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Oct 3, 2023
The Five College Social
...where staff and faculty of the five colleges come to Buy, Sell, Trade, and chat!


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slsmith - Mon, Oct 31, 2022, 2:17 P
Lost Keys
Looking for a set of keys. A large set of Umass keys. Maybe near the ILC building area.
Please contact Mail Service

Thank you
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slsmith - Mon, Oct 17, 2022, 10:26 A
Looking for a room, studio or one bedroom in the five college area.
PLease reach to me by email.
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slsmith - Tue, Sep 20, 2022, 5:17 P
I am looking for a seamstress. In need of one ASAP.
please contact me if you have info.
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LeesaLesenski - Fri, May 20, 2022, 12:36 P
Chimney Repair
We need our chimney looked at. Any recommendations on chimney repair or who not to use? Thank you.
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slsmith - Tue, Oct 5, 2021, 2:28 P
Looking for a PCA who is available in the mornings in the Chicopee, Springfield area.

Thank you
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slsmith - Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 10:54 A
Hello, I am looking for a PCA in Amherst. Nice Woman, evening hours.

Thank you

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slsmith - Tue, Aug 4, 2020, 1:30 P
Hello, looking for a one bedroom, room or a studio in the 5 college area.
Thank you,
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slsmith - Fri, Jan 10, 2020, 10:51 A
Room For Rent
Room for rent in Amherst. Great location, cheap, and clean.
Email for details if you are interested.

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v - Wed, Sep 11, 2019, 12:54 P
Wanted Perennial Donations
I am collected potted perennials for Service Net Prospect Meadow Farm. Please contact me if you would like to donate some plants.
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slsmith - Wed, May 22, 2019, 2:18 P
Personal Care
Hello, I am searching for a personal care for my aunt, She lives in Amherst. Hours could be flexible. Nothing hard, or heavy lifting, basically guidance and some basic errands.

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slsmith - Fri, May 3, 2019, 5:16 P
Hello, I am looking to borrow a party tent and some large tables.
I need them for a graduation celebration for June 9th.

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karenjhayes - Sun, Nov 4, 2018, 5:07 P
Annual Quest For Bagged Leaves
I have a large bag of mulched maple leaves if you are still looking for leaves.
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v - Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 10:58 A
Annual Quest For Bagged Leaves
Wanted bagged leaves for garden. Thanks!
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v - Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 11:58 A
Looking For Veterinarian Recommendations
Looking for recommendations for a great vet close to Montague area.

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slsmith - Thu, Aug 30, 2018, 9:28 A
Hello, I am looking for a sitter. it would be nice to have a car, but not necessary. Monday - Friday, 12:30 until 3pm. This will only be until December 1, 2018.

Thank you,
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Dinah - Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 2:35 P
I'd like to recommend Joanne Ehret. She has been very helpful to me for the treatment of various health challenges, some big, some small. Joanne not only with treats with acupuncture, but also offers Chinese herbal healing. Joanne is passionate about her work, and is also intuitive, compassionate, and delightful. She's in Belchertown, and here's her email:
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v - Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 5:09 P
Looking for recommendations for an acupuncturist. Thanks!
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srasmuss - Thu, Aug 2, 2018, 9:28 P
Room For Rent

My name is Scott, I work at UMass and I'm looking for a place to live. A friend forwarded this listing to me and it sounds great. I've worked part-time at UHS in the BASICS program for over 10 years and am looking for a room/studio with bus access to UMass. The house I'd been living in for several years got sold and the new owners wanted to turn it over to a family. I'm a pretty quiet guy with a passion for nature photography and I'd love to hear from you if the room is still available. You can reach me by replying to this email or by calling me at 413-687-8213.

Scott Rasmussen
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slsmith - Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 11:22 A
Room For Rent
This is great deal and location.
The location is in Amherst, near the center of town. Nice size room for rent. Cable, internet, your own bathroom. Smoking outside only.
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cackieann - Sun, Jul 8, 2018, 8:06 P
Acupressure Practictioner
Can anyone recommend an acupressure practictioner in the Pioneer Valley?

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slsmith - Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 9:59 A
Violin Instructor
Good morning, I am in desperate need for a Violin instructor in the area.

Thank you,

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LindaC - Thu, May 24, 2018, 12:45 P
I use Winston Bancroft, his numbers are 413-584-0798 and/or 413-250-6287. He's been our family electrician for over 30 years. He's really dependable and does quality work. I'm not sure how his prices compare because I always call him. I trust him and that goes a long way when we're talking about electrical issues.

