Friday 4/27, 7:30 PM at the Guiding Star Grange Hall, 401 Chapman Street:
All are welcome to enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to beautiful reels, jigs, hornpipes, waltzes, and more. Musicians: Stuart Kenney (bass, banjo), Peter Siegel (mandolin, guitar), and David Kaynor (fiddle, calls) with Baron Collins-Hill (mandolin) and Julia Plumb (fiddle).
All ages are welcome and no prior dancing experience is needed. We like to start the evening with easy dances and hot music.
Admission is self-determined on the Honor System. We suggest $10 per adult. We welcome barter!
This dance welcomes listeners and sit-in musicians as well as dancers. The Grange Hall is fully wheelchair accessible.
Hypnosis is the fastest and easiest way to quit. Blue Moon Hypnotherapy continually produces remarkable results helping people to quit after 30, 40 even 50 years of smoking. Rid yourself of the habit and begin a new healthier lifestyle today! Free phone consultation. 413 774-7171. Please visit: BlueMoonHypnotherapy.com
M&M Removal Service, your trash/recycling clean out specialist!
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NO job is to small! Summer clean up time! Forget the rest, call us, THE BEST!
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Food Processing Center seeking Seasonal Production Assistant
Job Title: Production Assistant – Western MA Food Processing Center
Employment Status: Seasonal
June – October 2011, 20 hours per week minimum, most weeks 40 hours.
Job Description: The FCCDC is seeking motivated individuals to continue the growth of our Food Processing Center (FPC). This position will report to, and assist the Food Processing Center Manager in the delivery of services to members of the FCCDC’s FPC in Greenfield, MA. The Production Assistant will work with food entrepreneurs and farmers to help them produce their products in a safe, healthy and efficient manner. S/he will also assist with the execution of contract manufacturing of a wide range of food products. Shifts and hours will vary and will include some nights and weekends.
Job Duties: Assist with the production of scheduled processes for a wide variety of food products; Perform sanitation and maintenance of a commercial food handling facility; Assist with freezing locally grown vegetables to be distributed to local schools.
Qualifications: At least 18 years old; High school /diploma or equivalent; Food service experience desired; Serve Safe Certified desired; Able to lift 50 lb. loads; Ability to follow and complete detailed procedures and provide accurate record-keeping; Ability to follow and complete detailed process procedures and provide accurate record-keeping; Good communication and interpersonal skills.
To apply or for more information, call the Franklin County Community Development Corporation at 413-774-7204.
The Mutton and Mead committee is looking for program booklet advertisers for the Festival!
While this will be a wonderful day of song, stories, food, vendors, jousting, juggling, and everything one comes to expect of a faire of this kind, Mutton and Mead is also a fundraiser for both the Foodbank of Western Mass, as well as the Friends of the Montague Grange (also a 501(c)(3)). We will be doing a food drive on the day of the faire and will also raise money for the two organizations.
The Festival will be giving out 2,000 free 40-page programs to all faire-goers at the festival. These handsome keepsake programs, printed on yellowed buff paper with a stiff cover, will contain not just the typical cast and crew credits and festival map, but also song lyrics, activity pages, historical background of the era and the individual characters in the faire, and a scavenger hunt that must be stamped to earn the special prize at the end.
Photos and hand-drawn sketches will festoon this booklet, as well as costume patterns and coupons for the 2012 festival, so it is guaranteed that faire-goers will want to keep it on hand for next year.
They will also want to know where to go to eat or drink after the faire; where to spend the night to check out our area; what sights there are to see and fun stores to visit. This is where you come in.
There are three ad sizes available:
1/4 page $40 each -- 5"wide x 2"high, or 2.5"wide x 4"high
1/3 page $55 each -- 5"wide x 2.5"high
1/2 page $80 each -- 5"wide x 4"high
Full Page $160 each -- 5"wide x 8"high
Print-ready copy deadline is May 15, 2011, via email.
If you're ready to just go for it, please go to the Forms page to download and print the form and send it in with your check.
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 www.MuttonAndMead.com 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 www.MuttonAndMead.com
Start your day with other business owners and professionals discussing topics related to business ownership. Hot drinks and refreshments provided. Walk-ins welcome, RSVP recommended. To register or for further information, call 413-774-7204 x100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. At the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, 324 Wells Street, Greenfield. FREE!
Getting Your Chaos under Control: What Can You Do?
Being organized is as important to the success of your business as having a great product or service. Disorganization can hamper your ability to give good service to your customers and undermine your credibility in the market place. It takes a toll on your clarity of thinking, creates daily crises that waste energy, and makes time management nearly impossible.
