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2013 July

The Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast in Buckland, Massachusetts,is proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

This "accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, which offers trusted advice from real travelers. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions.” Source: TripAdvisor.

The Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast was opened in 2002, and is owned and operated by Pat Weeks, Cyndy Weeks-Patterson and Dennis Patterson, and their little dog, Yoda. This lovely historical home is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. The Bird’s Nest is located just three miles from the village of Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail.The B&B offers three guest rooms, each with private bath. Guests may enjoy the warmth of fireside dining or cool breezes and a lovely view from our screened porch while enjoying a fabulous and fanciful breakfast, served each morning with local ingredients as often as possible. With prior notice, we work with any dietary issues you may have.

Come for a visit, and find out for yourself why our guests have helped us receive this this very special award.

The towns of Buckland, Shelburne, Montague and  Greenfield invite you to join the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Community Energy Strategies “Clean Energy Working Group.” With support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Clean Energy Working Group will develop a Community Clean Energy Roadmap. This community-driven action plan will identify strategies to support increased energy efficiency, renewable heating and cooling and renewable energy.

The FRCOG Clean Energy Working Group is expected to be a diverse group of residents, business owners, and local community leaders who will guide and support the strategy development process and act as community representatives for the initiative. Working Group members will provide guidance and insights for a team of experts and local and state officials in order to enable the creation of a stakeholder-based community strategy. Additionally, Working Group members will work with the project team in order to engage constituencies and stakeholders throughout Buckland.

Attached is a brief overview of the FRCOG Community Energy Strategies Program as well as a description of the role of the Working Group in this process. The first Working Group meeting is scheduled for:

• Wednesday, August 7, 2013
• 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
• John W. Olver Transit Center, First Floor Meeting Room (12 Olive Street, Greenfield)

Please RSVP as soon as possible to me at the Town Hall if you are interested. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We hope you will join us to help shape and develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future in Buckland.

The Small Business Clinic provides legal and business services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Law students work on transactional (i.e. non-litigation) legal matters that are typical in the start-up phase of a business including choice of entity, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues relating to trademark and copyright. Business students assist clients with general management issues as well as market assessment and direct marketing techniques. The first goal of the clinic is to provide students with practical experience and exposure to operating businesses. The second goal is to assist local entrepreneurs and ultimately act as a catalyst to the economic development of western Massachusetts.

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We all remember the natural disasters of 2011 – the tornado and Hurricane Irene. Although the events may be a memory, the areas affected by the disasters are still feeling the impact. To help the recovery and revitalization efforts, Common Capital and the Scibelli Enterprise Center are pleased to announce a new 2011 Disaster Business Recovery Program designed specifically to assist businesses in the four county areas of Western MA impacted by these natural disasters. Made possible through a grant from the US Economic Development Agency, there is a new revolving loan fund available at Common Capital and a set of services provided by the Scibelli Enterprise Center available to existing businesses or property owners in the impacted areas to help them continue their recovery and grow their businesses. Businesses and properties directly impacted by the disasters have first priority, but the program is also available to growing businesses or new enterprises wishing to start and grow a business in the disaster designated counties. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

It’s our hope that these funds and services will encourage economic revitalization in the areas hardest hit by Mother Nature. Please pass this information on to companies or property owners you know of that can benefit from assistance and encourage them to contact us to get started.

Teri Anderson
Business Development Director
Common Capital, Inc.
4 Open Square Way, Suite 407
Holyoke, MA 01040
p. (413) 420-0183 x103
f. (413) 420-0543
TAnderson@common-capital.org
www.common-capital.org

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum (www.sftm.org) has been awarded a $27,500 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. The money will be matched by funds raised by the museum for its proposed two-stall fire-resistant car barn. "We want a safer and more secure place to store our pride and joy, trolley car No. 10" said SFTM President Sam Bartlett. "We will sleep better at night if we can keep this 117-year-old wooden car in a metal building." he added. No 10 was built in 1896 and was used on the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway from 1896 to 1927, when it was moved to a farm. In 1991 the museum was formed to restore the trolley car, and completed that project in 1999.Once the car barn is complete, the museum will be able to accept its next restoration project, Fitchburg and Leominster Street Railway No. 60, built in 1904. "The current owners want No. 60 to be kept in a safe place, so it can be restored for future generations to appreciate. The new carbarn will have extra room in one stall to allow us to restore the car." Bartlett explained.

