Blog :: 07-2019

Run, Bike, and Swim at the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon in Greenfield, Massachusetts

greenfield lightlife triathlonThis coming Sunday, August 4th, 2019 is the 36th annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the longest running triathlon in New England! There is still time to register for the race - so come out and challenge yourself on this beautiful course. The course meanders through the back roads of Greenfield, passes through the Historic Eunice Williams Covered Bridge, and features swimming in the Green River. You can sign up as an individual or as a two or three person team. Find out more information on registration and fees at https://www.greenfield-triathlon.com/register.php. All proceeds from the Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon benefit the Greenfield Recreation Department. Over the years, this triathlon has raised thousands of dollars to support programs and events for the community. 

After the race, there will be a celebratory lasagna lunch and awards ceremony. Awards go to the overall male and female winners, relay team finishers, and top finishers by age group. There are also two special awards - the Nook Burniske Award and the Patrick Bell Award. The Nook Burniske Award goes to somebody who embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and has contributed to the Greenfield Triathlon or Greenfield sports in a significant way. The Patrick Bell Award goes to the youngest finisher of the Greenfield Triathlon.

If participating in the triathlon is not for you, you can still be a part of the event by volunteering or spectating. The race runs on 80+ volunteers to fill jobs from serving food to site preparation to finish line assistant and more. Register to volunteer hereYou can also support the runners by cheering them on from the sidelines. There are several designated parking areas for spectators throughout the course and plenty of great spots to watch and cheer. For specific information on these locations, click here.

If the 2019 triathlon doesn’t seem feasible for you, consider participating next year. The triathlon has a training program for participants that goes for 7 weeks on Sundays from mid-June to the end of July. There is also a free one-day triathlon clinic to familiarize participants with the course and discuss best practices for preparing yourself for the race. It is also a great opportunity to meet other triathletes. 

Go to greenfield-triathlon.com for more information. Good luck to all the triathletes!

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Photos from Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon / greenfield-triathlon.com 

 

June 2019 Sales Report of Single Family Homes in Pioneer Valley

sold in massachusetts wanda mooneySales of single family homes in Franklin County were up 22% and median price up 14.2% in June 2019 compared to June 2018. The sales were down 15.5% in Hampden County and 11% in Hampshire County. Median price was up in both Hampden and Hampshire Counties. 

The average days on market was down 5.7% from 58 average number of days in June 2018 compared to 55 days in April 2019. Listings that are pending (under agreement to sell) were up 7% from 627 listings pending in June 2018 to 671 listings pending sale in June 2019.

This information is provided by the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

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Pioneer Valley Sales Report Single Family Homes Massachusetts

5 Amazing Hiking Trails in Franklin County, MA

I always appreciate living in Franklin County because of its natural beauty. There are so many places where you can immerse yourself in nature and take in the magnificent views around the valley. Plus, with so many hiking trails around, you can get all the exercise you need without having to go inside. Take a look at some of my favorite places in Franklin County to hike and explore:

high ledges shelburne massHigh Ledges, Shelburne

High Ledges is a wildlife sanctuary in Shelburne. A series of looping trails allow you to make your hike as short or as long as you’d like. Stop by the vernal pool in the spring time and watch the salamanders grow. Originally the site of Dutch and Mary Barnhardt’s home, the fireplace structure still remains, right next to the viewing point of the village of Shelburne Falls. If you continue on the long trail, you can see the wolf dens, where supposedly the last wolf in the area was exterminated. Visit the Mass Audubon website for more information on High Ledges.

Rocky Mountain Poets Seat Tower, Greenfield 

If you find yourself in downtown Greenfield with just a few hours to spare, Rocky Mountain is the perfect quick hike. This is a 2.4-mile loop, great for all abilities, and moderately trafficked. At the top, you can climb the Poets Seat Tower, a reconstructed stone tower which was built in 1912. From the tower, you can look out over the Town of Greenfield, the Connecticut River Valley, and Montague. Find out more at Greenfield Recreation Department’s website.

Chapel Brook, Ashfield

 Chapel Ledges Brook Ashfield MassChapel Brook in Ashfield offers hiking, swimming, and rock climbing all in one place. Its rugged beauty and tranquility makes it a perfect place to escape for an afternoon or a day. Hike to the top of Pony Mountain and gaze at the top of the hills in Ashfield. There is a direct, steep hike, or another more moderate trail that winds around the side of the mountain. Both trails end at the top of Chapel Ledges, a tall rock face which draws rock climbers from around the area. On hot days you can cool off in the brook, which has a series of small waterfalls with beautiful pools below, perfect for taking a dip. Visit The Trustees website for more information.

Bears Den, New Salem

Bears Den is another spectacular place in Franklin County that offers a great reward with little work. It is located where the middle branch of the Swift River drops off into a woodland pool in a gorge on its way to the Quabbin Reservoir. Hike along the short, quarter-mile trail and then decide - left or right. Go left and be enchanted by the beautiful waterfall or go right and hike along the stream, past large boulders, ending at the site of an Old Mill. Get directions to Bears Den at the Trustees website.

Gunn Brook Falls, Sunderland

Another great waterfall that we are lucky to have close by is Gunn Brook Falls in Sunderland. The trail to get there is only 0.2 miles, which makes it great for families with small children. However, if you’re looking for more hiking, you can continue on the trail up Mt. Toby. At the top of Mt. Toby, you can climb the tower if your fear of heights allows, and get an awesome 360 degree view of the area. Learn more about Gunn Brook Falls here.