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v - Thu, May 24, 2018, 9:20 A
Looking for recommendations for an electrician, to rewire an old house. Thanks.
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Kathy - Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 10:45 A
Referral For New Heating System
I need to replace my furnace (propane) and am putting together a few quotes. Any recommendations for someone to use? Any leads appreciated! Best to email me.

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slsmith - Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 11:41 A
Young, But Great Talent!
Save The Tour, Benefit show!
Hosted by Gabe Jackson and Hunter Grant

Wednesday, March 28 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Waterfront Tavern
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Share this event with your friends


Come see a great show at the Waterfront Tavern!

Recently PVPA's music department has been planning a tour to VA, and it was swiped out from under our feet due to unfortunate circumstances. But the community has made a massive uproar and began to fund-raise so that the tour can still happen. A large effort has been put in by students to make these benefit shows happen, so come see what music the PVPA ensembles & students are made of. There will also be guest musicians!

A raffle or auction will be in play as well!
Everything to raise money for this trip, donations would be greatly appreciated.

Please come and support PVPA's music dept and the Waterfront Tavern, Wednesday the 28th of March.
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slsmith - Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 10:34 A
Helping Hand
I am posting on behalf of my daughter, Vyanna and friends at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school with a unique & time-sensitive
request. We are looking for fundraising heroes to help ‘Save The Music’. Specifically: PVPA’s
ambitious music ‘We Came To Play’ music department tour to Virginia happening April 6—
12, 2018.

PVPA’s four music ensembles (Jazz, Rock, Pop and Acapella ensembles) comprised of 65 student
have come together to create one incredibles communal show. Our bags are packed, the hotels
and buses are booked, and we are ready to go. We are already booked to perform three full length
shows in VA, including one at the famous Busch Gardens. We will also be conducting a half-day
workshop at the Waller Mill Magnet Elementary School, where we will teach students about making
music as a group, and then perform for them.

April Tour In Jeopardy Of Being Cancelled!

The beloved head of our music department, Frank Newton, has had a vision of taking our tour
on the road for many years, and took on the huge task of organizing for the past year to make
this vision a reality.

Unfortunately, we were just informed that our major funding source is no longer available.
The entire tour is in jeopardy of being cancelled just two weeks before we’re supposed to
hit the road! Our students have been rehearsing and working non-stop the entire school year to
create this wonderful show. We will NOT give up now. We are determined to save it. That’s
where you come in.

How You Can Be A Music Hero

We are tasked with raising $26,000 in just a matter of days (the bus deposit is due on
Monday, TODAY, March 26, 2018). The good news? We think this is actually possible. The response to
our plight has been swift, and the outpouring of support heartening. We are asking friends,
family, alumni, businesses, benefactors and supporters of students and music lovers
everywhere to donate what they can to the nonprofit ‘Friends Of PVPA’ so our students’
dreams of going on this tour can stay alive.


Your contribution will make an immeasurable difference not only to our PVPA community, but to
our students and the people we will be playing for. All donations are tax deductible, and can be
made through the ‘Friends of PVPA’ via PayPal or credit card.

Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Here’s how:

We greatly appreciate any and all donations to this most worthy cause. You can easily donate
through PayPal or credit card by going to the school’s website.
Click ‘DONATE NOW’ button in upper left hand corner
IMPORTANT! Under ‘Special Instructions ’, please write
‘For VA Music Tour’ to make sure your funds will go directly to our music tour fundraising effort.

You can also send a check MADE OUT TO FRIENDS OF PVPA to:
Friends of PVPA
c/o PVPA
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
Note: Please write ‘For VA Music Tour’ in the memo section.

Watch the 2018 ‘We Came To Play’

VA Tour Info Video

Hear directly from our Music Director, Frank Newton who recorded this informational video back in July 2017 as he explains his tour vision. You’ll also see performances from our music department students:

Thank you SO much for your support. We are grateful for anything you can provide. Your help
will go directly to making our year-long dream of this important musical tour a reality.


The Students and Parents of PVPA ‘We Came To Play’ Music Tour

PS – If for some reason we do not hit our full $26,000 fundraising goal, please know that funds
that come in for this tour will be used towards a scaled-down-but-equally-exciting performance
opportunity for these PVPA high school music ensemble students
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slsmith - Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 12:19 P
Super Hero
Hello, I am looking for a cape that a super hero would wear. Adult would be great, the color do not matter.

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slsmith - Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 10:54 A
Hello, I am desperate need for a plumber. If you know of anyone please let me know.

