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Warwick Arts Council

Tom Wyatt, Mari Rovang, Miryam Williamson, Michael Humphries, Janice Starmer, Sandy Renna, Suzanne Renna, Claudia Lewis, Betsy Alkins, Doc Pruyne, Cheri Robartes, Denyse Dar

WARWICK ARTS COUNCIL NEWS - Tom Wyatt and Claudia Lewis

The Warwick Arts Council is a town organization independent from Town government. It has sponsored art and cultural programs and events in the town of Warwick for over 20 years. Some of the programs it has put on include: Annual Art Shows, Blues Nights, Concerts (from Jazz to Classical to Jug Band), Warwick Film Club, Beatnik coffeehouses, narrative poetry evenings, Soup and Song gatherings, writing programs, slide shows, and school programs and scholarship support. The Arts Council has a project called "Wooden Fender" which sponsors local live music events. The Council and Wooden Fender also completed two grant funded programs to improve the acoustics and sound equipment at the Town Hall.

The Warwick Arts Council meets periodically during the year to plan events. For more info contact a member or Tom Wyatt at 978-544-3911, or tom@tomwyattphoto.com



Warwick Council on Aging - Helen Whipple, Secretary

Exercise for Wellness Classes

Exercise for Wellness is offered by the Warwick Council on Aging from 10 to 11 am. It is offered FREE and is a gentle type exercise partly sitting in a chair with one lb. weights, a ball and then standing behind or to the side of a chair for support for leg exercises. Carol Foote leads.

Tai Chi for Wellness Classes

Tai Chi classes are offered by the Warwick Council on Aging from 11 am to 12 noon. It is offered FREE and is a moderate type exercise in the Chinese tradition. No experience necessary - all are welcome! Marcia Gobeil is the instructor.

Marcia Gobeil

The Tai Chi class

Foot Clinic

The Council on Aging is again sponsoring a foot clinic (for toenail clipping) monthly at 8 AM at the Metcalf Chapel. Please bring a towel! See the line calendar for specific dates.

Thanks to Carol Foote and the CoA for making all this happen.



Anyone interested in working for the Council on Aging to do jobs for seniors in town should contact Carol Foote to get on the chore list. Carol's number is 544-6900 and you need to contact her even if you have worked for the COA before and wish to have your name remain in the list. Anyone 14 years or older, any adult or even senior citizens are encouraged to join the list. Money is available to pay for this from COA grant funds at the rate of $10-$12 per hour.

The Warwick Council on Aging receives funding from the state Council on Aging for the following programs. Seniors wanting more information should call the Warwick CoA's chairwoman, Carol Foote.

Helping Hands is a program that hires people to perform seasonal tasks for elders -- things like raking leaves, washing windows, stacking wood, and other inside or outside jobs. At present two people are enrolled, willing to work as their schedules permit. They are paid through the town.

More people are invited to enroll in the program. Some paperwork is involved; Carol Foote has the information.

Warwick Historical Society

From l to r: Rod Whipple, auditor, Arline Lincoln, treasurer, Larry Carey, president, Martha Morse, secretary, Mike Carey, vice-president, Ed Lemon, curator

Historical Society News - Ed Lemon

At the June meeting of the Historical Society, the Bergquist family presented their 1896 Bible to the Society. George and Alana Day and the Bergquist family did the honors. Mike Carey shares his photo of the event.

The Athol Daily News has posted a wonderful video of George Day explaining the history and workings of the Town Clock. See it here.

We would like to invite anyone who has a story about local happenings to share it with us, by making a copy, either orally or in writing for our historical collection. If you have any stories of anything that might be of historical interest to future Warwickians please see Ed Lemon or any of our members and we will arrange a way for you to record it.

Our publication "Historic Houses of Warwick" is now available for sale at the Warwick Library. Cost is $8.00 per copy. Only 100 copies were printed and many have been sold already, so get yours while they last!

The Society has available for purchase full color 11 x 14 copies of Blake's Warwick map of 1830 at $5.00 each. See Ed Lemon or Martha Kitchen.

The Historical Society has received a new shipment of Warwick T-shirts in assorted colors and sizes. We reordered some of the larger sizes that we were out of most recently. They range in price from $8 for small to $12 for extra large.

There are a few maroon afghans left for $40.00 each, as well as some scenic Warwick notecards for $1 each.

They make great gifts and you don't even have to go out of town. Just call Barbara Walker at 544-2925 for arrangements, pickup or delivery.

Latest Meetings and Events

On September 21, 2017, the Society met for a business session, followed by refreshments.