 

 

 

Burnt Hill Farm Shares Their Delicious Blueberries With Western Mass

Burnt Hill Blueberry Farm Heath MassachusettsBurnt Hill Blueberry Farm in Heath, Massachusetts is excited to share their delicious blueberries with their neighbors of Western Mass. Last year, the Nartowicz Family, which has been in Heath for over a hundred years, purchased the farm. Now, they are growing low bush wild blueberries high in the hills of Heath. 

Their first blueberry season is already off to a great start, with all of their pick-your-own appointments already filled! You can still get some blueberries of your own, by ordering pre-picked boxes of blueberries on their website, burnthillfarm.com. You can pick them up in July and August. Prices are $38 for a 10 lb box and $68 for a 20 lb box.  

You could also run into them at a local farmers’ market or farm stand, selling pints and quarts! Stay up to date on what they’re up to this summer by following them on Facebook

Happy berry season!

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Going Solar in Franklin County

solar panels pv squared massachusettsWhy Go Solar?

With the constant increase in the cost of electricity, for many, the appeal of solar panels is increasing too. Solar panels for your home can greatly reduce or even eliminate your electricity bill, not to mention your carbon footprint. 

According to energysage.com, the average 20-year savings from solar panels in Massachusetts is over $30,000. Plus, Massachusetts has a policy called net metering, where energy produced by your solar panels that you don’t use can be sent to the grid in exchange for credits on your electric bill. This allows for you to still draw electricity from the grid at times when your panels can’t pull energy from the sun, without necessarily getting charged for it.

Go Solar With PV Squared

If you decide that going solar is right for your home, you don’t have to go far to find a company to install them. We are lucky to have a worker-owned cooperative solar company right here in Franklin County - PV Squared. PV Squared has been solar experts in the area since 2002, and was voted best solar company in the Pioneer Valley the past 3 years in a row. They can design and install solar panels specifically for your home. 

There are so many benefits to going solar with PV Squared. For one, almost all of their projects see their investment paid back within 10 years, and some even within 5! They offer 10 year workmanship and 25 year product warranties, and can help you navigate the state incentive programs and tax credits. 

More and more people are seeking greener homes. Increase the value of your home and combat climate change with solar panels for your home. Learn more about PV Squared and check out some of the projects they’ve done at pvsquared.coop

Listings For Sale with Solar Panels by Wanda

Check out these sustainable homes for sale in Franklin County:

43 Underwood Hill Road Heath, MA

house for sale heath massachusetts solarTucked away in the hills of Heath on 4.3 acres in a peaceful and private setting is the perfect mini farm where you can raise a few animals, grow your own food and the outdoor wood boiler is an option to heat your home. Outbuildings include 24 x 40 oversized 3 car garage, 16 x 25 barn, 24 x 24 storage shed, 12 x 24 greenhouse and solar panels to help cover the electric costs. Read More...

96 Deerfield Street, Greenfield, MA (Green River Commons)

house for sale greenfield green river commonsWelcome to Green River Commons, 7 beautiful single level, sustainable, comfortable and net zero ready townhome condominiums. Green River Homes, LLC and Wright Builders, Inc. are proud to be working with the Town of Greenfield to offer 4 of the 7 homes at a reduced market rate to qualified buyers who meet certain income guidelines. There is an application process, and if selected, you will have an opportunity to live in one of these energy efficient homes. Read More...

55 Shelburne Center Road, Shelburne, MA

house for sale shelburne massachusettsThis impressive and versatile 25 acre property with picturesque mountain views was once a very successful equestrian center. The commercial size 80x200 barn has a fabulous indoor riding arena provides opportunity for many interior uses. It has a brand new roof and other updates have been done. The massive structure features 28 stalls, 2 tack rooms, heated viewing room, 2 ton grain bin, heated lounge with laundry, bathroom, kitchen and 24kw photovoltaic solar array that covers most of your electric costs. Read More...

To view these homes contact Wanda Mooney at 413-768-9848 or Wanda@WandaMooney.com.

 

 

4th of July Celebrations in Franklin County Massachusetts

Western Massachusetts 4th of JulyWestern Mass is a great place to be on the 4th of July. Communities all around come together to celebrate Independence Day and enjoy summer. Check out these events happening for July 4th, right in our area:

Independence Day Jazz Concert

The Federated Church on Main Street in Charlemont is hosting an afternoon Jazz Concert with Kamaya Diggs, vocalist, and her combo from 4 to 5:30 pm.

COOP Concert

Every Thursday, this free summer music series attracts enthusiastic audiences to its family friendly downtown location by presenting a variety of talented Franklin County performers whose styles include Folk, Country, String Band, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass, Americana, Celtic, Comedy, Rock and Pop. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, picnic, or grab a quick "to go" at one of our nearby food establishments. 

For Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 6-8 pm, the series presents Jim Eagan and Dennis Avery, Joe Graveline and Nina Gross, and The frost heaves and hales.

All shows are at Greenfield Energy Park, 50 Miles Street, Greenfield and presented by the Franklin County Musicians Cooperative, a non-profit of over 40 musicians, and supported by local businesses.

Shelburne Falls Cub Scouts Parade and BBQ

The Shelburne Falls Cub Scouts, Pack 85, will host a parade through the village of Shelburne Falls at 11:30 am on Thursday, July 4th. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8503 will provide the color guard during the parade. The parade will end at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street, for a chicken barbecue, a fundraiser for the cub scouts. During the barbecue, there will also be a military band concert to entertain while you eat. 

Independence Day Community Celebration and Fireworks

Greenfield is hosting it's celebration and fireworks on Friday, July 5 at 4 pm to 10:30 on Beacon Field with music, vendors, food and more. See the flyer below for the full-lineup!

Happy 4th of July!

Greenfield's Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks