Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Rosy cheeked apples and a brimming mug of cider"

Two new books in the Heath Free Public Library 

Growing apples and making cider have a long history in Heath. On page 38 of the Heath, Mass. Centennial Aug 19, 1885 book, a passage from the Historical Address by John H. Thompson reads
Orchards were set out early, and in the virgin soil soon bore a bountiful supply of apples, and there was a cider mill in every neighborhood. In the autumn the farmer rolled into his cellar a dozen or twenty barrels of cider, and the neighbor who dropped in of a long winter evening would have felt himself inhospitably received, if he had not been entertained with a dish of rosy cheeked apples and a brimming mug of cider.


You can learn about the great variety of apples that are available and how to use them in Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern Classics, & Little-Known Wonders, Plus 20 Sweet and Savory Recipes. Library catalog listing:  http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/3422290

Ready to try your hand at cider making? Check out this new book:  The New Cider Maker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers by Claude Jolicoeur. Library catalog listing:  http://bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/record/3156571

Want some hands-on apple or cider experiences? The 20th Annual Franklin County CiderDays is coming soon:  Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. Schedules and more details at http://www.ciderdays.org/

Two CiderDays events related to the books featured above:
  • Fruit Exploring with John Bunker and Rowan Jacobsen, author of Apples of Uncommon Character, on Saturday at Apex Orchards, Shelburne FREE 
  • Ice Cider Making with Claude Jolicoeur, author of The New Cider Maker's Handbook, on Saturday at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center. Claude will also present a workshop on Apples for Juice and Cider on Sunday at Bear Swamp Orchard in Ashfield. FREE (taste hard cider with the purchase of a $5 glass)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bake Sale

A tempting assortment of baked goods at the Memorial Day Weekend Bake Sale last May.

The Friends of the Heath Free Public Library will be holding its annual Columbus Day Weekend Bake Sale on the front porch of Sawyer Hall on Saturday, October 11, from 10:00 to noon.

This is one of the primary fund raisers for the Friends of the Heath Free Public Library. We need donated baked goods, sweet or savory. They can be delivered Saturday morning, October 11, to Sawyer Hall.

Coffee and a scone to start your day?

We need bakers and eaters/buyers to make this fund raiser a success! All baked goods are sold for a donation of "Whatever your library is worth to you". Please consider baking or buying to help support YOUR LIBRARY.

Thanks for your support,

Rol Hesselbart
Rol welcomes visitors to the Heath Fair Book Sale tent, August 2014.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Town of Heath Weather Station

Weather Station mounted on the east end of Sawyer Hall.
News from Town Coordinator Kara Leistyna via the Town of Heath website:


National Grid has been modeling storm response on data collected from area Weather Stations on the Earth Networks system. There are a number of pockets in the Western portion of Massachusetts that have very light radar coverage, so National Grid has made the decision to purchase additional Weather Stations and Heath has been chosen to provide a location.

The Weather Station will be a donation to the Town and will become the property of the Town. It is now located on top of Sawyer Hall as of Sept. 24th. National Grid has agreed to pay for any basic maintenance that is needed to support the operation of the Weather Station, but Heath will be responsible for minor “housekeeping” such as emptying the rain catch, clearing leaves, etc.

The Highway Dept. as well as the entire community, will be able to view the data through the internet or on an LCD display located in the first floor hallway of Sawyer Hall. You may also get an app on your cell phone: for android phones search Weatherbug in the Google Play store and iPhones search Weatherbug in the iTunes store.

The school may also use the data as a learning opportunity.

Screenshot of the Online Weather Center that uses data from the new weather station installed on Sawyer Hall.