We’re back from summer hiatus and ready for a great fall. Here’s the news:
1. Please welcome our new co-moderator Gaby Immerman, who joins Neal Bastek and John Sinton in leading our MRGI initiatives. Gaby wears many hats — she’s a member of the Williamsburg Greenway Town Committee, serves on the board of Grow Food Northampton, and is the chair of the Florence Organic Community Garden steering committee. By day she teaches horticulture at Smith College as well as running her own small landscaping business, Green Thumb for Hire, out of her Haydenville backyard.
2. October 30, 7:00pm at Northampton’s City Council Chambers is a meeting of the CPA (Community Preservation Committee) to consider funding of a crucial trail project that will finish off the final 0.35 miles of the multi-use rail trail from Leeds to the Williamsburg town line. Here’s the link to the project application. The CPC will also consider an application for an ecological assessment of Northampton open space, including key parcels along the Mill River. Please attend this meeting to show strong community support for this application!
3. Save the Date — Friday December 6 from 6:00-8:00 PM for a late fall get- together of everyone interested in the Mill River. We’ll be talking about a long-term strategic plan for MRGI and will need your input. Topics include: Trail initiatives, a watershed-wide master plan for managing invasive plants, and the opportunity to create a Mill River Consortium of all groups invested in the Mill River.