The Society met on June 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Dining Room. Charlie Brown gave a fascinating talk on the town's history. A business meeting and refreshments followed.

On December 21 the Society met for its annual Yankee Gift Swap, preceded by a short business meeting.

On September 21 the Society met for a brief business session, followed by refreshments.

On June 8 the Society met for a brief business session, followed by refreshments.

On March 16 the Society met for a brief business session, followed by refreshments.

On December 16 after a short business meeting, the annual Yankee Gift Swap was enjoyed.

On September 16 we enjoyed Beth Gilgun's informative and well-attended presentation on how to electronically trace property deeds back to their origin. This was followed by a business meeting and refreshments.

On June 17 the Society met for a brief business session, followed by refreshments.

On March 18 the Society met for a brief business session, followed by refreshments.

On December 17 the Society met for its annual Yankee Gift Swap, preceded by a short business meeting.

On September 17 there was a short business meeting. The current slate of officers was re-elected for a 2-year term. Membership fees are due and were collected.

On June 25 Dick and Pat Shepardson showed their European trip photos, followed by a short business meeting and refreshments.

On March 19 the Society met for a lengthy business meeting and adjourned early because of the weather.

On December 18 the Society met for its annual Yankee Gift Swap, preceded by a short business meeting.

On September 22 the American Harmony Chorus presented a delightful concert of early Colonial music at the Unitarian meeting House. It was very well attended and brought in over $300 in donations to the Society. You can hear a selection from this concert here.

On September 18 there was a short presentation by Larry Carey and Colleen Paul of a T-shirt and commemorative plaque to Ed Lemon, honoring his work for the town and the Historical Society. The business meeting and refreshments followed.

On July 20 the Society presented a slide show of pictures of the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane. This was followed by a showing of "Out of The Storm", a documentary about the West Virginian saw mill and crew that came to Northfield to help salvage the fallen timber in this area.

We met on June 19th and saw excerpts from DVDs made from some of the VHS tapes we found in the WHS museum. These included various scenes from The Revolution comes to Reverend Hedge 1963 (Bicentennial play by C. Morse); A rehearsal of Alice in Blunderland (undated); the 100th Anniversary of the Town Hall 1995 (Larry Carey MC), and Warwick MA Rediscovered - photos from various eras and events.The show was followed by our regular business meeting and refreshments. The Society hopes to make copies of these historic documents for sale.

The Historical Society met on March 20. Some footage of the 1940 Old Home Days and 1963 Bicentennial parades was shown, followed by the business meeting and refreshments.

The Historical Society met on December 19. Dawn Magi came in to discuss the upoming 250th Anniversary celebration. After a short business meeting the annual holiday Yankee Gift Swap took place with refreshments.

The Historical Society met on September 19. Bill Schweikert, retired chemistry teacher at NMH and Keene State College, gave an interesting presentation on the archaeology of this area. After the presentation there was a business meeting. All the Society's officers were reelected for another 2-year term.

The Historical Society met on June 20. There was a lengthy business meeting. The slate of officers for the September meeting's election was discussed. The curator's report was followed by discussions of the coming season's activities.

Warwick Historical Society meetings are open to the public: come and join us, just for the presentation if you wish or stay for the meeting after and refreshments. You don't have to be a member to attend the presentation or enjoy the refreshments afterwards. However, consider joining the society. The annual membership fee is only $10, $15 for couples. We are working hard to record and preserve Warwick's history, so your participation will be very welcome!


The Warwick Historical Society's mission is to record and preserve the town's long and colorful history, including its documents, records, photographs, artworks, and memorabilia. We are also building an audio and video archive.

Freddie Fellows, Liz Whipple, Deb Paulson, Bev Shepardson and Nadia Marti entering data

We are working hard to make our treasures accessible to the public: our museum, at 6 Athol Road, is open on Sundays during the summer months, and our collection is gradually being put online at http://www.whs.steamkite.com.

We meet quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month in March, June, September and December.


Warwick Transition Town Group

Rick Abbott, Dan Dibble, Clare Green, Pam Kimball, Steve Kurkoski, Janice Kurkoski, Claudia Lewis, Keith Ross, Janice Starmer

For the latest updates on the Transition Town Video Film Festival go here!

Building A Resilient Community for a Post-Carbon World - Claudia Lewis

The heart of the Transition Movement is the belief that if we engage with enough imagination and ingenuity to unlock the collective genius of our communities, we can choose a future that is more satisfying, just and sustainable than what we have now. The aim of a Transition Initiative is to pull the community together to explore the practicalities of rebuilding local resilience and reducing carbon emissions.

