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West County Notebook, June 13, 2018

  • A sketch of the Arms Library by Andrew Quient. Submitted photo/Arms Library—


Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Colrain program canceled, meeting is on

COLRAIN — The program featuring Sarah Hollister, previously scheduled by the Colrain Historical Society for Thursday has been postponed due to lack of a Certificate of Occupancy for the Stacy Barn. However, CHS will have its regularly scheduled meeting, without a program, at the home of Joan McQuade, 7 Main Road, Colrain, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Heath town clerk lauded

HEATH — Town Clerk Hilma A. Sumner has qualified for the Certified Massachusetts Municipal Clerk designation and will receive her commemorative pin and plaque on Thursday at the Massachusetts Town Clerks Association’s Spring Conference in Plymouth. Currently, only 121 of the state’s 301 town clerks hold this designation, according to the Association’s President Marie Ryan.

Sumner has been Heath’s elected town clerk for 18 years. She also served on the Selectboard from 1994 to 1999, from 2001 to 2003, and was on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1992 to 1997. She is on the town’s School Building Transition Team. A member of the Heath Union Church, Sumner also serves as chair of the Board of Deacons and is secretary of the Heath Historical Society. She also belongs to the Western Massachusetts City & Town Clerks Association and the New England Association of City & Town Clerks.

To earn this designation, town clerks attend Municipal Town Clerk Association-sponsored educational courses and must pass a 250-question aptitude test measuring the clerk’s knowledge of Massachusetts general laws in elections and election procedures, vital records, campaign and political finance, towns meetings, planning, zoning, ethics and public records.

Gallery exhibit opens

SHELBURNE — Glenn Ridler’s “New Work: Life Drawings and Watercolors” is on view at the Little Big House Gallery, with an opening reception on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Meet the artist that day and discuss his work. This gallery, at 323 Patten Road, is open most weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.littlebighousegallery.com or call 413-625-6697.

Arms Academy alumni wanted for parade

SHELBURNE — For Arms Academy alumni interested in marching with their school mates in Shelburne’s 250th anniversary parade, another alumni organizer to call is Carol Aleman at 648-9244. The former Arms Academy students are planning to march in the town’s parade on June 23, beginning at 3 p.m.

Architectural renderings at Arms Library

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Arms Library exhibit, “Columns and Porticos,” features Andrew Quient’s Architectural Renderings in Ink and Pencil, part of his series of on-site drawings of notable nineteenth-century buildings in Beaux-Arts and Romanesque styles, many of them in western Massachusetts. Quient, who lives in Florence, is known for the accuracy and detail of his drawings, which are inspired by the beauty of the classical architectures here in New England.

His motivation in creating these drawings is two-fold: first, he celebrates the restoration and preservation of these historic structures in our region, and second, he believes traditional architectural drawing is an art that deserves preservation and perpetuation.

His work has been featured in gallery exhibitions and collections throughout the United States, including the White House. Selected limited edition prints will be on exhibit now through Aug. 5 at the Arms Library. The library is open Mondays from 1 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 625-0306.