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For all the bragging rights (and one trophy): The winners of this year’s Valley Voices story slams head to a final competition
04-05-2024 1:47 PM


The assignment is pretty straightforward: tell a concise story about your life, in no more than five minutes, that reflects a certain theme.The challenge is in telling that story with enough heart, spirit, verve, humor or whatever else you can conjure...

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How and why does wood burn? A basic scientific explanation to help you better heat your home, build the best fire
04-01-2024 3:00 PM


A significant number of people in this area burn wood to heat their homes, including a number of new arrivals who may have much interest in doing so, but little experience. Accordingly, I thought it would be worthwhile to write about this subject as...

Wendell Wood Bank uses $10K grant for equipment, storage shed
03-25-2024 1:12 PM


WENDELL — The Wendell Wood Bank spent a $10,000 federal grant on safety equipment, chainsaws, log splitters, a storage shed and other items to help meet the heating needs of households struggling to keep warm.Clifford Dornbusch, Wendell’s tree warden...

Buckland wood bank seeks volunteers for April 20 event
03-23-2024 3:01 PM


BUCKLAND — Despite all the trees felled by storms or cut down for utility access, about 13,000 rural households in Massachusetts still experience “energy insecurity,” according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). But a fairly...

Wendell native Scott Woodward excited to be back in New England as Middlesex School’s new head football coach
03-15-2024 3:32 PM


Scott Woodward is making his return to Massachusetts. The Wendell native and Mahar Regional School alum won a pair of MIAA Division 3 state football titles before attending UMass, where he played four years of football with the Minutemen at...

Crafted at home for the home: Josh Hannon creates wooden household goods that are both functional and beautiful
03-04-2024 3:25 PM


Western Massachusetts is home to some of the world’s finest artisans and craft fairs. We can admire gorgeous objects made of wood, glass, wool, clay, flax, stone, wax, and other materials, and this happy circumstance allows us to shop locally....

For the love of coffee: Woodnote Coffee Company prioritizes the land and the folks living on it
01-22-2024 4:18 PM


Co-owners Kaihla Laurent, 25, and Jaydon Diamond, 27, chose the image of a bird for their Woodnote Coffee Company logo; a woodnote is a natural musical sound or song, like that of a wild bird. The allusion seems fitting, as the young company recently...

Colrain debuts new wood bank
12-04-2023 12:14 PM


COLRAIN — The town has a new wood bank providing a system of wood sharing for local residents. The wood bank is located outside the transfer station on Charlemont Road. It is open for anyone to give and take wood as needed.“This is a mutual aid...

Business reps seek state help in shoring up local timber industry
11-17-2023 5:45 PM


SHELBURNE — With many multi-generational family farms harvesting timber but only 2% of the wood harvested being used in the local economy, Massachusetts has a long way to go to bolster the timber industry, according to local business representatives...

Lawmakers weigh wood-burning for energy, heat
07-12-2023 12:17 PM


BOSTON — Facilities that burn wood to create energy should not be eligible for credits under a state program that rewards generators of “clean heat,” advocates said last week, arguing that two bills would close loopholes in the state’s climate...

Indigenous rep added to Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts board
07-02-2023 4:09 PM

The board of the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts is expanding its membership to include Indigenous representation.Following a unanimous vote taken during the board’s June meeting, the Ohketeau Cultural Center of Ashfield, a...

‘10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning’
02-12-2023 12:07 PM


“10,000 Days in the Woods: The Beginning”by H. Russell RichardsonDragon Brook PublishingIn 2019, Russ Richardson was hospitalized for a severe heart blockage. In the beginning of the Shelburne resident’s new memoir, he explains that he coped with the...

Speaking of Nature: The yellow birch: A golden surprise in the woods
01-15-2023 3:00 PM


In keeping with my New Years resolution to focus some more attention on the plants that live around us I decided to look for a list that I was convinced must exist somewhere. You see, I am a compulsive list-maker. The blood of a scientist runs through...

A second wind: Peter Knapp tackles life changes and crises through his art
03-09-2022 6:00 PM


Back when he was a student in the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the late 1960s/early 1970s, Peter Knapp imagined he might have a career as an artist. He studied woodcuts, drawing and painting and, after graduating in 1972, had a studio for...

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