Local News & Views
Bring early apples and some muscles to press cider with SWCA and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold spring Road. We expect to have two cider presses, but many muscles are needed to turn the crank. They have to be washed and cut up first. The residue will not go to waste – it will go to local pigs. Bring containers.
Bring a dish to share and we’ll grill burgers (including veggie burgers) or chicken to go with it along with providing beverages, tableware, and melon for dessert. We’ll be under the tent at Waubeeka Golf Links (Waubeeka will be providing a cash bar).
There’ll be a live auction of home-made baked goods and a Silent Auction featuring exciting items like a weekend in Brooklyn, a beading party for up to eight people, theater tickets and much more.
It’s all free, but donations will be accepted.
Bring your rubber boots and join The South Williamstown Community Association and the Hoosic River Watershed Association on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 1 p.m. for a Green River Cleanup Walk starting opposite Hart Construction at 381 New Ashford Road. (Parking is available there.) Last year we collected approximately 15 trash bags of glass and other debris. There’ll be refreshments afterwards.
There was a town landfill along the Green River behind the Hart farm from about 1948 until 1960 and high water (especially since Hurricane Irene) causes broken glass and other debris to be washed into the river. SWCA Board Member Wayne Olivieri got in touch with HooRWA about this in 2015 and HooRWA arranged a site visit on October 6, 2015 attended by Williamstown’s Director of Public Works Tim Kaiser, Health Officer Jeff Kennedy, HooRWA’s Steve McMahon, Tom Hyde and Lauren Stevens, SWCA’s Mark Thaisz and Charles Clines and Dan Hall from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
May 2018 Town Meeting voted to approve an expense of $60,000 to do a site assessment of the Hart landfill site.
Come all ye broken lamps, socks with holes, blades that have seen sharper days, bicycles needing a little tenderness!
Come to Repair Café, co-sponsored by the South Williamstown Community Association and the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, at Sheep Hill, Saturday afternoon, October 14th from 1 to 4 p.m.
It’s an occasion for people to bring in things that need repair. You can get advice, instruction or actual fixing of one or two items. There will be volunteer “fixers” standing by with tools, lamp parts, sewing machines, darning needles. You can make a donation if you wish, but it is all free. Meanwhile, in addition to physical fixing, Williamstown’s Repair Café is also offering advice.
We’re partnering with the Bag Share project to make reusable shopping bags. We’ll have materials and grommet machines to make them at Repair Cafe. Come and learn how to make a bag. It’s a good activity for older children, and it keeps all kinds of animal feed and barley bags out of the landfill.
We’re recruiting “fixers,” so if you have expertise you’d like to share, please get in touch.
Last spring, we were able to offer repairs, tool sharpening and expert advice from a lawyer, a realtor, a gardener, a knitter, a seamstress, a veterinarian, an elder services specialist, not to mention computer geeks. AND, IT’S ALL FREE. PLUS REFRESHMENTS, TOO.
It is good for all of us who aren’t so good at fixing things and it’s good for the environment.