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West County Notebook

Book discussion at Boswell’s at 6:30

SHELBURNE FALLS — Local radio talk show host, author and civil rights lawyer Bill Newman will appear at Boswell’s Books on Bridge Street to discuss his book, “When the War Came Home,” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. His book touches on the accomplishments and failures of the anti-war movement of the 1960s and 1970s and the impact of the anti-Vietnam War movement on social movements such as LGBT, environmental and anti-war movements that followed.

Newman will speak, answer questions and sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public.

Cotton mill history Thursday at 7:30

COLRAIN — In 1814, the first cotton mill in Franklin County began producing cotton yarn beside the North River, in the part of town now known as “Shattuckville.”

Prentice Crosier will tell the story of that mill and its successor mills, which lasted until 1933, at a meeting of the Colrain Historical Society on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Stacy Carriage Barn, behind the Pitt House, on Main Road. This will be the third in a series of programs exploring the history of water-powered mills in town. A business meeting will precede the talk at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 624-3453.

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