with the Wild-Wood band for an evening of sultry Indie folk music on Friday, November 13 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale suggested donation to benefit the Friends of the GFDC is $6 - $12, free to children. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.

Nov. 14, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) How Animals Prepare for Winter
Join refuge staff to discover the various ways that our local wildlife prepares for the long winter months. From freezing frogs to fur color changes, you are sure to learn some unexpected facts about wildlife in the area.

Nov. 19, 2009 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) The Nature of New England
Within its small geographic range, New England’s sculpted mountains, river valleys, and varied shorelines provide for a surprisingly rich and varied flora and fauna. A strong emphasis in the program is on the perceptions people have in favor of some groups of animals (like birds) at the expense of other equally interesting ones (like snakes). How various groups survive the winter season is also spotlighted.

Tom Tyning is a professional naturalist and writer. He is a professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College.

Nov. 21, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Wild About Turkeys
Why were turkeys reintroduced into the area? What roles do they play in the ecological system as well as being your tasty Thanksgiving dinner? Come join Tasha Daniels, at the Great Falls Discovery Center.

Nov. 27, 2009: The Center is closed this Friday

Nov. 28, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Wildlife Tracking
Winter is on the way and soon you will see wildlife tracks scattered around the woods in the snow. Join refuge staff to learn the basics of how to identify what animals left those tracks behind. You will learn how to identify track features and track patterns. You will also be able to test your knowledge at identifying select wildlife tracks. This program is designed for individuals new to wildlife tracking.

From: Sarah Bevilacqua, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Phone: 413-863-3221 On the web at: www.greatfallsma.org




 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 20, 2009, 9:28 P
T.F. resident
I am sure that that the folks that posted the MontagueMA.net posters will be far more diligent in their removal of posters than those that post for tag sales, concerts and public notices and what not. Actually I believe I saw a posting of your editorial in a previous Montague Reporter still at the 3rd Street bus stop. Do you plan on taking that done anytime soon?

The MontagueMa.net posters staying up are maybe a good thing because someone, being Mik, came up with a great idea and has followed through on it. How many of us can say that.
I am a resident of downtown Turners Falls and having some old posters hanging around is never a bad thing. People coming into town may look at them and think to themselves that is is a town that has something going on.
 
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clegg - Tue, Oct 20, 2009, 11:23 A
Pumpkin contest and last 2 weeks of Market
For those parents that had their children decorate a pumpkin please drop those pumpkins off as early as possible on Wednesday, October 21st. The judging of the pumpkins will begin at 3:00 pm on October 21st and from 1:30 to 5:00 pm on October 28th.

On October 21 & 28 my friend John Donahue will be dressed up as an "aging Rock Star" and passing out candy and other treats to adults and children. Any one who knows John may be surprised to see him dressed up.

The Final Market Day is October 28th with Customer Appreciation Day. Many vendors will be showing their gratitude with free items and samples for all the support and patronage they received this Market Season.
 
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clegg - Mon, Oct 12, 2009, 5:42 P
Room for Rent in downtown Turners Falls
Room for rent in large 3 bedroom apartment in downtown Turners Falls. $375 to $400 per month with $100 security deposit. Rent includes heat, electric and full use of all congregate areas.
Can't get any closer to the center of town in this apartment. Contact Don Clegg through this site or email don.clegg@yahoo.com or call Matt at 413-863-2992.
 
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clegg - Mon, Oct 12, 2009, 9:59 A
Mision Wolf- Reserved Seating
This Mission Wolf program that has two showing times is also most reserved out. There are less than 20 seats available for the 1:00 pm presentation and less than 10 seats available for the 6:00 pm presentation.
This is a rare opportunity. You don't want to miss out. ( info listed below)

Mission : WOLF
Saturday Oct 17, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Mission: Wolf
This amazing program will be offered in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The center’s Great Hall will be the venue for the Ambassador Wolfs. Come experience a personal encounter with a live wolf. View an audio-visual show covering subjects such as an introduction to wolfs and hybrids, wild wolf issues, wolf communication and behavior, and current status of wild wolves in North America.

This program is being funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and many local community organizations and businesses which include The Montague Reporter,Montague Community Television, The Great Falls Farmers' Market, Montague Business Association, La Bodega, McCarthy Funeral Home, Northeast Utilities and The Greenfield Savings Bank.

PLEASE NOTE:

There will be TWO programs, one at 1:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. You MUST call the Discovery Center to register. There is limited space.
413-863-3221

 
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clegg - Tue, Sep 29, 2009, 6:43 A
Pumpkin Decorating - on more day to pick up pumkins
All school ages children can pickup a free pumpkin on September 30th , October 7th and October 14th at the Farmers markets . Decorate the pumpkin and return it by October 21st for prizes. All children submitting a pumpkin will receive a prize.
There are 3 vendors participating; Bob Johnson, Peter and Bloody Brook Farms. Also on October 21 and the last market day of October 28th there will be treats for the children. Some healthy such as apples and some not so healthy, like candy.

The market was very successful this year and we even had to extend our hours. Thank you to all the vendors who have participated this year and to all the customers. We had many first time vendors this year and many many faithful customers.

Also thank you to Montague Web works for adding this space to montaguema.net web site. Being able to post here has been a huge asset.

Thankyou,
Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Thu, Sep 24, 2009, 7:36 A
October Events
Starting the week of October 4th, the Great Falls Discovery Center is open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

October 1-31, 2009 Art in the Great Hall
'scapes: Land and Sea by Jim Gambaro - Photography Exhibit


Oct. 3, 2009 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) 13th Annual Source to Sea Clean-up
Volunteers needed for clean-up and hauling. Please call 800-859-2960 to register your helping hand for this important event. Meeting with instructions starts at 9:00 am at the center. Come be a part of the solution to a cleaner, healthier environment.

Oct. 3, 2009 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Artist's Reception
Join Jim Gambaro for insights and information on his photographs. These will be exhibited in the Great Hall during the month of October. Light refreshments will be served.

Oct. 9, 2009 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) Great Falls Coffeehouse-Featuring Swing Caravan
The Great Falls Coffeehouse presents Swing Caravan for an evening of Django style acoustic swing on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the historic & acoustically rich Great Hall of the Discovery Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, refreshments & baked goods will be for sale & the museum & Museum Store will be open during intermission. Sliding scale suggested donation to benefit the Friends of the GFDC is $6 - $12, free to children. For more information call the Discovery Center at 413-863-3221.

October 10, 2009 (1:00-2:00 pm) Fall Foliage. Why do leaves change color?
Come learn the process behind the beautiful autumn leaves.

October 11-17, 2009 National Wildlife Refuge Week

Oct. 15, 2009 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) New England Forests Through Time
Come hear Dr. John O'Keefe, co-author of the book New England ForestThrough Time. Dr. O'Keefe will share information on the present state as well as the history of our local forests. Dr. O'Keefe has been studying New England Forests for many years and is semi-retired from Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Oct. 17, 2009 Mission: Wolf
This amazing program will be offered in honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The center's Great Hall will be the venue for the Ambassador Wolfs. Come experience a personal encounter with a live wolf. View an audio-visual show covering subjects such as an introduction to wolfs and hybrids, wild wolf issues, wolf communication and behavior, and current status of wild wolves in North America.

This program is being funded by a generous donation from the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center and other local community organizations and businesses.

There will be two programs, one at 1:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. You must call the Discovery Center to register. There is limited space.

Oct. 24, 2009 (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Family Nature Discovery Day-Discover nature through your child's eyes.
Children 5-11 and their parents are welcome to register for a wonderful day of nature workshops. Pumpkin painting, making food to feed the birds, making dried leaf and flower crowns, and making your own healthy snacks are some of the workshops that will be offered. The children, with their parents, will be able to sample each station and get to do all activities if they stay the entire time. Please sign up to be a part of this wonderful day. Call 413-863-3221.


Oct. 31, 2009 (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Bats are cool!
What do you really know about bats? Are they really the scary creatures that a lot of folks think they are? Come by and learn some very interesting facts about them and while you're here, pick up a Halloween Treat!


Oct. 31, 2009 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Halloween Treats at the Great Falls Discovery Center
Come by and pick up your Halloween Treat from 10-4 donated by the Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center.


* Holidays
Oct. 12, 2009: Columbus Day-The Center is closed.

Oct. 31 2009: Halloween

 
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clegg - Mon, Sep 14, 2009, 10:01 P
Neighborhood Market
You know what is one way to see that this Farmers Market has some unique and different vendors from years past. Well the girls from River Maple Farm don't get to the market until about 3:30 because they don't get home from school until after 2:30. Don't worry this doesn't interfere with any school work because they can be found doing their homework right here at the Market.
By the way their grass-feed beef is great and is only $5.00 for 2 pounds. That's right Just five bucks for 2 pounds.
 