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LaurieNeely - Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 9:51 A
Campground Suggestions
Erving State Forest/Lake Laurel in Erving is really nice. Private sites and a beautiful little sand beach on the lake.
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AMA - Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 6:20 P
Campground Suggestions
Looking for recommendation for good local (within 45 to an hour of Amherst) campgrounds for tent campers. Any good (or not so good) suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
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JT - Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 2:31 P
Jewelry Party Hostess Wanted
Having the girls over for cocktails and need something different for your gathering other than the usual LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef?
Are you a local business owner and would venture into a partnership? Or host a day event? There are fantastic perks for hostessing! Who does not like free jewelry!

I am promoting as a local merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel jewelry. C + I is a jewelry and lifestyle brand and pioneer of social retail, dedicated to empowering the next generation of women entrepreneurs. Has been in business since 2011 and is gaining in numbers throughout the US. Every piece is designed in NYC, and direct shipped to your door.
The styles range from essential everyday to trending statement pieces.
I would love to hear from you! Below is my site link, please stop in!

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LeesaLesenski - Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 3:43 P
I just want to recommend the Monarch’s Restaurant and Magic Wings in South Deerfield. We had a shower there this weekend. The food was good and plentiful. Chris and his staff were great. Kathy Fiore was good to work with. They do small parties to weddings. Check them out. (just breakfast etc. is good too!)
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slsmith - Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 11:05 A
Good morning,
Take a break from your new year's nice eating habits!

I have GS Cookies. If you are interested, email me what you would like. You could look on GS website to see the new two flavors of cookies.

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shadowrider - Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 10:53 A
Year Old Boy Asking For Chrismas Cards For Christmas
My partner forwarded this weblink from the Western Ma News website about an 8 yr old quadraplegic boy who expressed a wish for Christmas cards to decorate his room at the St. Joseph's Home in Cincinnati.

Please take a moment to read the story at the link below.


His mailing address is in the story. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to write an extra card when you are doing them for your family and friends, to help make this boy's simple Christmas wish come true.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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slsmith - Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 11:42 A
Pvpa Barnes Noble Book And Gift Fair
It's coming! This Saturday, December 10th. Hadley, MA. 10:00am - 5:00pm. The Barnes & Noble Book and Gift Fair to benefit PVPA! Performances by PVPA students in the music and dvd area! Storytime read and signed by PVPA American Sign Language Students at 11:00am! Free gift-wrapping table staffed by the PVPA Prom Committee and Catalyst Dance Company A percentage of all sales, both at the store and online, when using the PVPA voucher will benefit PVPA. Help us out by planning to do some shopping on December 10th and or any day during the week of December 10-14! This is a great opportunity to give an end-of-the-year boost to the Arts for All Campaign to help us put the finishing touches on our theater!
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slsmith - Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 10:18 A
Correction for UMACC Holiday Raffle

Tickets for the raffle will be sold until Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15. Winners will be notified on Friday, Dec.16th.
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slsmith - Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 11:56 A
Holiday Raffle
Good morning,
Please take time out of your day to participate in the UMACC HOLIDAY RAFFLE.
You may view prizes at Print Services, 151 Whitmore.
Tickets are $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00.
Drawing will be Thursday afternoon, Dec 15th.

You may Contact
Betty- 577-4140
Cindy - 545-3158
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worldnotes - Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 11:34 A
Sunset Grill Pizza 150 Fearing St., Amherst
We are proud to say we are an all new family owned restaurant, with local employees!

We put emphasis on our comfort food menu options, and are excited to offer Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Our Overstuffed Deli Sandwiches or one of our Juicy Signature Bacon Burgers will satisfy even the largest appetites. Of course, you cannot forget our amazing Pizza derived from the secret Kazonis family recipe!

In order to keep up with today’s demands we are especially happy to offer GLUTEN FREE options for many of our menu items including our delicious salads and amazing soups. We strive to support sustainable food sources and are happy to say that we are serving a variety of local foods, from local small businesses and farms.

Our goal is providing a comfortable environment suitable for all age groups including families, college students, and local working people. Enjoy your stay with our attentive friendly dining staff or order online for an efficient and satisfying take out option to the parking dilemmas uptown. We feel all guests will leave happy with their experience.
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diane - Tue, Oct 4, 2016, 6:09 P
Wild Cat Tree Service
I don't know if anyone replied to your post. I don't know about the tree service you mentioned but I just had a tree removed by Dostal Tree Service from Florence, Ma.
I highly recommend Dan Dostal and crew. Dan was very prompt on returning phone calls. Professional and friendly and very reasonable. My property was left very clean after they were done. Very satisfied.
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slsmith - Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 3:14 P
Looking for a daycare, or a babysitter. Two boys 1yr, and 3yrs old. Great kids, fun, and well behaved. flexible with schedule if need to be. Three days a week.

