2013 March

Welcome Wendy!
The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) recently hired Wendy Sweetser Ferris as the Director of Community Outreach.  In her new role with FLT, Wendy will be helping build awareness and support for the conservation work of the land trust, and offering opportunities for landowners to learn more about how land conservation can help achieve their goals.  Wendy’s position is funded through grants from the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the US Forest Service.
For the past ten years, Wendy worked for The Trustees of Reservations as the Director of the Highland Communities Initiative, a program dedicated to building community capacity for conservation and community preservation in the 38 towns west of the Connecticut River Valley.  
Through HCI, Wendy worked with community leaders, volunteers, and landowners to proactively protect the rural character of small towns.  “One of my favorite aspects of my work with HCI was helping people learn more about their options for protecting what’s important to them and navigating what can be an overwhelming process.  I look forward to continuing that supportive role with FLT”, said Wendy
Wendy received her masters’ degree in regional planning from UMass Amherst where she focused on community preservation issues in rural Massachusetts.  She recently moved to Shelburne Falls with her husband John and son Oliver, and will be spending as much time as possible exploring the trails and streams of West County.  
For a list of upcoming events and workshops, visit FLT’s events page.  
Mooney & Roberts Offer Unique Perspective
Wanda Mooney and Cathy Roberts are pleased to announce they have joined forces creating the perfect partnership in real estate today.  
Wanda is celebrating her 20th year as a real estate agent and her business has grown to new levels.  She is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Cathy  They both share the same passion for real estate and dedication to provide exceptional service to their clients.  
Wanda has received numerous top producing awards including #1 Massachusetts Coldwell Banker Affiliates, #1 in Franklin County, Realtor of the Year for Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS and the prestigious Platinum Circle Award. She was also selected as one of 20 Coldwell Banker agents across US and Canada to serve on their Advisory Council. 
Cathy has spent 13 years in the banking industry and during that time considered one of the area’s most respected and successful loan officers.  She worked at the Bank of Western Massachusetts, a Division of Peoples United Bank and Greenfield Savings Bank, Cathy held the position of Assistant Vice President & Loan Officer in the mortgage department.  Prior to this time, she worked for 5 years as a real estate agent for Singley and Associates and is now excited to return to the business of real estate.
Mooney and Roberts offers a unique perspective for Buyers and Sellers with over 37 years of combined experience in real estate sales and mortgage lending. We will remain affiliated with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS in Shelburne Falls and will serve buyers and sellers in the Franklin and Hampshire County area.   
If you are thinking of buying or selling, let the Power of 2 work for you!
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Thursday, April 11th - Join Us!
The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is teaming up with the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board to host a Youth Career & Job Fair at Mohawk Trail Regional High School.  We invite you to attend.  
The purpose of this event is twofold: 
Expose students to job openings in their community.
Serve as a networking opportunity for youth to explore career pathways. 
If you have entry level job openings, and/or can speak to young people about your business and what can be expected from a career in your field, we hope you will join us.
Employer Commitment
The event will take place on April 11, 2013.  Your time commitment would be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., allowing for set-up time and breakdown.  Students will be divided into groups that rotate between employer stations to give them an opportunity to meet with each employer.     
We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to contribute to local area youth for this worthwhile event. Refreshments will be provided in our employer lounge. 
Please contact the GSFABA office for more information and/or to confirm your attendance.
Saturday,  March 23rd
Volunteers and Brave Heart Contestants Wanted.
Produced by Berkshire East Ski Resort and Zoar Outdoor  in mud and  snow on and on the icy Deerfield,  on the scenic hilly roads of Rowe, Monroe, and Florida one will see soloists, Teams of Five, and  Teams of Two.
Race organizers and contestants are embracing the idea that the conditions can, will, and have changed by the hour.
“Let’s celebrate instead of groan” they proudly note “while we raise some serious support for The Franklin Land Trust.
The pentathlon, presented by Steve Lewis Subaru, Greenfield Savings Bank, and numerous other local sponsors drew brave hear lads and lassies from seven states in its inaugural 2013 year. It has five sports elements.  
5 mile run from Berkshire East  across rt 2 up to the Warfield House Inn & Restaurant on a dirt road to....
Zoar Outdoor which is a transition to the 23 miles of road cycling up through Rowe  and down to Zoar Gap.
Boaters then paddle 5 miles to Jerry Pratt's Boat House in Charlemont.
Now on foot again from river's edge to the summit of Berkshire East.
Then a downhill ski to the post race party.
At 2:00 PM "The Somewhat-kilted & Obstacled Snow & Muddied Mile Run" will be contested as the skirl of the bagpipes echoes in the valley. Registration includes a generous goody bag from Yankee Candle, a long sleeved  T-Shirt, Wood-Fired Pizza, and a "Did it!" BBC Pint glass.  For more details and registration  go to
Offered by Wheelwright Consultants.
A recent consent decree issued by a Federal Court in Boston has classified Celiac Disease and other gluten-related medical conditions and food allergies as “disabilities” under the Public Accommodations Clause of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
While Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to require all foodservice operations to have a food-allergy trained individual on staff who can answer questions about food allergies at the present time foodservice operations are not obligated to provide gluten and/or allergen-free foods. The consent decree, which was signed by a university, could mandate foodservice operations to provide gluten and allergen-free options to all customers. 
Bruce Homstead, MS, Senior Associate with Wheelwright Consultants and a Licensed Nutritionist and Licensed and Registered Dietician will be presenting seminars that introduce foodservice operators and other interested parties to the issues of preparing and serving gluten-free and allergen-free foods at three seminars in Western Mass. Bruce is on the Board of the Celiac Sprue Association and has many years of experience in consulting with and managing healthcare foodservice operations.
The programs will be held: Tuesday, April 9 in Greenfield;
Tuesday, April 23 in Springfield; and
Tuesday, April 30 in Pittsfield.
All programs will run from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM and will include gluten-free snacks. Cost is $25.00 per attendee.
For more information contact: Eric F. Nusbaum, Ph.D., CHA
Founder and Principal
Wheelwright Consultants
(413) 774-2786

March 22 and 23, 2013, Turners Falls, MA

The Fostering Art and Culture Project is an exciting organization of unique partners working to grow the creative economy in Franklin County, MA. The arts are a powerful industry in New England. We influence spending, have employment power, create a regional identity, and generate interest and excitement. Our efforts help make "home" more vibrant and interesting, and bring cultural dollars to our towns that support the creative minds at work in their studios as well as the economy in a range of levels and industries. Our current goals are to be a continued source of networking opportunities, information and collaboration.

The Creative Economy Summit 4 will be working to energize relationships between Artists, businesses and municipal leaders to invigorate the cultural life of our communities. This two day professional development conference will be held in a multi-venue, the first full day at Hallmark Institute of Photography and the second day at various sites within walking distance in downtown Turners Falls. The summit expects to have attendees and presenters from around the New England region. Attendees can anticipate leaving the conference with wider networks and good examples of how cultural activities are already working to improve our communities and in ways they could be improved.

Summit theme overview: it is our intent to provide presentations and workshops that benefit artists, the arts, businesses and municipalities. The goal is for participants to leave with concrete ideas and skills toward the value of supporting cultural activities in our towns. Over 30 workshops and presentations will showcase the relationship between creativity and its application (in the marketplace) will be selected based on the mutual benefit to the creative and business communities. Skills based content, hands-on workshops, presentations that highlight connectivity between arts and business, application of media & social networking, collaboration and fund raising are all topics of interest and will be selected based on clarity of points participants will leave with. ***

Becky George
Fostering Art and Culture Project
Creative Economy Summit Coordinator

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