Every individual has something valuable to give, and each person has a role in making our community what we really want it to be. We do not have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of skills and determination in our community, we believe the solutions will emerge.

Learn more about the Transition Movement at http://www.transitionus.org, or pick up a copy of The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins at the library today.

Join Transition Town Warwick on Facebook!

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community coming together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative.

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question: "for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:

This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strives to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically. The community also recognizes two crucial points:


Warwick Women's Guild - Martha Morse

Next Meeting

The Guild will meet on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:00 pm We will gather together at the Town Hall to carpool to several Warwick homes for a "mini garden tour." This will be followed by our regular monthly business meeting and refreshments back at the Town Hall. All are welcome to join us to enjoy some lovely early summer blossoms!

Guild Cookbooks!

The Guild still has a few cookbooks left. The cookbook, full of recipes from the best cooks and bakers in Warwick, costs $9.95 -- they are great Holiday gifts. Go here for details and ordering information.

If you would like to share a craft, travel or work experience, or any other subject with the Guild, please contact me at 978-544-5218.

Meetings are normally on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Town Hall unless otherwise noted in the calendar.

All women of Warwick are automatically Guild members, so please join us at our meetings!

Every year the Guild prepares fruit baskets for Warwick residents over 80 - Photo by Diana Tandy

Fruit baskets ready to go! - Photo by Diana Tandy

Welcome to Warwick Sign

Here is the "Welcome to Warwick" sign, a gift of the Women's Guild, in place!

Warwick Trinitarian Congregational Church (Metcalf Chapel)

Services are in the Metcalf Chapel Sundays at 10:00 a.m., changing to 9:00 a.m. after June 15.

Follow this link to the church's own Facebook page. It will open in a new window. Dismiss the window to return here.

Regional Organizations

Foundation for Educational Excellence in the PVRS District

Andrea Woods

Teacher Recognition Certificates

At the end of each school year, the Foundation for Educational Excellence in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District makes it possible for families to recognize an outstanding teacher or staff person in their school who has made a difference in their child's educational life. For a donation to the Foundation in any amount, an individualized Certificate of Recognition will be sent to the honoree with the name of your child on it and noting their outstanding work. Simply send the name of the student and the name of the teacher and school to the Foundation for Educational Excellence, P.O. Box 56, Northfield, MA 01360 with your check and we will take care of the rest including sending an acknowledgement letter back to you.

F.E.E. has recently approved annual grants in the amount of $6,670 for the 2010-2011 school year. Educational enhancement programs will be held in all five District schools. Thank you for considering the Teacher Recognition initiative to build up an educator and support the important work of the Foundation.

Annual Raffle Winners

The Foundation for Educational Excellence in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District is pleased to announce the winners of the annual raffle and that several Warwick residents were winners!! $1,692 was raised in the effort. Winners were:

PK Sanieski: Handmade Pottery Vase by Philip Galluzzo
Tony Galuzzo: Black and White Framed Photo by Patrick Galluzzo
Julie Severance: Brattleboro Country Club Gift Certificate for 18 holes of golf with cart for 4
Jared Woods: Brattleboro Country Club Gift Certificate for lunch for 4
Ruth Potee: Boxwood Tree donated by Fairview Gardens
Clyde Perkins, Jr.: Quilt sewn by Pat Messer and friends
Deb Benoit: Half Gallon of Maple Syrup donated by Severance Farm
Sheana Floran: Purrrfect Petzzz Toy donated by Cheryl Bachinski
Carol Drost: BeautiControl Luxurious Spa Treatments for Hands and Body donated by Barb King
Susan Renfrew and Sandy Dean: Gift Certificates to Foster's Supermarket
Rich Fitzgerald: Cutting Board from Michael Humphries Woodworking
Harvey Hoel: Gift Certificate for 18 holes of golf for 4 with carts to Crumpin Fox Club donated by A.R.Sandri
Ferne Bork: 12 week summer share donated by Picadilly Farm
PK Sanieski: Art work by Mary Jo Hauri and Kevin Slattery

FEE's funding of enrichment programs, projects, presentations, and guest speakers in the 5 District schools is made possible through generous community support. FEE wishes to thank all who participated in this annual fundraising event.

FEE Enrichment Funds Granted

Nearly $6,000 in educational enrichment program funds were granted by the Foundation for Educational Excellence in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District for the upcoming school year. The Foundation's mission is to fund programs to enrich the educational life of the four elementary schools (Warwick, Northfield, Leyden, and Bernardston) and Pioneer Valley Regional School. They seek to fund programs in the arts, humanities and sciences that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.