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v - Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 12:00 P
Wild Cat Tree Service
I am thinking of hiring Wild Cat Tree Service Williamsburg, MA for some limb removal. Has anyone had experience with Keith Snow/tree work? Thanks!
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slsmith - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 1:49 P
Room Mate
A one bedroom in a two bedroom apt. Cheap rent, center of Amherst. available now.
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Dinah - Mon, Aug 8, 2016, 5:59 P
Seeking Help With Armenian Song
Hi friends,
I sing in a local band which plays international folk dance music, and I'm trying to learn a beautiful song. The piece is called "GORANI", and is Armenian.
Does anyone in the Five College community read or understand Armenian? I have only a hard-to-read hand-written transliteration of the lyrics; I wonder if anyone could provide me with more readable ones. Having fine points on pronunciation and a translation as well would help tremendously. I'd like to do it justice when I perform it.
Feel free to pass this message along, if you know someone who might speak and/or understand Armenian. Here is the haunting "GORANI":
Thank you so much!
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slsmith - Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 4:18 P
Looking for a plumber for my aunt in the Amherst area.

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slsmith - Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 3:55 P
Hello, My daughter dropped her cell phone. Now we are looking for somethig that is not brand new. We are looking for a phone that is Boost Mobile,or Sprint.

Thank you,

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slsmith - Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 3:28 P
Child Care
Hello, I am looking for child care in the Amherst area, or a babysitter beginning soon.

Thank you
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v - Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 3:11 P
Solar City
I am thinking of buying a solar system from SolarCity. Has any one had experience with them?

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slsmith - Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 2:22 P
Good afternoon, I am looking for a DS cord if anyone has one that they do not need.

Thank you

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janep - Fri, Jun 17, 2016, 12:15 P
Orthopedic Surgeons
Any information on these 2 doctors good or bad Dr Richard Anderson and Dr Scott Cowen
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slsmith - Thu, May 26, 2016, 9:13 A
Good Cause
WHOLE FOODS MARKET TO DONATE 5% OF SALES TO PERFORMING ARTS IN THE VALLEY! On Tuesday, May 31, Whole Foods Markets in Hadley is hosting a 5% Community Giving Day to benefit Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley. The store will donate 5% of that day’s sales to support PVPA’s Arts for All campaign to fund new performing arts facilities at the school. Volunteers and staff from PVPA will be at the store from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 to thank customers for shopping and discuss their programs.

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slsmith - Wed, May 25, 2016, 12:57 P
Two Bedroom available Amherst, Belchertown LIne. Quiet town house. Please email for more details.

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SCO - Sat, May 7, 2016, 10:29 A
Ride Umass
Looking for ride from Old Bay Road to UMass campus. Please call my cell 413-668-4195. Thank you
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hsavage - Sun, Mar 27, 2016, 3:18 P
Seamstress Needed For Charity Event Saturday, April 2nd
Help Our Kids is looking for someone to do minor alterations (straps of the dresses, sleeves, maybe a hem, maybe a dart) for high school teens in foster care attending the "Fitting For The Future" event on Saturday, April 2nd, at Tower Square in Springfield, MA.

Anyone that is interested in helping can contact Noryn Resnick via email (noryn at or by phone (413-342-0604) and she will provide additional details. There are 50 kids registered to attend this event, which is the only one like it in the state that includes both guys and girls in foster care.

The goal is for the kids to be “ready to go” when they leave the event. There is additional info on the Help Our Kids website if you want to know more about the event. (http://www.helpourki...for-the-future-2016/).

Thank you.
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slsmith - Wed, Mar 2, 2016, 5:25 P
I am looking for a punching bag or some sort.
If you have one and would like to get rid of it, please let me know.


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dmeaton - Thu, Jan 28, 2016, 11:50 A
Hello There is a great electrician
His name is Al Olson and he is stationed in New Salem.
He work fulltime at UMASS
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v - Wed, Jan 27, 2016, 3:47 P

I am looking for recommendations for an electrician. I have contacted one but would like to get two more quotes.

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slsmith - Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 2:40 P
Girl Scout
Good Afternoon,
To all who loves them, it is Girl Scout Cookie time. The price for our Troop has not change, the price remains $4.00 per box.

Savannah Smiles - Lemon
Trefoils - Shortbread
Do-si-Dos, Peanut butter Sandwich
Samoas- caramel, coconut ( the favorite)
Tagalong - Peanut Butter Patties
Thin Mints - Chocolate mints

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tina - Fri, Dec 4, 2015, 8:29 A
Craft Fair Saturday Amherst
The Stone Soup Bazaar is such a fun event!!! Hope to see you there...and please spread the word ! I'm told there's FREE PARKING in downtown Amherst on Saturday since it's the big holiday weekend in town!

