2013 November

The past few years have been busy ones for Shelburne Falls Yoga and for its director, Kate Pousont Scarborough. Since taking ownership of the studio in 2011, Kate has completed an Advanced Professional Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center, attained the highest level of teaching certification through the Yoga Alliance, and returned to assist and facilitate in yoga teacher trainings at Kripalu. At home, Shelburne Falls Yoga has quietly continued to expand. Known for their physical and philosophical sophistication and their accessibility to students of all backgrounds, Kate’s classes have become popular gathering places for dedicated yoga students from West County and beyond. With a full schedule of classes and regular visits from renowned guest teachers, Shelburne Falls Yoga continues to establish its reputation as a growing center for spirituality and health. In addition, Kate has recently co-founded two new organizations working in conjunction with Shelburne Falls Yoga, Living World Yoga and EARTHjourneys.

Beginning September 2014, Shelburne Falls Yoga will host the Living World Yoga 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. Inspired by the teachings of Swami Kripalu, a yoga master known for his deep and compassionate spiritual practice, this training will provide trainees the opportunity to learn firsthand the power and depth of the practice of yoga and the tools to effectively teach this practice to others. Living World Yoga will offer an experiential weekend immersion training one weekend per month from September to June. The curriculum combines ancient practices with modern innovation, offering trainees the tools to apply the teachings directly to their own lives and the ability to create an effective experience for a range of students. Living World Yoga will be co-directed by Kate Pousont Scarborough and Marije E. Paternotte with special guest instructors Devarshi Steven Hartman and Grace Jull. The training is for passionate students of yoga who would like to gain a deeper understanding of themselves through the practice of yoga, and for those who wish to teach this practice to others. Registration information will be available soon.

EARTHjourneys is the result of an ongoing artistic collaboration between Kate Pousont Scarborough and musician and filmmaker Loren Feinstein. EARTHjourneys, which has seen various incarnations including performance projects and an ongoing workshop series in the past years, is pleased to announce the release of its first CD this November. Drawing from a number of past projects, Loren and Kate have produced EARTHaware featuring Loren Feinstein’s original compositions performed on a range of instruments. EARTHaware is ideal for casual listening and was also designed to complement a yoga practice or class. Through sounds ranging from calming to stirring, the music invites the listener into a grounded space and encourages a sense of connection to the natural world. Kate and Loren invite you to celebrate with us at our CD release party, Saturday November 23 at Shelburne Falls Yoga at 7:30pm for light refreshments, dancing, and great music. Learn more about us at

More information about our regular classes and our upcoming programs and events is available at Please feel free to contact Kate Pousont Scarborough with any inquiries at

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A number of local business owners and cooks have appeared recently on the television magazine program Mass Appeal, which airs daily from 11 a.m. to noon on Channel 22 in Springfield.

One of them, writer Tinky Weisblat of Hawley, has become a regular in the past few months.

“I was first approached by the show a couple of years ago,” she recalls. “A producer had seen my food blog and wanted me to come in and try a cooking segment. At that time I was taking care of my late mother, however, and I couldn’t really leave her to go whip up food in Chicopee, where the studio is located.

“This past spring I came across that old invitation and emailed Mass Appeal to ask whether the producers would like me to appear on the show and talk about my new book, Pulling Taffy Five minutes later I got a call from co-host Seth Stutman. He wanted me to talk about the book—and to cook as well.”

Tinky’s first segments—about caregiver stress, asparagus, and rhubarb—went over well. “I guess the gang at Mass Appeal noticed that I’m not exactly shy,” she says with a wry smile. “We had a blast, and they invited me back, especially to cook, again and again.”

In her most recent appearance she appeared in full Halloween regalia and prepared pumpkin soup (from a recipe by Polly Bartlett of Buckland) and spider-web whoopie pies

Tinky is headed to Virginia for the winter, but she and hosts Ashley Kohl and Seth Stutman are working on a Skype appearance or two to give viewers their Tinky fix until she can return to Massachusetts in the spring.

