West County Notebook: May 11, 2022

Published: 5/10/2022 4:02:16 PM

Colrain Historical Society resuming in-person programs

COLRAIN — The Colrain Historical Society will resume in-person programs on Thursday, May 12, with “A Hurrah’s Nest and Other Yankee Talk.” Presenters Sarah and Harry Hollister will offer a reading of a New England short story by Alice Brown from the late 1800s at the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House.

The program at 7:30 p.m. will follow a business meeting at 7. Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.

Cemetery association to hold annual meeting

COLRAIN — The annual meeting of Colrain’s North River Cemetery Association will be held at Brad Brigham’s home, 58 Jacksonville Road, on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. sharp. The public is welcome to attend.

Energy Committee expands mission

ASHFIELD — The town’s Green Communities Committee, formed to procure the state’s Green Communities designation, is now simply called the Energy Committee, with an expanded mission. The long-term goal is to promote programs and policies for more energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainability and waste reduction for homes and businesses.

Since 2011, when Ashfield became a Green Community, the town has received $141,025 in state grants for municipal energy projects. By adding insulation, air sealing and other measures, the committee reduced energy use in town buildings by 45% in the past five years.

The committee welcomes ideas, feedback and questions. Residents who would like to volunteer or become appointed members may email the committee at energy@ashfield.org.


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