Can't make it? Kaimuntarz will be opening up shop in the next 3 weeks for "Cash & Carry" shopping and also Special Orders - orders placed by December 15 should be ready for pickup by Christmas! I'll send you the shop hours or you can check our Facebook page for updates at

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, December 5th, 9am-­?3pm

Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse Amherst
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worldnotes - Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 11:23 A
Jim O'Conner put in a new electrical panel for me and did an excellent job.
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v - Mon, Oct 19, 2015, 10:20 A
I am looking for recommendations for an electrician to rewire my house (and who to stay away from).

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slsmith - Fri, Sep 25, 2015, 3:24 P
Looking for a car for my daughter. Her car finally died, and she needs to commute to Northampton everyday. Nothing too expensive but something to get her there for the next couple of months.

Thank you
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kathiepip - Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 8:54 A
Mini-split Heating System
Just saw this post, so perhaps I'm too late with this reply but call the Vac Store, Route 9, Hadley and ask for Darren. He installed a split system in our home and it works great! Reasonable rates and he does great work!
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lgwozdzik - Tue, Sep 8, 2015, 6:32 P
Flags Discounts
I would check Big Y Supermarket for Discount Tickets to Six Flags or Big E.
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v - Thu, Aug 6, 2015, 12:34 P
Unfortunately, I am looking for recommendations for a roofer. Thanks!
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ladymcbeth - Thu, Aug 6, 2015, 11:13 A
Mini-split Heating System
CGA Mechanical call him for a quote 413-650-0044. Name is Charlie.
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v - Thu, Aug 6, 2015, 10:00 A
Mini-split Heating System
I am thinking about a backup heat system and the mini-split seems to fit the bill. Does anyone have experience with mini-splits/installers? Which contractor to use or stay away from?

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SCO - Fri, Jul 31, 2015, 11:44 A
Flags Discounts
Looking for discounts coupons for 6 Flags 4 this Sun. Any suggestions?
Thank you
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slsmith - Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 9:43 A
2 Bedroom Condo rental Amherst / Belchertown line.

email for more details

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Dinah - Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 4:10 P
Bed (and Other Free Finds And Free Give Items)
You could look for postings (or sign up and post a WANTED item) on freecyle -
There are also locally-run groups such as
Get stuff you need.
Give away stuff that others need.
Keep stuff out of the landfill. Everybody wins!
Good luck!
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slsmith - Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 3:55 P
Hello, I am looking for a twin or full size bed frame.

Thank you,

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Dinah - Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 3:23 P
Golden Girl (for Diana Spencer)
GOLDEN GIRL (a poem for Diana Spencer) Copyright Dinah Kudatsky 1997

I’d like to play with you in village fields
pretend that we’ll become princesses when we are all grown up.
The dreams of little girls are large and simple: to be pretty -
to dance in ballgown and tiara - to wear the golden slippers -
those would be nice, though they are not the main things.
What do we really long for? Why, to love and be loved, of course, by the prince.
to have a family, and to make things right in the kingdom.
The golden slipper was never the final goal, but the prince who cradled it on bended knee
looking up with shining open face, his willing, pierced heart at our feet
hopeful and reverent, asking to be changed by love, as we are also changed by his
love making each of us regal.
Later, when we are truly grown, after the golden slipper has begun to bite
we’ll want to find the shoe that fits, to walk with ease and power on our own two feet
the prince striding beside us, if he loves us enough to keep pace.
And one day a prince does come. He has chosen you, golden girl
with grace and giggles, and girlish charm
you, full of shy smiles, and an extravagant listening heart
he thinks he makes you regal by choosing you
yet you are already halfway to magnificent
anointing your constituents with the nobility of your kindness.

Golden girl in a gilt cage. You starved for love whilst giving all you had
your heart as wide as palace doors
The world wanted fairy tales. The world saw gold in you
You were hungry for love. We were hungry for a story, and for you.
you rode toward your future in a marriage hearse
we walked through check out lines at the supermarket, starving.
everyone was hungry, and you seemed golden
a golden goose with golden eggs, held at great heights and dropped to the ground
some stooped to dip their English biscuits in the broken mess
We keep looking for you, but only see our own shattered reflections in your mangled carriage
a human sacrifice to the gods of Lineage, Protocol, Mammon.
ever waiting for a noble prince to come, you find mostly fool’s gold
the geode of your generous heart cracked open by bounders, to grab for the crystal inside
A stark fairy tale told by weeping brothers grimm
your cold body still warmer than the hearts of those that hunted you.