“Of course, I hope this will help my career as a cookbook author,” she admits. “Mostly, however, I just have a lot of fun with Seth and Ashley. I have a feeling they’re young enough to be my children, but we’re kindred spirits. All three of us are performers at heart.”

To see more of Tinky on Mass Appeal, visit and search for “Tinky.”

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Take Advantage of this Opportunity

As we head into the holiday season the GSFABA wants to promote your businesses during this festive time and help you boost your sales! We have created the "West County Holiday Passport." It is essentially a hands-on activity for patrons that provides incentives to make their way around our region and to know what your business has to offer!

We are asking members to participate by having a sale or discount starting on Friday, November 29th, also the day Moonlight Magic kicks off the holiday season, and running through December 31st. The passport will be a booklet listing the deal each participating member will be offering. For example: 20% off a book purchase or a free cup of Tea or 10% off a yoga session. Whatever your discount may be, the GSFABA will design the passports and distribute them to help increase your business sales around the Holiday Season. When patrons come in to redeem their discount each participating business will have a star they can put over their discount much like a passport being stamped.

If you would like to participate please respond to this email with brief description of the promotion NO LATER THAN Wednesday, November 20th.

This passport is not only a good way to help boost business, but allows for you, the business owner, as well as the GSFABA, to track how well a promotion such as this can work for our members.

We look forward to your participation in this exciting new venture for the Holiday Season!

Please email your promotion to

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), in partnership with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) have received an award from the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to explore a way to turn one of western Massachusetts’s strongest assets—its extensive privately-owned woodlands—into a nationally recognized economic advantage. The FRCOG and BRPC, with the assistance of the FLT, are conducting a regional planning and public outreach process to explore interest in a new partnership with State and Federal agencies for 20 towns in northwestern Massachusetts. The partnership could lead to a new model for “National Forest” designation which could provide federal funds and technical assistance to expand forestry activities on privately owned land and to support tourism based businesses. This potential designation would focus on forest-based economic development like recreational tourism, forest management, and research on new forest related manufacturing technologies.

The towns included in the study area are Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe, and Shelburne in Franklin County, and Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown, and Windsor in Berkshire County. The Franklin County Public Information Session to present information and explore interest in this partnership is November 20th at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls. The Berkshire County Public Information Session is November 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the McCann Technical High School in North Adams. The Public Information Session will outline the key features of the potential partnership and designation. Equally important, it will provide municipal officials, landowners, foresters, tourism based businesses and town residents with an opportunity to provide input on key elements of the partnership and potential designation.

The National Forest designation could bring federal funding to purchase conservation easements from willing landowners, which would help ensure a permanent forest base to serve as the backbone for the forest economy. The U.S. Forest Service would also likely establish a visitor center in the project area and could provide additional tourist amenities. Participation in the National Forest designation would be voluntary. If enough towns support the idea, both the Massachusetts Legislature and the U.S. Congress would need to pass legislation creating the new designation. If you would like to attend the Franklin County session please RSVP to If you would like to attend the Berkshire County session please RSVP to

Contact: Peggy Sloan, Director of Planning & Development – Franklin Regional Council of Governments;; 413-774-3167 x133
Thomas Matuszko, Assistant Director, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission;; 413-442-1521 x34

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Thank You to Several Volunteers

The GSFABA would like to thank the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for having a crew hang the garlands and winter banner throughout the Village.

We would also like to recognize and thank several businesses for spending their Sunday morning hanging the overhead holiday lights. If you see any of theses individuals, please say "thank you" for contributing their time and efforts in making the Village look festive during the holiday season.

John Taylor, Blackmer Insurance
Skip Hopkins, Lanoue Tree & Landscape Service
Phil Sherburne, JH Sherburne Fine Art & Serious Whimsy
Chris King, Mocha Maya's
Alex Brown, Mocha Maya's
Drew Powell, Mocha Maya's & Foxtown Diner

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