West County Notebook, June 2, 2018

Friday, June 01, 2018
Biomass film tonight

SHELBURNE FALLS — “Burned: Are Trees the New Coal?” a feature-length documentary about wood-burning, climate change, and escalating energy-policy disputes will be shown tonight, June 2, in the Memorial Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

The film is on a New England tour, due to an environmental grant from Patagonia, the outdoor apparel company. It won an audience award at the American Conservation Film Festival. For more information about the film, go to https://burnedthemovie.com

Businesses to meet at Trolley Museum

SHELBURNE FALLS — Learn how to better use social media to promote your business at this month’s “Business After Hours” program, sponsored by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. This month’s gathering takes place Thursday, June 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum off Depot Street.

From 5 to 5:30 p.m., people will sign in, have refreshments and hear about the Trolley Museum from Lou Musante. Afterward, consultant Rianna Pizzi and Elise Skibik of Sky High (social media) Marketing in Charlemont will lead a panel discussion that highlights the “do’s and don’ts” of social media, and what is really working for some business owners. Afterward, everyone will have a chance to practice using social media on their smartphones, by making a simple post and practicing what is needed for a local business to be seen online. The final 45 minutes will be for socializing and networking. Admission is $5. For more information, email: info@shelburnefalls.com

Teen art exhibit coming up

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Art Garden is hosting a Regional Teen Art Exhibit, organized by teens for teens (ages 12 to 19), from June 13 through June 30. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program is supported by local cultural councils from Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Conway, Colrain, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne.

The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot St., near the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.

Hawley holding special town meeting June 19

HAWLEY — The town will hold a special town meeting June 19 to to cover additional costs in the coming fiscal year that were inadvertently omitted from the budget that was approved at annual Town Meeting. These items include:

$3,000 for emergency services expenses.

$3,500 to cover accrued sick pay.

$200 for website and domain hosting costs.

An unspecified sum for engineering costs to repair road damages on Route 8A, near Pudding Hollow Road.

An unspecified sum to cover engineering costs to replace a culvert under Route 8A, near Sears Road.