You are a golden girl
your radiant galloping heart outruns what was made of you in this masked ball
though still hunted, you will not be found! Your horses carry you high
your barge floats you home on a river of British tears to rest in Althorp, your ancestral playground.
safe now, golden girl, with arrow and bow
flowers all around you. a white lily your queenly scepter
your aim was true and hit the mark. You see? All of us still completely fallen under your spell!
golden girl with heart playful and merry, and wide as palace doors
- Diana, your mother Norma Jean awaits you.
- your sister Nicole Brown awaits you
- your daughter JonBenet awaits you
members of the sisterhood you’ve joined.
They bring you your comfy slippers and your tea while you rest beneath an old oak
You are once more all of what you wished to be, before Fame mugged you and pawned your locket
Though the world is too hungry for golden girls, and who could walk in bound feet?
though the slippers be gold, you couldn’t help but become yourself.

Bad timing turns coaches to pumpkins. Cannibals have closed in for a final feast
they view you through the crosshairs of distorted lenses
the chalice of your life smashed, the wine of you spilled to the ground
the hungry have made of you a communion wafer, trophy wife and tabloid trophy, golden girl
the last grand prize of the 20th century. Your uncle King Midas is weeping in recognition
you are running for your life across a field of broken mirrors
at the end of your run, an Egyptian prince will bring you to a sunnier castle.
such a blaze of exploding light around you, in this blackening tunnel!
it must be God’s light, guiding you home!
Below, they zoom in, blinded by the final flicker of your golden flame
of a golden girl, slung across a Mercedes like a fallen deer
finally captured, finally beyond capture, they still want to shoot you and shoot you.

I’d like to play with you in village fields, like secret sisters
we will whisper to one another the things we will become when we are all grown up.

(For Diana Spencer, July 1, 1961 - August 31, 1997, on what would have been her 54th birthday)

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SCO - Fri, Jun 26, 2015, 4:28 P
Folding Table
Hi Steph,

I have a couple that I am selling. I live in Sunderland

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slsmith - Fri, Jun 26, 2015, 11:49 A
Folding Table
Good morning, I am looking for a folding table and or a canopy to borrow, or purchase for cheap.
If you have one please let me know.

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dragonflyzone - Mon, May 18, 2015, 4:17 P
Dog Found Wandering Campus
A beautiful dog was found wandering on campus and brought to Valley Vet. Details here I have no information.
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Dinah - Sun, May 10, 2015, 4:09 P
Mother’s Day, Continued (without Mom)
No one ever wants to join this club, the motherless club, or the orphan club. She was always there. More accurately, she was NEVER NOT there. She was a GIVEN, the way 2+2=4 is a given. So, how could it be? It's like the deepest promise that Nature ever seemed to make was broken (even though Nature never did make that promise). A stone is not a stone forever. This sand was once a stone; these ashes were once my living mother. There are no operating instructions for this. I think it must be like what it means to be an amputee. Your legs were always there. Then one isn't. The pain is physical, but it's also one of absence - how could it no longer be there? How will you get around without it? Somehow, over time, you learn to live with the pain, you learn to re-balance and stumble forward, you learn to lean on other things, and you learn that you can live without a part of you. You learn you can move ahead through the unthinkable. As I said, no one ever wants to join this club. But one blessing is that there are others who are in the club with you. In the brokenness of others, you begin to recognize the resilience in yourself.

(Sam: your email bounced back, hence this public post).
Thank you, Sam. May you have a lovely family day, a mashed potato day, salted with happy memory tears, and knowing that you carry your Mom with you, within you.
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sdean - Sun, May 10, 2015, 1:59 P
Some Thoughts About Mother’s Day, With Anne Lamott

Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories and Truths of you and your Mom, and Mothers day in general. I felt myself nodding with each sentence, and my own memories surfacing amongst the neuro-pathways in my brain. As I finished reading, to the last sentence, I felt a tear roll down along my right cheek. It tasted a slight bit of saltiness, and I wondered, is that from my feeling memories I had of her from my teenage years? Then I remembered a deeper causation. It was my tummy memories; my favorite, Mom's made, mashed potatoes. That's the one I'll choose to hold on to. Thank you Dinah. Sam
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Dinah - Fri, May 8, 2015, 4:19 P
Some Thoughts About Mother’s Day, With Anne Lamott
My own mother hated Mother's Day. She would yell, "DON'T GET ME ANYTHING - I MEAN IT! - EVERY DAY IS MOTHER'S DAY!" What she meant was, if we didn't already have this deep connection every day of the year, then Mother's Day was certainly not going to give it to us. You wouldn't spray cheap toilet water on a flower, would you?

We went through our rough years, but when I was old enough, when my mother felt safe enough to become more and more openly herself, I was lucky enough to find the intricate, quixotic, sparkling, spinning disco-ball of a multi-faceted person my mother was, underneath the mother mask, and discovered, over and over again, the vast wealth of our relationship. Like Anne Lamott, my mother was a fan of the plain, the natural, and the lumpy-bumpy true. While we didn't NEED Mother's Day, I so enjoyed celebrating Mom, because, in spite of Mother's Day's insipid Hallmarkish heat-and-serve falsity, it was just one more occasion for her to come out and play with me. The more truthful she was able to become, the more I loved, admired, and enjoyed her. There wasn't anything left unsaid.

My mother died the Sunday before Mother's Day 7 years ago. I think of it as my Shiva week, but I don't necessarily think of her more on Mother's Day than I do on her birthday or my own, or when I smell lilacs, or hold her seashells. She's just there, in some mysterious next room over, in my voice and bones and in my everyday sense of myself, and I'll always be grateful that we had so many years to keep getting to know one another.

Anne Lamott's feelings about Mother's Day are personal, as they should be, and truthful, as they should be. I appreciate her thoughts about it.
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ladymcbeth - Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 1:02 P
You Own Buick Encore Can You Answer Some Questions
I am interested in buying a Buick Encore but have questions about it because the reviews regarding the ability to pass and go up hill are not very good. If you own one, can you tell me what you think of the vehicle, I would really appreciate it.
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Dinah - Sun, Apr 5, 2015, 1:43 P
Easter Greetings

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Dinah - Fri, Apr 3, 2015, 3:46 P
Happy Passover!
May all of you have a meaningful Pesach (and Easter too, though I personally am less familiar with it) - whether prayerfully for the liberation of all oppressed peoples, or in actively making the world more just, or in simply enjoying the Manishewicz and matzoh brei with others. Here's a little holiday ditty:
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Trouble - Wed, Apr 1, 2015, 3:35 P
Delicious Reasons Western Mass Deserves Some Serious Food Cred
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dmeaton - Tue, Mar 24, 2015, 7:01 P
We have a house in New Salem, 20 min from Amherst College that we will be selling this spring. What size are you interested in? We are looking to downsize.
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LaurieNeely - Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 5:18 P
Althea Bramhall at Hometown Realty in Athol covers most of Franklin County. Great lady!
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SCO - Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 4:56 P
Looking for a good realtor for Franklin county or if you know of a homeowner selling their house on their own.
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Dinah - Sat, Feb 14, 2015, 5:11 P
Happy Day.
In honor of Valentine's Day, once again, here's one of my favorite inter-species love stories: Roscoe and Suriya!
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kmori - Tue, Dec 9, 2014, 10:51 A
Nyc Holiday Bus Trip This Sunday $44/pp

Last minute openings for a HOLIDAY BUS TRIP TO NYC THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!! It’s going to be sunny & in the mid-high 40’s in NYC this Sunday…perfect to take in all of the holiday sights in the city!!!!

REMAINING BUS SEATING IS VERY LIMITED...confirmations will be first come/first serve...

Experience the holidays in New York for $44 per person! $44 covers your bus ride into the city & driver tip.

THIS SUNDAY, December 14th
Leaving Hadley, MA at approx. 8 am
Additional pick-up in Springfield at the Basketball Hall of Fame approx. 8:25 am
Arrive NYC: Approx. 11:30 am
Depart NYC around 6 pm

Hope you can join us!

Diane Kieras-Ciolkos
Escapes For Everyone
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kathiepip - Mon, Dec 1, 2014, 10:05 P
Bright Sunny 2nd Floor Apt. Available/5 Minutes Umass!
This apartment is just minutes to UMASS and to downtown Northampton! Very bright and sunny and nice and warm being on the 2nd floor. Landlord pays for the heat so no worries of being cold!

The rent is only $1300 per month!

Large rooms with hardwood floors throughout, with a carpeted stair/hallway. Brand new electric stove in the kitchen. There's also a washer/dryer in the apartment. Large attic to store all your stuff!

Please note: this apartment is not on a bus line, so you'll need your own transportation.

Quiet neighborhood so if you like to party, don't bother to call. Great downstairs neighbors: 2 working and one pre-med student are considerate of the neighbors. Tenants pay electric, cable and phones. Landlord covers heat, trash/snow removal and yard work.

We are not looking for smokers; sublets; or tenants with pets. A cat is a possibility however.
First, last and security required up front. Please have two references as well. Would prefer long-term renters, but responsible students, both undergraduates and graduate students (most who have lived here have stayed a minimum of 1 1/2 years) are welcomed here!