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clegg - Wed, Aug 26, 2009, 11:15 A
Clarksdale Farm
Just found out that the Clarksdale Farm will be at the Great Falls Farmers Market today selling peaches and apples. I understand they have not been set up here for many years and this will be great opportunity to get some real fresh fruits from a very local source.
The market starts at 2:00 and is on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A.
 
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clegg - Tue, Aug 25, 2009, 9:32 P
More selections and changes
On August 26th we may have some more good selections. Last week New England Wild Edibiles set up selling mushrooms and the girls from River Maple Farm were selling beef. They both plan on returning this week. Also Leyden Lamb farm should be back this week along with the other 12 - 16 vendors that are setting up each Wednesday.
Don't forget the new hours of 2-6:00 pm with vendors staring to set up at 1:15.

Also check with Marge the sticky bun and whoppie pie lady. Her stuff is now available in town on the weekends. She will tell you where.
 
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clegg - Sun, Aug 23, 2009, 12:32 P
Winning Chances
Over these past few weeks The Great Falls Farmers Market has been offering a chance to win a box, basket, of donated items from some of the vendors that set up on the day of the drawing. On August 19th, this past Wednesday, we had that drawing and the winning customers were Meg Chapman and Rev. Ray Payne both of downtown Turners Falls

Listed are the donations and vendors. We will be having another raffle again in September. No purchase is required just fill out your name and telephone number.

Bob Johnson - potatoes
Back Door Bakery (Marge) - Chocolate cookies
Far Away Farm- fresh breads
GillBilly Farm - green beans and cucumbers
Peter Kretenger - apples and tomatoes
Lotus of the Nile (Rochleigh) - bath salts
bloody Brook Farm - Corn on the cob

See you on Wednesdays
 
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clegg - Sun, Aug 23, 2009, 12:20 P
Bus Schedule Changes
Effective August 31st, The Franklin Regional Transit Authority will begin implementing new fixed route service and fare changes.

For more information regarding the changes please call 413-773-8090 or visit us online at www.frta.org

 
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clegg - Tue, Aug 18, 2009, 9:01 A
Extended hours
Starting this Wednesday, Aug 19, through the rest of the Farmers' market season, Oct 28, the Great Falls Farmers Market will now be open from 2- 6:00 pm and an extra hour to shop and check out the market. Vendors can also start setting up as early as 1:15pm and break down by 6:30 pm.
This change was encouraged by the growing amount of vendors and the customers that have been shopping, browsing, and meeting up with neighbors.
Thank you the for your support to this market and thank you to the Montague Select Board which approved these extended hours on August 17th.

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Wed, Aug 12, 2009, 3:53 P
Blood pressure clinic
Blood pressure clinic at the Farmers Market today along with 14 vendors mostly selling a wide variety of veggies. Plus there are both beef and lamb products today.
 
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clegg - Tue, Aug 11, 2009, 7:07 P
Chances
This week at the Great Falls Farmers Market, now don't tell me you don't know it is on Wednesdays right next to the the Discovery Ctr from 3 -6:00 pm, we are having a raffle. No purchase required. Just fill out your name and phone# and you could receive a nice basket of donated items from our many vendors.
Starting on Wednesday August 19th the market will be expanding the hours to 2- 6:00pm.
This market has grown so such this year and many customers have asked that we start early. Seems that some want to shop before the children come home from school just after 3:00 pm. Sounds like a plan to me. Back to school already.

 
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clegg - Thu, Aug 6, 2009, 8:41 P
Priorities
I absolutely agree with you Joe.. We all know that one hand of the government never, ever knows what the other is doing and most of the time doesn't even care.
I think the Town of Montague should pass on this money, and be a "beacon of light" for the fiscal responsibility that we seem to be asking of ourselves and the state when it comes to so many town issues especially in our youth's education.
Think of the stir we could cause not just here but around the county and even the state if we said NO. Please let us NOT take this money while we are trying to hold the state's and federal government's feet to the fire on educational issues and fiscal responsibilities.
Can you say hypocrite? If we take this funding then we are hypocrites.
By the way has anybody ever seen a plane land there or take off. I have seen one and was surprised to see it as was the person I was enjoying an ice cream with across the highway from the airport. She had never seen one either.
 
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clegg - Mon, Aug 3, 2009, 10:05 P
New at the Discovery Center
Discovery Packs are at the Discovery Center

NEW!! The Great Falls Discovery Center has Discovery Packs from DCR that you can check out for the day, like a library book. Several backpacks containing fun and informative nature “gear” are available: a Birding Pack; a Nature Discovery Pack; an Insect Discovery Pack; a Rocks & Minerals Discovery Pack; and a Young Explorers Pack for the young naturalist. See the Interpreter at the Welcome Desk or for more information, also call 413-832-3221 or check out greatfallsma.org
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 22, 2009, 4:25 P
19 vendors
There are 19 vendors at today's market. Come on done. Avenue A and 2nd Streets until 6:00
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 20, 2009, 10:07 A
Growing Farmers Market
I meant cukes not cokes. Cokes you can get a number of places in town.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 17, 2009, 1:32 P
Public Health Nurse
Hello,
I am, Billie Gammell, the public health nurse for the Town of Montague and would like to know if I could post information on your website's calendar and possibly post articles (health related) in the newspaper at times. Could you post the following information on the website in the Seniors Calendar?

Monthly Health Screenings offered at the Gill/Montague Senior Center on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. July 22, August 26, September 22 etc.

Drop in office hours at with the Town Nurse on Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Town Hall. No Charge: Blood Sugar, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Checks, Referrals, Medication Review, Health Education and Sharps Collection Program.

I can be reached at the e-mail address above or at (413)863-3200 X 107.

Thank you,
Billie Gammell, RN
mailto:nurse@montague-ma.gov
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 17, 2009, 1:01 P
The market is really growing.
Have you been to the Great Falls Farmers Market this year? Well if you haven’t you might be missing a fun shopping experience and some fresh locally grown produce. The variety offered at the market has increased considerably and there have been as many as 19 vendors offering a wide selection.

The market has included the sale of fresh produce and a wide selection of plantings but has also offered crafts, hand bags and accessories made from plastic bags, homemade soaps and lotions, dried and fresh flowers, fabulous baked goods, fresh breads, lamb products, grass feed beef, fresh eggs, preserves and now herbal teas. Civic groups are always welcome to participate and have been on a regular basis.

The Great Falls Farmers Market is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, MA, right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center. The market is held each Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm through October 28th. Entertainment is frequently offered and there are new vendors almost weekly.

Stop by and check-out this growing market.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 10, 2009, 12:52 P
New Vendors with lots of veggies
to Doktorwise.

Below is the add for the Farmers Market on the calendar section of this site. Hope you got a chance to check out the market. Thank you for asking about it


Farmers Market
Wednesday Jul 8, 2009, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(This is a recurring event which started Wed 5/13/2009 and goes through Wed 10/28/2009 )

The Great Falls Farmers Market is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, MA right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center. The market is held each Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm.

The market includes the sale of produce and plantings but also offers and encourages crafters, baked goods, meats, fresh eggs, preserves and civic groups are always welcome to participate. Entertainment is frequently offered and there are new vendors almost weekly.
Stop by and check-out this growing market

Special events, specials and vendor listings will be posted as they become available. Check out the MontagueMa.net cork-board for current information.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 8, 2009, 8:15 P
Thank you Maurice
Maurice Bostley, The Fabulous Maurice, pasted away this past Sunday. I am posting this notice not as a eulogy or a notice for arrangements but as a sincere and simple thank you. I was told that once you meet Maurice he is a friend for life. I believe that. He sang me happy birthday at one of his performance and I will never forget that.
This week on MCTV you will be hearing much of his music behind our PSA bulletins and next week there will be lots of “The Fabulous Maurice” from all his unique performances.
Thank you, Maurice. As you your business slogan said “you are number one in the number two business” ( he pumped septic tanks). You were also our number one favorite accordion player.
You will be missed.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 8, 2009, 8:33 A
New Vendors with lots of veggies
Well let's hope the weather holds up today so the all the vegetables that are coming into the Market today don't wash down to the canal. Just got an inquiry from the Czajkowski Farm in Hadley about being able to set up today. They might be bring rasberries, blueberries, and a host of other items. If the weather holds we could have up to 18 vendors.
So stop by. a little rain won't hurt
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 6, 2009, 6:31 P
Vote for your favorite market
As of today we are up to 41 votes and not yet cracked the top 100 Farmers Markets in the country. But there are still plenty of votes to be gotten.
So stop on by some Wednesday afternoon and check out all the new vendors. I might even show you how to vote. ( Localharvest.org scroll down to "Love your Farmers Market" then click on"Vote today " )
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 27, 2009, 7:51 P
Vote for your favorite market
I checked out status in the contest we have 33 votes so far. If you get the chance go to LocalHarvest.com and click on vote today. on the home page. Let's see how many votes we can get. It would be great to crack the top one hundred
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 27, 2009, 7:24 P
Community Garden Benefit Concert
Benefit for the Great Falls Community Gardens

Thursday July 2nd at the Rendezvous, 78 Third Street, Turners Falls there is a benefit performance for Great Falls Community Gardens featuring the Lin Preston Band.
$5.00 cover and the music starts at 8.00 pm.
The Community Gardens are located on the corner of Third Street and L Street and the corner of Fourth Street and L Street. They look great this year.


