South County Notebook: May 14, 2022

  • Artisan Cindy Majewski raised $805 by selling handmade Ukraine-themed crafts at the pop-up shop she ran out of her Sunderland home last weekend. Contributed Photo

Published: 5/13/2022 3:55:05 PM
Modified: 5/13/2022 3:53:27 PM

Spring book sale being held at Field Memorial Library

CONWAY — The Friends of the Field Memorial Library will hold its annual spring book sale on Saturday, May 14, at the library, 1 Elm St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the library’s educational and cultural programs.

Senior Center needs assessment presentation on May 19

WHATELY — A presentation regarding a needs assessments survey for the South County Senior Center will be given by Caitlin Coyle, a research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Social & Demographic Research in Aging Gerontology Institute.

The presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, at Whately Town Hall, 194 Chestnut Plain Road.

Coyle will present the results from the three-town senior needs assessment survey conducted in 2021 as Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately work on creating programming and explore the possibility of a new location.

The meeting is open to all residents of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately, and there will be a question-and-answer session.

Concert to feature Charlie King and Colleen Kattau

LEVERETT — The Friends of Mount Toby are hosting a concert featuring folk artists Charlie King and Colleen Kattau on Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Toby Friends Meetinghouse, 194 Long Plain Road.

A donation of $20 to $30 is suggested for attending in person. There will be a remote option via Zoom with low-income tickets for $10 and $20 for regular tickets. Purchase online tickets at

Masks are required indoors and a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours is required to enter.

Local groups plan standout for racial justice

SUNDERLAND — Franklin County residents are encouraged to gather anywhere along the Sunderland Bridge on Wednesday, May 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. to mark two years since George Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Those planning to participate are asked to email with their contact information to aid in the planning process of the standout. The standout is sponsored by the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Racial Justice Rising and the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, among many other organizations.

Woolman Hill earns state award for drinking water

DEERFIELD — Woolman Hill, the Quaker retreat center in Deerfield, earned recognition from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) for its efforts in ensuring its water system is compliant.

While seeking compliance with drinking water requirements when undertaking an expansion, Woolman Hill successfully improved its water supply, which no longer requires any treatment after dealing with “bacteria issues” in the past, according to MassDEP. The department said “this is a public health and safety improvement over prior conditions” and recognized the efforts.

Woolman Hill’s award is one of 39 given to public water systems across the state in honor of National Drinking Water Week. The criteria MassDEP uses include excellent water service to the public; no violations or non-compliance issues; and efforts that support public water supply services, such as source-water protection, water quality and conservation.

“Public water systems across the commonwealth do a great job ensuring there is access to safe, healthy drinking water, but each year, there are some systems that stand out and deserve special recognition,” MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg said in a press release.

Artisan raises $805 with Ukraine benefit craft sale

SUNDERLAND — Artisan Cindy Majewski raised $805 by selling handmade Ukraine-themed crafts at the pop-up shop she ran out of her Sunderland home last weekend.

Additionally, Majewski said, the owner of a shop that sells her wares offered to donate $195 to bring her fundraising total to $1,000.

“Needless to say, I was so very grateful and appreciative!” Majewski wrote in an email. “My goal of raising $300 was more than tripled!”


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