New Staff Member

We're excited to announce the GSFABA has recently hired Shira Lander as our new Administrative Project Coordinator.  Shira will be taking on much of the event coordination, member services, and special projects.  Shira graduated from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. She became acquainted with the Greater Shelburne Falls Area through her employment at Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, where she worked as a Canopy Tour Zipline Guide.

Before coming to the GSFABA, Shira was a marketing assistant at a plant rental/event planning company, a manager at Boating in Boston, and the Assistant Aquatics Director at the Hampshire Regional YMCA. Her passions include food, music, and outdoor activities.

Please join us in welcoming Shira to the team!

Plan to come to Business After Hours and you can meet her in person!

Have a great month,


Carmela Lanza-Weil
Executive Director

Announcing the GSFABA's First
(in a long time anyway)

Business After Hours

Tuesday, March 8 from 5:00 - 7:00pm

at Mocha Maya's in Shelburne Falls

You're Invited!

Come hang out and enjoy a free beverage and tasty tidbits, 
engage in conversation and network with business people in the region.

We'd love to see you there!


The 20th Annual AUCTION will be held

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 6pm
Shelburne/Buckland Community Center

Live & Silent Auction * Good Food * Live Music * Wine & Beer

We're looking for awesome items to make this the best auction yet.
Please consider donating an item (or items) to support the work of the GSFABA.
To arrange for donations, please contact:
Wanda Mooney


The annual Place Map marketing program is now taking reservations from members. The $250 ad placement fee gets your business in front of 25,000 potential buyers. The Place Map is one of the most popular and well-used brochures; it is distributed throughout the region including the visitors' centers in Greenfield and Shelburne Falls, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and the Big E, to name just a few! It is placed in retail outlets, commercial businesses, and at the Bridge of Flowers throughout the season. If you have not yet made paid for your ad, please do so by March 4, 2016.

If you had an ad on the Place Map last year, please get your reservation in TODAY!


Project File No. 607539

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the proposed Route 2 @ Colrain-Shelburne Road
Intersection Improvement project in Shelburne, MA.

WHERE: Town of Shelburne Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, @ 6:00 PM

PURPOSE: The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed Route 2 @ Colrain-Shelburne Road Intersection Improvement project. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent.

PROPOSAL: The proposed project consists of improving the intersection of Route 2 and Colrain-Shelburne Road to enhance vehicular sight distance and add safety measures to the intersection. The work includes roadway and shoulder grading and embankment, mixed asphalt paving, pavement markings and signage, guardrail removals and rehabilitation, tree removals, installation of drainage piping, replication of impacted stream bank and wetland area, loaming, seeding and other incidental items of work. Bicycle accommodations consisting of a usable shoulder have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below. Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Highway Design, Project File No. 607539. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing. Project inquiries may be emailed to

For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email

Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at

Public Sculpture Turners FallsThe Town of Montague (MA) and Turners Falls RiverCulture are requesting proposals for a public sculpture to be installed in the new pedestrian park on the corner of Avenue A and 3rd Street (green triangle above). Any artist in the United States may apply. Freedom Credit Union recently donated $1,000 to this project, bringing the award amount to $6,000. Proposals are due April 28, 2016.

For deadlines, guidelines, review criteria and information about the selection process, download the RFP from the Town of Montague website. Click "Request for Proposals (RFP) " under Quick Links on the home page.

For questions, contact RiverCulture:

SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, recently released their second annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage. The study determines the top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, in addition to mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs, and property taxes. Franklin County cracked the list at number 3 in Massachusetts, up from their rank of 10 in 2015.

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Business News, Views, and Events

The Shelburne Falls Compost Collaborative (SFCC) has been successfully operating for almost six years! We are composting over 150 cubic yards of material each year; all saved from the landfill and instead made into compost.

SFCC is expanding; please join us! Shelburne Falls Compost Collaborative is a true community effort, currently supported by: Hearty Eats, Mocha Maya’s, Mo's Fudge Factor, The Blue Rock Restaurant, Vävstuga Weaving School, and West End Pub. The program was launched in 2010 by The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA), Franklin County Solid Waste Management District (FCSWMD), and ECS, Inc. In 2012 the Bridge of Flowers gardeners joined SFCC free of charge. Mirick Insurance adds shredded paper. The Town of Shelburne hosts the compost dumpster in a town parking lot; an additional dumpster on the Buckland side is in the planning stages.