 
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clegg - Mon, Jun 22, 2009, 10:21 P
Vote for your favorite market
Ok after some trial and error there is an easier why to vote. go the localharvest.com and find the home page then look for a selection that says the following.

Love Your Farmers Market!
This summer, LocalHarvest and Care2 have joined forces to create a fun contest celebrating our love for America's farmers markets. Vote today!

Click on vote today and then click on Massachusetts. You will find the Great Falls Farmers market listed under Turners Falls. The cities are in alphabetical order.

We started out on Sunday with zero votes and tonight are already up to 27. I don't think we have a chance of winning put it would be great to end up in the top 100 of all the 1000's of Farmers Markets around the nation.
 
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clegg - Mon, Jun 22, 2009, 12:05 P
Vote for your favorite market
>Hello all,
>I got this forwarded to me and I hope you considered voting for the the Great Falls Farmers Market. Be care full when you vote that it is a for the market in Turners Falls not the one in Great Falls, Montana. Unless of course you liked that one better. Please forward this on to other contacts The Great Falls Farmers Market may not win but it would be great to have a good tally of votes.
>Thanks for all the support to our vendors
>
>Don Clegg

Hi, I just voted to help my favorite farmers market win $5,000 in the "Love Your Farmers Market" online contest, sponsored by <http://Care2.com>Care2.com and <http://LocalHarvest.org>LocalHarvest.org. Every vote helps promote local food, family farms and sustainable agriculture. Please help my farmers market win by voting today. Thanks!
>
>The Love Your Farmers Market contest is sponsored by Care2.com and LocalHarvest.org. Vote today and help raise awareness of the importance of local foods, small farms, and community farmers markets in America. <http://www.care2.com...07.1245593695.955549>http://www.care2.com...07.1245593695.955549
>Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference in their lives and the world. <http://www.care2.com>www.care2.com
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>LocalHarvest is America's most popular website for finding food grown close to home. <http://www.LocalHarvest.org/>http://www.LocalHarvest.org/
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clegg - Fri, Jun 19, 2009, 12:26 P
Senior Farm Share.
A "Senior Farm Share" program has several available openings. Seniors will receive a share of organic vegetables throughout the summer. The vegetables are available for pick up on Fridays at a location in downtown Turners Falls.
The cost is a one time fee of $10.00 and the program continues for ten weeks. For questions and an application please call Sharon Cotrell at Power Town Apartments, 152 Avenue A in Turners Falls. 413-863-9433.
Participates must be 60 or older and income qualified. Don't miss out. This is a really great program!
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 16, 2009, 10:58 P
Lots of vendors
Last week, June 10th, the market had 15 vendors. That is an all time high in the history of this Farmers Market. So stop by and see for yourself the wide selection being offered. Opens at 3:00 pm and continues until 6:00 pm.
You know where!!!!!!!!!!!! Right next to the Discovery Center on Avenue A in Turners Falls.
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 9, 2009, 9:11 P
Market Selections and Music
Well, last week I tired something different and many have commented on the wide verity offered at the market, so here goes again.. You will find these prices in some cases to be more reasonable than the large retail outlets.

Bob, the first vendor in line, will be offering Japanese cukes for $1.50. Bob's six packs of vegetables are just $2.50 and his flower six packs are $2.75. Bob will also be bringing tomatoes and his asparagus sold out last week.

Marge will be having her fabulous sticky buns for $1.25, mud pies for $2.00, cookies $1.00. Her mud or whoppie pie cupcake is $2.50. I gained a pound looking at it. Like I said last week and I was not the only one. Marge leaves at 5:00 pm so get there early.

Skinny the "bread man' offers a wide selection of fresh bread for $4.00 which includes raisin, oatmeal, wheat, garlic and a host of other choices'. So choices sold out early.

Firefly Farm is always there with farm fresh free range eggs for $3.00 per dozen.

Rachel is one of our newest vendors featuring organically grown perennials at $4.25 for the gallon size or 3 for $12.00. Rachel will also be bringing fresh lettuce for $1.50 per head. Last week Rachel had flower bouquets for $2.50 and they sold out. She is bringing them again. Last week a customer bought two and then sold one to the next guy in line because he needed to bring flowers to a performance of a school play

Peter will be offering tomatoes at $2.40 per lb. and cukes along with fresh asparagus. The asparagus sold out fast.

Lou's Upcycles offers a unique and really cool product made from plastic bags. I don't mean your normal Food City or Stop n Shop bag. These hand bags, wallets, bibs are made from potato chips bags, frito bags, cereal bags, you name Lou recycles it. You should check out her stuff. The handbags go for a reasonable $12.00. You can also bring those plastic bags to Lou so that they don't end up in a landfill.

Bucking Bull farm is always giving away a free sample of something they have grown so stop by. This week Alicia will be bringing in lettuce and radishes.

Fran is always there, if the weather is nice, and has a wide verity of house plants and garden vegetables

And for a special treat, if the weather holds some children from the Gill and Sheffield Elementary Schools will be there playing their musical instruments

So I hope this encourages some to come by and check out this growing mid-week market. Last week we had an all time high of 13 vendors or civic groups set up. Rain or shine the market goes on every Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and we are right next to the Discovery Center on Avenue A.

See you there
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 2, 2009, 9:45 A
Selection and prices
I thought I would do something different and give everyone an idea of what is being offered this week and some of the prices that the vendors are charging. You will find these prices in some cases to be more reasonable than the large retail outlets.

Bob, the first vendor in line, will be offering Japanese cukes for $1.50. Bob's six packs of vegetables are just $2.50 and his flower six packs are $2.75

Marge will be having her fabulous sticky buns for $1.25, mud pies for $2.00, cookies $1.00 and a new item that sold out last week. Her mud or whoppie pie cupcake for $2.50. I gained a pound looking at it.

Skinny the "bread man' offers a wide selection of fresh bread for $4.00 which includes raisin, oatmeal, wheat, garlic and a host of other choices'.

Firefly Farm is always there with farm fresh free range eggs for $3.00 per dozen.

Rachel is one of our newest vendors featuring organically grown perennials at $4.25 for the gallon size or 3 for $12.00. Rachel will also be bringing fresh spinach at $2.00 per bag and lettuce for $1.50 per head.

Peter will be offering tomatoes and cukes along with fresh asparagus. The asparagus sells out fast.

Lou's Upcycles offers a unique and really cool product made from plastic bags. I don't mean your normal Food City or Stop n Shop bag. These hand bags, wallets, bibs are made from potato chips bags, frito bags, cereal bags, you name Lou recycles it. You should check out her stuff. The handbags go for a reasonable $12.00.

Bucking Bull farm is always giving away a free sample of something they have grown so stop by. Last time it was wild onions.


So I hope this encourages some to come by and check out this growing mid-week market. Besides last week's raining Wednesday there has been at least 12 vendors or civic groups set up. Wednesday 3 to 6:00 right next to the Discovery Center
 
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clegg - Mon, Jun 1, 2009, 8:55 P
Civic Groups at the Market
If you have come down to the Farmers Market this year then are familiar with Civic Groups setting up and providing information. This Wednesday, June 3rd, we have a real treat in store for you;

Peace Corps Information Table
Wednesday June 3, 2009
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Turners Falls Farmers Market
Great Falls Discovery Center parking lot
Avenue A & 2d Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Thinking about Peace Corps? Have questions about the application process? Want to pick up some literature? Interested in speaking with a recruiter?

Jennifer, RPCV Armenia and western Mass recruiter, will be at the Turners Falls Farmers Market ready to answer your questions and provide you with information about the Peace Corps.

Peace Corps is a 27 month, overseas, all expenses paid experience that will provide you with personal and professional growth. Volunteers serve in over 70 host countries around the world on projects in youth and community development, education, health, business, information technology, agriculture and environment.

Find out why people of all backgrounds and ages are joining the Peace Corps!

Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more!

If you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to contact western Mass Peace Corps recruiter Jennifer Zeisler by email, jzeisler@peacecorps.gov or by phone, (617) 565-5542.

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Jennifer Zeisler
RPCV Armenia 2005-2007
Peace Corps Recruiter
617.565.5542
jzeisler@peacecorps.gov
 
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clegg - Tue, May 26, 2009, 10:23 A
So far so good
If you have had a chance to stop by the Market then you already know what an improved selection of products and a variety of vendors are joining this year. Last week, May 20th, the vendors were set up from 2nd street all the way to the Discovery Center front parking area.

