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Ed Webster to speak at this year's Berkshire Bash

We're excited to announce that award-winning mountaineer and author Ed Webster will be the speaker at this year's Berkshire Bash - our chapter's annual meeting and dinner. The 2016 Berkshire Bash will take place the evening of Saturday, November 5, at the Summit View in Holyoke. Please save the date, and watch out for further details and ticket information in September.

Upcoming AT Community Events

Please note the following AT events happening soon.

North Adams AT Community Celebration
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

This is not an official AMC event, but our chapter is participating.

Paddlers in Massachusetts! Help AMC Create the First Campsites on the CT River

AMC is working with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to create primitive campsites in Montague and Whately, MA as part of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, http://www.connecticutriverpaddlerstrail.org. Volunteers are needed to help us build the campsites during the weeks of July 4 and July 11. We are also in need of volunteers to help maintain the two campsites once they are built. Any interested maintainers are invited to attend a campsite maintenance training on Saturday, July 9th.

Mourning the passing of Gary Forish

We are saddened to announce that Gary Forish passed away recently. Gary’s family has asked us to share the below information.

There will be a celebration of life service for Gary at 10:30am on Monday, June 6. The service will be at Central Baptist Church in Westfield. There will then be an ash spreading ceremony at Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, at 1:00pm. All are invited to attend, and to speak and share a memory of him if you wish.

Chapter Potluck: Saturday June 4 in Lee

We invite you to join us at our next chapter potluck, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Lee Congregational Church.

Meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, learn news about our club, have a tasty meal and hear a wonderful local speaker: Mike Leavitt of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. Mike will talk about the trails and opportunities offered by the BNRC and other land conservation organizations in the Berkshires.

Date: 
Saturday, June 4, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Mourning the passing of Pat Fletcher

We are saddened to announce that Patrick H. Fletcher, our long-time Trails Chair, passed away earlier this week.

Pat worked tirelessly for the AMC, for our chapter, and for his beloved M-M / New England Trail. As Trails Chair for more than two decades, Pat volunteered countless hours building shelters, maintaining trails, organizing, and working with other local groups to maintain and improve the trails under his purview. In 2009, Pat was a leader in achieving the designation of the New England National Scenic Trail.

Views and Brews on the NET

The New England Trail (NET) recently partnered with Artifact Cider Project, a Springfield-based company that makes hard cider with all local apples. The product of this partnership is Trail Hopper cider, a dry-hopped cider made with apples from Pine Hill Orchards in Colrain. To promote the cider, Berkshire and Worcester Chapter leaders will be leading a series of "views and brews" hikes throughout the spring and early summer.

Berkshire Chapter Seeking New NET Trails Committee Chair

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Our New England Trail (NET) Committee works to ensure the protection and promotion of the NET for the enjoyment of current and future generations. This is done through a combination of maintenance work and public advocacy. The committee is led by a chairperson elected to a one-year term by members of the Berkshire Chapter at our Annual Meeting each November.

Berkshire/Worcester Chapter Leader Training

Whether you'd like to become a Chapter leader, or just want to improve your outdoor skills, you're invited to attend. Training emphasizes group dynamics, leaders' responsibilities, trip planning/management, weather emergencies, incident/accident scene management, leader awareness, and decision-making.

The cost is $25 and includes training materials, course instructions, meals and overnight accommodations.

Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

Nice BK Committee Desperately Seeking Storage Barn

The BK Paddling Committee is losing our wonderful boat storage in Amherst and we need to move our boats and related gear soon.
Do you have a potential space for us? Do you know anyone who might?

AND → We are also selling about half of our boats, which includes sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, open boats, etc. Plus, our inventory includes life jackets, paddles, etc. THE PRICE IS RIGHT! (Make us an offer…)

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