West County Notebook

Find out what birds like on Sunday hike

HEATH — “A Forest for the Birds Walk” will be led on Sunday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Maitland Forest, Jacksonville Stage Road. Matt Kamm from Mass. Audubon and staff from Franklin Land Trust will talk about what you can do in your woods to create better habitat for birds, and hear about a new program offering free bird habitat assessments on your land. Wear appropriate footwear for a moderate walk and bring water. Heavy rain will cancel. Notify if coming: 413 625-9151 or email: wferris@franklinlandtrust.org.

Learn warning signs of Alzheimer’s

SHELBURNE FALLS — On Tuesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., Melissa Grenier, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, will present “Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters,” at the Senior Center, 7 Main St. This program will present information about memory loss or behavior changes that are severe enough to disrupt daily life and are not typical of aging. It is important to learn the 10 signs because early detection matters. There will also be a sampling of foods that have been found to contribute to brain health. This program is free and open to the public. Call the Senior Center at 625-2502 for further information.

Mocha Maya’s to show film about environmental issues

BUCKLAND — The Buckland Energy Committee will screen the documentary film “Bag It’” on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at Mocha Mayas in downtown Shelburne Falls. This film is part of the committee’s education series on issues relating to the environment, and energy use. The film is free and open to the public, and will be followed by further information and discussion.

Tamara Adkins of Missouri and Dancing Rabbit eco-village will join the evening as a resource and will give insight into her research on the impact of plastics on our bodies. Adkins is a senior researcher with Environmental Health Sciences and a GreenFaith fellow. She holds a master’s degree in public health from Oregon State and is a doctoral candidate at Antioch.

Refreshments will be available. Questions: call Pam Walker, 625-9671

Rules for fire permits

HAWLEY —The regular open burning season ended on May 1, and no agricultural permits will be issued until there is significant rain, according to town officials.

Agricultural burning is allowed year-round with a permit from the fire department, if fire conditions are safe; but currently, the fire danger is very high due to the dry days, warm temperatures, and lack of rainfall. Residents can still have campfires (for cooking purposes) but due to the very dry conditions and high fire danger, any campfires should be confined to fire rings and residents should have water ready to douse the fire when done or if needed.

Breakfast to present Shippee award

SHELBURNE FALLS — The 2013 Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Breakfast will be held on May 17 at Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The agenda will include the business association’s scholarship award and Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award. Sen. Ben Downing will be the guest speaker.

To make your reservations call 625-2526 or email: info@shelburnefalls.com. Make all checks payable to the GSFABA and mail to P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Mastercard and VISA are also accepted by calling the GSFABA office. Prepay/preregistration price before May 10: $12. After May 10: $14.

Preschool applications now being accepted

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Buckland-Shelburne Elementary preschools are accepting applications for children starting in the fall of 2013. These are nonprofit tuition based public school programs for children from Buckland and Shelburne, and located at the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls. Children accepted must be 3 years old by Aug.31. Call or stop by the main office of the school at 625-2521 to pre-register.

A preschool registration and informational meeting is set for May 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School.

Drinking water report ready

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Fire District has sent out the 2012 Consumer Confidence Report regarding the district’s drinking water. Anyone who did not receive one or has any questions should contact Harold Wheeler, water superintendent, at 413-625-6392.

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