We are having a raffle also for the next two weeks. So stop by, check out the new vendors and of course the few vendors that kept this market going over the years. And don't forget to fill out a free raffle ticket. You might just win a bunch of items donated from the vendors on June 3rd.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 20, 2009, 4:27 P
lots of new vendors
And we just had two young men from town show up and start playing their guitars. plenty of choices and free entertainment.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 20, 2009, 4:22 P
lots of new vendors
Well there are 13 vendors set up today and that is the most in anyone's recent memory. We have fresh breads to go along with Marge's baked goods. There are 2 vendors selling eggs when last year we had none. There are plenty of flowers and vegetable plants along with crafts and Lou's Upcycle recycled bags.
So stop on by, we will be open until 6:00
 
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clegg - Mon, May 11, 2009, 9:23 P
New Vendors
Last week we had some new vendors. Here are two of them.

Firefly Farm from Montague Ctr was here selling range free eggs and had some chics to pet. Stop by and see Pinnie and Billye

Rachel's Everlastings, an Organic Flower Farm from Orange, was selling some beautiful arrangements and organic flowers. Stop by and visit Rachel, she had a very nice display of items.

Again if you want to become a vendor at the Farmers Market then just contact me through this site or greatfallsfarmersmarketturners@gmail.com
 
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clegg - Wed, May 6, 2009, 2:58 P
market has started
Well the Farmers Market is off and running with 10 vendors presently set up. There plants, eggs, maple syrup, crafts and lots of baked goods. So stop on by.
 
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clegg - Mon, May 4, 2009, 11:18 A
New vendors Opening Day
Listed below are a few more vendors that are planning on being at the Market for Opening Day, May 6th. The list just keeps on growing.

Bucking Bull Farm will be offering grass-fed beef and chicken eggs.

Lisa will be there with handcrafted soaps.

Franky and Rachel will be selling lettuce and swiss chard starter transplants along with crafts.

ACT Community Center, a volunteer Corp, will be passing out information and giving candy and balloons to children.

A Relay for life Team will be selling baked goods.

And I hear the weather for Wednesday is suppose to be in the 70's
 
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clegg - Sun, May 3, 2009, 9:34 A
New vendors Opening Day
The Great Falls Farmers Market starts up on Wednesday, May 6th, at 3:00 and we are expecting some new vendors with different products to offer. However this market would not exist if not for our main stay vendors that are again returning with what I hear are some new products of their own. Retuning will be Bob Johnson, always the first in line next to 2nd Street, Marge of Back Door Bakery with her famous sticky buns; Peter Kretenger, Fran Hemon and Cheryl Browning of Rocky Road Farm.

One of our new vendors will be Lou's Upcycles. Lou creates accessories out of un-recyclable plastic packaging. The plastics are heat/pressure treated then collaged and quilted into one of a kind pieces of wearable art. Here is her artist statement:

"Yearly, 500 BILLION plastic bags are consumed worldwide. The plastic epidemic demonstrated in the United States has created my artistic mission. I am committed to upcycling; creating new, functional pieces of wearable art sprouting from un-recyclable plastic packaging. 99.99% of each trashion creation’s materials have been saved from landfills."

- Lou Leelyn of Lou’s Upcycles

So stop by and check out this growing Mid-Week Market.
 
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clegg - Wed, Apr 29, 2009, 8:13 A
MBA Meeting
MBA Meeting
Thursday Apr 30, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

There will be a full meeting Montague Business Association membership meeting on Thursday, April 30th at 8:00 am in the MCTV studios on 34 Second Street, Turners Falls. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Questions and suggestions for agenda items can be directed to Pam at jkliquor@verizon.net
 
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clegg - Mon, Apr 20, 2009, 10:12 A
New Summer Hours
Starting on Monday, May 4th, the Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls will be opened 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
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clegg - Mon, Apr 20, 2009, 10:10 A
May Schedule
May 1-31, 2009
Landscape Photography Exhibit by Regis Paris
Artists’ statement.
Several years ago, while flying over the Green Mountain State before I settled in Massachusetts, I realized that from above, Nature could be seen as red. I simply took pictures of my surroundings which often ended up being conservation lands. Dazzled by New England landscapes, quickly I was hooked and photographing Nature became an intriguing passion. If anything reveals my love of Nature, it's the trees of New England, and their reflections in water bringing me in communication with my true nature. I am thrilled when I can share the feeling of well-being that they impart to me with those who view my pictures. On the web at http://www.reservitnow.com/outregisphotos

May 2, 2009 (1:00 - 3:00 pm) Exhibit Opening: Meet the Photographer

May 8, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) "Friends of GFDC" Coffeehouse present Katie Clark and friends! Heavenly vocal harmonies with guitar, banjo & dobro, offering original material mixed with old-time country & bluegrass! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Baked goods available, Donations welcome. The Great Falls Discovery Center is fully accessible.

May 9, 2009 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) Migratory Bird Day!
Come join Great Falls Discovery Interpreter, Sarah Martell for a bird walk and family craft activity celebrating Migratory Bird Day!

May 14, 2009 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Black Bear Behavior with Ben Kilham
Ben Kilham has presented his information to over 40,000 people over the years.
Come join Ben for an exciting and extremely interesting hour long illustrated lecture with another 30 - 45 minutes to ask him questions. Ben’s popular lecture is based on firsthand experience raising cubs and observing black bears. Doors will open at 6:30. Come early to get a seat for this 7:00 program.

May 16, 2009 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) Anadromous and Migrating Fish Life Histories
Join Sarah Martell, Great Falls Discovery Interpreter to learn interesting facts about local species of fish that use the CT River and its tributaries!

May 21, 2009 (10:00 - 11:00 am) Discovery Science: Fascinating Frogs!
This is a FREE workshop for families with young children. Join educator Rachel Roberts for a workshop featuring games, books, hands-on science and art activities focusing on the fascinating life cycle of frogs. No pre-registration is required, so pop in!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

May 30 2009 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) 4th Annual Family Fish Day
Join us for the 4th Annual Family Fishing Day! This is the event of the summer with arts and crafts, fishing and fly tying lessons, free raffle and plenty of fish to catch! Come share the joy of fishing with children of all ages! This event is fully accessible and will be held rain or shine!

* Holidays
May 10, 2009: Mother's Day

May 25, 2009: Memorial Day

 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 17, 2009, 11:58 A
Meals on Wheels
The 2009 walk for Meals on Wheels is just steps away now! Walkers from the May 2nd walk will be collecting monetary donations at the following locations:

Sat., April 25: In Greenfield at Foster's Market, Greenfield's Market and Stop & Shop; In Turners Falls at Food City; In Shelburne Falls at McCusker's Market; In Orange at Worker's Credit Union.

Sun., April 26: In Orange at The Wal Mart.

Meals on Wheels provided 140,000 meals last year to homebound elders. Please give what you can so we can make sure everyone eats!

Read more about the walk at www.fchcc.org or donate online!

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413-773-5555/978-544-2259/800-732-4636
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
aviadero@fchcc.org



 
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clegg - Fri, Apr 17, 2009, 11:38 A
Gill Day on MCTV
Gill Day on MCTV

Saturday, April 18th, from 5:30 am to midnight MCTV, Montague Community Television, will be airing programs that have been video taped in Gill. Gill is one of three towns including Montague and areas of Erving that receive MCTV as their Public Access Television Station.

This is the station's first Marathon TV Series in some time. This is not to be confused with our marathon broadcasts of the Montague Annual Town Meetings. Shows which are scheduled for airing will be The Common People Concerts held on the lawn of Gill Common on Tuesdays during the summer, Rosner's Monthly Antique Auto show, Candlelight Service from the Gill Congregational Church, History of the Gill Church, In the Artist Studio . Rosner's and the History of the Congregational Church are first time airings.

MCTV hopes you enjoy this offering and encourages your feedback on this series and ideas for the future. You can reach MCTV by calling 413-863-9200, or email dean@MontagueTV.org
 
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clegg - Fri, Mar 20, 2009, 1:47 P
April Activities
April 1-30, 2009: UMass Ventures in Science Art
Exhibit of student photographs of microscopic organisms! Taken using a
variety of scientific methods including Electron Microscope images. See
the world around you in a whole new way! Held in the Great Hall of the
Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more
information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 4, from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Birds, Bees, and Other Pollinators
What is happening in our gardens? Who visits the flowers?
Flowers-fruits & seeds! How do they happen? The role of insects, birds and
others in plant pollination... some facts of life and some hands on
activities that you can take home to your own garden to explore who is
doing what! Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners
Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 10 2009 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm: Friends Coffeehouse: Acapella
Join us for this community musical event. Delicious refreshments. Suggested
donation $6-$12 - Free for children. For more information call 863-3221.
Doors of the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A,
Turners Falls, will open at 6:30 pm and the performance will start at 7:00
pm.

