Hilltown Families

Cold-Weather Checklist Keep kids warm when the temperature drops. When the weather outside is frightful but your child thinks going out is delightful, it’s important to follow a few simple guidelines...

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Discovery Kits at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA Do you know about the Discovery Curriculum Kits available at the Meekins Library?  This is an amazing resource for both homeschoolers, afterschoolers...

There are many families in the hilltowns still without power that will not have their electricity back on until the 20th. If your family is in need of support (or if...

New Support Site for Postpartum Dads By Lauren Hale, HF Contributing Writer The Postpartum Dads Project plans to focus on collecting stories from Dads who have experienced depression themselves or have...

Every year I send my parents a gingerbread house for their solstice dessert party, complete with their last name iced on the front door. The door with their name is left...

Jeff Brown of RideBuzz.org in Amherst, MA writes: I wanted to remind you that this Thanksgiving Holiday (and December’s holidays too) is a great time to share a ride on your...

Why Teachers Need To Know About Food Allergies The increase in the number and severity of food allergies among children means teachers must know how to deal with reactions. Over at...

Loss of a Family Pet Recently a friend of mine e-mailed to say that their beloved dog had passed away.  She mentioned how difficult it was to figure out how to...

Fair Trade Halloween Candy Halloween should be scary, but only for a day. Unfortunately, holiday treats can contribute to a witch’s cauldron of frightening problems that persist long after the masks...

Organic Treats, No Tricks This Halloween, offer organic treats to the gremlins and goblins, princesses and super heroes who come knocking at your door. These certified organic products won’t turn the...

Orange, Black and Green for Halloween Nothing kills a parent’s festive Halloween mood like realizing what a nutritional nightmare this holiday can be. After the fun of dressing up and trick-or-treating...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Web site: teacher.scholastic.com. Scholastic presents a collection of material for homeschooling families, school teachers and students in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. WEB SITE FEATURES:...

Snake Eating an Egg If you have kids interested in herpetology, grab them to view this 2 minute video that shows a snake eating an egg … with an unexpected ending!...

The National Wildlife Federation website offers “Wildlife Watch” for families interested in observing and sharing their seasonal nature experiences. Click here to access the “Wildlife Watch” page. Once on this page,...

Locally Grown: The Farm Products Guide By CISA CISA’s Farm Products Guide, a comprehensive guide to eating and buying locally produced food and farm products, is coming soon to newspapers, food...

Department of Public Health Releases Anti-Bullying Guide Statewide, nearly one in four students reports being bullied at school, and the statistics are even harsher for students who are labeled as being...

When Jared Fisher need fuel for his vans, he doesn't head for the gas station. In stead, he goes to restaurants to collect used vegetable oil. He pours that...

One of the more harmful side effects of Postpartum Disorders is the silence that goes along with the experience. Women are afraid to speak up to let anyone know they are...

Mother’s Milk Bank of New England Update Mother’s Milk Bank of New England, located here in Massachusetts, has just published their first e-newsletter to keep supporters of the milk bank up-to-date...

2008 Hilltown Business Directory is Now On-Line! The Hilltown CDC announces the On-Line version of the 2008 Hilltown Business Directory at www.hilltowncdc.org. The On-line Directory includes almost 300 hilltown businesses. “We...

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD 2008 By Mindy Brown, Easthampton Family Center As part of the National Week of the Young Child, the Easthampton Family Center and the Easthampton Community Partnership...

The Future of Ridesharing in the Pioneer Valley Hey PV families, come to the RideBuzz Organizational Meeting and Community Forum Thursday, April 3, 7:00 pm at the Jones Library, 43 Amity...

ARE YOU PREGNANT? The Worthington Health Center presents FREE ALL DAY CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASS DAY: Saturday, March 29, 2008 TIME: 10am-2:30pm WHERE: Hilltown Community Development Corporation office 387 Main Road (Route...

Children & Nature Movement Finds Allies in Advocates for Free Play By C&NN Free play, creative play, unstructured play … no matter the name, the belief that children need time away...

Children & Nature Network Publishes Two New Resources By C&NN As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published two new resources for...

FREE DIRECTORY FOR AREA FAMILIES By Mindy Brown, Easthampton Family Center The Easthampton Family Center is proud to present our first edition of the Greater Easthampton Early Education and Care Directory....

The Incredible Years Parenting Program The Children’s Clinic, in collaboration with the Northampton Public Schools, will be offering the Incredible Years Parenting Program this spring. The Incredible Years Parent Training Intervention...

Web Review: ArtsEdge The Kennedy Center has a fantastic web site for teaching art called ArtsEdge.  Discover an abundance of arts-integrated resources that both teachers and homeschooling parents with kids of...

Throughout the 20-minute film, activist Annie Leonard, the film’s narrator and an expert on the materials economy, examines the social, environmental and global costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal....