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trhank - Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 3:52 P
Leverett Pond Presentation
This coming Thursday, 6:30 at the Leverett Library members of the Friends of Leverett Pond will be giving a presentation describing all sorts of activities in and around the pond. We will be talking about the new dam, our weed Integrated Pest Management Plan, the new Boat Loan Program and some new ideas. Please plan to join us. There will be refreshments that may remind you, of all things, the Leverett Transfer Station!

Best Regards,

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sumac - Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 2:11 P
The Village Coop Board Meeting
Posted for Ann Ferguson by Jonathan von Ranson:

Announcement to All Members of the Leverett Village Co-op


TUESDAY OCTOBER 29TH FROM 7:30-9:30 PM (Place to be announced, probably the Leverett Town Hall)

Recently it has become clear that the Leverett Co-op is in a severe financial crisis, since we now owe nearly $200,000 to our vendors, our bank and for other services. This has meant that we have a serious cash flow crisis and cannot pay our vendors on time. A number of them will no longer deliver products to us without cash on delivery. Since we do not have the money to pay them in cash, we have had to negotiate with some for extended payment options and others are no longer delivering us products, which explains our reduced level of stock in the store. Loyal members have been helping out by purchasing pre-paid cards to help with our cash flow problem but we don’t have enough products on the shelves for them to buy! As a result, we simply do not have enough people shopping at the store or the restaurant to solve the problem without an extra infusion of capital. And unfortunately the bank and other lending groups that we have been working from to re-mortgage the store have recently turned us down in our requests for loans.

At the emergency Board meeting last Tuesday October 15, Board member Jono Neiger put forward the sketch of an interim plan to cut costs by various means, including volunteers to purchase stocks directly from BJs or Restaurant Depot or other alternatives. His plan also suggests a re-assessment of staff and professional consultant costs, increasing the use of volunteers, and expanding the Co-op Board. Other options unfortunately may include selling the building (our only asset) in order to keep the Coop in business as a renter, or going into bankruptcy and trying to re-organize the business after paying off some of our debts. Some of these options will be discussed further at this upcoming Board meeting.

Most of these choices are difficult ones and should include as many members as possible since this is a democratically-owned business! In a Co-op, member-owners should have regular input and the final say over such tough choices. At the upcoming meeting we will discussing new candidates who have applied to join the Board, will hear from the President of the Board about her recommended options, and will have a report from the accountant about the financial situation of the Co-op.

Please make your voices heard and try to come to this meeting!! Spread the word! We need your help and input in order to have this valuable community center and service survive.

From Ann Ferguson, chair, Membership Committee
Leverett Village Co-operative Board

PS Spread the word about the date and I will send another message confirming the place of the meeting, either at the Leverett Town Hall or at the Co-op store. You can contact me at: ferguson3638[at]
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DO - Thu, Sep 19, 2019, 3:34 P
Youth Climate Strike This Friday Leverett
If you would like to join the Youth Climate Strike this Friday in Leverett the Leverett Energy Committee and Climate Action Group of the Leverett Alliance is planning to to support our children at the following places this Friday. Town Hall, Cave Hill & Montague and Route 63 & Montague. We will gather at the three places with posters as the school buses go by from 7:30-9:00 am and at Town Hall 4-6. At the LES at 1:00 pm the students will march from the school to the library. This has been organized by the students, with permission from the staff, and we will be at the library to greet them. Please join us: there will be extra posters but your own posters are welcome.
Organizing Team Leverett
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library - Mon, Jul 1, 2019, 3:54 P
Author Talk Book Signing: Deb Habib Ricky Baruch "making Love While Farming"
At Leverett Library on Tuesday, July 9, 6:30pm-7:30pm

With Seeds of Solidarity's Ricky Baruch and Deb Habib.
Ricky and Deb run Seeds of Solidarity Farm and Education Center. They are part of the group that founded the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival.
Making Love While Farming is their new memoir, released in March by work-owned Levellers Press in Amherst, MA.
Join us for their talk!
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library - Tue, Jun 18, 2019, 9:53 P
Digital Technology Workshops
Learn something new! At Leverett Library:
06/22: Cloud-based computing demystified: what it is, its limitations and benefits.
06/29: Android smartphone 101

Workshops run 1pm-2pm, including 40 minutes of presentation followed by Q&A.
These free workshops are introductory in nature, and assume no previous knowledge or familiarity with technology. Underwritten by OTELCO.

Instructor Jeoffrey Pooser is a recent transplant to Leverett from Wendell, where he served on the Selectboard for nine years, and continues his commitment to community involvement by offering several technology skills workshops through the Leverett Library this June.

His background is in the arts, and he has been professionally involved in the technology sector for 25 years, primarily as a Unix Systems Engineer, and currently works at Umass as an Information Risk and Compliance Analyst.
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library - Fri, May 24, 2019, 11:17 A
Happier Valley Comedy Show, Thursday 5/30, 7pm, Leverett Library
Happier Valley Comedy will present their short form improv show "The Fast & the Funniest" on Thursday, May 30, 7pm at Leverett Library! This show is free. Doors open 6:45pm. Expect content "rated" PG-13!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Leverett Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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coyotesun - Mon, Apr 22, 2019, 6:10 P
Leverett Town Meeting April 27th 9:00 Please Vote! Article
Leverett Town Meeting April 27th 9:00 AM Please Vote!
I am writing to urge Leverett Citizens to partake in our 'little d' democracy this coming Saturday at the Town Meeting, Leverett Elementary School, 9AM

My environmental group CLEAN! (Citizens for Landfill Environmental Action Now!) has been working with the town for the past year to get an article on the Warrant to address the five homes in E. Leverett whose water has been contaminated by the chemical plume coming from the unlined landfill.

We believe it truly is time for the Town to take positive action and relieve the daily suffering, inconvenience, and property devaluation that the contamination has caused. There are some families who have been mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection to get bottled water for 10 years. Others have tried to sell due to illness but were unable to because of the water. We cannot access the nest egg we thought our homes would provide us.

We are urging people to vote YES to all 3 options on Article 16.
1) Appropriate funds to connect a water line to Amherst ($2 million plus; possible grant
2) Fund a hydrogeologist study of local water sources ($150,000)
3) Appropriate $20,000 to hire an appraiser to assess fair market value and have the
town purchase homes as they come up for sale.
We are urging yes votes so that as the best possible solution presents itself, the town can then act. We need the numbers to get 2/3 majority votes. Every vote counts.

Please understand that the implications of hidden poisons in our water are far reaching and affect out daily lives and our future. The bottled water jugs weigh 40 lbs and handling them is getting too cumbersome for people as they age. As things deteriorate we are less or unable to access the equity in our homes that we have carefully built.
This is certainly not an exciting or fun expenditure such as broadband or funds for a library but we all need to realize that trash doesn't just disappear once it is thrown away.
Thank you and I hope to see you at Town Meeting!
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Dragonflyzone - Sat, Dec 1, 2018, 10:21 P
Shutesbury Holiday Shop Dec 7,8,9
Magical Shutesbury Holiday Shop returns for its 7th year!

December 7, 6-9 pm; December 8, 10-8:30; December 19 11-6
Shutesbury Athletic Club Function Room
282 Wendell Rd., Shutesbury, MA

his fabulously magical three-day event transforms the Shutesbury Athletic Club Function Room into a veritable wonderland of handcrafted gift-giving options! This year the shop features an affordable array of work from 40 local artisans, artists, crafters, authors and musicians. An amazing selection of options for all celebration!.

Now in its 7th year, the Shutesbury Holiday Shop is known for its incredible inventory of extraordinary and affordable handmade gifts. There will be beautiful jewelry, quilts, ornaments, food (fudge, jam, maple syrup, honey), soap, handmade bags, tie dyes, wind chimes, baskets, books by local authors, health and wellness products, music & storytelling CDs, woodcrafts, mushtache cups, fiber art (knit, crochet, woven, sewn, organic, plant-dyed), therapy pillows, photography, fine art cards & prints, tea, stuffed animals, and more to come! Something for everyone! The artisans, artists, authors, musicians, and cooks are all from Shutesbury or one of its bordering towns.

Opening night on Friday 12/7 features a Shop & Dine option with a dinner of Soups & Stews to benefit the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library.

From 4-6 pm on Saturday 12/8 there will be a book signing by local authors who work is included in the shop. See FB page and website (listed below) for details.

The Shutesbury Holiday Shop was founded in 2011 to provide a welcoming venue for talented local artists, artisans, crafters, authors and musicians of all ages to show and sell their work and to create a one-stop shopping experience for people who enjoy buying handmade for the holidays. Started by Melinda LeLacheur of Dragonfly Designs it is now run by a volunteer committee of local artisans who work hard to create a warm, wonderful gift shop for the community to enjoy.

The Shutesbury Athletic Club is a non-profit community organization located at 282 Wendell Road in Shutesbury, MA. For a complete list of participating artists, artisans, crafters, authors and musicians, please go to or
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artspromo - Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 3:01 P
Five College Early Music Program Painless Auditions
The Five College Early Music Program will be holding its patented Painless Auditions the first week of classes. These are open to students, faculty and members of the community. The relevant information follows. We would be grateful for any publicity you can provide.

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons. Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.

Tuesday, September 4:
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
5:00 – 6:30 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College
Wednesday, September 5:
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, September 6:
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College
Friday, September 7:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College

For Further Information, contact the Early Music Office at 538-2079
or e-mail
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heather01054 - Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 5:06 P
All-community Meeting Village Coop
Dear Village Cooperative Community and Membership,

The Board of Directors is currently planning an opportunity to meet with all of you. We hope to build a stronger collective future, together, with you, going forward. We will invite you to share, bring your ideas, and your energy to make the Village Cooperative a TRUE community resource!

February 24th 12:30-3 Leverett Library Community Room.

Heather Hutchinson Board President
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sumac - Thu, Oct 19, 2017, 3:59 A
Leverett Alliance
The public is invited to a community forum 9-1 on 10.28, at the Leverett Elementary School, and to a potluck and contra dance in the evening.

Daily Hampshire Gazette

Page A0
Wednesday, 18 October 2017


Time is now for dialogue by Americans


During the weekend of Oct. 27-29, a small group of concerned citizens in Leverett are welcoming 15 Kentuckians from Appalachian coal country into our homes — and we hope into our hearts.

Their two vans will arrive in the dark after a 15-hour journey. We think they are brave to come into our homes and community, and we will be there to welcome them. Their culture and politics vary vastly from ours — yet both groups are committed to discovering our common dreams and ways to realize them that serves all of us.

How did this weekend come about? When the Leverett Alliance formed out of the despair over the 2016 election, one subgroup, the Bridging Committee was determined “to bridge” with Americans whose histories and perceptions are different from our own. We found a remarkable partner in Appalshop, a nonprofit community and cultural organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Eighteen of us in Leverett and 15 in Kentucky have been planning ever since and have named our endeavor “Hands Across the Hills.”

We plan to enhance our understanding of each other in a series of structured dialogues, as well as share activities that include participatory theater, an art project on ancestry, music jams, meals, sightseeing in the Pioneer Valley, and home stays.

