West County Notebook: March 17, 2023

  • The Franklin Land Trust will present a screening of the film “Root Hog or Die” at Mohawk Trail Regional School on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Courtesy Image

Published: 3/16/2023 3:09:23 PM
Lenten Discussion Series coming to Shelburne

SHELBURNE — The First Congregational Church of Shelburne will host the fourth session of the Lenten Discussion Series on Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

This talk will be presented by the Rev. Randy Calvo, pastor of the Hatfield and Sunderland congregational churches. The talk is titled “[Jesus] looked around at them with anger. He was grieved at their hardness of heart.”

Franklin Land Trust hosting film screening

BUCKLAND — The Franklin Land Trust will present a screening of the film “Root Hog or Die” at Mohawk Trail Regional School on Saturday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Directed by Rawn Fulton in 1978, “Root Hog or Die” is a documentary that captures the relationship between farmers and the land they work on. The film follows farmers through a year’s cycle of logging, haying, dairying and sugaring, providing an authentic look at the daily challenges and triumphs of farming in New England.

“We are thrilled to bring this gem of documentary filmmaking to our community,” Mary Lynn Sabourin, executive director of the Franklin Land Trust, said in a statement. “The film is an excellent reminder of the resilience and dedication it takes to be a subsistence farmer. We hope it inspires a greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing the food that nourishes us.”

Fulton will be in attendance to provide an introduction to the film, and he will participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening.

Admission to the event is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Land Trust.

Ashfield Road in Hawley closed

HAWLEY — Ashfield Road is closed to through traffic until further notice. People trying to get from Hawley to Ashfield are asked to detour via Watson Road or Clesson Brook Road in Buckland.

Responses to solar survey requested

COLRAIN — The town is in the process of distributing a survey on community solar in conjunction with University of Massachusetts Amherst students and the UMass Clean Energy Extension.

The survey is part of a process developed by the UMass Clean Energy Extension that helps towns with solar planning. For information about the survey, contact Paige Kelly at paigekelley@umass.edu or Marybeth Chichester at marybethchi2016@gmail.com.


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