Please call (413) 461-1189 today for set up an appointment!
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slsmith - Thu, Nov 13, 2014, 2:44 P
Carpet Cleaner
Good afternoon, I am looking for a carpet cleaner. I would only need it for twenty - four hours. If anyone has one and can depart for twenty four hours that would be great.

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slsmith - Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 1:02 P
Looking for a tv stand. if anyone has one that you don't need please send me a email.

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lgwozdzik - Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 12:34 P
Fundraiser Help Son’s Road Recovery
Hi Friends, Family & Community. For those of you who may not know, my son Chris recently sustained a severe injury from a fall. He was visiting a homeowner the other night to check on something for the family. The homeowner said he had no lighting his garage. Needless to say the homeowner neglected to mention that to the left of his garage floor was a big open stairway (10 feet plus drop) and that there were no hand rails etc. Chris took a step the wrong way and fell into the hole of the stairwell. He suffered a break to his shoulder and is still having x-rays, etc. done to see what other damage there is. His neck and back are also in a lot of pain and doesn't know if he will need to have surgery.

He was notified by his employers at both the University and Construction that he will not be able to return until he is 100% which will now take a while to recover. Both jobs are non-benefitted and therefore he has no sick or vacation or short/long disability. Thus no work - no pay.

He is depressed with worry on how he will now pay for his rent, utilities, car, medical bills (co-pays), etc. We know that this homeowners insurance (if they have any) should cover this and are seeking out a attorney, but this all takes time and doesn't help in this immediate moment. I have set up a "Fund for Chris' road to recovery" via the link below (hopefully the link works) if anyone is interested in helping donate.

Please consider donating anything you can to help and please share this on your facebook (and other social media pages). If everyone even just donates $1 that sees this we could help fundraise a substantial amount to help Chris! :) Thank you in advance! Lorie
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slsmith - Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 4:41 P
I have a size 9 converse. Sorry no picture, but I do have them with me. They are the snazzy ones that are knee highs...

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Trouble - Fri, Oct 3, 2014, 11:23 A
Michael's Limo
(800) 533-8470

Have used many times, not sure how competitive they are but many at UMass use them.

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slsmith - Thu, Oct 2, 2014, 11:03 A
I am looking for a Limousine service. Please email if anyone knows of any. Need the good rates.

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larita - Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 2:53 P
Best Inspection Place
They are pretty fast at Jiffy Lube on route 9
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v - Tue, Sep 30, 2014, 12:04 P
Best Inspection Place
I am looking for suggestions on where to get my vehicle inspected, laughably, during my lunch. Any ideas?? Thanks!
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kathiepip - Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 9:30 A
New York City Bus Trip Planned For November 16th!
My annual bus trip to the Big Apple! I hope you're able to join us! The cost is only $39, the same price as last year. Call or email today as the seats are going quickly. This is a post from the UMASS News Online:

A bus trip to New York City is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16. A Travel Kuz coach will leave from Lot 62 on campus at 7 a.m. sharp, but pastries and coffee will be available (at no additional charge), starting a 6:30 a.m.

The bus will arrive in the city at approximately 11 a.m. with a rest stop planned on the way down and on the way back. Participants will have the day to do as they please in the city: check out the many museums, shopping, sightseeing or see a Broadway show. For those who’d like to see a Broadway show, tickets to the show can be arranged for purchase. The bus will leave New York City at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of this trip is only $39. The price includes transportation, gratuities, pastries and coffee, snack packs on the bus, door prizes and more.*** A deposit of $20 is required by Oct. 17 and final payment is due on Nov. 3. This payment is non-refundable, so check your schedule before you sign up***. Early sign-up is advised as this trip always sells out quickly.

Contact Kathie Pipczynski at (413) 461-1189 or or

Thank you!
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dragonflyzone - Tue, Sep 23, 2014, 5:08 P

Could you tell me a little bit more about the Jeans? Are they skinny, boot cut, or flare?

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slsmith - Tue, Sep 23, 2014, 4:44 P
Good afternoon,
I have 5-7 pairs of jeans. Lovely colors, only wore once. Size is 9. My daughter insist they are not her style.
Name your price

Call or email me,
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slsmith - Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 4:15 P
Looking for a violin teacher for my daughter. 13 yrs old, but has been playing since the age of 7.

Please if you know of anyone who is reasonable, let me know.

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slsmith - Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 4:11 P
Two bedroom apartment available in Belchertown Center. Great space, rent is $800.00 monthly. Bus route, and/or off street parking.
Unitlities are separate.

Please do not respond to email,
call Bob 413-636-2111
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