Hilltown Voices: Burgy Ice Rink comes back for a second year

  • Tom Adams uses the hand-held “Zamboni,” also known as the “Zamburgoni,” to smooth the surface of the ice rink in Williamsburg last year. Dave Chase

For the Gazette
Published: 11/12/2016 12:34:21 AM

The season of snow is on its way, and with it comes the celebration of winter sports and recreation.

Local ice skating enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Burgy Ice Rink will return this year and its installation will take place Saturday at the old Helen E. James School.

A team of volunteers will set up the rink from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“People are welcome to show up and help,” organizer Marie Westburg of Williamsburg said. “We will be building the structure which will then be filled in later when it gets colder.”

Once the rink is complete, the Williamsburg Fire Department will fill it with water.

According to Westburg, Claudio and Julia Garrido of Williamsburg oversaw the project last year and Joel Strate of Strate Landscaping in Haydenville prepared and leveled the rink area.

“Candy and Carl Smith donated the wood and Lashway donated wood as well,” Westburg said.

Once the rink was filled, volunteer Tom Adams of Williamsburg used a hand-held “Zamboni” dubbed the “Zamburgoni” to put a smooth surface on the ice.

“There had been talk for years and years about doing this and then last year enough people got involved to make it happen,” Adams said. “A bunch of people chipped in their services, time and materials and we just went for it.”

This year, there are roughly 25 volunteers signed up to work on the rink. Westburg said that it would be helpful if volunteers can bring their own rakes and hand drills.

“On Saturday, we will be putting up the walls, laying the tarp and putting up benches,” Adams said.

Adams said the rink was very popular last year and was frequently used by kids playing hockey as well as adults who just want to go out and skate.

“I had made a Facebook page for the rink and a couple from Eastern Mass saw it and came out here because they wanted to skate in the country,” Adams said.

For more information, and to find out when the rink will open this year, go to: www.facebook.com/BurgyIceRink/

Hilltowns Solarize program

As part of the state’s Solarize Mass program, local volunteers in Windsor, Goshen, Cummington and Worthington recently launched “Solarize Mass WCGW.”

The program makes it easier and more economical for homeowners, small businesses and houses of faith to install solar panels through group discount purchasing. As more people in the four communities sign up for solar energy, the price drops for all participants.

After vetting several contractors, the Solarize Mass WCGW team selected Cambridge-based SunBug as their dedicated installer.

Over 160 residents in the four Hilltowns have already signed up for free “solar site assessments.”

The Solarize Mass WCGW Team has planned four events in November for community members to learn more about solar energy at various “Meet the Installer Events.”

These 90-minute forums offer residents an opportunity to sign up for a free site assessment, learn about federal and state tax incentives, income-based loans and how going “green” saves money and reduces our communities’ dependence on fossil fuels.

A representative from SunBug and Mass Solar Loan provider UMass Five College Federal Credit Union will be in attendance, along with state officials.

Residents in Cummington, Goshen, Windsor and Worthington can attend any one of these events.

The events will take place on the following days:

Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Windsor Town Hall;

Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Cummington Community House;

Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Goshen Town Hall;

Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Worthington Town Hall.

Chesterfield public auction

The town of Chesterfield will sell at public auction property acquired by foreclosure of tax title. The auction will be held Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Select Board Office of the Town Office building located at 422 Main Road.

The property is one parcel of land, located on Cummington Road in Chesterfield. The property will be sold “as is” to the highest bidder at public auction.

A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 by certified or bank check must be made on the day of sale.

The bid packet can be downloaded from the town’s website www.townofchesterfieldma.com.

Worthington veterans

On Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the R.H. Conwell School, Veterans Agent Tom Geryk will share information on various veteran and survivor/dependent benefits.

Geryk will discuss programs that fall under the VA Health Administration such as basic eligibility for health enrollment, caregiver programs and services, in-home and community-based care and long-term services.

He will discuss eligibility requirements and general information about insurance programs such as CHAMPVA, Tricare, VA Dental Insurance Program and Group Life Insurance.

All Hilltown veterans, their spouses, caregivers or significant others are invited.

Ideas for this column on life in the Hilltowns can be sent to Fran Ryan at Fryan.gazette@gmail.com




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