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At the GSFABA Spring Breakfast on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Berkshire East, Dr. Richard S. Warner was presented with the 2019 Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award by the President of the GSFABA Board of Directors, Angela Vailly of Greenfield Savings Bank.  


The Marvin J. Shippee Award was awarded for the first time in 1996 in memory of Shippee's leadership and his commitment to volunteerism.   Shippee, the founder of the Business Association, offered inspired leadership and had direct involvement in countless community projects. 

Dr. Warner has demonstrated volunteerism and a commitment to our community for over twenty-five years.  Through is medical practice, Dr. Warner has provided care for all residents of the ten Hilltowns, making house calls,volunteering for flu clinics as well as serving on the Buckland Board of Health.

Dr. Warner has also served on the Memorial Hall Board of Directors, has supported Pothole Pictures, and has faithfully supported the annual Bridge of Flowers Road Race.  

We congratulate Dr. Richard S. Warner on receiving the 2019 Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award and thank him for his invaluable service to our community.

Business leaders from West County attended the annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) Spring Breakfast on Friday.  The event was co-hosted with Berkshire East in Charlemont.

Angela Varilly, President of the GSFABA Board and Manager of the Shelburne Falls branch of the Greenfield Savings Bank, welcomed everyone and introduced the Association’s newest business members: Shelburne Falls Cork, Shelburne House B&B, and Water Street Barn.

She presented Dr. Richard Warner with GSFABA’s Marvin J. Shippee Award for his community leadership and volunteerism.  Doc Warner is a founding member of GSFABA, serves on the Memorial Hall Association board, still makes house calls, and rides his antique Penny Farthing Bike in parades in Franklin County.

Jon Gould, Aide to Senator Adam Hinds, gave the crowd an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill.  Senator Hinds is working on rural school issues, on improving revenues to state coffers and updating the tax code, and continues to support Arts, Culture and Tourism in West County.

Ms. Varilly updated the audience on GSFABA.  Marketing continues to be a major focus for the arts, recreation and tourism sectors.  She noted GSFABA purchases advertising space from and partners with the Mohawk Trail Association and Franklin County of Chamber of Commerce to market West County outside of Franklin County.  Locally, GSFABA promotes businesses with its annual publication of the PlaceMap and organizes cooperative advertising campaigns to help businesses in West County promote themselves and the region’s rural and scenic quality, town centers, and dining and lodging opportunities.

Ms. Varilly also reported that the Towns of Buckland and Shelburne have chosen not to fund the Shelburne Falls Partnership, which is a significant cut to GSFABA’s budget.

Whit Sanford noted GSFABA is working to replace the less than stellar holiday decorations of the past few years in Shelburne Falls.  A committee of village businesses has been working since January and will present their design proposal and budget to village businesses owners and residents in the next month or so, so GSFABA can raise the substantial funding needed to renew the decorations and install the decorations for the holidays.

Volunteers Needed!

We are seeking volunteers

for the 

19th Annual

Iron Bridge Dinner which will be held on

Sunday, August 18, 2019.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available.

Be are part of this one of a kind event and

get involved today!

For More Information please contact

  Kara Cavanaugh, Program  Director

at or 413.625.2526

Opening Day Saturday   May 25 2019  -- Closing Day Sunday October 27

Open every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday from 11 am until 5pm and during July and August on Mondays from 1pm until 5pm.

Visit our operating museum, located near the Historic “BRIDGE OF FLOWERS” and the “glacial” potholes in the village of Shelburne Falls. You can take a ride on Trolley No 10 and our old fashion pump car (not suitable for small children).  In our visitors center you can play with wooden and electric trains (suitable for children of all ages), browse historical photos from the time of trolleys and purchase trolley and railroad related items in our Trolley Gift Shop.  Outside, you can climb into our big red caboose, and afterwards stroll among the artisan shops, galleries and restaurants in Shelburne Falls.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum id dedicated to preserving and operating Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway trolley car No 10.  This car was built by the Wason Manufacturing co. in Springfield, Ma in 1896.  It was delivered new to Shelburne Falls and has never left the valley.  For thirty years it served its namesake towns, twenty of which it crossed the Deerfield River on what is now the famous “Bridge of Flowers”.  Saved by a local farmer, it spent sixty-five years as a chicken coop, tool shed and a play house.  Now, through the efforts of the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, you can ride it in the same freight yard where it use to load and unload passengers, apples, milk, mail and other freight over a hundred years ago. 

The museum is open from Memorial Day weekend on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 11am until 5pm, until the last weekend in October.  During July and August, it is also open on Mondays from 1pm until 5pm.

An all -day adult pass is only $4.00, children from 6-12 years of age are only $2.00, and under6 years are free.

For more information, visit

In case you think you missed the Annual Auction the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) holds each year, think again.  It will be held October, so participants can bid on wonderful items by local artists and craftspeople, fine dining opportunities in West County, a vacation package for next year, or local farm products for the holiday season.

We are looking for a few good volunteers to work with Kara Cavanaugh, GSFABA’s Program Director in planning and setting up the event.  Tasks would include calling area artists, businesses and folks for donations; setting up and taking down the items on exhibit for the evening; helping to market the event, and making the community gathering a festive and fun event.

The GSFABA hopes by getting started early on the auction that it will be the best event ever.  Good food and friends and extra special items that you can keep for yourself or give to someone during the holidays.

If you are interested in learning more or want volunteer, contact Kara at GSFABA.  Call 413-625-2526 or email

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