2009-2010 Annual Grants are as follows:
There were three grants for programs at Pioneer Valley Regional School: Recycling and Wood Storage Shed. This $750 grant will allow students to purchase materials and build an outside shed with consultation from a local builder. "Rockin' Review Songs" grants $560 to support social studies students in utilizing software to create and record songs that will allow them to listen to music and study academic content; and "A Mural for the Masses" grants $500 for advanced art students to work with a consultant to create a mural in the school.

Warwick Community School will receive $1,500 for an "Exploring Rhythms of the World" grant. This project is a school residency program for all students with Marcus Santos and BatukAxe- enhancing students' understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity through musical experiences.

In addition to the 2008-2009 annual grants previously announced, ten $250 mini-grants were awarded this past school year for such diverse programs as yoga training, field trips, weather study and a rafting expedition.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce that Stephen Dyer was the recipient of the Annual FEE Senior Art Award. He received a cash award and his piece will be framed and hung at PVRS. The Foundation's first annual "Richard Martin Theatre Award" was presented this year to graduating senior Jennifer Hicks.

New members and supporters of the Foundation are welcome. For more information, contact one of the schools or Andrea Woods at 978-544-6844. Teachers in the PVRS District interested in applying for a FEE grant or interested community members can get more information at www.pioneervalley.k12.ma.us/fee .

Foundation programs provide enrichment to our children that make a REAL DIFFERENCE! Please help if you can. See photos below of the results of a previous year's raffle.

In the first photo, Warwick schoolchildren display their new t-shirts, created with a press purchased by the Foundation. In the second, Nora Dooley explains how a book is made, sponsored by the Foundation.

photos by Andrea Woods

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District


The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding its annual household hazardous waste collection for households and businesses on the morning of Saturday, October 3, 2015. Pre-registration is required by September 24. Collection sites are GCC Main Campus and Orange Transfer Station. To bring wastes to either of the sites, residents must pre-register.

Online registration forms may be completed at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html. or fill out the form on the back of this sheet.

The collection is free for residents of the following towns: Athol, Barre, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Petersham, Phillipston, Rowe, Royalston, Shelburne, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.

Gill, Orange and Sunderland residents must pay to participate in the 2015 collection. Businesses must pay for disposal costs. For business registration information, call (413) 772-2438.

This annual collection provides residents an opportunity to dispose of hazardous items such as fluorescent lamps, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, oil-based paints, stains, thinners, household cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, and other household chemicals.

For more information, contact the District office at (413) 772-2438, info@franklincountywastedistrict.org, or visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org. The website has a more complete list of items acceptable for the collection. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD). The District is an equal opportunity provider.

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is a regional organization offering a variety of programming, products and services, both on the municipal and regional level, to member towns. It serves the 26 towns of Franklin County, the most rural county in Massachusetts, which is located in the upper Connecticut River Valley in the western part of the state.


The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) has created a survey to help obtain public input about transportation in the region. This information will be used for the update of the long-range Franklin Regional Transportation Plan. Specifically, the results of the survey will help shape the future of transportation in the region by providing future project ideas and guiding the direction of transportation in the county.

Public input is an essential part of the creation of the Regional Transportation Plan, and the FRCOG wants to hear the public's ideas for transportation improvements in Franklin County. The Transportation Plan, which was last updated in 2007, is a comprehensive document which provides the basis for future transportation planning in the region.

The Transportation Plan reviews current transportation infrastructure in the region and makes recommendations for future projects. Many parts of the transportation network are reviewed and discussed in the plan, including roadways, passenger rail, freight transport, airports, bus services, sidewalks, and on-road and off-road bike routes.

A draft version of the updated Regional Transportation Plan will be released for public review later this year.

The survey can be found online at http://www.frcog.org, under the section "What's New." It can also be found in hard copy at all town halls and libraries, on FRTA buses, and upon request by contacting me at 413-774-1194 ext. 110 or http://www.frcog.org or Maureen Mullaney at 413-774-1194 ext 108, trans@frcog.org.

Want to minimize the paper you receive from FRCOG, or do you prefer documents on paper? Let them know: fill out this form (in MS Word format only) and return it to FRCOG.

Regional Preparedness Program Manager
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
425 Main Street, Suite 20
Greenfield, MA 01301-3313
Phone: 413-774-3167 Ext. 118
Fax: 413-774-3169
E-mail: info@frcog.org

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