Thursday, March 16, 2017

Art Show at the Library

Reception:  Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11:00 AM.

Everyone is welcome!

Come and see the wonderful paintings from our fellow Heath townspeople.

All new works of art on display from the Monday Heath Senior Center Painting Workshop. Paintings by Don Dekker, Juliet Seaver, Lynn Perry, and Nancy Thane. One example from each artist is shown below.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Workshop: Caring for Our Own After Death

Sponsored by The Friends of Heath Free Public Library. Pre-registration is required.

People have been caring for deceased loved ones at home for millennia. The experience, while sad, is ultimately healing and beautiful. Beginning the grieving process in the privacy of our homes allows for sharing and support on a deeper level.

You may not realize that... You can care for your loved one at home... Embalming is not required... A family can fill out and file the death certificate... A family can transport the deceased to the cemetery or crematory.

Saturday, March 25, 1 PM to 4:30 PM

Pre-Registration is Required 
Contact Rol Hesselbart 413-337-6659
Registration will be limited.

Heath Community Hall
1 West Main St. Heath, MA
The Workshop is offered free of charge. Donations will be accepted

This program will introduce you to home wakes and funerals. It will describe the enormous personal benefits that come with this profound moment in a family’s life. It will also include the legal facts and logistical details. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers. An excerpt from the PBS documentary “A Family Undertaking” which follows the story of four families who chose home funerals will be shown. The final hour will include a hands-on demonstration for those who are interested in the details of a home wake and funeral such as bathing, dressing, cooling and carrying the body.

This workshop will be led by Peg Lorenz, home funeral guide, consultant and founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice care. Peg was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance. She has a certificate in end-of-life care from the University of Southern Maine and has completed the training taught by Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, a resource center for home funeral care.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Herons of Heath Exhibit

The Herons of Heath photographs by Henry Josephson are on display in the library through the second week in March.

Two week old herons. Photo by Henry Josephson.

The nine photos were taken last summer while floating in an inner tube in a beaver pond on Swamp Road. Beautiful closeups of the Great Blue Heron chicks at age two weeks and six weeks.

Henry wrote:
This past July I ventured out with paddle and inner tube to photograph Great Blue Herons at the beaver pond on Swamp Road. Two males arrived in early April, with one to repair and occupy an existing nest, while the other began to construct a new one in the same tree with the female that showed up a week or so later.

The lower nest collapsed and I began to wonder about the second family. One day while on a casual hike in June I found the second nest in a nearby tree. The development of the first family (two chicks) looked to be a couple of weeks ahead of the newer nesters (four chicks)shown in the photos.

On the left the birds are two weeks +/-, while the more mature (on the right) are about six weeks old. The center picture (black and white) captures the first nest which produced only two young.

Click on the image for a larger view.

I didn't witness the fledging of either family but the trip was well worth it in spite of the leeches enjoying a liquid lunch coutesey of my leg. Thanks to the McNays for allowing access to their pond.

If interested in purchasing a photo please contact Henry Josephson at 339-4212 or

Water lilies photographed on the beaver pond by Henry Josephson.