South County Notebook: Jan. 21, 2023

Published: 01-22-2023 1:47 PM

Conway Transfer Station public forum set for Feb. 9

CONWAY — As the Selectboard determines future Transfer Station operations and policies, it is seeking feedback from residents at a public forum on Thursday, Feb. 9.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 5 Academy Hill Road. Residents are encouraged to bring any questions they have about the Transfer Station, such as how it’s managed, the costs of operating it, and how Conway’s Transfer Station compares to other towns.

Kittel & Co. kicking off Watermelon Wednesdays’ winter concerts

WHATELY — Watermelon Wednesdays returns — albeit outside of watermelon season and on a Thursday — on Feb. 7 to kick off its 2023 concerts with Kittel & Co.

The band, led by award-winning musician Jeremy Kittel, offers a sound featuring classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. The show will be held at 7 p.m. at Whately Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased at

‘Active Hope’ workshop coming to Conway

CONWAY — With the launch of Hannah Harvester’s eco-grief support group, she is also launching monthly workshops for the public.

The first workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Harvester’s studio, 46 Delabarre Ave., and will feature Shelburne Falls resident Karina Lutz as the instructor. Lutz is a facilitator with the Work That Reconnects Network and is trained in helping people put their emotions and stress about the changing climate into perspective, while also challenging people to act, in a process called “Active Hope.”

CISA seeking stories about local farms and food

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is accepting pitches for its live storytelling event, “Field Notes,” through Feb. 3.

Community members who are selected as storytellers will share their personal experiences working with local food or farming at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton this spring. No storytelling experience is necessary and any story strongly related to local food systems will be considered.

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“We hear so many great stories in our work, and Field Notes is a way to shine a light on the many ways that local food and farming have impacted lives — in ways big and small — across the region,” Philip Korman, CISA’s executive director, said in a statement. “We’re delighted that Field Notes will be an in-person event again for the first time since COVID hit, especially since 2023 is CISA’s 30th anniversary year.”

Community members can learn more about the event and submit a written story pitch at Pitches may also be left as voicemails in English by calling 413-247-4153 or in Spanish by calling 413-453-9245.