West County Notebook: May 13, 2022

  • The former Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 5/12/2022 4:12:13 PM
Bridge Street tree planting set for Friday

SHELBURNE FALLS — A. Martins and Sons Construction of Ludlow, the contractor tasked with construction on Bridge Street that began last summer, has scheduled tree planting for Friday, May 13.

If the planting is not completed on Friday, it will resume on Monday, according to a notice from Linda Overing of Breezeway Farm Consulting Inc., who is distributing the construction updates on the town’s behalf.

Two parking spaces in front of each tree well will need to remain open for the tree plantings. The contractor may place traffic cones in the needed spaces.

Questions or issues can be directed to gcg@gcgassociates.net or 978-657-9714.

‘Jewish Life in Song’ performance set for Wednesday

COLRAIN — The Griswold Memorial Library will host “Jewish Life in Song with Yosl Kurland and Aaron Bousel” on Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m.

This free event, sponsored by the Colrain Cultural Council, is open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on the library’s Facebook page, facebook.com/GMLColrain.

Kurland, a Colrain resident, and Bousel, of Amherst, are members of the Wholesale Klezmer Band. The two will present a musical portrait of Jewish life and ways, including folk, theater and liturgical songs, the works of well-known Yiddish poets and songwriters, and original compositions. According to a Griswold Memorial Library press release, the program may include songs in Yiddish (the more than 1,000-year-old language of the Jews from eastern Europe), Ashkenazic Hebrew, Sephardic Hebrew, Ladino (the language of the Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492) and English. In introducing Jewish music and culture to diverse audiences, Yosl works to foster intercultural understanding.

Event attendees who are able are encouraged to park at the Colrain Highway Department or Colrain Central School and walk to the event at 12 Main Road.

For more information, email griswoldmemoriallibrary@gmail.com or call 413-624-3619.

Arms Academy reunion planned for June 25

SHELBURNE FALLS — The ninth all-class, all-alumni Arms Academy reunion, twice postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held Saturday, June 25.

According to a notice from Muriel Zraunig, president of the Arms Academy Alumni Association, the celebration will begin with a parade at 11 a.m. The parade will form on State Street, proceed across the Iron Bridge up Bridge Street, turn left onto Maple Street and proceed to the former Arms Academy campus, now home to the Shelburne Historical Society.

There will be a short business meeting and program, a concert by the Shelburne Falls Military Band, a group photo, an ice cream social sponsored by the Historical Society and time for socializing. The Historical Society, including the Arms Room, will be open for visiting, the notice states.

At 2 p.m., a luncheon will be held at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. The parade will be canceled in the event of rain, but the luncheon will be held rain or shine.

Arms Academy closed after Mohawk Trail Regional School was formed, the notice states. The last class graduated in 1967, but the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 also attended Arms Academy for part of their high school education.

Although members of the reunion committee have contacted as many alumni as they could find, anyone who attended Arms Academy but did not receive a mailing may contact Zraunig at mzraunig@comcast.net or 413-522-3167, or Treasurer Marlene Field at 413-834-1106 to request an invitation.


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