On Oct. 28, a full day of events is open to the public, including a morning community forum where our guests will first present their history, culture, and challenges, and then engage with the audience in small groups. In the evening, everyone is invited to a contra dance.

For details, see the Leverett town website at
and click on “Hands Across the Hills.”

Next spring, our Leverett group will make a reciprocal visit to Whitesburg.

We began this effort hoping for camaraderie and connection for all 33 participants over the weekend, as well as increased awareness and learning for the public that participates on Oct. 28. Over the months, however, this project has unexpectedly grown in dimension. Now some of us ask if our coming together, our exploration, and our documentation of the project can be a model for dissemination and encouragement for others to try a similar experiment in their own communities.

For decades, I have worked with people in war-torn countries who afterward learn to interact effectively and rebuild their communal lives. If it can happen in those circumstances, I believe people-to-people programs here in our own fragmented country can do the same, using this model or one like it.

We understand the vast gaps in our lives and views. We do not expect to agree with our guests and we will not avoid the difficult topics, but we expect to listen and be listened to. We seek a way to find common purpose before we fracture even further, and that is what we hope our project will accomplish.

This bridging project offers an alternative to the despair and disempowerment we have been feeling — that we are helpless in the onslaught of history rolling over us. So often it seems like there is nothing we can do. But here is something we can do. The process and the growing connections feel right, healthy, and empowering. We now live in anticipation of their arrival, our dialogues and our shared three days of activities.

Transformation? Do I expect others may change? First of all, I’ve changed. For the first time in my life I’ve read a half dozen books about Appalachia and watched relevant videos. I’ve also had many conversations with my Kentucky counterpart Ben Fink and become sensitized to their issues and concerns. I am in deep transformation and I believe our Bridging Committee is too. This transformation gives me hope that we can move from demonization to humanization, first with our fellow citizens from Trump country, and later with others.

The Leverett Alliance welcomes your participation at the public events on Oct. 28. This is a great opportunity for you to share in a meaningful grassroots learning experience with some people from a different part of the country who are taking a risk for understanding and connection.

Paula Green, of Leverett, is founder of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding in Amherst and professor emerita of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has worked extensively in conflict transformation in Asia, Africa, the Mideast and Eastern Europe.
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artspromo - Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 11:21 A
Give Them Music
Friday, August 25, 2017 6:30 pm, The Center at Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA
Tickets: Dinner + Concert=$50 :: Concert Only=$30
To purchase: or 413-477-6746

HARDWICK, MA—On Friday, August 25 at 6:30 pm, the Friends of the Mathieson School will present Give Them Music, a concert in memory of baritone Donald Lee Boothman, to benefit the Mathieson Music School (MMS) of Kolkata, India. International cellist and music educator Anup Kumar Biswas, founder and director of the Mathieson Music School, will lead a broad range of professional musicians through an eclectic program including Western classical music, Broadway show tunes, jazz, Indian classical and folk music, rock n’ roll and even a little country music.
The concert will commemorate baritone and long-time MMS supporter Donald Lee Boothman, who died of cancer on July 6, 2016. Boothman was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Following formal education at Princeton University and Oberlin College, he joined the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants as soloist and announcer. A singer, teacher, and musical commentator, he performed opera, oratorio and concerts throughout the United States Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. He moved to Hardwick, Massachusetts in 1983 and married his wife Kaye in 1987. He met Biswas 17 years ago, when the cellist came to the U.S. to prepare for a concert at Carnegie Hall. The two began performing together, and for many years, Don and Kaye traveled to England and Wales annually to raise funds for MMS. He became a patron “uncle” to the school and its very special students.
Each August, Boothman would bring together talented musicians from Western Massachusetts to give fundraising concerts for MMS. Dr. Peter J. (PJ) McDonald, headmaster of Eagle Hill School (EHS), has long supported these fundraising efforts by sponsoring concerts on the school’s Hardwick campus. This year, Eagle Hill School is entering into a partnership with the Mathieson Music School, bringing together students from these two unique centers of learning, in a musical and cultural exchange that will offer unprecedented educational opportunities to both institutions. Eagle Hill School is sponsoring this concert as a first step in this exchange, reaching out to help MMS raise funds to build new classroom and dormitory buildings at its Kolkata campus.
The performance will feature Anup Kumar Biswas (cello) and his two children, Geetanjali (vocals, cello) and Satyajit (cello, mridangam), along with seven U.S. musicians who are donating their talents: Clifton “Jerry” Noble, Jr. (piano & guitar), Kara Noble (bass), Bob Sparkman (clarinet), Peter Shea (baritone), Jennifer Fijal (mezzo-soprano), Danny Brevik (baritone), and Ben Peterson (cello). They will present a diverse program including classic Broadway love songs such as Some Enchanted Evening and If I Loved You; traditional jazz standards like Honeysuckle Rose and Night and Day; original compositions including Biswas’s rock-and-raga inspired improvisation, Celebration; showstoppers by Sousa and Paganini and a country tribute to our Friends with Tractors.
Tickets are available through the box office of The Center at Eagle Hill School beginning on August 1, 2017. They can be purchased online at The Center’s website at or by calling 413-477-6746. Tickets including the dinner must be purchased no later than Friday, August 18, 2017.

Donations to the Mathieson Music School can be made online at
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artspromo - Tue, Aug 1, 2017, 3:52 P
Long-awaited Breast Documentary Comes The Academy Music
Easthampton, MA (date): For the past four years, Easthampton resident and documentary filmmaker Meagan Murphy and her team have worked to create The Breast Archives, a groundbreaking documentary about women and their breasts. The film features nine women, most of whom were filmed with their breasts exposed. In a series of interviews, they explore, critique and celebrate the complex role of the breasts and their role in body image, health and social identity.

The screening will take place at The Academy of Music in Northampton, MA at 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 on Sunday September 17th. Tickets are available at The film will begin at 5pm.

Please view the trailer here:

View on Vimeo.

Private screenings of the film have been met with inspired and thoughtful dialogue. When the lights come up, audiences are moved to share how the internalization of media images, religion and cultural contexts have influenced their relationships with their bodies and one another. The enthusiastic testimony isn’t limited to breast-havers: men often rave that The Breast Archives has connected them more deeply with the experiences and feelings of their partners.

Murphy is hopeful that the local community will support the film and its aim of engaging all people in a liberating, compassionate and expanded relationship with breasts. The honesty and generosity of the nine women in the film empowers all women to resist and rise above the media’s demands that our womanhood be conformist and that our breasts be perfectly formed, exclusively sexual or solely nurturing.

As the project plans for its first public showing, Murphy is launching an ambitious IndieGoGo fundraising campaign on September 14th in order to raise funds to market the film internationally.

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LAlaniz - Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 6:14 P
Crafted Cloth Exhibit And Pop-up Weaving Room Lca
Every Thursday during July at Leverett Crafts and Arts from 2-5 PM, the Barnes Gallery becomes a pop-up fiber studio. children with Adults are welcomed to weave, spin and make rope. No money, but smiles and some know-how are exchanged.
Call me with questions, at 413 409-1609. Leonore

Exhibit at LCA: Crafted Cloth tells stories about cloth for every day use, and about the people who grow fibers, weave, make felt, surface-design and sew cloth. They follow their vocation in New England and distant lands, making yardage, garments, shoes, chair covers, blankets, rugs, accessories, even masks.
Conceived and curated by Leonore Alaniz, this exhibit traverses segments of global textile history and fiber-scapes. While indigenous
textile arts are endangered, re-generative practices implemented by members of the “fibershed” movement for example, steady this decline and foster the emergence of modern fiber economies. Members subscribe to permaculture practices, cooperative product development and dialogue with consumers. Cloth as metaphor teaches that the regard a society affords to artful cloth making, is a reflection of that society’s stability and potency.
Through July 31st 2017.

OPEN Thursday - Sunday from 1:00 - 6 PM and by appointment.
The POP-UP classroom is open Thursdays 2 - 5 PM for children and adults wanting to try their hands at spinning, weaving and rope making.
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benno - Thu, Nov 10, 2016, 8:21 P
Please Come Give-away This Weekend
Hi Folks … Please come to my give-away this weekend. I’m downsizing my shop and have an array of shop items, material, and supplies to give away.

Location: 177 Cave Hill Rd in Leverett - on the corner of North Leverett Rd.
Time: 10 - 3 each day

There will also be a few larger shop tools for sale.

Donations will be gratefully accepted with all proceeds going to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, sustainable initiatives and organic farming organizations.

Hi Folks … For my birthday this year I’m hosting a giveaway on November 12 and 13th at my shop. I simply have too much stuff and I would be happy if you could make use of it. It should all probably get thrown away, but of course there is no “away”, so, you, my friends, are the closest thing I’ve got.
But ... if you are a homesteader, sculptor-of-found-objects, vintage hardware aficionado, or can use random piles of lumber, plywood, fasteners, paints, solvents, adhesives, painting supplies, and a variety of random shop supplies and gizmos, then this event is for you.
Everything offered is free except for a few power tools and a few select objects which I would like to sell.
On the other hand, contributions of any amount will be happily accepted, with proceeds being donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, sustainable initiatives, and organic farming organizations.
The shop is located at 177 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, Mass. Keep in mind that GPS takes you about a quarter mile up the hill beyond the actual address. !77 is actually on the corner of North Leverett Road and Cave Hill Road,. The Driveway is about a foot past the Mill River bridge on the right. My shop is the front section of the red barn.
Hope you can make it …
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COOP - Tue, Oct 11, 2016, 11:15 A
Membership Appreciation
October 29th Come and see us for our member appreciation Day! We will have music and tastings and all sorts of fun stuff!
Members get a discount at the reg for qualifying items! See you there!
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JTHK - Sun, Sep 18, 2016, 11:10 A
Rainy Sunday? Come Dance!
What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon? Come down to the Unitarian Church in Amherst Centre for some Irish dancing. No previous experience necessary! A professional dance expert, Rebecca McGowan, will be there to help out!

2:00pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Amherst Centre
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Laurel - Fri, Jul 1, 2016, 5:36 P
Wendell Farmers Market
Hi everyone! Tomorrow on the Wendell Town Common from 10-1pm:

Sugarbush Farm will have maple syrup and cookbooks.

Joyfarm will have organic, free-range fertile pastured eggs, fruit-infused
maple syrup and assorted plants.

Laughing Dog Farm will have collards, kale, chard, beet greens, lettuce,
beets, garlic, shallots, snow and snap peas, cut flowers + (lil' white
bunny holding) ...and more!

New Wendell Farm will have, in addition to CSA distribution, the following
extras to sell:
bunched greens, hukurei turnips, snow and snap peas, culinary sage bunches,
and head lettuce. *Head lettuce will be on sale this weekend, 2 for $4*!
Don't forget to eat your veggies this weekend, folks! The romaine is huge--
make some big, crunchy caesar salads to go along with your BBQ. Romaine
also gives the perfect crunch to fresh-grilled burgers.

In addition: Shelley Hines here, of Wellness Shines. This Saturday, July 2nd, I shall be offering Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu) and Energy Healing for the Body, Mind & Spirit. I'm available from 10am-1pm and shall be booking onsite, as well as ahead of time with a call from you, to me, at 508-631-6376. If anyone who has already experienced my healing work and feels inclined to share some feedback, that would be awesome.
Looking forward to our time together!

See you there!
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Laurel - Fri, Jun 10, 2016, 11:51 A
Wendell Farmers Market
The Wendell Farmers Market (Saturday mornings, Wendell Common, 10-1:00) is a unique, weekly offering of high-quality, home-grown produce, plants, flowers, herbs, syrup and more, conceived in Wendell's inimitable spirit of diversity, generosity, creativity and mutual support. The vendors and practitioners of the Wendell Farmers Market aim to provide healthy, fresh and locally-grown sustenance (and services) to our friends and neighbors as well as other regional visitors to Wendell, especially those who value and are otherwise isolated from other good food sources. As well as fine produce, the Wendell Farmers Market often includes an on site healer/bodyworker, drummers and/or other minstrel musicians. Patrons include food lovers, friends, as well as local neighbors who come not only for the incredible, fresh, (largely organic!) produce, but as well to barter, kibbitz and talk gardening/food with the passionate farmer-teachers, onsite.

The Wendell Farmers Market welcomes other local growers, crafters, musicians and healers to participate, whether as "vendors", consumers, barterers or just to enjoy fellowship and a lovely view from the historic Wendell Common. Stop by and see us, Saturdays 10:00-1:00!

Sugarbush Farm features premium maple syrup crafted by Wendell farmer Bill Facey (who built a post-and-beam sugarhouse in Wendell. Laurel markets his syrup and can usually be seen on Saturdays at the Wendell Farmers Market as well as at the house at 47 Davis Road, off Mormon Hollow Road.

Laughing Dog Farm (of nearby Gill), run by Wendell "ex-pats" Divya Shinn and Dan Botkin, is a five acre, permaculture-inspired market farm, sanctuary and learning site, producing a wide variety of heirloom, seasonal and storage produce (plus herbs, flowers and garlic) to share with neighbors and friends... (CSA shares still available for summer.) 413-863-8696

Sarah Kohler of Joyfarm in New Salem and Caro Rozwell's new CSA will be there too!
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joy - Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 1:48 P
Wanted: Potter’s Apprentice
I’m a production potter in Leverett and I’m seeking a part-time apprentice.
For the right person, this is a great experience!
Flexible hours. Approximately 8-10 hours/week.
Preferably to work 2-3 days/week (not weekends) but hours are flexible.

You’ll receive free studio space, equipment to use, glazes and firings,
as well as 50% discount for pottery classes.
You will have the opportunity to learn about wheel-throwing,
hand-building, glazes, kilns, firing, and running and marketing your
own business.

Some of the work that you would be doing include: Making Glaze, Clay Preparation, Kiln preparation,
Kiln loading and unloading, Cleaning the studio, Packing and shipping the pottery,
Preparing for shows, Putting handles on pots and more.
If you are not interested but know someone who might be interested in
this, I'd really appreciate it if you could pass this email along to

For more information call Joy Friedman at 413-548-9673
e-mail -
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Diane - Mon, Aug 31, 2015, 3:01 P
Charlie King Concert 9/19/15
CHARLIE KING - Saturday - September 19 - 7:30 pm
The Peace & Social Concerns Committee of Mount Toby Meeting presents Charlie King in concert on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 pm. We are located at 194 Long Plain Rd. (Route 63), Leverett, MA.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. He
sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. In addition to a full time career of concert touring, Charlie has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, economic justice and environmental sustainability.

“With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” – Billboard

“One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” – Pete Seeger

For more about Charlie, go to

Suggested donation is $10 to $20. For more info and reservations, call Diane Crowe at 413-548-9394 or go to:

Diane Crowe
Mt. Toby Concerts, Manager,
Music of the People, DJ
WMCB 107.9 FM, Greenfield, MA, Wednesday 4-6 pm, Rebroadcast Thurs4 am, Sat 8 pm and Sun 8 am and on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ, 103.3 FM Northampton, MA, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 am - Playlists at:
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DO - Thu, Apr 9, 2015, 11:35 A
What Does Mean Have Fracked Gas Pipeline The Neighborhood
Sunday, April 12, 4 to 5:30pm. What Does it Mean to Have a Fracked Gas Pipeline in the Neighborhood. A discussion led by Jim Cutler of MassPlan and an Ashfield landowner impacted by the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Leverett Town Hall, Leverett, MA
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sumac - Tue, Jan 6, 2015, 9:29 A
108 Days Meditation
Dear friends,

I want to remind you that our 6th annual 108 Days of Meditation is beginning this week. The opening ceremony is this evening. I hope you already knew of this from my previous announcements through various means such my meditation email list, the 108 Days Facebook page, the Green River Zen Center Newsletter, and so forth. But the it occurred to me that I had not sent out a notice on this list. So if you are hearing of this for the first time, I apologize for the short notice!

The 108 Days officially begins today -- Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, with an opening practice and ceremony at the Green River Zen Center, 7--9 pm, Dixon House, Leverett Congregational Church, Leverett, MA.

The official end is Apr. 24, with a closing ceremony, on Apr. 28.

If you are just hearing of this, and need a little more time to take the plunge, it would be fine to begin a few days later. For example, if you started this Sat. Jan. 10, the closing ceremony would be 108 days. So no problem starting any time this week.

Of course it is not mandatory to attend the ceremonies to take part. But if you can join us on tonight, that would be great. In any case, if you are planning to take part, please let me know so I can include your name. Here is a description with all the relevant information:

Jan. 6 – Apr. 24, 2015
Led by John Genyo Sprague

In his teachings on meditation, Dogen urges us to take the backward step, and turn the light around to shine within. This is a central teaching in Zen, the thread of which goes back to much earlier times in China and India.

So much of our attention and life energy is spent attending to the “external” world and to our many thoughts and ideas about it. Zen meditation offers an opportunity to turn the light of our energy and attention inward – to let go of our external fixations and illuminate and nourish our inner being. Consistent and long practice strengthens both our spiritual and physical energies, and provides a foundation for insight and awakened compassionate living.

Join the Green River Zen Center for our 6th annual 108 Days of Meditation – a commitment to meditate every day for 108 days, building our practice, nourishing our inner spirit, and supporting the realization of our own enlightened nature. The 108 Days begins with an opening practice and ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7–9pm, at our zendo at the Dixon House of the Leverett (MA) Congregational Church. It officially ends on Friday, Apr. 24, with a closing ceremony at the zendo on Tuesday, Apr. 28.

Even if you cannot make the ceremonies, please join us in this practice, which is facilitated by John Genyo Sprague. Genyo has opened a Facebook page, 108 Days of Meditation, in which people can post to support each other. For more information please contact him at or 413-259-1304. Everyone is welcome to take part.

The goal is primarily to strengthen our meditation practice, and build our concentration-power (samadhi, joriki).
The basic agreement is to meditate everyday for 108 days. The traditional practice is one hour per day. If you can do this, that’s great, but if that is not possible, commit to what you can do. The key is consistency, and to build one's practice.
You can break your daily meditation into two or more periods.
Walking meditation can be included.
A couple missed days are acceptable, although it is preferable to squeeze in at least some minutes of practice on those days.
If for some reason you are not able to succeed fully with these commitments, I encourage you to keep going nonetheless and do your best for the entire 108 says, since the main goal is to support one’s practice and build concentration. At the end we will honor everyone who has undertaken the journey.
Ongoing support is available. Consider joining us on Facebook:
Contact: John Genyo Sprague,
413-259-1304, or

John Genyo Sprague
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sumac - Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 3:09 A
Open Mic Full Moon Coffeehouse
The upcoming (Jan 10th) Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse Open Mic is Wide Open--you can sign up on-line on this page:

Just about any sort of performance is possible, so long as it is family-friendly. All ages welcome!

Sign up today for your 7 minutes of world wide fame.
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sumac - Wed, Nov 26, 2014, 9:11 A
Medieval Yule Celebration
Please join us on Friday December 19 at the Wendell Town Hall from for a Medieval Yule Celebration to benefit the Wendell Meetinghouse from 6pm to 9pm. The celebration will include a feast, caroling and music by traditional duo Lady Moon featuring Kellianna and harpist Jenna MacDonald.

The feast will feature simple hearty local foods including Diemand Turkey legs, Kathleen's venison stew, Eric Newman's Vegan stew and more. Dessert is potluck. After dinner join in on the caroling, featuring local pianist Adam Bergeron and enjoy the enchanting harp and vocal duo lady Moon performing seasonal, Traditional, and Celtic music to end the evening. Please feel free to wear your finery! Costumes, including medieval wear or any theme are welcome but not required.

Tickets are $15-$20 sliding scale at the door. Advanced tickets for $13-$20 sliding scale will soon be available at the Wendell Country Store & the Wendell Holiday Craft Fair. Concert only at 8pm $8-$10. $5 Kids under twelve/infants free.

Marianne Sundell for Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse
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sumac - Sat, May 10, 2014, 3:33 P
Co-op Celebration Today
All welcome!!

Member Appreciation Day

Food Sampling, music, kids events!
Wine tastings!

Come on over and be appreciated!
Members get 10% off at the register for selected grocery items

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:00 to 5:00
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benno - Sat, May 3, 2014, 8:36 A
Dowsing Workshop, May 10th, Montague
Basic Dowsing with Steve Herbert.
May 10th, 9am to 4pm
Brooks Bend Farm, 119 Old Sunderland Rd, Montague, MA
Rain or shine - fee - 60.00 Includes local foods lunch

We will cover • Introduction to dowsing • Dowsing tools and methods
Experiencing the dowsing reaction • Determining personal codes
• Learning proper phrasing of requests • Applications of dowsing

The workshop will follow American Society of Dowsers founder and Master Dowser Terry Ross's Seven Levels Of The Development Of The Dowser and offer advice for each stage of progression. Advanced topics will include dowsing theory, programming, increasing accuracy and the dowser's sense. Guidance will be offered on all aspects of the dowsing quest or search. The focus will be on water dowsing as the topics are explained, and a field demonstration and practice will be included. We will extend out to personal dowsing, earth energies, auras, agricultural dowsing, and other specialties as time permits. Handouts provided. Dowsing tools will be available for practice and for sale.

Steve Herbert lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and holds degrees in Geology and Anthropology. He has been an ASD member since 1985. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Africa and Latin America, where he has worked as an agro-forester and in developing water resources and sanitation systems. He is presently Secretary of the ASD Water for Humanity Fund. Steve was named 2002 Dowser of the Year by the ASD.

For additional information, or to RSVP
Please call 413-237-7060
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colleen - Thu, Apr 17, 2014, 2:52 P
Horsemanship Yoga Clinic
Our first Horsemanship Yoga Clinic of the season will be on May 4th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. At Sky High Farm in Leverett. The clinic is a combination of traditional yoga, mounted yoga and riding. It will be taught by Jennifer McNary and Colleen Campbell. $85 per person. Details about the class are on my website or email me for more details and to reserve a place!
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joy - Sun, Apr 13, 2014, 9:57 P
Spring Pottery Classes Offered
Spring Pottery Classes
1) Beginners Class- Tuesday Evenings

April 15th - June 3rd

6:00 am-8:30 pm 8 Weeks

2) Intermediate Class- Thursday Evenings

April. 17th – June 5th

6:00 pm-8:30 pm 8 Weeks




CLASS FEE: $285 Includes 25 Lbs. of Clay & all glazes & firings
Contact Joy-413-548-9673

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DO - Thu, Feb 27, 2014, 2:40 P
Fracked Gas Pipeline Near North Leverett??
Wednesday, March 5, 7pm. Valley organizing meeting on resistance to the proposed Kinder Morgan/TPG Fracked Gas Pipeline slated for the Berks & Franklin County. The meeting will be at Co-op Power, 15A West St. (Rt. 5-10), West Hatfield, MA.

For more info go to:
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sumac - Sun, Feb 16, 2014, 4:04 A
Food For Change: Documentary Film, With Steve Alves, Filmmaker
Food For Change: Documentary Film, with Steve Alves, filmmaker

at the Wendell Free Library
Friday, February 28, 2014
7:00 pm

New Film Food For Change Examines Food Co-ops as Political & Economic Movement

Food For Change, a feature-length (84 min.) documentary from Home Planet Pictures, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians. No other film has examined the key role played by consumer-led food co-ops during the decades-long debate over profit-driven capitalism vs. locally-controlled economic enterprises. Born in the heartland, cooperatives were seen as the middle path between Wall Street and socialism.

Filmmaker Steve Alves describes his documentary as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.” Alves tracks the co-op movement’s quest for whole and organic foods, and the dream of sustainable food systems. The film profiles several current food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities---right in the shadow of corporate agribusiness and national supermarket chain stores.


Co-sponsored by the Wendell Free Library and the Wendell Agricultural Commission
Refreshments will be available.
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sumac - Sat, Jan 25, 2014, 2:22 A
Music For Winter Afternoon
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Daniel Greenberg"
Date: Jan 24, 2014 5:29 PM
Subject: Leverett Community Chorus Concert this Sunday Afternoon

Hi Everyone,

FYI, there will be a Leverett Community Chorus concert this Sunday afternoon at 4pm.  Info below.  Pema and I are in it!  Some good songs including Shed a Little Light and Mrs. Murphy's Chowder!  I hope to see some of you there.

In community,
 - Daniel

“Music for a Winter Afternoon”

On Sunday, January 26th 
at 4 pm
at the Leverett Congregational Church
Located at the center of Leverett, across from the Town Hall
Suggested Donation: $5 per person

For more information, call: 367-9761
  Daniel Greenberg
  CEO, Earth Deeds
  daniel at earthdeeds dot com

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mmuller - Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 1:27 P
2013 Montague Soapbox Derby is ON!
Attention Soapbox Derby Racers!

Get ready to race in the Montague Soapbox Derby on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013!

Visit our website to sign up for one of the 100 available racing slots. We've kept the advance racer fees at the same rate to make it affordable. Sign up right now! As an incentive, the first 25 racers will get some free derby shwag.


We are also looking for race day volunteers; please let us know if you can help. We've got t-shirts and other collectibles for volunteers, and will provide refreshments.

Good News For Local Businesses

We are working with many local public access TV stations so we can air the race live on more area cable access stations this year in addition to Montague, including Greenfield, Shelburne, and very likely Bernardston / Northfield and the Deerfield area as well. We can offer some great publicity to the fine local businesses who have sponsored the Derby as well as some new ones. Space is limited, so if you know of a business that would like to be a sponsor, please let us know. All sponsors will not only have a hay-bale banner at the race, but will be mentioned on the air by the announcer, as well as showing up in print on the screen. Don't miss it.

We will also be listing sponsors on our Facebook page as they come aboard. Please check it out, like it, and pass it on.

For those of you who participated last year, note that we will have 2 reliable back-up generators to avoid any electrical interruptions. We apologize for last year's long interruption and will conduct intensive public relations to boost attendance.

If you have questions, please visit the website. All will be answered there.

Many thanks!
Mik Muller, Race Director
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mmuller - Mon, Mar 11, 2013, 5:11 P
MWW Moves to the Cloud
MWW Moves to the Cloud

Montague WebWorks will be moving its servers to a cloud environment in March

After five years of hosting our websites on a single server (or even a shared server, back in the old days) Mik Muller of Montague WebWorks decided it was time to take the next step in the evolution of Montague WebWorks -- to move up to the cloud.

The big move will start Friday morning, March 15th, and continue through Sunday evening, March 17th. Every website and email we host will move from our existing servers to our new Cloud Servers. There should be no interruption of service, though we ask you to bear with us.

What are Cloud Servers?

Cloud Servers are the same as regular servers, except that a very large number of them are tied together through networking and software to act as a larger, faster single server, that you can then take a "slice" of as a virtual single server.

The main benefit of this is that upgrading to more processing power and storage is literally a mouse-click away, rather than physically cracking a server case open and adding resources to a single box.

This means that, for Montague WebWorks, we will be moving from ONE server that hosts all our websites, our databases, our email server, to TWO cloud servers that will each actually be multiple processors spread across many machines. One of the servers will now be dedicated to only hosting the websites, and the other server will host the databases and the email server.

The plan is to further expand, by the end of the year, to a third cloud server so we can split our databases and email server onto separate machines.

And while we're moving up to two cloud servers, we're also upgrading all the software. Our web hosting server software will get a double upgrade -- from IIS 7 to IIS 8, and from ColdFusion 8 to ColdFusion 10 -- and our email server software will upgrade from SmarterMail 8 to Smartermail 11, which has major improvements for mobile devices.

What's the Bottom Line

The bottom line is that everything will become faster. This website will load faster, and if we also host your email, your email will send and arrive faster, and the webmail interface will run faster, and on all your mobile devices.

Montague WebWorks is moving up, and expanding. By the end of April we should have around 150 RocketFusion websites, with a goal of 200 by the end of the year.

If you're ready to switch your website over to Montague WebWorks, please call Mik at (413) 320-5336. We can get started early next week.
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mmuller - Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 2:42 P
Welcome Yule
Hey there... make sure to come out to see Welcome Yule at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls. It's a wonderful show of music, dance, songs and stories to chase away the cold and dark of winter. Definitely worth the cheap ticket price of only $10.
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cjgere - Wed, Sep 26, 2012, 10:33 A
Leverett Congregational Church Hosts Peter Lindsay, PhD
Leverett Congregational Church (LCC), Sunday, September 30, 10:00 to 11:00 a. m. For the first in its series of guest speakers, Peter Lindsay, Ph.D., will take the pulpit to present a thought-provoking talk, “Is There Meaning Without God.” Lindsay is an associate professor of political science and philosophy at Georgia State University. He is author of Creative Individualism (SUNY Press, 1995) and many other shorter publications. In addition to Georgia State he has taught at Harvard University, UNH, and the University of Toronto. Lindsay has won numerous teaching awards. The LCC is located across from the Leverett Post Office. For more information, call Claudia Gere 259-1741.
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cjgere - Tue, Sep 4, 2012, 10:44 P
Leverett Congregational Church (LCC), Sunday, September 9, 10:00 to 11:00 a. m., join us for a Taize service of short readings and simple repetitive songs, for a reflective, meditative service. All are welcome to this free, child-friendly event. The Taize community was founded in 1940 France and embraces a tradition of peace and justice while seeking to include people, traditions, and languages worldwide. The LCC is located across from the Leverett Post Office. For more information, call Claudia Gere 259-1741.
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cjgere - Tue, Sep 4, 2012, 10:39 P
Leverett Congregational Church (LCC), Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain (Town Hall) or Shine.

COME TO BUY: antiques, collectables, toys, furniture, camping equipment (almost new tent, Coleman stove, lantern, etc.), linens, sporting equipment, housewares, garden tools, framed theater posters, office equipment, and much more. Also homemade baked goods, preserves, & homegrown produce.

COME TO SELL: claim your tag sale space: 12’ x 12’ for $10. Lots of room, NO reservations needed.

Proceeds to benefit Heifer International. LCC across from the Leverett Post Office.
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cjgere - Wed, Jul 11, 2012, 1:06 P
Leverett Congregational Church Hosts Mary Ellen Miller, Playing the Shakuhachi
Leverett Congregational Church, Sunday, July 15, 10 a.m. welcomes the community to hear Mary Ellen Miller, clarinet faculty and faculty chair at the Community Music School in Springfield, faculty at the Northampton Community Music Center and the Smith College Campus School, play the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute. The traditional improvisatory, often haunting, music of the shakuhachi can be a restorative and meditative experience. Leverett Congregational Church, 4 Montague Road, Leverett (across from the Leverett Town Hall/Post Office). (For more info: Claudia Gere, 413-259-1741or
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carlson - Mon, Jun 11, 2012, 12:03 P
Summer Reading Kick Off Party - Shutesbury
Community Network for Children and the Friends of the MN Spear Memorial Library
are collaborating to fund the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party on Friday, June 22 at 6pm behind the Shutesbury Town Hall.

"Star Wars Symposium" for all ages. Come dressed as a character for the costume
contest, bring your show-and-tell items, learn about the history of Star Wars,
join in a trivia contest, sign up for the summer reading program and more! For
more information call the library at 259-1213.
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dzeiden - Tue, Jun 5, 2012, 12:58 P
Puffer’s Pond Pancake Breakfast!
Here's a great community event coming up this weekend, just a few minutes south of Leverett:

21st Annual Puffer’s Pond Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, June 9
8:30 – 11 AM, rain or shine (although the forecast is for shine)
Mill River Recreation Area, Route 63, Amherst

This year with multigrain pancakes, made from local ingredients!

The annual breakfast pay for the stewardship of this swimming, picnicking, skating, and fishing heart of our community. Come enjoy delicious food with your neighbors to the south!

As usual, we'll have all-you can eat pancakes and coffee, real maple syrup, live music, and raffle with tons of prizes from local businesses.

For more information, go to the facebook event page:
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NatureLady - Thu, May 17, 2012, 10:34 P
Plants and Garden Books Wanted!
The Leverett Historical Society is having its annual fundraiser Plant and Garden Book Sale
on Sat. May 26 9-Noon

BUT we still NEED plants and garden books to be donated!

Labelled Plants can be dropped off behind the Lev. Town Hall anytime this week.
Garden books can be dropped off at the Lev. Libary entryway anytime also. (there is a box labelled "Book Sale").

Then put the date on your calendar and stop by to support the Historic Society and this year the LES greenhouse project!