Apr. 11 2009 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exhibit Tour: Can you find the
Pollinators?
Join us on this search for evidence of pollinators in the exhibits and,
if weather permits, explore outside for early signs of spring and
pollinators. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners
Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 18 2009 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Exploring Insects
Enjoy some engaging activities, a nature walk, and a story about
insects. Open to all ages. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2
Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 22 2009 from 10:00 - 11:00 am: Explore Plants that Spring Up!
Join Rachel Roberts for this workshop for families with young children
featuring a story about plants and other activities that focus on plants in
spring. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Montague
Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, a state agency. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center,
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 23 2009 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Health Fair
This event will be held in the Great Hall of the Great Falls
Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA. For more information call
413-863-3221.

Apr. 23 2009 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm: Designing for Pollinating Bees in Your
Yard: Getting Started
Join Tom Sullivan for this adventure in planning your yard and gardens.
Tonight's meeting is an introduction to this 3-part workshop series on
planning for pollinators. This first workshop will focus on the ecology of
plants, bees and soils. The second workshop on May 14th will give you time
to plan your garden spaces in your yard. The last workshop in this series
will be held at the New England Wildflower Society's nearby gardens at a
date that works well for everyone.
Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.
For more information call 413-863-3221.

Apr. 24 2009 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Discover Letterboxing at the Great
Falls Discovery Center!
Discover letterboxing and follow clues to locate hidden boxes that
contain hand carved stamps. If you like treasure hunts, you'll enjoy this
family friendly activity. Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center. To
register, call All Out Adventures at 413-527-8980.

Apr. 25 2009 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: DCR Park Service Day!
Join our DCR staff to roll up your sleeves in a great outdoor
experience on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A,
Turners Falls. Swing by and introduce yourself and find out what is
happening today at the Center. Volunteers have a choice of many



Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413.863.3676

 
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clegg - Wed, Mar 18, 2009, 2:05 P
Openings for Vendors
Interested in participating as a vendor at the Great Falls Farmers Market?

The Farmers Market is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Avenue A. in Turners Falls, MA right next to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

The market is held each Wednesday afternoon, rain or shine, from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. The season opens on May 6th and continues through October 28th.

The market includes the sale of produce and plantings but also offers and encourages crafters, baked goods, meats, fresh eggs, preserves and honey. Civic groups are always welcome to participate. Entertainment is frequently offered

If you are interested in participating in this mid-week market please contact Don Clegg at sealeggsdc@yahoo.com or greatfallsfarmersmarketturners@gmail.com

Or write to Don @ G.F. Farmers Market,
63A Fourth Street, Turners Falls. 01376
 
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clegg - Sat, Mar 14, 2009, 7:21 P
Changes at the Senior Center Meal Service
Starting the week of March 16th, the Franklin County Home Care Corp. will only provide a meal site manager for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The Senior Center, has volunteers for Monday's meal. Congregate meals will not be served on Friday's until we have a volunteer meal site manager.

note: I am posting this as I usually try to for many events in Montague. However I find this just damn wrong. I have been to the Senior Center on many occasions either to video a show for MCTV, to write an article for the Reporter, to pickup a friends Brown Bag of food or to walk a friend over and this place is full of "Senior Energy".( If you don't know what that term means then shame on you.)
Services will be cut, we all know that, but this week I am sure the road crews will be sweeping the streets, someone will be getting overtime somewhere, gas will sucked up by idling vehicles and people just will not give a damn about our seniors. This is just wrong.
 
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clegg - Mon, Mar 2, 2009, 12:54 P
Noticing Nature Series
A Hands-on Nature Series for Preschoolers
Held at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls

Join Dawn Marvin Ward as she presents a nature series designed for preschoolers and their caregivers. Each hour-long program includes stories, songs and hands-on activities, all designed for young children and the young-at-heart. All Events are held on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am

March 5 Tracking Tricks for Tots
Stop, Look, and Listen! Learn to become a “Nature Detective”
with a few simple tricks and tools, then find who’s hiding about!

March 12 Lady Bug Lore
Have you ever seen a “baby” lady bug? Are they ALL ladies?
Where do they come from, what do they eat and why is this bug
such a favorite? Join us for Lady bug stories, songs, & art.

March 19 Bears Awake!
Black bears, Brown bears, Teddy bears! With the arrival of spring, the bears begin to wake up. Find the bear hiding in the Discovery Center . If you like, bring a special bear of your own to show.

March 26 “Mobile Homes” (Turtles, snails, etc.)
Imagine if you always had your home with you! Come listen to some stories & silly songs as we explore such clever creatures that keep their homes on their backs! Then create your own!

The programs are sponsored by the Gill-Montague Community Partnership for Children w/ grant funding from Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care The programs are FREE and open to the public. No Registration necessary. Handicap and stroller accessible
 
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clegg - Wed, Feb 25, 2009, 3:59 P
Chili Cook-off - Still openings for cooks
Chili Cookoff-
Saturday Feb 28, 2009, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Friends of Gill are sponsoring a "chili cook-off" at the Gill Congregational Church in the Center of Gill on Saturday, Feb 28th, starting at 6:00 pm.
Come to taste some of the best chili Gill and maybe even be a judge. We, The Friends, are looking for Gill residents who would like to enter this contest. If you are interested please call Bill Burnham at 413-863-2970.
The chili tasting is open to the public and there is only a $5.00 admission
 
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clegg - Fri, Feb 20, 2009, 1:12 P
Looking for community actor
Looking for
Community Actor

A talented Turners Falls artist wrote a children’s bed time story. A reasonably good director needs a reader (actor) - A GRANDMOTHER- to read and record- "Under the Patchwork Quilt".
Video Production of this Story will be done at MCTV Studios, 34 Second Street, Turners Falls

Call Ray at: (413) 863-9687 between 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.


 
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clegg - Wed, Jan 28, 2009, 1:02 A
Montague Reporter Fundraiser
The Montague Reporter Fundraiser
Thursday Jan 29, 2009, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Banish Winter Fundraiser" for The Montague Reporter:
Thursday, January 29th from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. held at the Rendezvous, 78 Third Street, turners Falls.

"Music for the Cocktail Hour" featuring Lisa Davol, Emily Brewster & Friends. Hors s’oeuvres will be served.
followed by:
"The Phantom of the Strathmore" : A one act play atarring court dorsey, Suzy polucci,Steve Snow-cobb, Rob Whitcomb & Megan Greene. Written and directed by David Detmond
finishing up with:
"Irish Pub Music" with Banish Misfortune

Suggested donation of $10.00
Supporting Independent Media in your own backyard.
 
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clegg - Fri, Jan 16, 2009, 5:05 P
Looking for community actor
A talented Turners Falls artist wrote a children’s bed time story. A reasonably good director needs a reader (actor) - A GRANDMOTHER- to read and record- "Under the Patchwork Quilt".
Call Ray at: (413) 863-9687 between 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jan 14, 2009, 5:01 P
extreme cold update
Turners Falls, MA – On January 14, 2009 the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency provided Area Agencies on Aging, like Franklin County Home Care, with the following extreme cold weather tips. More resources can be found at www.fchcc.org. Contact Franklin County Home Care for one-on-one help with questions regarding elders, caregivers or persons with disabilities: info@fchcc.org or 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

PRECAUTIONS FOR EXTREME COLD WEATHER ·
Continue to be aware of the weather conditions by monitoring media reports.

· Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. Also, consider your pets.

· Dress in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Wear a hat, mittens and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs

.· Excessive exposure can lead to frostbite, which is damaging to body tissue that is frozen. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately. Slowly rewarm the affected areas as you await medical assistance.

· Hypothermia can occur in extreme cases. The warning signs are uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If the person’s temperature drops below 95 degrees, seek immediate medical care. If medical assistance is not available, slowly warm up the person, body core first, wrapping them in a blanket or using your own body heat. Do not warm the extremities first, for this drives the cold blood towards the heart and can lead to heart failure. Do not give the person alcohol, coffee, tea or any hot food or beverage. Warm liquids are best.

· Ensure you have sufficient heating fuel, as well as emergency heating equipment in case you lose electricity.

· When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as your fireplace, wood stove or space heater, take the necessary safety precautions. Keep a fire extinguisher handy; ensuring everyone knows how to use it properly. Test smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

· If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.

· Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or disabled relatives and friends to ensure their safety.

· To keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Allow a trickle of warm water to run from a faucet that is farthest from your water meter or one that has frozen in the past. This will keep the water moving so that it cannot freeze. Learn how to shut off your water if a pipe bursts.

· If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes or wrap them with towels soaked in hot water, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.

· Have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.

* Make sure your car is properly winterized. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry a Winter Survival Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can & waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413-773-5555/978-544-2259/800-732-4636
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
aviadero@fchcc.org
 
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clegg - Mon, Jan 12, 2009, 6:17 P
Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday morning
Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday Jan 14, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Coffee and Conversation is a networking and discussion event sponsored by the Montague Business Association. This month’s topic will be group ADVERTISING.

