2015 March

Celebrate Spring with all your friends and neighbors by attending the 19th Annual Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Spring Auction! Come enjoy the live auction, silent auction, delectable foods, fine wines, and local beer while supporting programs and initiatives that benefit our hilltowns. This gala event is the perfect 87a1d508 0c29 46f6 bd3a c38001595d3fopportunity to show continued support for your local communities!

Tickets this year are only $10.00 and admission includes one free beverage ticket. Auction items include over 100 items including a Vermont Lake Getaway, tickets to the Green River Festival, and original artwork crafted in our hilltowns by favorite local artists.

Doors open at the Shelburne/Buckland Community Center, 53 Main Street, Shelburne Falls on Saturday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m. for viewing items and socializing with friends and neighbors. Throughout the evening enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, catered by Elmer’s Store. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

Join us as we celebrate 19 years of fun! For reservations and to pay by credit card, call the GSFABA office at 413-625-2526 or email You can also mail your check to GSFABA, P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370; we’ll call you back to confirm your reservation.

The pre-subscription campaign for the WiredWest fiber network is now underway! Each town needs to get 40% of the residents and businesses to pre-subscribe before network construction can begin. Please register!

Seven of the towns in the Greater SFABA membership area (Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield and Rowe) are currently asking residents to Wired Westpre-subscribe for internet service. If these towns demonstrate sufficient interest and the voters approve the required borrowing authorization at town meeting, these towns are eligible to join the regional network.

The WiredWest fiber network will provide reliable, affordable, high speed internet, phone and video services to all homes and businesses in the member towns. The ubiquitous availability of these services will be a huge boost to the local economy. High speed internet enables our businesses to remain competitive and creates jobs. High speed internet strengthens the local economy by increasing real estate values and enabling remote work opportunities and part-time telecommuting. For the tourism industry, high speed internet allows us to offer our visitors the world-class telecommunications services they want and expect.

The pre-subscription campaign is the crucial first step. Each town needs to get 40% of the residents and businesses to pre-subscribe before network construction can begin. Each resident or business is being asked to sign up for service and pay a pre-subscription fee of $49, which will be applied to the first month’s bill when service is available. The fee is fully refundable if a subscriber moves or changes their mind. Landlords and building owners are asked to pre-subscribe for their rental and commercial properties. You can subscribe online (or by mail) at

The regional network will be run by WiredWest, a non-profit cooperative of 40+ small towns in Western Massachusetts. Delegates from each town will make up the cooperative’s board of directors, ensuring local ownership and control, and local, experienced professionals will be retained to operate the network. Additional funding and resources for network construction will come through the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), a state agency, which has allocated $40M for regional broadband solutions in our area. For more information, visit

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Sponsored by the Great Shelburne Falls Area Business Association

John Baldwin of Stepping Stone Accounts will be presenting free monthly (if there is interest) QuickBooks and Accounting seminars. The first introductory presentation will bedownload “How QuickBooks does Basic Accounting ” Your time is better spent on managing your business, so here is an opportunity to learn basic accounting techniques and use QuickBooks to maximize the effort you spend on your bookkeeping.

Day: March 23, 2015 Time: 9:00am to 10:00

Location: Greenfield Savings Bank Conference Room – Shelburne Falls

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Seeking Nominations

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) is now seeking nominations for the 2015 Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award to be given to a deserving individual or group at the Annual GSFABA Spring Breakfast on Friday, May 1, 2015. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination. Those making nominations should not assume that the Award Committee knows the nominee.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at and should be sent to the GSFABA, P.O. Box 42, Shelburne, MA 01370 or email to no later than April 5, 2015.

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Applications Available

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) is seeking applications from local students This scholarship award is intended to support a graduating senior with a strong interest in pursuing a career in business or related field, e.g. marketing, trade, agriculture, engineering, and more. The student will have demonstrated an interest in business and have an entrepreneurial spirit. The $500 scholarship will be used to help the student continue his/her education through an accredited continuing education course or a college or university.

To qualify the applicant must be a resident of one of the ten towns served by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Shelburne and Rowe), a graduating senior, and have maintained good academic standing throughout high school.

Applications are available at school guidance offices, your local town hall, or a PDF version of the application can be downloaded at, or request a copy by email at Applications must be submitted to the student’s school guidance office or the GSFABA office by April 1, 2016.

Become a Business Sponsor & Support the Local Arts

This year we are celebrating our 9th anniversary in Shelburne Falls, and for the second year in a row we have the opportunity to bring an exciting professional guest artist heremicaela to our community. Flamenco dancer Micaela Paule, director of Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca of New Orleans, will be in residence for a week in May, culminating in her performance in Ballet Renversé’s 9th Annual Spring Recital on May 29th. The program, including residency and recital, is entitled “Many Cultures, Diversity in Dance,” and will take place at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School. It will serve as a resource for Buckland-Shelburne Elementary as well as Colrain Central and Mohawk, and the performance is free and open to the public.

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