SFCC participants share a “commercial compost” dumpster for food and paper waste. The dumpster is emptied once a week by a compost hauler that is already in town to service McCusker’s Market. The materials are taken to Martin’s Farm Compost and Mulch in Greenfield, where they are transformed into nutrient-rich compost.

Because the material is processed at an on-farm facility, a wide range of organically-based wastes can be composted. ALL food waste, including items not recommended for home composting such as meat, poultry, bones, dairy, fats and oily foods, can be composted at a commercial composting facility – no sorting! All paper wastes are acceptable, such as paper napkins, paper towels, paper cups, plates and waxed cardboard, (items that are not recyclable and usually destined for the trash.) Also accepted: plant waste, shredded paper, compostable plastics, and small pieces of wood.

60-80% of a restaurant’s solid waste is food, according to the EPA. Paul St. Martin of the West End Pub said that for the last five years his restaurant has been able to compost by “keeping separate bins and having employees put plate scrapings and food in one and all the non-compostable items in the other. The best part is we cut our trash in half.”

Cost: The total cost of the dumpster is $82.50/month in winter and $138/month in summer. Businesses split those costs according to their estimated volumes; members are asked to measure volumes when they join and again every year or two. FCSWMD invoices businesses quarterly; a $10 administrative fee per business per year is charged.

Schedule: From June-October, the dumpster is emptied every Wednesday morning; in the winter, every other Weds.
Training: FCSWMD provides a (voluntary) free training for your employees, customized to your business and scheduled at your convenience. Yes/No lists are provided to all participants.

Publicity: Customers appreciate green businesses!
· Webpage:
· Members receive logo stickers for entrances, doors, counters, etc. (The logo is above right.) The logo can be emailed for use on your website, menu, Facebook page, etc.
· FCSWMD coordinates occassional press releases, articles, advertisements, etc. See the case study on the Northeast Recycling Council website (p. 6-7):

Local businesses have joined together to reduce waste by 50% or more, and to help slow climate change: food and paper waste sent to landfills emits methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Please join us! Contact Amy Donavan for more information or to join:, 413-772-2438.

The SBA has a variety of courses available on-line to help your small business. Titles include Taking Your High-Tech Product to Market, Understanding Your Customer, Sales: A Guide for the Small Business Owner and many more! Take advantage of these free learning opportunities!

Dear Shelburne Falls Compost Collaborative Members and other Shelburne Falls Restaurants,

I'm sending this to you just because I am excited about this new LOCAL waste cooking oil recycling option! (I'm not directly involved, and this is not part of the compost collaborative, but it is another green option for your business.)

Did you hear the news? Northeast Biodiesel’s Greenfield, MA facility is up and running! Northeast Biodiesel collects used cooking oil from local restaurants and institutions and RECYCLES it into fuel for trucks, tractors, cars, and home heating oil systems.

WHO? Northeast Biodiesel, LLC is a biofuel manufacturing plant committed to producing high quality renewable fuel in a sustainable way. Its majority owner, Co-op Power, is a sustainable energy cooperative owned by consumers in New England and New York, primarily in Massachusetts.

HOW? Northeast Biodiesel will place a 55-gallon drum or other container at your restaurant or facility and pump it out when full. Northeast Biodiesel is currently paying $0.25/gallon for used cooking oil.

WHY? Biodiesel is a compelling alternative to fossil fuels for heating homes, and fueling cars, school buses, trucks and tractors because it can be directly substituted in any diesel engine or oil heat system without modification, and according to the EPA, has a lifecycle greenhouse gas emission profile showing an 86% reduction over diesel and gasoline emissions. With your help this partnership will inspire the biodiesel movement in New England, stimulating the economy through new job generation (14 new jobs in Greenfield), promoting and recognizing local institutions and restaurants, raising public interest and supporting alternative energy education in the community.

Typically, other recyclers here in Massachusetts send their oil out of state, which creates more, not less, carbon emissions. By using Northeast Biodiesel you are truly supporting a better environment for Massachusetts.

WHEN? NOW! Waste cooking oil is already being picked up. For more information or to have a container placed at your facility, please contact:
Steven Ronhave
Northeast Biodiesel Company, Renewable Vegetable Oil Specialist

Sent from Amy Donovan,
Program Director, Franklin County Solid Waste Management District

Historic Deerfield's Free Winter Lecture Series Commemorates the 1704 Raid on Deerfield

On a frigid winter night 312 years ago more than 300 French soldiers, Canadians, and their Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts. One hundred and twelve Deerfield men, women, and children were captured and taken on a 300-mile forced march to Canada. Many of the surviving captives were later redeemed and returned to Deerfield; others chose to remain among their French and Native captors. Historic Deerfield's 2016 Winter Lecture Series, "In Harm's Way: Conflict and Captivity before the French and Indian War," commemorates the 312th anniversary of the 1704 raid by exploring conflicts, alliances and contested territories in the Northeast throughout the later 17th and early 18th centuries. Four scholars will introduce individual and cultural perspectives as well as larger geopolitical issues in play before the (final) French and Indian War, expanding our understandings of these fascinating and important places and events, their antecedents, and their powerful legacies.

The next lecture, "Raiding and Captive Taking along the New England and New York Borders 1688-1748," presented by Kevin Sweeney, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., will be presented on Sunday, February 28.

Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., will explore "Colonization and Captivity in Native Space" on Sunday, March 20, and Michael Coe, Professor Emeritus, Yale University, will cap off the lecture series with "The Line of Forts: An Eighteenth Century DEW Line," on Sunday, April 24.

Winter Hours and Admission Information

The Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open Saturdays and Sundays, January 2, 2016 - April 10, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy current exhibitions and "The Museum's Attic" gallery. Seasonal Winter Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Youth (ages 6-17), under 6, Deerfield residents, and members free. Historic Deerfield's museum houses are closed to the public during the winter months (January-mid-April), however pre-arranged tours-by-appointment, school tours and group tours can still be scheduled. For more information, call (413) 775-7214 or e-mail The museum will reopen for the 2016 Season on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The Franklin Hampshire Career Centers Proudly Sponsor
Our 9th Annual Spring Fling Job Fair

WEDNESDAY - March 16, 2016
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Frontier Regional School
South Deerfield, MA

The Franklin Hampshire Career Centers are pleased to invite you to attend our “Spring Fling Job Fair” on March 16, 2016 at the Frontier Regional High School @ 113 North Main Street, South Deerfield. The job fair will run from 4:00-6:00 pm. Set up time will be 3:30 pm.

While this job fair has no fee to attend, your ticket into the fair is that you have one or more job openings to fill (at that time) that we will list on the statewide job board.

With limited space, we suggest you register early by contacting us through email at or call our Business Services Team at (413) 586-6506.

We look forward to your participation in this job fair. Thank you and have a nice day.

Ann and Penni from the Business Services Team
Franklin Hampshire Career Center

"The Red Show," a group show at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative –
and a display by our jewelry artists, special gifts for Valentine’s Day

January 27 through February 22

Daily 11-5
Friday and Saturday 11-7
Closed Tuesdays 

26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Savage Sterling Ring

Savage Sterling Ring

The Health Care Workforce Center (HCWC) and the State Office of Rural Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announce federal HPSA designation for primary care (medical) in Buckland, Charlemont, Greenfield, Heath, Monroe, Montague, Rowe, and Shelburne effective September 30, 2015.

A HPSA designation by the federal Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) provides incentives to certain providers who serve low income populations (where greater than 30% of residents have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level). As this is a low-income designation, only those providers serving a low-income population are eligible for incentives.
Eligible providers may apply for loan repayment assistance under the Massachusetts Loan Repayment Program (MLRP) for health professionals, and for J1-visa waiver status (specific to foreign trained physicians). At this time this area is not competitive for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) awards because of this PC-HPSA’s low need score of 8.

For full details of benefits, please see on our HCWC website, and on the HRSAwebsite. (Thanks to Cheryl Dukes for this information.)

March 16, 2016 at Deerfield Academy
Sponsored by the Western Mass. Region Homeland Security Advisory Council and the FBI
Click here for more information.

Startup entrepreneurs often lack a deep network of relationships which makes it hard for them to survive and thrive. Meanwhile, many business people love to mentor but lack a way of easily and enjoyably finding and helping the right ventures.


Upcoming Events:

February 19 & 20
Pothole Pictures Presents THE MATRIX at 7:30pm


March 20
SYRUP! at Memorial Hall, Piti Theater


April 2
Annual Auction!


Newly Renovated Building at 1404 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne
Commercially zoned - ideal for professional office, craft workshop and/or retail shop


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