The MBA has invited representatives from The Recorder, WRSI, The Montague Reporter, and WHAI to discuss advertising in local media. Learn how the MBA can help with your advertising needs. Meet current and prospective MBA members.

Coffee and Conversation is a free event, although donations will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Pam Kostanski at 413-863-9900 or 413-522-7727.

The event is being held in Gallery 85 of the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography,(corner of Ave A and 3rd Street), Turners Falls, MA.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jan 7, 2009, 3:09 P
park
Glad to see some chat on the upcoming Unity Park meeting on Thursday, Jan 8th. Maybe some people will show up to this meeting and show some interest. I went to a Unity Park Public hearing on Feb 20th in 2008 and only 2 people showed up and neither of us had children that could utilize the park. What is worse spending the money or not caring enough to show interest either way.
So I guess the upstairs meeting room will be filled up when MCTV broadcasts this live on Thursday.
 
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clegg - Tue, Dec 23, 2008, 6:31 P
FCHCC Disaster Planning Worksheets for Elders
Turners Falls, MA--Disaster planning includes planning for yourself and letting other know about your special needs.

Franklin County Home Care Corp. (FCHCC) has Disaster Planning Worksheets to help elders, caregivers and persons with disabilities prepare for the next winter weather emergency.

National Grid forms, for those on life sustaining electrically operated medical equipment, are available through FCHCC as are 911 Disability Indicator forms to automatically notify 911 responders of your special needs like mobility impairment, hearing deficit or speech impairment just to name a few conditions.

You can find any of these forms at www.fchcc.org. Or you can contact FCHCC for your copy: info@fchcc.org or 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.


Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413-773-5555/978-544-2259/800-732-4636
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
aviadero@fchcc.org
 
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clegg - Wed, Nov 26, 2008, 7:38 P
Free bus service day
FRTA is offering free bus service on all Greenfield routes and all service to and from Turners Falls and Montague Center on Friday, Nov 28th. Maybe this is a good time to check out your local bus service.
 
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clegg - Tue, Nov 25, 2008, 6:31 P
Christmas Cards
When doing your holiday cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington,D.C. 20307-5001

If you approve, please pass it on.
 
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clegg - Sat, Nov 15, 2008, 12:40 P
DMV information
This information was sent to me and like it says there has been little or no public informative on the matter

Subject: Registry of Motor Vehicles Alert

Effective immediately the Registry of Motor Vehicles will no longer be mailing out License renewal applications or reminders to renew your driver’s license (http://www.mass.gov/rmv/ under "Alert"). It is now the drivers responsibility to know when their license is expiring and renew it on their own. This may be a surprise to all of you and it should be, there has been no public information sent out about these changes. Fortunately enough we received the info in one of our trade publications. This idea could change in the future but as of right now it’s a huge cost savings and they plan to run with it. Below is a blurb from the publications.


The RMV will no longer mail out the following materials to customers:
>
> 1. License renewal notices
> 2. Mass ID renewal notices
> 3. Vehicle Inspection reminder letters for vehicles that are overdue for inspection
> 4. Inspector license renewal notices
> 5. 7D license renewal notices
> 6. Driver’s Education Certificates
> 7. Junior Operator Brochures for parents
> 8. Change of address labels
 
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clegg - Fri, Oct 31, 2008, 1:31 P
The winning baskets
There were two winners drawn for the Great Falls Farmers Market gift baskets. They were Marie Tennyson and Melissa Belmonte both of Turners Falls. Both ladies said they shop at the market frequently and Melissa went every week. During the three weeks that tickets were being given out there were 175 contestants.
All of the vendors, entertainers and myself would like to thank everyone who shopped at the Farmers Market . Next year’s promises to be even bigger and better. Additional vendors have already been in touch and plan on joining.

Listed below are the names of the vendors that contributed to these wonderful gift baskets.

Thank you,
Don Clegg
Farmers Market Manager
sealeggsdc@yahoo.com

Contributing Vendors

Back Door Bakery
Margaret Bates
4 Bridge St. Shelburne Falls
413-625-2432

Peter Kretenger
Local Produce
32 High St. Turners Falls
413-512-1472

Jo of Pedestrian Perspectives
Area Photography
413-885-3371

Great Falls Discovery Center
Gift Shop
413-863-3221
www.greatfallsms.org

Exploreations in Color
Anne Tearle Harding
hand knits & original designs
413-863-4993

Lisa’s Handcrafted Soap
Lisa M. Adams
413-367-9722
lisahandcraftedsoap@verizon.net

Rocky Road Farm
Cheryl’s Sugar Shack
173 Jennison Road, Wendell
978-544-8131

Sugarbush Farm
100% Pure local Maple Syrup
Bill and Laurel Facey
978-544-7178

Montague Reporter
58 Fourth St. Turners Falls
413-863-8666
reporter@monteguema.net


SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!
 
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clegg - Mon, Oct 27, 2008, 4:23 P
Last Market - win a basket
Win A Basket

THERE WILL BE TWO WINNING BASKETS

GREAT FALLS FARMERS MARKET
Corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street, next to The Discovery Center
Wednesday 3 – 6:00 pm
October 29

Pickup a chance to win a Farmers Market Gift Basket to be
awarded later that day. This also the last chance to use
Farmers Market coupons in the area.
(also candy and treats on 10/29)
 
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clegg - Mon, Oct 27, 2008, 1:22 P
Mtg Cancelled
The Selectmen meeting usually held on Monday night , Oct 27th, has been canceled.
 
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clegg - Sun, Oct 12, 2008, 8:37 P
Flu clinic info from FCHCC
Public Flu Clinic Information – 2008-09

For ongoing updates, call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 and ask for current flu clinic information.

October 16, 200
10-2 PM
CVS Greenfield
413-774-7201

October 17, 2008
9-2 PM
The Arbors at Greenfield
413-774-4400

October 22, 2008
3-7 PM
CVS - Athol
978-249-7928

October 23, 2008
3-7 PM
Hannaford - Athol
978-249-7955

October 28, 2008
10-2 PM
Elks in Orange

October 29, 2008
Charlemont COA
413-339-4201

November 1, 2008
10-2 PM
Stop & Shop Greenfield
413-774-6006

November 8, 2008
10-2 PM
CVS Greenfield
413-774-7201

November 10, 2008
10-2 PM
Big Y Greenfield
413-772-0435


Contact FCHCC

330 Montague City Rd., Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376-2530
800-732-4636
413-773-5555
978-544-2259
 
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clegg - Sun, Oct 12, 2008, 12:28 P
Win A Basket
GREAT FALLS FARMERS MARKET
Corner of Avenue A and 2nd Street, next to The Discovery Center
Wednesdays 3 – 6:00 pm
October 22 &29

Pickup a chance to win a Farmers Market Gift Basket
awarded on October 29th
(also candy and treats on 10/29)
 
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clegg - Fri, Jul 11, 2008, 2:34 P
Massachusetts Farmers Market Week
August 19 -25th is Massachusetts Farmers Market Week. I will be planning some special activities for the Market on Wednesday , August 20th. If anyone has an suggestions please contact this site or me directly at sealeggsdc@yahoo.com or sealeggsdrc1@gmail.com.
So far this year we have had 17 different vendors set up at the Market, plus three individuals providing entertainment and three civic groups giving out info or fund raising. Our vendor base is growing and I certainly hope that this will inspire you to visit the Farmers Market or even to participate. Lets use our imaginations and have a fun event.
A planning meeting will be scheduled and announced.

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 9, 2008, 7:02 A
Music at the market
People have been asking me who is the guy that plays all the instruments at the Farmers Market. I guess I get to do my friends bio then, with his approval. The musician is Tim Adams. Among the instruments Tim has played at the market have been the violin, the djimbe, penny whistle, Native Flute, tenor banjo, and guitar. Tim excels in percussion and regularly plays all of those above instruments save the tenor banjo.
Anyone else the would enjoy playing in the surroundings of a Farmers Market are more than welcome to come on down. Tim has been playing for free these last three weeks and I greatly appreciate his help in drawing more attention to the market and providing some fun summer entertainment.
Thank you Tim

Don Clegg
 
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clegg - Mon, Jul 7, 2008, 12:47 P
A vendors observation and AD
Included is an observation and advertisement from one of the vendors at the Great Falls Farmers Market.

" It’s been wonderful having LIVE MUSIC at the Great Falls Farmers’ Market these last few weeks. I think that it livens things up for both the patrons and the vendors.

My subject line: I finally have ripe BLACK RASPBERRIES. I had 2 -- 1/2 pints with me last week and sold both early in the afternoon. I expect to have some again this week, perhaps a little more quantity. Also, the BLACKBERRIES are continuing to ripen. If this rain and heat combo continues, maybe I’ll have them by the 16th. Stay tuned...

