Franklin County

Sunday Funday at the Shutesbury Athletic Club

Want to help veterans in need? How about pets in shelters? How about a fun place to bring the kids for a few hours? We have just the event for you! Sunday Fun Day at the Shutesbury Athletic Club! This great, family fun event happens on June 11 from 2-5pm. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets. Listen to live music, enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, a raffle, and catch up with friends and neighbors. Kids can enjoy face painting and other fun activities!

How can you help veterans in need? Bring and donate any household items (see list below). We have partnered with Homeward Vets for this event. They have a simple mission: to help veterans in need. They do that by providing previously homeless veterans with home furnishings when they transition from homelessness and move into the community. They make a difference in every life they touch. You, too, can make a difference! Here is a sampling of the items needed:

Bed Frames – any size
Mattresses (NEW ONLY)
Night stands
Couch/ loveseat - clean and in very good condition and in move-in condition
Chairs – Dining room and living room
Kitchen Table with chairs
Pots and Pans                                                                                        
Cups/Plates (Dishes)
Curtains/ Shades                                                                                                                 
Shower Curtain (NEW ONLY)
Coffee Pot

If you would like to help animals at Dakin Humane Society, bring any of the following items to Sunday Fun Day and we will deliver to Dakin in Leverett.

Cats and Kittens

  • Canned cat food (cats prefer pate-style, rather than chunks-in-gravy)

  • Dry cat food (opened bags are okay; we give them to feral cat colony feeders)

  • Human baby food (chicken or turkey, meat & gravy-style only, no vegetables, please)

  • Cat litter (clumping and non-clumping)

  • Cat toys

  • Small ceramic cat bowls (busy kitties knock regular bowls over!)

Dogs and Puppies

  • Freeze dried beef liver (for training)

  • Kong rubber toys (to keep dogs busy)

  • Bully sticks (to keep dogs busy)

  • Hot dogs (for training)

Birds, Bunnies, and Other Small Animals

  • Large cages in excellent condition

  • Bird perches (varying sizes)

  • Washed greens

Maintenance Supplies

  • Large trash bags

  • Paper towels

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Dish soap

  • Bleach

  • Liquid laundry detergent

  • Facial tissues

Office Supplies

  • Postage stamps

  • Copy paper

  • Pens

The Shutesbury Athletic Club is located at 282 Wendell Road, Shutesbury, MA.




  1. Mary Godfrey. Athol. Mass 01331. on

    if we have none off the items you mentioned. Then can a monetary donation be giving to help buy the things you need. For the poor animals. Who do we make the check out to and where do we mail it. Thank you.
    • Pamela Sclafani on

      You can either bring your check, made out to Dakin Humane Society to the event as we will bring all donations to Dakin next week, or you can mail your check to Dakin, P O Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101
  2. Debra Thompson on

    Hi as a volunteer at the Franklin county regional dog shelter in Turners Falls we are always looking for donations like Dakin Thank you

    5 Things to Do in the Winter in Western Massachusetts

    "The weather outside is frightful!" but there's still so much to do in Western Massachusetts in the winter!

    1. Yankee Candle, of course! Located in South Deerfield, MA, you will find more than 400,000 candles in over 200 scents! This is a special place where magic comes to life. From watching animated, singing characters to celebrating Christmas year 'round, this is a place where your whole family can experience an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. 

    2. Elmer's in Ashfield for a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner. They tout themselves as "Big time breakfast and Friday night dinner joint, Old Timey Natural Foods Grocery and Art Gallery". There's also The Old Creamery in Cummington, a retail store and cafe, but also a hub of activity and a social gathering place. If you're in the mood for a cup of fair trade coffee, craft beer, or some live music, head over to Shelburne Falls and Mocha Maya's!

    3.The Botanic Garden at Smith College. This garden was founded over 100 years ago and is home to thousands of plants. They are open year round from 8:30am-4pm and a donation of only $2 is suggested for admission.

    4. Ice Skating at UMASS Mullins Center. It's only $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Check their calendar for dates and times.

    5. The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner's Falls shows the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center’s building and exhibits are fully accessible and are free and open to the public. Inside the main building, walk-through dioramas show the plants, animals, and landscapes of this 410-mile-long river from its arboreal source near the Canadian border, through forests and farms, past villages, towns, and cities, all the way down to the estuary at the Long Island Sound.


    Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

    Fall Yard Care to do Now

    Fall is here! The days are shorter, the temperatures are cooler, and the leaves are changing a little every day. And since the Red Sox are done for the season, you have a little more time to keep your yard looking its best year round with some easy fall yard care tips.

    Beautify with New Tress, Shrubs, and Annuals

    Keep your yard looking beautiful by removing wilted summer annuals and replacing them with cool-weather varieties (make sure to fertilize the soil first). You’ll also want to stop fertilizing perennials. This will allow them to rest during winter and be healthier come spring. 

    Planning to add or relocate trees or shrubs? Fall is a great time to do it. Cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall will help to encourage root growth before it gets too cold. Choose native plants for best results. 

    Adjust Your Watering

    As temperatures dip, plants and grass need less water. Reduce manual watering and make sure to keep an eye on automatic systems, adjusting them as needed.

    Fall is also an excellent time to start practicing water conservation techniques. Set up a rain bucket, if you don’t already have one. 

    Take Care of Your Lawn

    Lawns can take quite a beating in Western Massachusetts in the summer, especially if your community, like mine, had water restriction rules in place. So, managing your lawn is an important part of fall yard care.

    As the weather cools, lawn growth will slow. Make sure to continue mowing your lawn (adjust the mower blade as needed) until it becomes dormant. A good rule of thumb is no lower than 2 1/2 inches in the fall and winter months. 

    Whether you're planting a new lawn or working on your existing lawn, it’s time to overseed with cool season turf grasses such as bluegrasses, bentgrasses, fescues, and ryegrasses. Remove thatch from your lawn. This can be done by hand or the easier way of renting an aerator or dethatcher. Doing so will encourage healthy root systems, plus aerating allows water to penetrate deeper, helping to avoid runoff. 

    Clean Up Debris

    Of course, a big part of fall yard care is cleaning up debris, including dead plants or leaves.

    First, there’s no need to remove a few straggling leaves from your lawn. Just mow right over them, and they’ll help to fertilize your lawn.

    For yards with more trees, consider starting a compost pile. Compost can be used as mulch, and using it in your yard helps save on your water bills, reduces the need to fertilize (which is better for the environment), and saves you time (no bagging leaves). Simply add your yard waste to a compost pile instead of throwing it out.


    Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.

    Apple Picking in Western Massachusetts

    The leaves are starting to change and we are smack dab in the middle of apple picking season! This is a perfect time to take a leisurely drive down a quaint New England scenic route, enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and stop at a local orchard.

    My kids are older now but every year when they were little we would pick apples at the local apple orchard, go home, peel and core them and bake fresh apple pies. The kids loved it! The whole house smelled amazing and it’s the perfect cozy dessert to share on a chilly New England fall evening.

    Making an apple pie is as easy as pie! And also, I cheat. I buy the ready made pie crust so what could be easier than that? Click on the picture below for a recipe I found on Pinterest that is basically the one I use but with gorgeous pictures. 

    Check out these local apple orchards:

    Franklin County

    Apex Orchards, 225 Peckville Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 

    Bear Swamp Orchard, 1209 B Hawley Road, Ashfield, MA 

    Clarkdale Fruit Farms, 303 Upper Road, Deerfield, MA

    Dole Farm, Peckville Road, Shelburne, MA

    Hamilton Orchards, 22 West Street, New Salem, MA

    Mohawk Orchards, Colrain-Shelburne, MA

    Pine Hill Orchards, 248 Greenfield Road, Colrain, MA

    Quonquont Farm and Orchard, 9 North Street, Whately, MA


    Hampshire County

    Atkins Farm, 1150 West Street, Amherst, MA

    Bashista Orchards, 160 East Street, Southampton, MA

    Dickinson Farms, 134 South Street, Granby, MA

    Kielbasa Orchards, 290 Bay Road, Hadley, MA

    Outlook Farm, 136 Main Road, Route 66, Westhampton

    Round Hill Orchard, 1 Douglas Road, Southampton

    Small Ones Farm, 416 Bay Road, Amherst, MA

    South Hadley Farm, 10 Pearle Lane, South Hadley, MA


    For detailed information on the above orchards, Enjoy!


    Pamela Sclafani is the Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont. She lives in the Pioneer Valley and enjoys everything it has to offer, gorgeous scenery, hills and mountains for hiking, lakes for paddle boarding, the change of seasons, and the close proximity to Boston and New York.



    CBUMR Agent Phil Pless claims victory at the 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

    Over 160 participants and 113 volunteers made this year's 4th Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon the best yet. Hosted by Berkshire East Ski Area, racers could do the event solo in the Braveheart Laddie or Lassie category, or join with others in teams of 2-5. The race consists of a 4.5 mile trail run, an 18 mile four lap criterium bicycle leg, a 5 mile downstream paddle in the Deerfield River, a 2 mile obstacle course run and a climb to the top of Berkshire East and ski down to the finish. 


