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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Come to the Library and Sit a Spell

Lincoln Rocker
If you admired Deb Porter's Lincoln Rocker on display in the Exhibit Hall at the Heath Fair you now have an opportunity to sit in it at the library.

Heath Fair Exhibit Display Board

This antique rocking chair was reupholstered by Hilma Sumner, whose exhibit of the process won a Blue Ribbon at the Fair.

Brief history of the chair style, and a description of methods used in the reconstruction.

The chair will be in the library until Columbus Day weekend – please stop by and sit a spell.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome Library Sidewalk Crawlers!

The Heath Free Public Library welcomes the Friends of West County Seniors to beautiful Heath Center  on Wednesday, September 10 at 1:00 pm for the beginning of their Fall Library Sidewalk Crawl program.

For the next 8 weeks the Friends will meet at a West County Library and "Walk, stroll, roll, sprint, or crawl on the sidewalk (if there is one) for an hour or so, enjoying the gradual arrival of fall, then turn around and head back to the library for refreshments - and to peruse the bookshelves!"

Sawyer Hall
1 East Main Street in Heath Center.
Home of the Heath Free Public Library.

The Friends Library Sidewalk Crawl schedule:
 Weekly at 1 pm at the library in the following towns
  • Sep. 10 - Wed - Heath
  • Sep. 17 - Wed - Rowe
  • Sep. 30 - Tue - Ashfield
  • Oct. 6 - Mon - Colrain
  • Oct. 14 - Tue - Charlemont
  • Oct. 20 - Mon - Conway
  • Oct. 29 - Wed - Shelburne Falls

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Summer Reading Program Wrapup

Children who signed up for the Summer Reading Program are reminded to bring in their Reading List to receive the $10 book store gift certificate and other prizes.

Also, the raffle prizes will be drawn on Saturday, September 6, so if you haven't entered your free 5 tickets yet please stop by and ask for your tickets.

Raffle Prizes
  1. Children's size small t-shirt
  2. Children's size medium t-shirt
  3. Children's size large t-shirt
  4. Fizz Boom Read canvas tote bag
  5. Two tickets to the Big-E Fair
  6. A certificate to make a Yankee Candle wax hand
  7. Bird lover's magnetic poetry set
  8. Coupon for a free Friendly's ice cream cone
The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of Heath Free Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.