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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 www.campbellequinetraining.com 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
ADULTS AND TEENS
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

AT THE LEVERETT CRAFTS AND ARTS
LEARN WHEEL THROWING AND HAND-BUILDING

LEARN DECORATION AND GLAZING

LOTS OF INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION
ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE WELCOME
BRING HOME YOUR FINISHED PIECES
TAUGHT BY JOY FRIEDMAN

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

JOY FRIEDMAN IS A PROFESSIONAL POTTER WITH 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE WHO HAS BEEN TEACHING STUDENTS FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS. HER APPROACH TO TEACHING IS ONE OF GENTLE ENCOURAGEMENT WITH A FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY AND SELF-EXPRESSION.
 
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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: http://www.nofrackedgasinmass.org/
 
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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.

http://www.wendellma...ocumentary-film.html

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 www.MontagueSoapboxDerby.com 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.

http://montaguesoapb...0&title=Forms++Rules

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.

https://www.facebook.com/MontagueSoapboxDerby

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.

http://www.MontagueWebWorks.com
 
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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. http://welcomeyule.org/
 
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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
TAIZE SERVICE
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
GROUP TAG SALE AND FARMERS MARKET
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 http://www.macucc.org/churches/detail/167).
 
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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: http://www.facebook.com/events/120107741459747/
 
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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 AND MEAD CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
MUTTON AND MEAD CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

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.

www.MuttonAndMead.com

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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