When you are organized you are better able to handle the ups and downs that entrepreneurship brings. It puts you in control and sets you up to succeed. Getting organized can be a challenge but it’s a skill that can be learned. This workshop will teach you how to turn chaos into order by:
· Asking important questions
· Minimizing your ‘stuff’
· Maximizing your space
· Creating systems that reflect your working and thinking style
· Increasing the likelihood that the systems will be maintained
You will also learn simple tools that can help you get organized. You will also learn simple tools that can help you get organized and hear stories about people who have conquered a wide range of organizational challenges. Presented by professional organizer Leslie Arriola.
Plan for Success! Business Planning Class starting March 8
Plan for Success! Business Planning Class for New and Established Entrepreneurs
This twelve week (36 hour) class is an opportunity for people serious about their business to complete a business plan for starting and sustaining a business. Participants say that this experience provided an opportunity to evaluate a business idea in a supportive way. Individual assistance is provided. Guest speakers complement the material.Topics include:
* Exploring your business idea
* Developing a mission statement
* Understanding legal structures
* Finding market research tools & resources
* Creating income & expense projections
* financing alternatives and supporting documents. Individual assistance is provided.
Date: Tuesdays, March 8 to May 31
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: Franklin County Community Development Corporation, 324 Wells Street, Greenfield
Cost: $500 (Payment plans are available.)
Explore Going into Business and Business Resources
Start your business the right way! This free 1 1/2 hour session is offered on the first Wednesday of the month for people interested in going into business, or taking a hobby to the next level. If you are also interested in using the Food Processing Center, this is your first step! Topics include:
* Business resources available
* The importance of developing a business plan
* Tour of the Food Processing Center
* Is business ownership right for you?
* Information about starting a food business
Wednesday, March 2, 3:30-5 pm and Wednesday, April 6, 3:30-5 pm
Franklin County Community Development Corporation, 324 Wells Street, Greenfield MA
Register online at www.fccdc.org or call 413-774-7204 x100
FCCDC is offering two part time, paid, one-year positions starting in September 2010 to
talented adults (must be over 18) interested in serving as Commonwealth Corps
volunteers and learning about community economic development in Franklin County.
Commonwealth Corps Members are paid a stipend of $5000 and work approximately
18 hours per week for 44 weeks on community outreach and projects relating to FCCDC’s work with
small business development. Hours are somewhat flexible, but interns must work at least
800 hours over 44 weeks to qualify for a $900 bonus at the end of the year.
If interested, email resume and cover letter to info at fccdc.org
The Commonwealth Corps positions are offered by Franklin County CDC thanks to a
grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance. FCCDC is part of a six-member
Western Massachusetts Community Development Corporation (WMCDC) collaborative
participating together in the Commonwealth Corps Program. The WMCDC collaborative
serves 71 communities in western Mass. including the cities of Springfield and Holyoke.
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all
ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities, address unmet
community needs, and increase volunteerism. Across Massachusetts, more than 250
Commonwealth Corps members will serve up to twelve months in full-time or part-time
capacities at 36 designated nonprofits and public entities. What they have in common
is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and
Chauvette comments on "big box store and virtual school"
Chauvette comments on the “Big Box Store and Virtual School”
Lee Chauvette, of Athol a Democratic candidate for State Representative has issued his opinion on two issues that he has been asked about most frequently besides the proposed biomass project for Greenfield. Chauvette stated that over the past couple of weeks the issues of the proposed “big box store” and the Greenfield Public School’s “K12 Virtual School” have been on the minds of the voters.
“First on the issue of the “K12 Virtual School, I as an immediate past member of a regional school committee have concerns about leaping so quickly into a contract with a single source bidder of something as important as the delivery of education to students. In the business we are all are used to single source bids on matters such as bus transportation from local companies that bid more frequently then out of the area providers. The other issue here of concern is the fact that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts has been delaying formulating regulations for such virtual school approaches. The DESE is still researching and reviewing the overall issues with virtual schools. Hopefully the system did not act hastily.”
“I am supportive of alternate ways of delivering quality education to students and I am a strong supporter of trying to combat the tides of school choice and making local districts attractive once again to enhance the return of students that have left. The “virtual school” is definitely a policy issue and must be monitored to ensure that the education offered is in the best interest of the students and that the overall process benefits the Greenfield Public Schools.”