    Phil had all positive things to say about this event:

    "My team is The West County Old Stars. We regained our title in the 50+ 5 person team category. We beat last year's winner, Mighty Molitia, our friends and rival, The Zephyrs, and a new team this year, 4 Lesbians and a Guy in a Skirt. Overall winning team was Team Thunder. In the Under 19 category, Varsity M, from Mohawk, edged Tenacious Turtles from Amherst RHS.  Another thing that made it such a great event is how many of us know each other on various teams and have many friendly rivalries.  John McCarthy from Ludlow won the Braveheart Laddie, first male solo."


    We're proud to be part of this great community event and are rooting for The West County Old Stars to continue their claim on the First Place title in the future! Way to go, Phil!

    We're a proud sponsor.

    We're a proud sponsor.

    Phil Pless at the finish!

    Phil Pless at the finish!

    Weekend Open Houses-Franklin County MA

    CB OH SignColdwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS are opening doors to home ownership. This weekend you are welcome to visit the following homes to consider as your next home purchase.

    Franklin County Open Houses - September 6th & 7th, 2014

    Open Saturday 11am-1pm


    Open Saturday 12pm-1:30pm


    Open Sunday 11am-1pm


    Open Sunday 11am-1pm


    Open Sunday 12pm-2pm


    Open Sunday 12pm-2pm


    Open Sunday 2pm-4pm


    Market Watch

    Market WatchFranklin County in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts has been very busy..... super active market right now!  Below you will find the market stats for July 11-Augus 11, 2014.  Large inventory to search for your new home, just click on the blue link attached to the Single Family Homes for sale to start your search.  Then, call you Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTOR today to schedule your private tour.

    Stat Charts for Franklin County on July 11-August 11, 2014 Single Family Homes for Sale 8/11:  462

    Average Days on Market:  195 Average List Price:    $268,952 Average List/SqFt:    $143.00

    Single Family Under Agreement:    53 Average Days on Market:    114 Average Price:    $211,808 Median Price:     $209,500

    Single Family Homes Sold:    72 Average Days on Market:    149 Average Sale Price:    $242,909 Median Sale Price:     $219,500 Highest Sale Price:    $600,000 Lowest Sale Price:     $23,000

    Homes Sold Over $300,000:    18 Homes Sold in $200,000 Range:    25 Homes Sold Up to $199,900:    29

    GSFABA - 18th Annual Auction

    GSFABA_Auction_2014_11X17 Saturday, April 5th at 6:00 PM

    Shelburne / Buckland Community Center

    53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls, MA

    Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Chef Margaret Fitzpatrick. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are only $20 per person and include one free drink. Tickets at the door will be $25 per person.

    To make reservations:  mail checks to the GSFABA office at P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

    Cash payments can be made at the GSFABA office located at 75 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls.

    Credit card payments can be made in person or by calling 413-625-2526.

     If you have questions or need additional information please contact the GSFABA office at 413-625-2526 or email

    Market Watch in Franklin County

    Market WatchOn January 30th we completed the following research about the Franklin County, Massachusetts real estate market.  Research was conducted through the Multiple Listing Service.

    Single-family homes continue to sell throughout the county despite the cold weather. By clicking the link for Single Family Homes For Sale you will see homes on the market now!

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    All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog and the Multiple Listing Service make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site.

    2014 Real Estate Taxes for Franklin County

    House TaxesReal Estate Tax Rates for Franklin County, Massachusetts in 2014 are listed below.  The information was compiled from the state website (  This information is helpful when purchasing your new home to approximate the cost of your real estate taxes.

    Locate the town in the list below that you want to know what your approximate taxes would be.  The rate is then calculated per $1,000 of valuation.  Example:  In the town of Ashfield if you purchase a home for $200,000, multiply the cost x $16.16 per thousand  to equal $3,232.00.  Towns also vary with additional taxes fore services like a Fire District.

    More information may also be obtained by going to the town website...... We have provided a link below for each town site.  Just click on the town you wish to review.


    Franklin County 2014

    Property Tax Rates

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

    Ashfield $16.16
    Bernardston $17.48
    Buckland $15.74
    Charlemont $17.20
    Colrain $17.77
    Conway $13.70
    Deerfield $13.71
    Erving $8.45
    Gill $16.78
    Greenfield $20.53
    Hawley $16.05
    Heath $19.12
    Leverett $19.20
    Leyden $16.85
    Monroe $13.38
    Montague $16.34
    New Salem $16.12
    Northfield $15.49
    Orange $18.80
    Rowe $6.07
    Shelburne $13.62
    Shutesbury $20.60
    Sunderland $13.98
    Warwick $18.33
    Wendell $19.18
    Whately $15.77