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Regional Notebook, Nov. 1, 2017


Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Volunteers sought for trail maintenance on Saturday

ERVING — Volunteers are sought for hiking trail cleanup at the Poplar Mountain Conservation Area off of Old State Road on Saturday.

The town is asking people to consider joining the volunteer group, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to maintain the current trail system.

This will include cutting back encroaching growth and moving branches that have fallen across the paths, picking up trash, etc. These trails are moderate in terms of difficulty.

Volunteers should plan on wearing work clothes, gloves, and boots and bringing water and a bag lunch. For the first day, volunteers should also plan on bringing hand tools such as clippers and hoppers.

Questions can be directed to the Erving Town Hall by calling 413-422-2800, ext. 100, or by email at admin@erving-ma.org.

Miner strike the focus on songs, slides stories

MONTAGUE — Charlie King and Candace Cassin will present an original production of songs, slides and stories about two brutally suppressed copper miners’ strikes in 1917 in Montana and Arizona.

The program, titled “The War on Labor: 100 Years Ago and Today” will take place Sunday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague Center.

A discussion and refreshments to follow. The suggested donation is $10 to 15. Sponsored by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution with co-sponsors UMass History Department, Hampshire-Franklin Labor Council, UAW Local 2322, UMass Labor Center, Massachusetts Society of Professors and some generous individual contributors.

For more information: Ferd Wulkan: ferdwulkan@gmail.com or Susan Triolo: susanltriolo@yahoo.com.

Winners of conservancy ‘Quest65’ announced

GREENFIELD — For four months, more than 60 intrepid river adventurers scoured the Connecticut River watershed in search of clues to solve for Connecticut River Conservancy’s first scavenger hunt, Quest65: A River Adventure.

And the four winners are:

Renee MacKay of Easthampton was the grand prize winner. MacKay received an overnight stay for two at the Snapdragon Inn in Windsor, Vt., with tour of the Silo Distillery

Tony Judge of South Hadley cam in second, Marcia Bernard of Erving was third and Robin Shtulman of Orange came in fourth. They also received prizes as well.

With an impressive list of 65-plus things to find, see and do — participants found items in the hunt from the source of the river at the Connecticut Lakes on the Vermont/Canada border, down to the mouth of the river at Long Island Sound.