“On the subject of the proposed plan for a “big box” retail store for the community of Greenfield, I have spoken with opponents, supporters and middle of the road voters on this issue. I do state that I have seen more "middle of the road" people on this store. The “middle of the road” voters are those who have signed a petition to ask the Planning Board to conduct an unbiased Community Impact Assessment. This assessment would look at impacts on traffic, business, neighborhoods etc. This assessment could look at what size store would provide the least negative impact on the community. This study would show the positives and negatives up front.”
“I personally believe that the route of the Community Impact Assessment makes the most sense and hope that the Planning Board and the local government of Greenfield will seriously consider this action as part of their decision making process. There is room to debate and look at what fits the needs of Greenfield, local businesses and the residents prior to making decisions on this store. This upfront study and working together may alleviate the stress and tense situations that were seen throughout the biomass process during local governmental meetings.”
Candidate urges local officials to review Biomass project
Lee Chauvette of Athol a Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 2nd Franklin District that includes Greenfield and Gill two towns directly affected by the proposed 47 megawatt biomass plant suggests that Greenfield officials check with the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to review the processes used in conjunction with the progression of the plant thus far.
“The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a strict policy entitled the Environmental Justice Policy which mandates enhanced public participation as well as enhanced review of such projects by the Executive Office for communities that fall under this particular program. Greenfield does in fact according to the policy website have a neighborhood that is an Environmental Justice Policy neighborhood. Montague also has a qualified neighborhood. Gill does not.” says Chauvette.
“In Greenfield beginning with the area of I-91 from Conway Street and Sullivan Lane down to Woodlawn Road across the neighborhood over to Hope Street to James Street then to High Street back to Beacon Street and Pierce Street back over to Conway Street forms this Environmental Justice neighborhood. This neighborhood meets the criteria according the policy website due to it’s having a median annual household income at or below 65 percent of the statewide median income for Massachusetts.”
“Section 14 of the policy clearly states that any project that exceeds ENF (Environmental Notification Form) thresholds for Air and it is within 5 miles of a policy neighborhood then enhanced public participation is required during the review. The proposed project is a new source of Air Emissions. Certainly one can ask if the locality and Executive Office offer this enhanced public participation.” states Chauvette.”
“Of more concern and possibly causing an additional review process is that Section 15 of the policy states that projects under going a MEPA review requires enhanced analysis towards an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) if again the project triggers a threshold for an Air project within 5 miles of the policy defined neighborhood. It is certainly worth the time for local officials on behalf of its residents to check to see if the review of project materials by the Executive Office that resulted in no filings of an Environmental Impact Report on this project is aligned with the Environmental Justice Policy”
“The Environmental Justice Program is designed to give residents enhanced participation in projects that may cause harm to their neighborhoods. As an Environmental Manager, I think it would be prudent to look at this issue and review if the biomass plant project has been aligned properly under this policy and if in fact the Executive Office should have moved towards requesting the enhanced analysis for an Environmental Impact Report. I urge local officials to review this issue.” Chauvette added.
Greenfield Meet and Greet event for Lee Chauvette, Candidate for State Representative Thursday August 5th from 5-7:30 at Taylor's Restaurant 238 Main Street Greenfield, Mass. Light Refreshments served and Cash Bar. Suggested Donation $25. Come and speak to Lee Chauvette of Athol, 25 years public service experience. Chauvette is running in the 2nd Franklin District
Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts Endorse Chauvette for State Representative in 2nd Franklin District
BOSTON -- The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts are pleased to announce their endorsement of Lee Chauvette, candidate for State Representative of the 2nd Franklin district.
“Lee Chauvette has strong roots in the district, having grown up in Athol and having dedicated his professional career to the area. He has a strong record of public service, having served as a firefighter, School Committee Chairman and small business owner. In these tough economic times we need a fighter who understands the role public safety plays in keeping residents safe but also helping local cities and towns prosper.
The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts’ 12,000 strong membership is proud to endorse Lee’s candidacy,” PFFM President Robert B. McCarthy said.The 2nd Franklin district includes parts of Athol, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Orange and Warwick.
“I’m grateful and humbled by the endorsement of my fellow firefighters. My colleagues represent the kind of hard-working, selfless, courageous and bedrock citizens we all need to be in this time of economic uncertainty and political cynicism. I promise them and the voters of the 2nd Franklin district to work tirelessly during the election campaign and, once elected, during my tenure in office,” Lee Chauvette said.
“Firefighters will never call one of our own heroes, but we know firsthand the fearless courage and integrity we bring to the job each and every day to keep residents safe. Lee will bring that same courage and integrity to the State Capitol and residents in his district should rest assured that they will be well served with Lee as their State Representative,” McCarthy continued.
Chauvette was born and raised in Athol, where he resides today with his wife and two sons. Chauvette has more than 25 years of serving the Athol area. He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief with the Athol Fire Department before being laid-off in 2003.
He served for nine years as an elected member of the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee, where he helped to save the local high school from non-accreditation status. In 2008, he used his life-savings skills learned as a firefighter to help rescue a local family that fell through the ice.
He currently serves as an Environmental Manager in Fitchburg.The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts represent more than 12,000 professional fire fighters from across the Commonwealth. More information about the PFFM can be found at www.pffm.org.
Anybody in Greenfield that wants to have a Lee Chauvette lawn sign can email us through leechauvette.org and we will deliver one. Thank you for your continued support. Lee Chauvette is a candidate for the 2nd Franklin District State Rep seat.
Chauvette Attends Governor’s Meeting At Veterans Center
ATHOL-- Lee Chauvette of Athol, who is seeking the office of State Representative for the Second Franklin District, recently attended a meeting at the Greenfield Veterans Resource and Referral Center to hear Veterans' concerns first hand and observe conversations with Veterans and Governor Deval Patrick. Chauvette said that while he is a candidate for office the long line of Veterans in his family makes him genuinely concerned for all Veterans past and present.
" In my family my Grandfather the late John Abbott of Orange was in World War I. My Father, Lionel Chauvette served in the Army during the Korean War as a personal chef to General Douglas MacArthur. Three of my uncles served, one during World War II and two during the Vietnam Conflict. Extended members of my family currently are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan along with family friends. Veterans are a very important part of my life."
Chauvette stated that he was moved to hear the plight of a young female Veteran who returned home from service and found it difficult to access services during the off hours of local Veterans Services offices. " She made it quite clear to Governor Patrick that more needs to be done to assist the new generation of disabled Veterans who return home."
Another woman the mother of a son who had served abroad talked about how the state needs to support the families of sons and daughters that fight for our country especially regarding suicide prevention. Chauvette said that one Veteran stood before the crowd and talked about himself as an alcoholic and how Veteran services said his life.
Chauvette stated that he did feel that Governor Patrick truly listened to the Veterans who spoke and that he took notes and informed Veterans he would have his staff look into their concerns. "A lot is said about our current administration and the state budget etc. but I personally witnessed Governor Patrick's commitment to the Veterans that were there and I witnessed him caring about what they had to say."
Chauvette feels that the Veterans Resource and Referral Center in Greenfield is a tool for Veterans that needs to be replicated in other communities.
Chauvette said, "My commitment to helping the Veterans of the Second Franklin District extends beyond campaign rhetoric. I truly care that our past and current Veterans get the help they and their families need to assist them back into the main stream. They have fought hard for us now we need to fight the fight for them."
If your business doesn’t have a WISP, you probably need one!
The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is offering workshops to help all local businesses large, small and non profits understand what they need to know to comply with the Mass Privacy Regulations which went into effect on March 1, 2010.
The law pertains to the way information if stored, utilized and destroyed and affects ALL BUSINESSES, large or small, for profit and non profit.
Businesses that use personal information of Massachusetts residents must have it safeguarded against identity theft. If you have employees, take checks, credit or debit card payments, keep social security or drivers license information of Mass residents, you need to be in compliance.
The next seminar will be:
JUNE 23 9 am - 11 am
with Amy Royal of Royal & Klimczuk, LLC www.rkesq.com
Lee Chauvette, Candidate for State Representative for the 2nd Franklin District has received the endorsement from the Orange Career Firefighters Local 4569. The Union, is an affiliate of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts. This is the fifth labor endorsement that Chauvette has received thus far. The Orange Firefighters join the Professional Firefighters of Athol Local 1751, Local 59 of the New England Police Benevolent Association- Athol Police Officers, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 98 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2313- Verizon Telephone Workers in endorsing Chauvette.
FREE Workshop at Greenfield Community Acupuncture:
Food As Medicine: The Energetics of Food
Chris Belskis, L.M.T., Shiatsu Practitioner
Food has life force or Qi. There’s carrot Qi, broccoli Qi, noodle Qi. The process of transforming carrot Qi to my Qi has an affect on my body. This is what we mean by the Energetics of Food.
Some food has more Qi than others. Some Qi will warm you, some will cool you. It all contributes to establishing and maintaining balance within - or not. Come learn a new way of looking at food and learn a bit about Chinese Medicine at the same time.
Please call to register so we can make sure we have enough chairs: 772-0077. This workshop is free; donations gratefully accepted.
Greenfield Community Acupuncture
345 Main St, Greenfield