"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."   - F. Scott Fitzgerald


As the cooler weather moves in, and we begin a new fall season here in New England, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the wonderful summer we had here at the GSFABA... 

The Bridge of Flowers Road Race on August 11th was a great success.  Our community hosted nearly 1,000 runners from across the country who came to compete in this exceptional event.  The community came out to cheer on the runners and support the event, making for a fun and truly memorable day!

The summer concluded with one of our most anticipated events of the year.  One Sunday, August 26th, we held the 18th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner.  Over 200 guests from across our community and the region dined on the historic Iron Bridge, and enjoyed a multi-coursed, gourmet summer menu crafted by our local restauranteurs served by students of the Mohawk Athletic Association.  It was a beautiful night that was enjoyed by all.  Most importantly, this event helps to support the students of the Mohawk Athletic Association.  Thank you all for your support!

Moving forward, we have many exciting events coming up this fall.  The GSFABA, in collaboration with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, will hold Business After Hours on Thursday, October 11th at Apex Orchard in Shelburne!  On November 2nd, the GSFABA will hold its Fall Breakfast and Annual Meeting at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center.  Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Moonlight Magic on Friday, November 23rd!  More details on all these exciting events are on the way!

Thank you for your support of the GSFABA and we hope to see you at our upcoming events.

John Baldwin, President

GSFABA Board of Directors












On Sunday, August 26, 2018, we held the 18th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner. The rain held off and we had perfect weather for the evening of the Dinner. The 200 diners were delighted with the pleasant atmosphere, beautiful table settings, excellent service, and delectable food. 

 This event would not happen without the efforts of many.  Most importantly, we thank the Mohawk Athletic Association's athletes, coaches, and parent volunteers for their hard work in setting the tables, serving the food, and cleaning up after the event. They make the dinner possible! We celebrate our partnership with them and are deeply appreciative of their energy and spirit!

This event is also made possible by the support of our wonderful sponsors: Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Peoples United Bank, Stepping Stone Accountants, Melanson and Heath, Foxbard Farm, The Academy at Charlemont, ALADCO, Aubuchon Hardware, Mocha Maya's, Berkshire Brewing Company, Coldwell Bank and Pondside Pizza.

 Let's talk about the food! Every dish from the hand-crafted summer menu was delightful. Thank you to the restaurants who helped to create and prepare the wonderful menu: Gypsy Apple Bistro, The Blue Rock Restaurant & Bar, Hearty Eats, Delicatesse, Ashefield Lake House, Baked, Cold River Cafe & Restaurant, Mo's Fudge Factor, and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters. 

 We are also grateful for all of the businesses who donated goods and/or their time: Keystone Market, West County Equipment Rental, Chris Singley, and Underdogs for allowing their space to serve as our home base for the event.

 Last but certainly not least, thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers.  A special thank you to our event chairs, Andrea Beaudoin and Anglea Varilla, who worked tirelessly to make this dinner a reality.

 Thank you to the The Greenfield Recorder for highlighting this event.

 If we overlooked anyone, please know we are very grateful for your support and sorry for the oversight.

We hope you all will join us again next year!

 All the best,

 Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association





Mohawk Capstone Mentoring Program

Each semester, Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS) high school seniors are required to complete a capstone project as a part of their graduation requirements and seek the guidance and mentorship ofthose within the community. Pairing students with experts in their field, a capstone mentor is a critical piece of the experience. But what isa “capstone project” and what does becoming a capstone mentor involve?

A capstone project, simply put, is a senior exhibition piece—work that is completed throughout the year which culminates in a final presentation, demonstration, and research paper. The program provides students with three pathways of exploration (career focused, service learning, and personal interest) and projects can take shape in many forms. Projects should challenge students to think critically and provide them with an opportunity to enhance their communication skills, collaboration, time management, etc.—skills which will prepare them for college or the workforce.

As a capsto ne mentor, you may be asked to participate in a variety of ways:

Hosting a student to job shadow or intern in your field

Serve on a capstone panel and provide feedback to stu dents
presenting their projects

Serve as a resource or allo w students to interview you

Your time commitment with the capstone mentoring program is up to you; You choose your level of involvement! Our program is flexible and we are grateful for any time you can donate. There are many pathways of involvement with our capstone mentoring program and we hope you will consider becoming a part of the process.

Contact Mohawk Trail Regional School Capstone program supervisor Michelle MacInnes at mmacinnes@mohawkschools.org or (413) 625-9811.

FCCC September Breakfast Series Program

 Name: FCCC September Breakfast Series Program

Date: September 28, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM EDT

Welcome back from summer to our Breakfast Series on Friday, September 28. The United Way of Franklin County is kicking off their 2018 Campaign. Campaign Co-Chairs, Elizabeth Fisk, of WHAI Radio & Bear Country and Amanda Abramson, of Cohn & Company Real Estate, will be speaking about the upcoming campaign and how you can participate. 

 Breakfast will be held at Franklin County Tech School located at 82 Industrial Boulevard in the Turners Falls Industrial Park. 



Local writers Emily Arsenault and Daniel Hales will read from and discuss their latest books.
On The Last Thing I Told You by Emily Arsenault
“Another shape-shifting psychological mystery by Emily Arsenault, a writer who constantly surprises me.”
– Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
The Last Thing I Told You swept me in with its haunting premise and captivating characters. Emily Arsenault weaves a thrilling, layered story that connects past and present, truth and memory. An original, unpredictable tale of psychological suspense.”
– Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Stranger

On Run Story by Daniel Hales
“The kids at The Center appear at times to be students, at times to be patients, at times to be inmates. They are molting. Or maybe dreaming of molting. The book is both heartbreaking and comedic, immersing the reader in a world of chaos but also progress, and sometimes even transcendence” –Michael Earl Craig   

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