Hilltown Families

Update for Winter 2011-12 Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program for the 2011-2012 season has begun.  Please note that they are experiencing an extremely high volume of calls.   Call center hours...

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. “I Have A Dream” Speech Families interested in discovering more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement with their children might enjoy the following...

Resources for Neighbors and Victims of Northampton 12/27/09 Fires Please post any resources for this tragic events below. More will be added to this list as they are submitted: RED CROSS:...

Links to Share & Learn About Hanukkah with the Family The History of the Dreidel The History of Hanukkah (video) Hanukkah Recipes Hanukkah Songs and Poems (blog) Send a Chanukah Ecard...

100 Links (October/November 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

TRUCE Guide to Toys The 9th Annual Toy Action Guide produced by TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment), a national organization of educators concerned about the impact of media and commercial...

Third Annual Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys to be Released for 2009 Holiday Shopping Season by HealthyStuff.org – Despite public outrage and new consumer protections to restrict lead and...

Teen Read Week & Meekin’s Teen Page Teen Read Week starts on Oct. 18! Get ready to celebrate at your library from Oct. 18-24. Teen Read Week is an annual event...

Gateway Regional School District Offers New Round of Laptops for Students and Community The Gateway Regional School District is offering its students, parents, staff and community members the opportunity to lease...

100 Links (August/September 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Chesterfield Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects due October 15th. The Massachusetts Cultural Council has set October 15th, 2009 as the deadline for organizations,...

Katarina Noyes of Hadley, MA writes: Greetings! Berkshire Children and Families in Hadley is happy to announce the starting date of another Positive Parenting group. This free group covers topics including...

Hilltown Business Directory to List 350 Local Businesses The annual Hilltown Business Directory, published both in print and online by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (HCDC), a community non-profit in Chesterfield,...

School Lunch Updates: How the USDA Helped Bring Processed Food to School Lunch Most adults don’t have glorious memories of school lunch. It was sloppy Joes, shepherd’s pie, spaghetti with meat...

100 Links (June/July 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Share the Abundance of the Hilltowns! Introducing Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE) Wagon opens July 20th, 2009 at the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA. BRING YE! BRING YE! Your carrots and...

How to Make the Most of Summer What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Sharp Over the Summer Locate a summer program. There are high-quality summer camps and programs in almost...

Lisa Downing of the Forbes Library in Northampton, MA writes: Free admission to area museums is as easy as a visit to the Forbes Library. Now in the fifth year, the...

2009 Guide for Families to Discover Locally Grown Farm Products in Western Massachusetts By CISA Summer’s here and so is the 2009 Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide, a free publication distributed...

Putumayo Kids Presents: European Playground THIS WEEKS CONTEST Putumayo Kids’ acclaimed Playground series has put out another wonderful international collection of both traditional and popular music, this time touring around Europe!...

100 Links (April/May 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

100 Links (March 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood New Documentary Film Premiering in Northampton (2009) “The consumer embryo begins to develop during the first year of existence.  Children begin their consumer journey in...

Ratios as a Sweet Treat! By CISA As one of his first orders of business, CISA’s new Executive Director, Phil Korman, has offered to share a maple syrup-based math lesson that...

Winton Pitcoff of Plainfield, MA writes: Growing the Valley is a new online forum for farmers and gardeners in the Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns to share ideas and resources. It’s a...

Leni Fried of Cummington, MA writes: The Bagshare Project is ramping up. I’ve been researching a movement called PBF. This stands for Plastic Bag Free. The first town to do this,...

How will the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Assist Libraries? I (heart) my local public libraries!   Don’t know what my family would do without them. How amazing is it to have...

The Power of Play Whether it’s a family checkers tournament or an afternoon spent examining anthills in the backyard, play is an integral part of a happy, healthy childhood. Parent-choice.org has...

100 Links (January 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Inaugural History For more than two hundred years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George...