For more info., contact Dawn 367-9562 or Julie 367-2656
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cjgere - Wed, Apr 25, 2012, 2:36 P
HYMN SING, Sunday April 29, 10-11 a.m. Leverett Congregational Church
Whenever there’s a fifth Sunday in the month, like this Sunday, the Leverett Congregational Church joins together to sing our favorite hymns (with a sprinkling of favorite psalms), replacing the traditional service. We welcome all (children too!) to join us in raising our voices with the joy of singing. Leverett Congregational Church, 4 Montague Road, Leverett (across from the Leverett Town Hall/Post Office).
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Laurel - Thu, Apr 19, 2012, 10:44 A
Kellers commune talk
From the Friends of the Wendell Free Library:

Local Political Communes of the 1960s: a multimedia talk by Dan & Nina Keller
Friday April 20, 7pm (followed by Q&A, refreshments and social)
at the Wendell Free Library

The Sixties, remembered as a decade of social change and turmoil (the Civil Rights Movement, assassinations of national leaders, the Vietnam War,) also saw widespread experiments in “back to the land” communal living. Many such communes or “intentional communities” existed in our local area.
Dan and Nina Keller will discuss the history and influence of such local communities with a focus on two where they were members: the Montague Farm, from which the alternative media Liberation News Service operated and Jimmy's Popcorn, which Dan founded in Wendell. Using a selection of books about the Montague Farm and documentary film footage taken by Dan and others, they will reflect upon how these communities extend a long utopian tradition in Massachusetts. In discussion afterwards we can compare this history to current local agricultural and protest movements.
Refreshments will be served after the program to continue the discussion and reminiscence.
Dan Keller, documentary film maker and organic farmer, is also a long-time member of the Wendell Selectboard.
Nina Keller, educator, organic farmer, writer, political and NO NUKES activist, has been farming in Montague and Wendell for 43 years.
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carlson - Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 12:57 P
And one more CNC Event for April!
Craigieburn Alpaca Farm Field Trip - INSTEAD OF the Shutesbury playgroup on Friday, April 27 we will head over to the Alpaca Farm in Shutesbury, 243 West Pelham Road. 9:30-11am. We will get up close and personal and learn about the alpacas from Susan and Steve Rice, owners. Wear mud boots and farm clothes to explore the pastures. CNC will provide a light snack. Enjoy a simple craft with farm materials. For more information and to register contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. This program is sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children.
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carlson - Thu, Mar 29, 2012, 12:26 P
Community Network for Children programs
Community Network for Children - April Programs

~Parent Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell families) - Wednesday, April 4 at Leverett Elementary School, 85 Montague Road from 6-7:30. Free child care and potluck dinner. Registration required.

~Noticing Nature with Young Children in Your Own Backyard - Parent / Caregiver workshop to be held at the Erving Elementary School, 28 Northfield Road, Erving on Thursday, April 12 from 6-8pm. Free child care and dinner. Registration required.

~Birds, Beasts, and Bugs - series for children preK-3rd grade to be held at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road on Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30-11:30am. Registration appreciated.

~4-H Babysitting Workshop - Shutesbury Elementary School, 23 West Pelham Road on Friday, April 20 from 9:30-4pm. For ages 12-18 years of age. Registration required.

In order to register for any of our programs or to be put on our mailing list, please contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157. We look forward to hearing from you!
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carlson - Thu, Mar 15, 2012, 11:23 A
Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair
Co-Sponsored by the Gill-Montague, Mohawk, Greenfield, Pioneer, Union #28, and Union #38 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs, PCHP and First Church in Greenfield.

Come learn about options for preschool, Head Start, family childcare, out-or-school time programs, playgroups, story hours, and other community resources in the Franklin County Area. Each family will receive a FREE book. Refreshments available. A special visit with Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey!

This is a FREE event. To be held on Saturday, March 24 at the First Church in Greenfield, 43 Silver Street from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information, contact Deb Wood, Pioneer Valley Schools CFCE Coordinator, 413-498-2660
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mmuller - Wed, Feb 29, 2012, 1:56 P

Mutton & Mead, the Medieval Festival in Montague, MA, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th, 2012, is looking for Day, and Pre-Faire Volunteers.

Day Volunteers will work a four-hour shift within the festival, on either day (or both) and then have four hours access as a guest on that day.

Pre-Faire Volunteers will assist with the creation and set-up of the festival on weekends and some evenings leadig up to the Festival weekend, at their availability, on tasks such as set design, construction, materials transport and management, or committee work. All pre-faire volunteers who put in at least eight hours of volunteer time will gain access to the festival for one day. Those who put in at least 16 hours of volunteer time will gain access to both days of the festival.

All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and a certificate of appreciation from the festival.

Everyone wishing to register as a volunteer for the Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival should go to the online application form, located on the Festival's official website.

Donna DuSell, the Volunteer Manager, will coordinate all volunteers, and can be contacted through the form above.

More information about the Festival and photos from last year can also be found on the website.

Mutton & Mead's Medieval Festival is a fund raiser for both the Food Bank of Western Mass and the Montague Grange.

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carlson - Mon, Feb 27, 2012, 2:49 P
Community Network for Children programs - March
Our playgroups and story hours are happening regularly in all 5 towns in our school union nearly every day of the week! Check out the Shutesbury Story Hour (Mondays 10-11am) at the MN Spear Library and the Shutesbury Playgroup (Fridays 9-10:30am) in the Elementary School Gym.

Also this month, Happiest Baby on the Block parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 6 from 6-8 at the Erving Elementary School. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.

Toileting Tips parent/caregiver workshop - Tuesday, March 20 from 6-8 at the Swift River School, New Salem. Free dinner and child care provided with registration. Call Gillian, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 to register.

"Things That Go!" Pajama Story Time with Shutesbury's own Jennifer Swender - Sunday, March 25 from 5-6pm at the Erving Public Library. No registration required.

Franklin County Area Early Education and Care Family Resource Fair - Saturday, March 24 from 12:30-2:30 at First Church, 43 Silver Street in Greenfield. Tom Ricardi and his Birds of Prey will be there to entertain!

Any questions or to be on our mailing list, please call 978-544-5157 and speak to Jessica or Gillian!
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mmuller - Fri, Jan 20, 2012, 11:52 A
TONIGHT! Benefic Concert at Leverett Crafts & Art
The Barnes Gallery @ Leverett Crafts and Arts Center

A benefit for Kiran.

Friday, January 20, 6 pm to midnight.

Music by Rebelle, Gaia Roots, Iriko Nuevo, and Omulu Guanabara.
Silent auction, the proceeds to benefit Kiran.
To donate an auction item, call Shanti Stark at 413-367-9491.

Come and show your support.
Any donation is welcome; $10 and up encouraged.
All proceeds go to the family.
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carlson - Mon, Jan 9, 2012, 3:25 P
Community Network for Children programs
Free weekly programs for families with young children (birth to age 5)!
MONDAYS: Shutesbury Story Hour at MN Spear Library from 10-11am
Erving Playgroup at the Erving Elementary School, 10-11:30am
Leverett Story Hour at the Leverett Public Library, 10:30-11:30am
Wendell Playgroup at the Wendell Free Library, 10-11:30am
THURSDAYS: Tales and Tunes with Happy Dan at the New Salem Library, 10:30-11:30
FRIDAY: Shutesbury Playgroup at the Shutesbury Elementary School, 9-10:30am

YMCA Open Gym Time at the YMCA in Greenfield (for families with children birth
to third grade):
Certain Sundays from 2:15-3:15
Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 11 and April 1

Coming soon: "Toileting Tips" parent workshop, "Happiest Baby on the Block"
parent workshop

If you would like more info or would like to be on our mailing list, please
contact Gillian Budine, program coordinator, at 978-544-5157.
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carlson - Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 1:59 P
Pajama Story Time at Wendell Free Library
Pajama Story Time at the Wendell Free Library, "Just One of Those Days!" for children 3rd grade and younger and their adult caregiver/s
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wear your PJ's, bring a pillow or cozy teddy bear. Hear some stories and enjoy a cozy night out with family and friends. Small snack and take home activity provided too!
Sponsored by Union #28 Community Network for Children. Questions? Contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978-544-5157 or
Wendell Free Library
7 Wendell Depot Road, Wendell
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artspromo - Fri, Nov 11, 2011, 1:04 P
Smith College: Festival of Sound & Space presents sum and difference: Sam Pluta (laptop) + Jim Altieri (violin)
Publicity Manager: Nancy Lautenbach
Tel. 413.585.3222,
Ticket Information:
Tel. 413.585.ARTS (2787)
Email: or visit arts

When: December 1, 2011, 9:00 pm Where: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, MA. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

The Smith College Festival of Sound and Space focuses on improvisation through the fusion of live electronics and violin to create a new and unique “sonic stew” in the work of Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri’s “sum and difference”.

Northampton, MA. The Smith College Festival of Sound and Space presents an evening of improvised music with Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri. "Sum and Difference" fuses live electronics and violin into an hour-long performance featuring microtonal drones, noise, custom electronic interfaces, and more.

Sam Pluta and Jim Altieri have been improvising together in various formations for the past six years. As founding members of the improv quintet GBL, Pluta and Altieri merged microtonal violin drones with electronic noise to create a new and unique sonic stew. In 2011 they combined with trumpeter Peter Evans to create the album sum and difference, released on Carrier Records.

Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer and improviser working in the fields of acoustic and electronic music. He is Technical Director for the Wet Ink Ensemble, a new music group dedicated to the performance of new works by young composers as well as the best works of the American and European avant-garde. He has been commissioned and premiered by Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, So Percussion, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet and has performed internationally as a laptop soloist and chamber musician. As a founding member of the improvising quartet GBL and performing with groups like the Peter Evans Quintet, he has focused in recent years on fusing the worlds of acoustic and electronic instruments through improvisation. A devoted pedagogue, aside from his teaching duties as faculty fellow at Columbia University, he holds the John Plude Faculty Chair in Computer Musicianship at the Walden School. His music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson.

Jim Altieri loves listening. Through his music and software, he tries to share this love with other listeners. Based in New York City, Jim is an active composer, violinist, and accordionist. His own music often uses the harmonies and rhythms of the harmonic series and explores the relationship between attention and awareness. He is a founding member of GBL and plays violin and accordion in the folk-rock band Tatters and Rags.

The Smith College Festival of Sound & Space: four shows featuring artists who explore space and sound through their innovative performances. The concerts will all take place in Helen Hills Hills Chapel on the campus of Smith College.

The 2011–12 series has a special focus on improvisation, the practice of which — particularly when presented within a space designed for liturgy and ritual — speaks directly to our notions of space in a figurative sense through our perception of emotional space, metaphorical space, and musical/dramatic structure. The process of creating music in real time creates an experience of exploration that is shared by the performers and the audience, with the physical space acting as an additional collaborator.

The artists on this series approach concepts of space and collaboration in a variety of ways, with two shows dedicated entirely to improvisatory practices (sum and difference & Curiosity is Gravity), and with aspects of the other two shows ( (( ( PHONATION ) )) and Greg Brown) incorporating improvistory practices as well.

