SHELBURNE FALLS—I read the lead of Diane Broncaccio’s story and I was like, Whoah! My mom read me the pros and cons and I really liked them.
This article is about a story Diane wrote for The Boston Globe called “Location, Location, Location: Shelburne Falls.” It was in the real estate section on Sept. 14. There is a big picture of the Bridge of Flowers, and there are other pictures as well. [The Glacial Potholes, people shopping, and a colorful train car at the depot.]
The lead of the story is the first sentence. This one says, “This tale is all too familiar to people living in Shelburne Falls: Someone came here just for a visit and never wanted to leave.”
I met Diane at Mocha Maya’s before school one day recently and asked her about the story. She said it is her story, too, because she visited here and didn’t want to leave.
“I found a lot of people who feel that way, so that’s where I said I felt I really knew this town for all my years here. That emboldened me to make that leap because a lot of people told me that, and it happened to me too,” she said.
She said she has a Facebook friend who works at the Globe “who needed somebody in Franklin County who knew the towns to write these articles for the real estate section about different towns of Franklin County, and the first one she assigned me was Shelburne Falls, because I’ve lived here 25 years as well. I felt I knew what this town is like. It’s probably the easiest article for the Globe I’ll ever write.”
Diane also gave me a reporter’s notebook as a present. I’ve since used it to write a Halloween story.
She is a reporter at the Greenfield Recorder. She reports on nine towns around us. She does not work for real for the Boston Globe. This was an extra piece she wrote as a freelance writer.
She said she has been a reporter at the Recorder for 25 years. She writes articles every day.
“We have to write at least one article a day. Sometimes I’ve even written three a day, taking notes the day before. I cover nine towns out in the West County area so I’m very used to writing,” she said.
Her first job when she moved to Boston in 1980 was as a Boston Globe Santa elf typing up messages from readers. She said she earned $200 a week.
She said her favorite shop is Mocha Maya’s.
She said, “I come here almost every day. I get a lot of my news here. People from all my nine towns who don’t have access to the Internet come here to use the Internet, so I run into them. I get to be friends over time and I hear interesting story ideas from them.”
“Location, Location, Location: Shelburne Falls” takes up two big pages but I read the story on my mom’s iPhone.
There is a story, then a list of numbers [facts about the village, such as 1906, the year that Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley opened its doors for candlepin bowling, and 32,052, the number of visitors who signed the Bridge of Flowers guest book last year.]
There are pictures of houses and how much they cost. The most expensive one is $349,900.
The list of pros and cons has three pros and two cons. The pros are that Shelburne Falls is “a highly walkable area with river views everywhere and plenty of benches, if you feel like resting.”
The first con is about taking your trash to the dump.
Pros also include festivals and the Iron Bridge Dinner. Also there is no McDonald’s here. You have to go to Greenfield for that.
The furthest Diane has traveled has been to California.
She says she knows shorthand for many words and uses a notebook and not a tape recorder. We used a tape recorder.
She said that at 10 I am starting out [in journalism] four years earlier than she did.
I thought her article gave a lot of information.