My LEAF LETTUCE is also coming along now. I don’t have bushels, but noticed that I was the only one with it last week, at least later in the day. The plants I pick the leaves off of (both Black Seeded Simpson and some variety of ’red’) come from seedlings that I bought from Bob and transplanted. I learned back in the 70’s that leaf lettuce can be continually harvested if we don’t get too much August-type weather. If that happens, it may go to seed like spinach.

My ORANGE DAY LILLIES have been popular as a cut flower, particularly with people who have some emotional attachment to them. Of course, they are also one of the perennials that I have available for planting.

Hopefully, at least a few macrame-type PLANT HANGERS will be available this week. The ’rope’ I have is green, blue and white, red, orange, and red & white. The hangers are made to adjust to various size pots.

The Fashionable FLIP-FLOPS are very popular. The challenge has been to have the right size in the right color for the patrons. I have done SPECIAL ORDERS for a few loyal folks who have come back a second time just to get the particular color in the right size. Just this year I started making the sizes for the younger gals, and they’re a big hit, too.

The ’FASHION’ SCARVES’ (not wool) are selling even in these summer months. Of course, AFTER LABOR DAY, I’ll bring the WARMER SCARVES and HATS, many made of wool or wool blends.

JEWELRY is one area where I haven’t been as productive as I had hoped. My plan is to make some necklaces and earrings with sea shells that I collected in Florida a few years ago.

Thanks again for making the market possible. You know, it’s not just about sales and a few dollars. Rather, it’s about the people connections -- both with the other vendors and with the patrons -- old friends and new."

Shalom
Julie R.
Creations by Juliemarie


The Great Falls Farmers Market is held on the lawn between the Great Falls Discovery Center and 2nd street in Turners Falls, MA. each Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
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clegg - Wed, Jul 2, 2008, 3:01 P
July 2nd new farmers
The skies have cleared and the vendors are setting up. Today a new farmer has joined the market and is offering grass feed beef. So stop on by and see what is new.
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 28, 2008, 6:36 P
Gun Ban
We had this discussion last Summer about guns. These were my comments then. nothing is different.

Thu, Aug 16, 2007, 4:26 P
Guns (Reply!Reply)

Our direct experiences of course influence our opinions in almost every facet of our lives. Guns would be no different. My personal experiences are all negative. I too come from the Boston area, actually Lynn, so I have seen guns used and carried with bad intent in mind. My uncle was actually murdered in Boston. But I also have seen improper use of guns in the rural setting. Shotting snakes in a river while down south is not target practice.
Gun collection and hunting are hobbies that are reasonable and probably for the vast majority in the hands of responsible owners. Any other choice for gun ownership seems like an irresponsible one to me.


Posted by clegg - Sun, Aug 12, 2007, 3:43 P
Guns (Reply!Reply)

Why are we bringing up the gun topic again? The right to bear arms supporters will never change their opinion and will continue to quote the Constitution and those like me that don’t like guns won’t change our opinions.
There are vast differences in attitudes in a great number of issues between urban and rural residents this is witnessed on every election day. There shouldn’t be any shock to find out that guns is one of those issues. The Globe must be hard up for stories or are they trying to get us "non gun people" upset that a gun license for 6 years is cheaper than a 3 month membership to the YMCA.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 25, 2008, 3:12 P
June 25th Market
The sun is shining, vendors are setting up, the Community in Action (WIC Program ) has an informational booth and cooking area, and we have entertainment.
I friend of mine, Tim, has brought a bunch of instruments and he plans on trying them all out. So stop on by. The Market will be going until 6:00 pm. However, Marge of the Back Door Bakery leaves early sometimes because her goodies get sold out.
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 24, 2008, 9:17 P
June 25th Market
Some local musicians have promised to preform at the Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoon. So stop by , see and listen to who is preforming and visit with the vendors while you are being entertained.
 
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clegg - Tue, Jun 24, 2008, 9:14 A
June 25th Market
The Farmers’ Market this week will have Community Action, program for WIC. Program representatives will be doing a cooking demonstration with farmers market vegetables and have a few things to give out along with WIC information and also to assist families with using farmer market coupons.
There has been a lot of interest and questions this past week from farmers, crafters, entertainers and civic groups to participate in the market. We encourage all who put their own effort into their product to give this market a try. You can contact this site or call Don at the Montague Reporter, 863-8666, at MCTV, 863-9200 or email sealeggsdc@yahoo.com
 
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clegg - Thu, Jun 19, 2008, 6:59 A
Free bus service day
Each year FRTA bus service has a "DUMP the PUMP DAY" . All day long today.,Thursday June 19th, you can ride the system for free. This could very well be a good opportunity to give bus transportation a try. There are numerous stops in Turners Falls at the corner of 3rd Street and Avenue A, at the stop across from Scotty’s. and the Farren Care Center. This is a stop on demand service so if you are on clear section of road along the service route the bus will stop. There are also two daily runs through Montague Center and Millers Falls plus 8 runs to Athol/Orange. Call FRTA at 413-774-2262 for information. TRY IT, IT’S FREE
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 14, 2008, 5:12 P
Turners Falls wins Championship
The Turners Falls Girls Softball team beat West Bridgewater 2 to 1 in 10 innings. It was a great game. Add another championship trophy to the case
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 7, 2008, 9:15 P
Girls Softball Team
Any one know how the girls softball team did this weekend. I have been on the MCTV camera crew for the last 2 years and I am wondering if we should get prepared to video next weekend
 
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clegg - Sat, Jun 7, 2008, 9:34 A
New Vendors
A new Vendor has joined The Great falls Farmers Market

Hi Friends,

It’s been a cold spring. The right place to be if you’re a tomato is in a greenhouse! Even this coming week looks a little cool, so if you haven’t got your tomatoes in, don’t worry!

Brook’s Bend Farm at 119 Old Sunderland Road in Montague Center has heirloom tomato starts that are ready to burst into action as soon as they’re put in the ground and the temps heat up.

Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Prudens Purple, Rose de Berne, Nebraska Wedding, Yellow-Orange Pineapple, Black Pineapple, Black Krim, Black Prince, Black Russian, Caro-rich, Orange Banana, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Isis Candy, Garden Peach, Ceylon, and Indian Moon!

And, surprise! We have Paprika Peppers, the best for drying and eating fresh. These exquisitely colored small round peppers like it warm, but once the days heat up, they produce prolifically and fast.

Visit the farmstand to stock up on beautiful tomatoes and paprika peppers. We’ll be glad to see you, and tell you how to save seeds of your favorite plants, so you can have your own supply of your favorites varieties.

Suzanne and Al
367-2281
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 4, 2008, 9:26 P
Thanks to customers and vendors.
Today, Wednesday June 4th, was a good test for this year’s Great Falls Farmers Market. Even with crappy weather conditions we had seven vendors and what I understand a fair amount of customers considering those conditions. The vendors told me they are starting to see many repeat customers from previous weeks and this is very encouraging. As I have written before and expressed in pamphlets and even on a radio interview on WHAI last week is that we are really encouraging local vendors that put their time, work and effort into a product. So far in just these fews weeks we are averaging 8 to 9 vendors a week selling baked goods, crafts, flower plants, veggie plants, maple syrup, scarfs and sandals. So if your interested contact this site or e-mail me directly, sealeggsdc@yahoo.com

You Don’t have to set-up each week to be welcome to this market, in fact I am encouraging the local farmers that have seasonal crops to include us as a mid-week outlet for their produce. When your strawberries are overflowing think of joining in on the market and the same can be true as other crops become available such as corn, tomatoes, pumpkins etc

I also would like to encourage groups that are doing fund raising to contact me. Last week the Greenfield Center School was selling plants , I believe the Friends of the Discovery Center plan on selling raffle tickets for a kayak next week and the Community in Action is planning on giving out information on the WIC program in mid-June. Just drop me a note and the Farmers Market will try to help.

Thank you and hope to see you at this growing mid-week market

Don
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 4, 2008, 9:22 P
Rain or shine
The Farmers Market goes from 3 - 6:00 pm each Wednesday. Check out the Farmers Market selection on this site for all your information. make sure you review the corkboard info as well as the calendar.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 4, 2008, 3:04 P
Rain or shine
If you get a chance stop by the Great Falls Farmers Market today. This is a rain or shine event and 5 vendors have already showed up. Looks like the rain is stopping.
 
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clegg - Wed, Jun 4, 2008, 7:57 A
Looking for room to let
Actually Mik put this post in for me. I felt some what odd posting this for myself. But after a few days I thought it would be better inquiring myself. For right now I am looking for a small apartment or even a room in Turners Falls area. I am a non-smoker, non-drinker with no pets and many references can be provided. So if you hear of anything you can reach me at this site or e-mail me at sealeggsdc@yahoo.com Thank you, Don
 
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clegg - Wed, May 28, 2008, 4:27 P
Nine Vendors
Make that 10 vendors now. The Greenfield Center School is selling plants as a fund raiser. This is great, the school is participating and we encourage other schools and organizations to do the same. Just contact this site or Don at e-mail address sealeggsdc@yahoo.com
 
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clegg - Wed, May 28, 2008, 4:01 P
Nine Vendors
It is Wednesday so that means the Farmers Market is up and running. Today we have 9 vendors set up. That is right there a 9 vendors to choose from, so stop by and support your local farmers Market
 
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clegg - Tue, May 27, 2008, 5:32 P
Meet another new Vendor
The Great Falls Discovery continues to welcome new vendors.

