2014 April

Theme: Busines for a Better World, Thurs. May 8, 2014 7 pm -9 pm

How can business organize itself to meaningfully address big-picture problems like hunger, poverty, war, and catastrophic climate change–primarily by thinking differently about resources?

Turning hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and pending climate catastrophe into planetary balance are all based on looking at resources – who has how much, how it’s used, how the waste products are disposed of. Business, as both a creator of the problems and a cradle for innovation, can facilitate these transitions. Shel Horowitz, Business Strategist from Hadley, MA shows us how.

Admission is free. Pre-registration is not required.
The deli at McCusker’s Market will be open to purchase food and drink.

The general format of the night is designed by the guest Curator, Daniel Leiberman, and/or to include a presentation by one featured live Speaker, viewing of 2-3 TED talk videos supporting the theme, and facilitated discussion. Stacy Kontrabecki, TEDxShelburneFalls’ Curator & Organizer, will oversee.

About TEDxSalons A TEDx Salon is a small, recurring event that can be held monthly, quarterly or at other intervals. A minimum of three events must be held a year to qualify as a Salon license. At a Salon, attendees can watch TED Talks, host a few speakers and have informal discussions about the recorded TED Talks. TEDx Salon events (unlike standard, corporate and university events) may focus on a single subject area and feature as many as (but no more than) four live speakers.

"Charlemont: The Outdoor Adventure Capital of New England"

The Third Annual Berkshire Highland Pentathlon was a slushy, slippery, muddy & windy success in Charlemont on April 5th thanks to so many volunteers. Race Director, Mike McCusker acclaimed loudly that half of Charlemont supported and participated this year that drew 50% more registered athletes than last year.

Volunteers came from the Fire Department, the Police Department, the EMS crew, the selectboard, the Friends of The Fairgrounds, the Local chapter of Berkshire East's National Ski Patrol, the local chapter of the Northeast Mountain Bikers Association, Safety boaters from Zoar Outdoor, and from another 50 local households.

Click this link see a racers blog with a few photos.

The organizing committee is now assembling ideas about tweaking the April 4, 2015 rendition and welcomes input and helpers. All from "Charlemont; The Outdoor Adventure Capital of New England"

Live, Work & Play Right Here!

Unique building opportunity with commercial, industrial and residential zoning allowing for varied uses just a mile from downtown Shelburne Falls - 3 different lots to choose from - bring your business, bring your home or bring your business AND your home! Terrific valley views from each lot and all abut conservation land. Does your business need exposure provided by Route 112, or make best use of the open land for crops, livestock or horses? Excellent perc test will let you spend less on a septic system and more on your dream. Perfect solar site! Owner has made it easy to get started right away - in place are survey, perc test, curb cut, environmental approval, and contour map. DSL internet access. Prices range from $79,900 - $99,900.

Call Carol Bolduc at Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors for more details. 413-834-1576.

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) is offering another benefit to its members – a discount on personal auto insurance. Two of GSFABA’s members, THE MIRICK INSURANCE AGENCY, and THE BLACKMER INSURANCE AGENCY, earned approval from the Massachusetts Department of Insurance for a group member discount through the MAPFRE/ Commerce Insurance Company. This is a great opportunity for GSFABA members to take advantage of a money saving discount!

For more details, please contact:




Certfield Professional in Human Resources

 A seasoned human resources professional, Deana has over 25 years of management experience in a wide variety of 

workplace settings. Since 1986, Deana has been an expert HR consultant to businesses and non-profits of 20 to 600 employees:

  • Hire and retain the best employees
  • Train and develop employees to succeed
  • Develop policies and procedures that produce results
  • Create performance management systems that work
  • Assess human resource systems for compliance and efficiency
  • Cultivate a workplace culture that works for everyone
  • Safety, OSHA, and CDL compliance and program administration

 In addition to her years of experience, Deana continues to stay professionally relevant through continuing education:

  • Associate’s degree in Business from Greenfield Community College
  • Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Smith College
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Professional in Human Resources Certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute
  • Trained Mediator by The Mediation & Training Collaborative

To Deana, the ability to give back to her community is the keystone to her success:

  • Chair, Personnel Committee, Town of Northfield
  • Chair, New England Labor Relations Group
  • Parent Representative, Pioneer Valley Regional School District
  • Volunteer and Supporter, Women’s Fund of Western Mass
  • Mentor, Valley Venture Mentors
  • Member, Women Business Owners Alliance


Mohawk Trail Toastmasters Recognizes International Day of Happiness at an Upcoming Spring Open House

When is the last time someone shared their story with you that made you laugh and just made you happy? Join community members just like yourself from across the region as they share their light hearted life experiences as they build their public speaking and leadership skills.

Mohawk Trail Toastmasters will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, April 23rd in Shelburne Falls. Here is a great opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and improve life-long skills that can carry over into personal and professional life.

MTT provides a safe and friendly environment to make it possible to improve skills to interview, build confidence for an upcoming presentation or for personal growth. The club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Greenfield Cooperative Bank in Shelburne Falls.

Mohawk Trail Toastmasters Spring Open House theme is to recognize International Day of Happiness that will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Greenfield Cooperative Bank located at 33 Bridge Street Shelburne Falls. The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

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Workshop: May 9th - 11th, Rowe Conference Center

Join the author of the bestselling memoir "At Home in the World" and take a leap forward with your own memoir.
As a teenager, Joyce Maynard published her famed memoir “An 18-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in The New YorkTimes Magazine. Since then, she’s become a bestselling writer.

Although she won’t critique your individual writing, Joyce will get you thinking about the raw material of your experiences and how to take readers on a meaningful journey rather than simply reporting what happened. She’ll purge your writing of “dead language,” talk you through the crafting of a short personal essay with whiteboarding of story beats, and help you develop the tools for an ongoing writing practice. “I promise,” Joyce says, “that you’ll go home a more powerful and authentic writer.”

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