Blog :: 03-2012

Turners Falls Sports - Annual Fundraiser

Turners Falls Sports Booster Club's
9th Annual Fundraising Event
Saturday Night, May 5th, 2012
French King Entertainment Center
Ervingside, Erving, MA
Pasta Station - DJ Dancing later with Bobby C
Limited Tickets Available (200) - Past Shows Have Sold OUT!
Reservations for Groups of 8 or More!
Doors Open at 6pm / Show at 9pm
RAffle Drawings for Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots items and much, much, more
Call Sponsors for Tickets
Don Mailloux

413.665.3771 x104
Cash, Checks or
Credit Cards Accepted
Misty Lyons
 Scotty's Convenience Store

Spring Market Open!

With unseasonable warm temperature, the spring market in Franklin & Hampshire County are opening up early.  In the last 3 days, 11 homes appeared as new in Franklin County with a price range of $36,900 to $359,900. Hampshire County saw 27 homes appear with a price range of $69,900 to $750.00.

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont website can help you stay on top of the quickly changing market.  To see properties newly listed to the real estate market just click NEW LISTINGS on our home page.

Sampling of NEW LISTINGS

279 Long Plain Rd.
 117 Maple St.
187 Wisdom Way
7 Villone Dr. Leeds

Local Events for the Family in Western MA

12th Annual NEF Spelling Bee - Wednesday, March 28th
The Adult Spelling Bee, Northampton Education Foundation's signature fundraiser, is only a  week away! The orthographizing gets underway on Wednesday, March 28th, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at JFK Middle School. In one of Northampton's favorite annual events, teams of 3 compete for prizes in spelling, humor, and costumes, all to raise money for the NEF Annual Fund. Food will be available for sale starting at 5:00, spelling starts at 6:00.  website
Birding Along the Connecticut River - Saturday, March 24th
Barton Cove and the Power Canal in Turners Falls are two great spots to view migrating birds in March.  They will begin indoors with a bried introduction to field identification tips, and then heat out in search of ducks, geese and other birds along the Connecticut River.  Begin at 1pm - 4pm, for ages 12 and over, FREE, Pre-registion required by calling 1-800-859-2960  website

Coming Soon! 2012 Income Tax Deadline

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 is the IRS deadline for filing your 2011 Income Taxes. As a homeowner you will find some advantages.  HouseLogic has some great articles for homeowners, reminding us of things to look for and remember.  


Here is a sampling of what you can find:

How to Deduct Your Mortgage Interest & Equity Loan Costs Read more . . . 

6 Home Deduction Traps and How to Avoid Them Read more. . .

Did You Sell Your Home After Making Improvements? Read more . . . 

2 Tax Deductions You Won't Get Next Year Read more . . .

Sap to Sugar!

YES! It is the time of year when we see the maple tree taps and head to our local sugarhouses and this year will be no exception.  Your whole family will enjoy this outing from the rural settings to the pancakes and syrup.  Here is a list of some local sugarhouses with websites providing directions and menu's, check them out.

South Face Farm Sugarhouse

Ashfield, MA  website

Williams Sugarhouse

Deerfield, MA  website

High Hopes Sugarhouse

Worthington, MA  website

2012 Hampshire County Tax Rates


Hampshire County 2012

Property Tax Rates

(Dollar amount is per $1,000 of assess property value).  Information compiled from website




























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Pentathlon in Charlemont, MA

Saturday, March 31, 2012
The 1st annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon features many of the best outdoor adventures in our area.  The town of Charlemont, MA offers the perfect setting for a Pentathlon with Berkshire East Ski slopes, Deerfield River and the winding roads of West County.


    The 5 Events

  1. 10k trail run
  2. 23 miles of road biking
  3. 5 miles of kayaking
  4. a mile to the top mountain
  5. downhill ski to the finish

Complete information on the website.  Sign up your team or come out to enjoy the event.