Greg Brown of the Smith College Music Dept. serves as founding artistic director and organizer. This festival is produced in collaboration with the Smith College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Jennifer Walters, Dean.
For more information on the Smith College Festival of Sound and Space got to: or like on Facebook.
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Diane - Sun, Oct 16, 2011, 11:08 A
Wool&Grant Concert 10/28 at Town Hall
The Echo Lake Coffeehouse presents: WOOL&GRANT with special guest, Arjuna Greist
Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm
at the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA

Impossible to predict. Impossible to resist. Very possibly the most exciting musical fusion you will hear this season.
Wool&Grant is the brand new combustible combination of Ina May Wool and Bev Grant, two veteran singer/songwriters with a passion for songs, stories, harmonies and guitars. As solo artists, they have won the hearts of audiences all over the country and abroad. Together, Wool&Grant create a musical alchemy of fire and feistiness, smarts and smiles, rocking clear-eyed political songs and a sampling of their road-tested wisdom of the heart.

Share the joy of discovery with these two standout artist at the Echo Lake Coffeehouse in the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA, on Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm. Opening the show will be local poet and singer/songwriter, Arjuna Greist. Tickets are $12/$10. For more info, call 413-548-9394 and go to:

Bev Grant is a veteran social activist, feminist, labor singer/songwriter, "cultural worker" from Park Slope Brooklyn, where she has lived for over 30 years. She is the co-creator of a women's labor history multi-media presentation entitled "We Were There!" and has recorded five albums, including a companion cd and songbook for the show, called "We Were There!", a solo cd entitled "IN TUNE", a 7-song ep with her current group, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters, called “CHEEKY WOMAN”, and two albums with her former band, "Human Condition". She has appeared on numerous compilation recordings, including the recently released Grammy-nominated Smithsonian/Folkways "Best of Broadside" album.

With intimate lyrics and captivating melodies crafted with delicacy and care, Ina May Wool sings songs of survival, rebirth and renewal featuring vocals that are both elegant and edgy. But the New England native has also spent years on the road with bands at smoky bar gigs and jazz clubs, and in studios doing session work, steadily honing her musical chops and proving she is in the music scene for the long haul. Now she serves up an eclectic mix of the jazz, blues and country influences with a wry, unmistakably urban sensibility, combined with a comfortable, down-home connection to her audience.

Arjuna Greist is an artist for the people. Her music has a folky tone but a punk sensibility, blending progressive politics with witty observations on life. Combining performance poetry with songs both poignant and droll, Arjuna leaves her audiences uplifted. She is a poet and has a show on Valley Free Radio in Northampton, MA.
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EnergyMA - Mon, Oct 3, 2011, 4:43 P
FREE Solar Energy Workshop
MA State has one of the most lucrative solar programs in the country! Representatives from a local solar energy company (based in Ludlow) will show you how to get started with solar electric (PV). They will explain how the technology works, how much it costs, what incentives and rebates are available to you from State and Federal governments, and all about Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). Come to this free presentation to learn how you can start turning the sun into money today!

Where: Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road, Leverett, MA

When: Saturday, October 8
1:30 - 2:30 PM

More information: 1-866-312-7673
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Diane - Sat, Sep 10, 2011, 12:57 P
Concert: John Flynn & Annie Patterson
Saturday - September 17 - 7:30 pm
Echo Lake Coffeehouse, Leverett, MA

The Echo Lake Coffeehouse, located in the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA, will begin its Fall series of concerts on Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 pm. Opening will be Annie Patterson, local songstress and co-editor of "Rise Up Singing". From Delaware, singer/songwriter, John Flynn, will perform his original work and preview songs from his upcoming album, ""The End of the Beginning" to be released this Fall. Admission: $10-$!2. Info at: 413-548-9394 or go to: and

John Flynn:
Singer-songwriter John Flynn draws from a significant body of work, ranging from his early country offerings to story songs, love songs, songs for kids, funny songs, songs of social justice and meditations on loss, tolerance, faith and hope.

The 54 year-old former Nashville staff songwriter and father of four spurned touring when his children were young, but as the kids grew older superlatives began to welcome their dad's arrival to the national folk stage. In 2005, Arlo Guthrie invited John on the historic "Train to New Orleans" tour following Hurricane Katrina. And Kris Kristofferson recited the lyrics to John’s song “Without You with Me” at Stephen Bruton's funeral. Ramblin' Jack Elliott himself has called Flynn the undiscovered “John Lennon of the plasma generation"!

John resides in the Brandywine area of Northern Delaware with his wife Beth, his kids, and his running partner, Chief, the world's most exuberant Frisbee-catching German shepherd. He has a new CD coming out this fall called "The End of the Beginning". The title cut is a duet with Kris Kristofferson.

A philosopher with a guitar. -

To find anyone with word skills comparable to Flynn, you would do better looking in the literary community than in songwriting circles. Simply put, John Flynn is a master of imagery, rhyme and emotion. -Songwriters Monthly

Annie Patterson:
Annie is a music educator and professional singer. She has performed as a singer-songwriter at coffeehouses, clubs and folk festivals. She has been a jazz vocalist and performed for twenty years with the swing bands "Big Nite Out" and Girls from Mars, performing widely at folk festivals, swing dances, swing camps, weddings and clubs through out the Northeast and is on three swing recordings by these bands. She currently substitutes as a vocalist with the Northampton based swing band, The O-Tones.

Together with her husband, Peter Blood, she has create a completely unique song collection entitled Rise Up Singing. Their book contains a wonderful mix of 1200 songs from Beatles to Broadway, from spirituals to carols, and from kids songs to songs of peace and justice. Annie is producer and chief vocalist for the series of teaching recordings that accompany the songbook. She plays the acoustic guitar, old-timey banjo, the djimbe and mandolin.
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mmuller - Thu, Aug 11, 2011, 11:30 P
Montague Soapbox Derby
The 2011 Montague Soapbox Derby will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 17th, in Unity Park, Turners Falls. Race Applications are available on the website, as are the Race Rules. Deadline for entry is Wednesday, August 31st.

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm for the race last year, and the potential to have more racers than can be handled, the committee is capping the number of entrants to 100. If you plan to enter you are urged to get your application in early. Racers who raced last year may apply for the same racer number, and may also enter the same cart if they wish. Racer fee: $25.

Racers are encouraged to upload images of their carts in progress to the Facebook fan page:

Race event is Rain or Shine.

This event is a fundraiser for Montague Community TV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
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carlson - Mon, Jun 27, 2011, 12:53 P
Leverett Library’s Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration- with ice cream!
One World, Many Stories - Leverett Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration-with Ice Cream Sundae Bar!
Thursday, June 30 7-8pm
Who: Kids finishing grades K-6 are invited to take part
How: Sign up at the library and receive a logbook to record the titles of the books you read or listen to this summer
Why: Every book and audiobook that you read will help us raise money for disaster victims in Japan and Western Mass. (Thanks to support from the friends of the Leverett Library, the library will donate the funding up to $180 toward relief efforts in these locations.)

Make your own ice cream sundae, learn to make some origami figures or color a country's flag to decorate the library.
Optional: Come wearing an item of clothing from a part of the world that interests you!

Sponsored by your local library, the Mass. Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Mass Board of Library Commissioners. The Leverett Library's program receives generous support from the Friends of the Leverett Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children.
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carlson - Mon, Jun 27, 2011, 12:36 P
Puppet Performance at New Salem Library
At the New Salem Library this Thursday, June 30 from 11am-12pm.... Nicol B. Wander of Wanderful Creations will present "The Frog Prince" and "Little Red Riding Hood" puppet performances. All the fairy tale characters are ingeniously created out of everyday household objects. Her performance will capture the imagination of all who see it and will take them back to a world of make believe. A special dancing marionette will be part of the finale. Meet and greet with the puppets and puppeteer. This program is supported by Union #28 Community Network for Children.
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mmuller - Tue, Jun 14, 2011, 3:55 P
Mutton & Mead this Saturday
Looking for some serious fun this Saturday?

Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival
The Renaissance Faire in Montague, MA, tucked away in the pastoral hills of Western Mass!
Theme: "Thieves of Honor" Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
* * * RAIN OR SHINE * * *
On the grounds of Millers Falls R&G Club
210 Turners Falls Road Turners Falls, MA, 01376

Adults: $15 at the gate
Kids and Seniors: $10 at the gate

DISCOUNTED TICKETS: Mutton and Mead is a fundraiser for the Foodbank of Western Mass. Donations of non-perishable food at the gate will get you $1-off the ticket price for each two items, up to $3 total.

The first annual Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is coming to Turners Falls on the grounds of the Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The festival, traditionally known as a Renaissance Faire, will bring together fun, food, and entertainment with a medieval flair. This will be a day for everyone, kids, teens, and adults alike. Dressing up in period costumes is not required, but it will heighten the experience for everyone.

The theme for the inaugural year is Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, "Thieves of Honor." Many characters from the legend, including Robin and his band of Merry Men, will be making appearances in the woods around the faire along with a varied assortment of entertainers, craftspeople, and other vendors from across New England. There will also be jousting, eagles and falcons, knife throwing, archery demonstrations and contests, various food vendors selling contemporary and period-authentic foods, as well as artisan crafts and medieval merchandise.

Be transported through time

So travel back in time with us to the early 13th Century. The Mutton and Mead Tavern is holding their annual summer festival, and collecting food for the poor. The shire folk are worried the Sheriff of Nottingham will come and exact tax payment on the collected food, but are confident that Robin Hood will swoop in and save the day!
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carlson - Tue, May 31, 2011, 11:56 A
Family Hike - Community Network for Children
Join us for a family hike led by Dawn Ward at Ruggles Pond/Wendell State Forest on Sunday, June 5 at 10:30. We will provide a light snack, but you're welcome to bring a picnic lunch and stay after the hike. For more info contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, at 978.544.5157.
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Starlight - Fri, May 20, 2011, 9:29 A
Beatuty and the Beast, Jr presented by Starlgiht’s Youth Theatre
June 3rd at 7pm, June 4th at 2pm and 7pm, and June 5th at 2pm.
Starlight’s Youth Theatre proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.!
Shows are at Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst - Come enjoy this delightful show featuring an exuberant local, all-youth cast. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
For Ticket information, please call 413-559-8183 or for more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
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mmuller - Mon, May 2, 2011, 12:25 P
Looking for Local Talent
Are you or someone you know talented? Mutton and Mead, the upcoming Robin Hood-themed Medieval Festival in Montague, MA, aims to provide a venue to showcase your talents as a performer, educator, crafter or artisan. We have stages and we have streets and we are looking to pack them with talent!

We are looking for musicians, singers, bards and other performers or entertainers to put the “festive” in “festival.” Are you or someone you know a singer, musician, bard, juggler, dancer, storyteller, puppeteer, sword fighter, acrobat, tumbler, fire eater, stilt walker, sword swallower, juggler, rope walker, ventriloquist, or otherwise talented person? We are looking for both professional and novice performers. Send them to where they can find out how to get involved.

We are also looking to tap into New England talented community of artists, artisans and crafters. Likewise, if you or someone you know is a painter, jewelry maker, wood artisan, sculptor, weaver, metal worker, glass worker, or otherwise makes or sells something visitors of Mutton and Mead might want to buy, please send them to

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NatureLady - Sun, Apr 17, 2011, 2:26 P
Plants & Garden Books Wanted
The Leverett Historical Society will be holding its annual plant and book sale. Saturday May 21 9-noon Lev. Town Hall

Plant and garden book donations are NEEDED to make this event happen.
so, when cleaning up your gardens this spring, please set aside your plant "volunteers" and extra garden books for this fundraiser sale.

Please LABEL ALL plant donations!!

Plant donations can be dropped off behind the Lev. Town Hall prior to the sale.
Garden books can be dropped off in the Town Hall entry during business hours. (Please label for LHS).

(GARDEN or farming books only please!)

For more info, please contact Dawn Marvin Ward 367-9562

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DO - Sun, Mar 20, 2011, 7:14 A
Japan Solidarity Vigil at Vermont Yankee


Carpooling from Greenfield, MA -
Meet at Big Y parking lot at 12pm.
Loren Kramer coordinating 413-824-8199 cell

As a public expression of solidarity with the thousands of Japanese workers and residents affected by the still worsening nuclear disaster in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, there will be a solemn, peaceful vigil in front of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Governor Hunt Road in Vernon, Vermont, this Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 pm.

In addition to expressing concern for the suffering of the Japanese people, the vigilers will continue calling for the closure of Vermont Yankee, a 39-year-old, accident-plagued facility of the same or very similar age and design (Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor made by General Electric) as the failed nuclear reactors in Japan.

Vigil organizers have suggested that those who plan to attend wear black, bring a sign or banner in keeping with the purpose of the vigil, and park in the parking lot of the Vernon Elementary School across from the plant. All are welcome.

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LCA - Fri, Mar 4, 2011, 3:08 P
Art Reception, Talk, and Concert

Location: The Barnes Gallery, Leverett Crafts & Arts
Dates: March 4th-27th
Gallery Hours: Fri-Sun. 2-5pm

Peace Talks: Art is the Children's Voice. An exhibition presented by the committee for a Leverett Peace Commission. The show includes the work of Claudia Lefko titles the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange, as well as art created by the students from the Vacation Peace Project lead by Sarah Pirtle entitled Making Peace with Children. A reception will be held on Sunday, March 6th from 4-7pm. The artists will speak @ 5pm followed by a mini concert by Sarah Pirtle.

Please come enjoy art, music, refreshments, and support the committee for the Leverett Peace Commission. This is a family friendly reception so bring the kids to participate in an art exchange with children in Iraq.

For more info:

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Diane - Sat, Feb 5, 2011, 8:43 P
Magpie - Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino - will perform music for social change at the Echo Lake Coffeehouse in the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA, Saturday, February 12, 7:30 pm. Admission is $12/10. For reservations, call 413-548-9394.

With the power of their delivery, Magpie is well known for their performances of hard-hitting topical songs. Terry's voice is a truly impressive instrument, not only because of its natural power, but also because of her versatility. She is a gifted singer of jazz and blues in the tradition of Connie Boswell and Billie Holiday, but is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs. Add to this her uncanny ability to find the perfect harmony line, and, in a powerful blend of their two voices, you have a real treat for the ear. As if this weren't enough, Terry is also an excellent player of the harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar.

Greg is an outstanding guitarist whose fingerstyle approach owes a lot to his heroes, guitar legends such as Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Nick Lucas, Phil Ochs, and Rolly Brown. His playing is the solid basis of Magpie's sound, providing whatever is called for, whether it be a hard-driving rhythm, or a ringing lyrical beauty. From a slow Scots air or a plaintive ballad to a rollicking ragtime blues or infectious swing, Greg covers it all. His high baritone voice has equal range and his captivating interpretation gives power and beauty to the full spectrum, from growling blues, to a Chilean lament, to a sweet croon.

Terry and Greg are internationally known for their musical work in the environmental movement. Their musical work has supported the work of such notable groups as National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Park Service, and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Earth Day 1998 found them performing at Harpers Ferry National Park where their well-known anthem, "We Belong to the Earth" was a perfect finale to a speech by President Clinton.

Admission: $12/$10 Call Diane for reservations: 413-548-9394
For more info: or
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DO - Tue, Jan 25, 2011, 7:19 A
"Resource Conflict and Resource Innovation in the Search for Peace"
The Committee for a Leverett Peace Commission presents:

Michael T. Klare "Resource Conflict and Resource Innovation in the Search for Peace"

Thursday evening Feb 3, 2011, 7:00 pm

Leverett Town Hall

Please stay for tea after talk.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His is also Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies. Made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Donations cheerfully accepted.

For more information call: Jim Perkins 367 9520 or Barbara Tiner 548 7919 or go to:
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mmuller - Wed, Jan 19, 2011, 3:52 P
Open Auditions: Call for Talent
Open Auditions: Call for Talent
To be held Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 at the Montague Grange hall

For Immediate Release

Montague Renaissance Faire Seeks Talent

Mutton and Mead, Montague's Medieval Festival, seeks Actors, Singers, Dancers, Minstrels, and other creative types at an audition and open house on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Montague Grange hall, for "THIEVES OF HONOR" a Robin Hood-themed Renaissance Faire to be held on June 18th in Turners Falls, MA.

Actors should come with a two-minute monologue and be prepared to participate in some improvisational activities. Not looking for a major role? We are also seeking extras for "depth and color" and will provide training. If you sing or play an instrument please bring it and a song to present.

Not an actor, but still interested in helping bring our medieval village to life? Mutton and Mead is also seeking volunteers, crafts-people, merchants, theater crew, designers and carpenters, independent acts, interns and staff. Just contact us or stop by on audition day. There are several Managerial spots available as well, for those who like to work on these types of events.

Are you some other creative type? Our hope is that Mutton and Mead will provide a venue for the community. We welcome your ideas on how we can make that happen. We hope to see you or hear from you too.

Auditions and Open house to be held at the Montague Grange hall, 34 Main Street, Montague Center, on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM.
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mmuller - Mon, Nov 29, 2010, 9:33 A
New Moon Coffee House Launches!
New Moon Coffee House at the Montague Grange
Saturday, December 4th
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$10-$20 at the door

“A Winter Solstice Celebration”

We join together in the cold, dark night of winter, to warm our hands and hearts with sacred and celebrational music welcoming the return of the Sun at Winter Solstice. Traditional songs you know, mixed in with other old-world songs.

Kellianna, Pagan Folk Music and Chant

Chris LaFond, Harpist

Jenna Greene, Neo-Celtic Singer / Songwriter

For more information about the performers, and the series itself, please visit...
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joy - Tue, Nov 16, 2010, 10:48 P
10th Annual Pottery Sale
Joy Friedman Pottery
Sat. Nov. 20th
At the Leverett Crafts and Arts

Functional and decorative pottery in an array of colorful designs.
Come see the 2 newest glazes-Spring Green and Autumn Landscape!

Lots of Pots: Lace bowls, Dip & Chip Platters, Bowls, Mugs, Ikebana, Plates, Pie Plates, Butter Keepers, and more!

Juice and food will be served!

For info: 413-548-9673
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Diane - Sat, Sep 18, 2010, 2:07 P
Echo Lake Coffeehouse Concert Schedule
ECHO LAKE COFFEEHOUSE - Music for Social Change
Schedule of Concerts thru May 2011
Sept. 19 - Sun - 4:00 pm - Larry Kirwan
Oct. 16 - Sat - 7:30 pm - Colleen Kattau
Nov. 18 - Thu - 7:30 pm - Dana & Susan Robinson
Dec. 11 - Sat - 7:30 pm - Si Kahn (reservations required in advance 413-548-9394)

2011 - all concerts on Saturday at 7:30 pm
Jan 15 - Spook Handy
Feb. 12 - Magpie
Mar. 12 - Sue Kranz & Ben Tousley
Apr. 16 - Ben Bedford
May 14 - David Ferrard

Please mark your calendars so you won't miss these special appearances of performers from far and near, including the North Carolina, the Midwest, Scotland and even New Jersey!

You can catch many of these singer/songwriters on my radio show, "Music of the People", now streaming on Mon 4 pm, Tues 4 am, Wed 9 pm and Thurs 9 am at
My playlists can be viewed at the blogspot address listed below.

Diane Crowe
Music of the People, WMCB 107.9 LPFM, Greenfield, MA, DJ, -
Echo Lake Coffeehouse, Leverett, MA, Mgr.,
People's Music Network, Coordinator,
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mmuller - Tue, Aug 17, 2010, 12:17 P
Montague Race Entry deadline Extended to August 30th
Turners Falls - People wishing to enter the Montague Soapbox Races who haven't yet sent in their entry form now have an extra two weeks to get them in. The new entry deadline is Monday, August 30th, 8:00 PM.

The Montague Soapbox Races, the first of a new annual event, is a fundraising event for Montague Community TV, and will be held on Sunday, September 19th, from high noon till the last cart goes down the hill. Winners will be handed real metal trophy cups in a winners ceremony at the end, hosted by Russ Brown, State Senator Stan Rosenburg, and Montague Selctboard chair Pat Allen.

Entry forms are still coming in to the TV station every day. The race will stop at a maximum of 150 racers. The race entry fee is $25. Spectators attend for free.

Race entrants who need technical assistance putting their cart together will be invited to a cart building party on Sunday, August 29th, in Turners Falls. Some of the Race Inspectors and Race Officials will be on hand as well to give professional advice.

Racers should bring whatever they have already completed, as well as all parts and supplies they intend to use, including bolts, screws, nails, wood, concept drawings and their own tools (very important). the build party host has a large supply of bicycle parts and wheels to provide for free. All racers under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Race rules and applications can be downloaded from the official race website and printed. If you don't have a printer you can pick up a pre-printed application at the Montague Town Hall clerk's office, any of the three Montague public libraries, or the TV station itself, at 34 Second Street in Turners Falls.

The race is still looking for vendors, either to sell food or wares, or distribute their information or fundraise. Please contact Nancy Paglia (413) 548-9015.

The race is also looking for sponsors and hay bale advertisers. Please contact Doug Fontaine (413) 522-8382.
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Laurel - Mon, Jul 26, 2010, 10:06 A
The Maya Seed Ark Project
Please consider joining us on August 10 at 7:30 in the meeting room at the the Wendell Free Library for an evening with Camila Martinez, of the Maya Seed Ark Project (

The evening, a Benefit to raise funds and resources for Camila Martinez's Maya Seed Ark Project, includes Camila's special reading of THE MAYA PROPHECIES, also storytelling and a compelling media presentation of the very present crisis of GMO infiltration of heritage seed corn stock that is profoundly effecting the Maya people in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. For the Maya this is not only an environmental crisis--- it is a spiritual and cultural crisis. The Maya know themselves as the 'People of the Corn'. Corn is central to their spiritual heritage, ceremony, and food security, as well as their daily nurture.

Camila Martinez has been a tireless advocate for native seed banks amongst the Maya populations in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Her Maya Seed Ark Project has been instrumental in educating about the effects of GMO and establishing functioning heirloom seed banks amongst native populations. Bioneers has recently requested that Camila Martinez and the Maya Seed Ark Project be the Guest of Honor at their 2010 Food and Farming Banquet. Camila has spent many decades studying, living, and working amongst indigenous peoples in Central and North America. She is passionate about her cause and we think you will be too after hearing her story and the stories of the Maya people.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the library and the Wendell Agricultural Committee.It is free, although donations to help Camila with this work will be gratefully accepted.
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mmuller - Mon, Jul 19, 2010, 10:24 A
Free Healthcare Consultations Exams
I saw a sign in front of the church in Leverett:

Free Healthcare Consultations Exams
Monday, 7 - 8 pm
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patrick - Sat, Jun 26, 2010, 7:40 A

5th Annual Green River Brewfest TODAY! Sponsored by your Friends at Montague WebWorks!

June 26th, TODAY!

Noon to 6pm rain or shine...just $23

Located in the Big Tents next to Ryan & Casey Liquors!

All the samples you can legally handle, sampling glass to take home, food coupon, and entry for door prizes! Also get a collectors pint glass from a participating brewery!

‘An American Craft-Brew Tasting’
Food + Live Music + Cigar Bar

Greenfield's local Police & Fireman's Association's Public Safety Programs are the beneficiary of this year's event!

Call 8886678580 for Patrick and Details!
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mmuller - Wed, Jun 16, 2010, 11:22 P


First Local Soapbox Race in Decades

Montague will host the first Soapbox Race in Franklin County in decades on September 18th, 2010. The gravity-fed race will take place at Unity Park in Turners Falls on the 1st Street hill. Racers must be at least 8-years old and reside in Franklin County. All carts must be made from scratch, not from kits or pre-fabricated, and must include no propulsion of any kind.

The entry fee is $25 per racer and only 150 applications will be accepted. There will be three age brackets: kids, teens and adults. Yes, adults may race! The application deadline is August 15th. Racers may obtain sponsorship to help defray the cost of building their vehicle.

Racers in each age bracket will win real-metal trophy cups based on distance or creativity. The event will be free to watch, and it is hoped families will come out to picnic with the many local food vendors.

Race Director Mik Muller remarked “Unity Park is a perfect location for a downhill race: the 1st Street hill is quite steep and the bend at the bottom requires some skill, both in vehicle construction and driving; the wide lawns in the park are perfect for spectators to gather and cheer; there is plenty of room for vendors to sell their food and wares; and of course there is the Connecticut River spanned by the Turners Falls Gill Bridge as a beautiful backdrop, an icon for Turners Falls.”

This is the first derby since the Old Home Days derbies of the mid-1960’s in Montague Center, and before that the 3rd Street derbies of the late-1940’s in Turners Falls.

Vendors interested in having a table at the race should call Nancy Paglia at (413) 548-9015. Those wishing to advertise, sponsor or underwrite the race please call Doug Fontaine at (413) 522-8382. Anyone wishing to volunteer on race day (free staff t-shirt!), please call Mik Muller at (413) 320-5336.

Race rules, all required forms, and more information can be found on the official race website.
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DLHawkins - Tue, Jun 15, 2010, 10:59 A
This edit is posted due to a mistake brought to my attention, thank you for calling and letting us know of the errors.

JUNE 19th is The Leverett Fling!! Food! Music! Friend and Family!! What more could you need for great time. The event will be right on the Coop Grounds as is Tradition, and we hope everyone comes to have good time and hang out. we still need Vendor's to attend and Display there wares and goods. Please, if you are interested in being Vendor, stop by the Coop and sign up.

Hope to see lots of folks, it's going to be great time!

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carlson - Thu, Jun 3, 2010, 10:55 A
CNC Family Fun Day
Family photo booth, Mademoiselle Pixie Belle Face painting and balloons, cold potluck lunch, arts and crafts tables, musical entertainment by Ed Hines, Safe Kids car seat safety check point! June 19th at Mill River Park in North Amherst on Route 63 from 10am-1pm. To be held rain or shine. Families with young children welcome! For more info contact Gillian Budine, CNC Coordinator, 413-423-3180.
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DLHawkins - Thu, Jun 3, 2010, 10:28 A
JULY 19th is The Leverett Fling!! Food! Music! Friend and Family!! What more could you need for great time. The event will be right on the Coop Grounds as is Tradition, and we hope everyone comes to have good time and hang out. we still need Vendor's to attend and Display there wares and goods. Please, if you are interested in being Vendor, stop by the Coop and sign up.

Hope to see lots of folks, it's going to be great time!

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mmuller - Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 10:19 P
Ferd’s Amazing Card Party -- THIS FRIDAY
Ferd's Amazing Card Party -- THIS FRIDAY at the Montague Grange

Fri, Jun 4, 2010, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Potluck and Card Party at the Montague Grange hall. $5 suggested donation to the hall building fund. Oh Hell, Hearts, Spades, B.S., and other favorites!

This event is part of the Friends of the Montague Grange FUN-raising drive to raise awareness of the hall as well as money to repair it. Your participation is greatly encouraged and sought.
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DO - Wed, May 19, 2010, 9:48 A
The Quabbin Walk
QUABBIN WALK will be held from May 17-23, 2010 from Orange to New Salem, Massachusetts.

The Walk therefore calls for agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to authorize an immediate and permanent cessation of all commercial logging on all Massachusetts public lands: watersheds, forests and parks.


Wednesday, May 19 - Ware
Thursday, May 20 - Belchertown
Friday, May 21 - Pelham
Saturday May 22 - New Salem
Sunday May 23 - Celebration of Walk Completion in New Salem

more here:

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carlson - Thu, May 6, 2010, 10:46 A
Community Network for Children May events
Just wanted to update families with young children and child care providers about some events happening in May.

~"Drumming Away the Blues of Winter and Welcoming the Sun!" Family Potluck and Interactive Entertainment with Craig Harris to be held on Friday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 at Leverett Elementary School.

~REACH visits to Shutesbury (5/14/10 from 9-10:30am) and Erving (5/19/10 from 10-11:30am) playgroups. Preregister for a screening if you have questions about your child's development. Screenings for children under 3 years of age.

~"Could it be Autism?" discussion for parents with Sean O'Neill, Inclusion Specialist for Union #28. To be held at Erving Elementary School on Monday, May 17- pizza dinner served at 5:30, workshop begins at 6:00.

~"Is My Child Ready for School?" workshop for parents of children entering preschool or kindergarten. To be held Thursday, May 20 at Swift River School in New Salem. Pizza dinner served at 5:30, workshop begins at 6:00.

~"No, I Won't and You Can't Make Me! Secrets for Handling Children's Power Struggles with Success" with Bill Corbett of Cooperative Kids. To be held on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30-12:30 at Erving Elementary School.

~"Stroller Ramble" Naturalist and educator, Dawn Marvin Ward, will lead participants on a ’ramble.’ Come discover nature along the Connecticut River - Turners Falls Fishway, Great Falls Discovery Center, guided tour along the CT River bike path. Meet at Turners Falls Fishway, bring a picnic lunch or enjoy one of the nearby restaurants. Thursday, May 27 from 10-noon.

If you need more information or to register please be in touch with Jessica or Gillian at 413.423.3180
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joy - Wed, Apr 28, 2010, 3:16 P
2 POttery Classes Offered

6:30pm-9:00 pm

2:00-4:30 pm




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Laurel - Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 1:50 P
Movie "Fresh!"
Friday, April 23, 1020, the movie, "Fresh!", will be shown at the Wendell Free Library at 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Wendell Agricultural Commission, this movie and ensuing discussion will encourage new thinking about what we are eating. Come and join in!
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Diane - Wed, Mar 10, 2010, 7:46 P
Dave Lippman Concert at the Echo Lake Coffeehouse
Satirical songster, Dave Lippman, aka Wild Bill Bailout, will appear at the Echo Lake Coffeehouse in the Town Hall, 9 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA, on Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10-$12 (self-determined sliding scale.) For more info, call 413-548-9394.

Audiences of all ages have thrilled to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman. The anti-war troubadour afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags of the week, de-distorts history, and updates worn-out songs with parody and thrust. He is not your grandfather’s folksinger.

Singing CIA Agent George Shrub, hedging his bets, has passed the torch – which was melting down – to his rich relation, Wild Bill Bailout, the Bard of the Bankers. Like Shrub, Wild Bill employs anti-folk songs and anti-nationalization anthems to explain (and enforce) that the business of America is none of your business, that those too big to fail are also too big for jail, and that the jobless and foreclosed must bail out their own boats.

How will Wild Bill finesse the collapse of capital and find a new way to rule the world? Can he help Mr. Obama put lipstick on a war? Will he Bank on America or are we all turning Chinese? Can Hugo Chavez be stopped from using Gaza to embarrass the US and hand the world to Iran? Come find out at the Echo Lake!

Favorite tunes from this dynamic duo include Brother Can You Spare a Diamond, The Sport Futility Vehicle Tango, I Hate Wal-Mart, Your Car is Disgusting, and many more endearing titles...

"Viciously funny" - Guardian (England)
"God, that man can talk! I tell you, he's good. What a great writer!" - Utah Phillips
"He makes me laugh every single time." - Holly Near
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mmuller - Thu, Feb 11, 2010, 5:32 P
Boston MoS / Harry Potter
Has anyone gone to see the Harry Potter exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science? Was it worth the entry fee? $26 per adult and $23 per child seems a bit excessive. Feels like a scalping, really.

Is there anyone out there with a "basic-5" membership who is interested in going on Saturday? You and a friend, me and my two kids. I'll drive and pay gas. I'm not trying to scam the museum, but I can't really justify paying $75 right now -- and that doesn't include gas, tolls, parking or the time to get there. I like Harry Potter as much as the next person, but woah.
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DO - Thu, Feb 4, 2010, 2:36 P
Help Stop the MA Chainsaw Massacre!
Public forum on logging the Quabbin & MA public lands to be held
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, TWO SESSIONS: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.? & 7 - 8:30pm.
Amherst Regional Middle School Cafeteria, Chestnut St., Amherst?.?

Please come and help defend our woodlands from clear-cutting & bad forestry practices!

AND please spread the word!

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mmuller - Wed, Feb 3, 2010, 9:12 P
Friends of the Montague Grange Forming
MONTAGUE -- The members of the Montague Grange are creating a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called The Friends of the Montague Grange. This non-profit will be charged with fundraising for the many structural repairs and upgrades desperately needed, including repairing the roof, adding wheelchair ramps, and removing the drop-ceiling from the main hall. We invite all our neighbors and friends who would be willing to join this new organization either as a dues-paying member, an officer on the board, or a committee member for the four events we plan to hold throughout the year. The first meeting will be held at the Grange Hall this Sunday, February 7th, at 1:00pm. The Montague Grange hall is located on the town common in Montague Center, across from the church.

The Montague Grange hall, built in 1835 as a Unitarian church and owned by the Grange since 1935, is used for a variety of community functions, such as dances, movies, community meetings, and various holiday events. As a fraternal organization, donations made to the Grange are not tax deductible, and membership dues collected must be sent to the State Grange. Forming a separate non-profit will allow the committee to repair the hall to receive and keep all donations for hall repair use, as well as allow donations to be legally tax deductible.

A more extensive list of projects / needs can be found here:

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