West County Notebook, Dec. 13, 2017

  • Artwork from the 2018 Robert Strong Woodward calendar. Sales benefit the Buckland Historical Society. Contributed photo—

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
2018 calendars still available

BUCKLAND — “Hills and Valleys” is the theme for the 2018 Robert Strong Woodward calendar, which is now for sale from several locations.

The Buckland artist lived from 1885 to 1957, and his paintings of many local scenes and iconic New England settings were renowned. Jack Benny, Robert Frost, George Burns and Gracie Allen, and Oliver Wendall Holmes were among Woodward’s customers, according to the Buckland Historical Society, which sells the annual calendars to benefit the society.

Woodward was born in Northampton, then settled in Buckland and turned to painting after an accidental gunshot wound paralyzed him from the waist down. In his lifetime, he painted 600 oils and 285 pastel/chalk works.

The calendars are $20 each and may be purchased at: Andy’s and the Oak Shoppe, Deerfield Street, Greenfield; Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News, Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls; and Buckland Public Library, Upper Street, Buckland.

To see more of Woodward’s work, go to:


Colrain fire station needs repair

COLRAIN — The town’s Fire Station needs repairs and Fire Chief Nick Anzuoni estimates it will cost at least $250,000 to bring the station up to standard. Anzuoni told the Selectboard last week the station has plumbing problems, a leaky roof and needs two ADA-compliant bathrooms that can accommodate wheelchair users on the first floor.

Town Coordinator Kevin Fox recommended waiting until the towns “free cash” revenue has been certified by the state Department of Revenue, and then going to a special town meeting to request money for an engineering study.

Colrain gets state grant for maintenance planning

COLRAIN — The town has been awarded a $25,000 Community Compact grant to hire an engineer who will come up with a detailed plan for maintaining the town’s bridges and culverts.

Also, the town has hired Gill Engineering for $81,020 for the engineering and design of a culvert on Adamsville Road. The money for this project will come from a $90,000 culvert replacement grant.

Colrain to plan for farmer’s market

COLRAIN — Colrain received a $5,000 grant to help the town set up a local farmer’s market. Town Coordinator Kevin Fox said he has contacted the town’s Agricultural Commission and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to get assistance for this project.