With this grant, the museum has enough money to make visible progress on the carbarn. So far they have completed most of the planning and permitting work, and have collected the needed track material for the tracks leading to the car barn. Additional donations of funds or services and volunteers are always appreciated, see www.sftm.org for more details.

Take a fifteen minute ride back in time on the beautifully restored trolley No. 10. Built in 1896 and restored in 1999, this 116-year-old trolley carried freight and passengers on tracks between Shelburne Falls and Colrain until 1927. This wooden, electrically-powered car crossed the Deerfield River on a concrete bridge that is now known as the Bridge of Flowers.

The museum's newly remodeled Visitors Center has pictures of the bridge and other local scenes in its trolley days, a display of the restoration process that brought this rare car back to life, a Kids Corner with wooden and electric toy trains and the TrolleyShop store with books, magazines and gift items.

The museum also features a caboose that can be explored, and an old-fashioned pump car that is often available for rides. The museum is operated by volunteers and is open every weekend and holidays from 11am to 5pm, from Memorial Day weekend to the end of October. Additionally, in July and August, the museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm on Mondays. The museum may be open by chance at other times and special arrangements can be made for field trips or parties. Tickets are $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

14 Depot Street, near Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom, Shelburne Falls MA 413-625-9443 www.sftm.org

For the Mass CFF press release, see
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_news/june13_re
lease.htm

For a listing of all Mass CFF grantees, see
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_fundinglist.htm.

Saturday Aug. 3, 9:30-11:45

Join us at Shelburne Falls Yoga for A Yoga Class of a Different Color followed by a talk on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with renowned international teacher Devarshi Steven Hartman. Devarshi has inspired thousands of students around the world with his practical wisdom, insight, compassion, and humor. In this workshop we'll be exploring the methodology of how you can experience yoga differently each time you step on the mat. In this class we will explore the use of micro and macro-movements within poses, the use of different pranayama for transitions and sustaining poses, the ability to take a posture apart to create movement inquires that increase awareness, stability and flexibility, and tools for finding and exploring one’s edge with compassion and patience.

Devarshi Steven Hartman, E-RYT, is the dean of the Pranotthan Yoga Guild, faculty member of Nosara Yoga Institute’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum, senior Kripalu Yoga teacher trainer, and former dean of The Kripalu School of Yoga. He has been a student and teacher of yoga and yoga philosophy since 1974, was a longtime Kripalu Ashram resident, and has dedicated his life to the study and practice of the art and science of yoga.

$26. All are welcome. Save your space at http://www.shelburnefallsyoga.com/pages/special-events

Congratulations!

The Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast in Buckland, Massachusetts,is proud to announce that we have recently been awarded the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.


 This "accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, which offers trusted advice from real travelers. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions." Source: TripAdvisor.

The Bird's Nest Bed & Breakfast was opened in 2002, and is owned and operated by Pat Weeks, Cyndy Weeks-Patterson and Dennis Patterson, and their little dog, Yoda. This lovely historical home is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. The Bird's Nest is located just three miles from the village of Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail.The B&B offers three guest rooms, each with private bath. Guests may enjoy the warmth of fireside dining or cool breezes and a lovely view from our screened porch while enjoying a fabulous and fanciful breakfast, served each morning with local ingredients as often as possible. With prior notice, we work with any dietary issues you may have.

Come for a visit, and find out for yourself why our guests have helped us receive this this very special award.

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