I MAKE and sell crocheted accessories "Creations by Juliemarie"

The accessories currently are:
scarves -- ’fashion’ at this time of year, warmer ones towards the fall.
flip-flops (summer sandals/indoor slippers) These are the plastic ones that I then add the "foo-foo" yarn to, around the straps that hold them onto our feet.
pocketbooks -- not yet, but soon -- on the smallish side w/ regular and "foo-foo" yarn.
some jewelry -- mostly earrings, some with sea shells (if I get to it).

Plants, perenniels: Hosta, violets, day lillies, irises, rose bushes, maple tree saplings, other saplings, yarrow, raspberries, forsythias. ... I might not have ALL of these EVERY week. So, if you need me to be more specific and/or committed, please let me know.
Julie
 
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clegg - Fri, May 23, 2008, 12:30 P
Ombudsman volunteers training
For Immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2008
From Anna Viadero at Franklin County Home Care (contact info below)
TURNERS FALLS--

Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers advocate for residents of nursing and rest homes. Volunteer ombudsmen give voice to elders in need of help advocating for themselves. Training is provided by the State’s Ombudsman Program. The next scheduled training will take place June 18, 19 and 20th in the Northampton area.

For more information call:

Barbara Levy, Franklin County Home Care Corporation, [ Franklin County and No. Quabbin area] (413) 773-5555 or (978) 544-2259 x 241.

Anna Viadero, Publications Specialist
Franklin County Home Care Corp.
330 Montague City Road, Suite 1
Turners Falls, MA 01376
413-773-5555/978-544-2259/800-732-4636
Extension 296
Fax: 413-772-1084
aviadero@fchcc.org
 
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clegg - Fri, May 23, 2008, 10:18 A
Canalside Bike Trail Grand Opening Ceremonies
I am curious about this event. Why is it on this date, Friday at 12:30 to 2:30 on May 30th, aren’t students still in school at this time. Or is it another no school day.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 21, 2008, 4:01 P
Today’s Market
Will even thought the weather is a little iffy we have 7 vendors set up at today’s Farmers Market. We are welcoming the Undergrowth Farm from Gill . In their bio they introduce themselves as "some new farmers beginning work on an old farm......... We dig our gardens by hand, save seeds from our open-pollinated crops. They are also organic. Stop by and say to either Anna,Toby, Aaron, Erin, Colleen, Andrew or Tim.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 21, 2008, 1:56 P
Flags @ Memorial
Right this minute the American Flags are being placed around the back side of the Soldiers Veterans Memorial. I believe this would be a good time to show our support and our deep respect to Veterans and active military personnel no matter your political beliefs. I will make sure I walk through there this evening. Anyone else.
 
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clegg - Sun, May 18, 2008, 8:45 A
Arts Festival
The second day of the Arts Festival and Downtown Open Studios is about to start. The weather is again great, so come on down and check out the vendors, enjoy the music and treat yourself to some fine food.
 
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clegg - Sun, May 18, 2008, 8:29 A
"Tomato guy "is returning
Fred the "Tomato Guy’ is returning this week. He was very busy last Wednesday answering questions and enjoying the Farmers Market. This was Fred’s first trip to this market, not just as a vendor but also as a customer. He was quite surprised to learn that customers came down to see him because of last weeks posting on this corkboard.

Advertisement

I, Fred, am planning on coming to the Farmers Market this Wed. I will have a small wagon full of Heirloom Tomato flats with rare and extremely rare plants. My strategy is to have empty 6 packs, 9 packs, and single pots, so that people can try as many varieties as possible. Instead of having to purchase whole 6 or 9 packs, they may pick and choose.

I will have the complete SVEN OLAFSON line of BLOND tomatoes that I have cross polinated with a Swedish tomato named OLGA. They are Yellow Calabash, Yellow Pineapple Calabash, Orange Pineapple Calabash, Saucy Sven, and Viking Calabash, Charlie Pineapple, and Gramps’ Banana Legs. And for the first time ever a new tomato from Cape Cod called SEA URCHIN. Last years newcomer is back again producing true from seed for the third year: "SHUNNER."

I will have many flats with multiple plants in each "plug" I hate to see plans die, so if someone wants to do at little transplanting work, they can get a real bargain.

It is important to note that this is still New England, and that the plants that are being sold right now at WalMart, etc. have no business whatsoever being in the ground. We can expect FROST well into the END of May. They are taking a big risk, and asking for a lot of LUCK to get fruit from these early birds.

My plants are meant to be planted on MEMORIAL DAY or LATER as this year it is quite early in the month. These little plants, if transplanted now into about a four inch pot or bigger, and cared for (hardened off) Properly, will SPRINT right past all the early birds who will doubtless be stressed by their PREMATURE trip to the garden.

Don Hope this info helps. If you want to also mention that I will have Brochures of my 200 plus varieties available at my table, that would be much appreciated.
 
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clegg - Sat, May 17, 2008, 9:53 A
New Vendors
This past week’s Farmers Market had 8 vendors participating. This is an increase over previous years and we would like to encourage even more vendors and definitely some more customers. Three of the vendors participating were first timers and all 8 vendors are returning this week., Wednesday, May 21st.
I would also like to thank Bob Johnson , the vendor who is always on the corner of 2nd and Ave A., for donating flowers for the Great Falls
Community Garden on the corner of L Street and 4th Street. The gardens down there are looking great this year. Neighbors coming together. It is worth the walk by.
 
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clegg - Sat, May 17, 2008, 9:39 A
Old VHS tapes
MCTV is in the process of going through and throwing out lots of old VHS tapes. If you want stop by the studio at 34 Second Street in Turners Falls on Monday evening after 7:00 pm and grab a bunch of these tapes for re-use of just for viewing some old programs from the archives.
 
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clegg - Wed, May 14, 2008, 2:03 P
Market setting up
The Farmers Market is beginning to set up and today, May 14th, we are expecting an increase in vendors. We could have an increase to as many as 8 to 10 vendors to chose from. So stop by your local Market and check us out.
 
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clegg - Mon, May 12, 2008, 2:42 P
New Vendor @ Great Falls Farmers Market
Thank you for the warm reception last week at the
Great Falls Farmer’s Market. Here’s the info about
our farm.

BUCKING BULL FARM
Richard Vincent/Alicia McDonald
643 Leyden Rd., Greenfield, MA 01301
(413)774-4857

We sell hay and a wide variety of heirloom and organic
produce spanning the full season. We will bring plant
starts (including flowers) and produce and fruit as
they become available

free-range Hereford, Angus, and Jersey cattle
heirloom Boer meat goats
fresh eggs Leghorn, Aracauna, and Rhode Island Reds
Broadbreasted Turkeys

We cater barbeques and can bring our meat smoker any
time

We practice eco friendly land management, using
manures and cover crops instead of synthetic products.

As a side note: We manage the land and house our
livestock at Ralph Hastings’s Fantasy Farm across the
street at 634 Leyden Rd.


Thank you, Alicia
 
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clegg - Mon, May 12, 2008, 7:17 A
New items @ Farmers Market on WED, May14th
Advertisement for tomato plants:

I am planning on coming to the Farmers Market this Wed. I will have a small wagon full of Heirloom Tomato flats with rare and extremely rare plants. My strategy is to have empty 6 packs, 9 packs, and single pots, so that people can try as many varieties as possible. Instead of having to purchase whole 6 or 9 packs, they may pick and choose.

I will have the complete SVEN OLAFSON line of BLOND tomatoes that I have cross polinated with a Swedish tomato named OLGA. They are Yellow Calabash, Yellow Pineapple Calabash, Orange Pineapple Calabash, Saucy Sven, and Viking Calabash, Charlie Pineapple, and Gramps’ Banana Legs. And for the first time ever a new tomato from Cape Cod called SEA URCHIN. Last years newcomer is back again producing true from seed for the third year: "SHUNNER."

I will have many flats with multiple plants in each "plug" I hate to see plans die, so if someone wants to do at little transplanting work, they can get a real bargain.

It is important to note that this is still New England, and that the plants that are being sold right now at WalMart, etc. have no business whatsoever being in the ground. We can expect FROST well into the END of May. They are taking a big risk, and asking for a lot of LUCK to get fruit from these early birds.

My plants are meant to be planted on MEMORIAL DAY or LATER as this year it is quite early in the month. These little plants, if transplanted now into about a four inch pot or bigger, and cared for (hardened off) Properly, will SPRINT right past all the early birds who will doubtless be stressed by their PREMATURE trip to the g