A Musician in Our Midst

In 2008, my family realized dreams of pine scented breezes, woodland creatures coming to visit, snowshoeing by light of a full moon and spectacular starlit skies. Indeed, it was love at first sight when we found our paradise in Windsor, just past the Peru town line.  I was THRILLED to learn..

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NOTCHVIEW FUN FACT: Budd and His Dogs

After retiring from the Army in 1932, Arthur Budd lived on the property at Notchview until his death in 1965. A career Army man, Budd was well known for his love of dogs (who appeared in many pictures with him), as well as hiking his property barefoot and in a straw hat and short pants, no matter the weather. —Rachel Niswander, Terra Corps Intern

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Build a Bee Hotel: Wed., Feb 21, 2 pm, Windsor Town Hall

Did you know that there are thousands of different species of native bees in North America? It's true! Together they form our most important group of pollinators. And according to Bee City, USA, "90% of all wild plants and trees rely on pollinators for the survival of their species." Come help us kick-off our community-wide, yearlong effort to protect Windsor's pollinators by building your very own Bee Hotel! All ages are welcome. If you happen to have an empty half-gallon milk carton (wax or plastic), bring it along. We've got spares, and will provide everything else. You’ll go home with a Bee Hotel and we’ll suggest the best places to locate it in your garden. If you have any questions, please call or email Val Kohn: 684-1731 valckohn@verizon.net. —Patty Crane

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WINDSOR GROWN: Live, Local Music All Day!

There are so many reasons you won't want to miss the WINDSOR GROWN celebration this Saturday, July 15, 10 am - 4 pm at Notchview. And one of them is THE MUSIC!! Scroll down for a sampling from each of our performers, in reverse order of their stage appearance: One Part Luck (10 - 11 am); Benny Kohn (11 - 12 noon; and 2 - 4 pm with Misty Blues); Moonshine Holler (12 noon - 2 pm), and Misty Blues Band (2 - 4 pm):

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Windsor Grown Celebration!

In case you've been hiding under a rock and haven't heard the news: on Saturday, July 15, from 10am-4 pm, we're having a HUGE shindig to celebrate this community and place. Local food vendors! Local beer! Music all day! Kids' activities! Drumming! A raffle of locally crafted items! We'll have over a dozen of Windsor's own craftspeople and growers displaying and selling their goods, and Windsor's volunteer fire squad showing off an engine or two and handing out water. And wait till you see the fabulous new Friends of Windsor Woodland Trail, which is sure to delight kids and young-at-heart adults alike! You won't want to miss this event! Rain or shine.

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Many Hands, Indeed

Adorned with the colorful hand-prints of a dozen of Windsor's youngest citizens, our Library's Book Drop is now back in its rightful place outside the Town Offices. From the children who traced their own hands to the bigger folks who seized an opportunity to make a bright difference, this was truly a community project: sponsored by Friends of Windsor, supported by the Library, embraced by the kids' parents, and made possible by the generosity, ingenuity, and hard work of Tim Crane and Bob and Steven Meyers. Stop by and check out o

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5th Annual Hilltown Blue Christmas Service

Tuesday, December 13 at 7 pm, Windsor Congregational Church. Not everyone is "joy-filled" during the holiday season. This is a different kind of service for those who are stressed, lonely, or hurting. The main theme is "Moving Toward Pinpoints of Light." There will be area musicians performing hopeful, healing music, as well as an opportunity to sing. Also: the things about Christmas you thought you weren't allowed to think! All are invited. Clergy from Cummington, Plainfield, West Cummington and Windsor will officiate. Questions: Rev. Alex Hunter (cell/text: 413-344-6690; revalexhunter@gmail.com)

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Calling All Windsor Kids!

The Windsor Library’s Book Drop is getting a makeover, and we need your help. Thanks to Bob Meyers and Tim Crane, the old box has been de-rusted, given a new latch, primed, and painted a handsome deep blue. And now it’s ready for the final touch...or, touches: bright little handprints! We plan to use stencils made from outlining our children’s hands to decorate the box. A hand tracing station will be set up at

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