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56 Acres Protected in Williamsburg!

Apr 19 2021
56 Acres Protected in Williamsburg! “Important wildlife habitat and a public trail in Williamsburg are now permanently protected by Hilltown Land Trust, through the donation of a conservation restriction by property owner Sandra Warren and her late husband Jim Locke.” Read the full article at hilltownlandtrust.org . [continue reading]

Land Trusts & Native Species: Community-Based Educational Resources to Support Self-Directed Learning

Mar 17 2020
Self-guided hikes are a great way to keep your family active outdoors and engaged in nature! They’re also excellent ways to support learning via community-based educational resources, including land trusts & native species!
Download this free interpretive trail guide Hilltown Families created with the Hilltown Land Trust for the [continue reading]

11 Unsuspecting Restaurants In Massachusetts With Food So Good It Should Be Illegal

Sep 14 2019
11 Unsuspecting Restaurants In Massachusetts With Food So Good It Should Be Illegal Williamsburg Snack Bar in Haydenville, Jake’s in Northampton, Pie Bar in Florence, Strawbale Cafe in Westhampton, El Comalito in Amherst, Bub’s BBQ in Sunderland, The Blind Pig in Athol, and Anne’s Dairy Drive-In in Orange, all make the list. Read the review [continue reading]

Bever Brook Greenway Hiking Trail Now Open

Jun 25 2019
The Beaver Brook Greenway off Route 9 in Leeds heading into Haydenville is now open to the public, with trails and a wildlife blind.
Read more about it here: https://www.gazettenet.com/Beaver-Brook-Greenway-trails-and-wildlife-blind-open-to-the-public-26486234?fbclid=IwAR0SMF8HIkM0doXCJ8e03j6cbXqu1eQ3tStuUBof7V-wZJfXkgM6ot-XkKo
# Hiking   # Nature [continue reading]

New Hiking Trail Revealing Hidden History in Williamsburg, MA

Jul 20 2018
IMG_2869When I first moved to the Pioneer Valley five years ago, I lived in Williamsburg. Shortly after settling into my new apartment, I went to the library and checked out a book on local history. It was the first time I heard of the Mill River flood caused by the catastrophic failure of the Williamsburg Reservoir [continue reading]

New Trails in Williamsburg Showcasing Local History| Volunteers & Donations

May 1 2016
Source: Williamsburg Woodland Trails 
The dam ruins in 1874 — Source: Williamsburg Woodland Trails
In 1874, Williamsburg’s 600′ dam unexpectedly burst creating a flood that wiped through the four mill villages ( Williamsburg , Skinnerville , Haydenville , and  Leeds ) and finally settled in Florence. The dam was crafted by local factory owners to provide a reliable source [continue reading]

FREE Shredding Day in Williamsburg

Nov 15 2015
TownSeal64BlueBackgroundSaturday, November 21, 2015 Starting at 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Williamsburg Highway Garage 24 R Main Street, Williamsburg, MA Open to all Williamsburg residents and surrounding communities a maximum of three boxes per vehicle [continue reading]

Massachusetts maple syrup wins international awards State sugarmakers take honors in competition

Nov 13 2014
Two Massachusetts maple syrup producers took honors at an annual international maple products contest, held this year in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at the annual meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council and International Maple Syrup Institute. Sugarmakers from the United States and Canada entered their maple syrup, candy and cream to have them judged [continue reading]

Recycling activists Donna Gibson and Michael Superson reduce waste by changing behavior

Dec 4 2013
Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 4, 2013. By Gena Mangiaratti
Environmental activist Donna Gibson finds it hard to change people’s behavior.
This is why in the late 1980s she came up with the idea for a “commercial break” at a spring Town Meeting to educate as many of her fellow Williamsburg residents as [continue reading]

The Hilltowns Region

Nov 10 2008
The Hilltowns include areas of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties west of and above the hills bordering the Connecticut River rift valley. This is a rolling, wooded, lightly populated area of Massachusetts, and contains several important wildlife habitat areas and watersheds. Residents of the area are intimately familiar with New England’s fifth season – mud!
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