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Fifth-grader Hannah Chase reports downtown news and features for The Flow. We welcome your news tips at news@bseflow.com.

One Day Remains to Save World as Cursed Cats Conquer

DOOMED? The Earth is in peril after a stolen gem leads to near-certain catastrophe.
DOOMED? The Earth is in peril after a stolen gem leads to near-certain catastrophe.

‘Chosen One’ with rainbow rash
sought for quest

GREENSKY HILLS—If you are the Chosen One, the world depends on you! You are our only hope! The world might have as little as one day left!

Local residents screamed in terror as a thief from Screamville — widely known as an evil place that brings doom — first killed hundreds of dogs and cats as he stole the town’s “Cat Eye” jewel. All residents were found killed in the incident.

“Apparently cats are now taking over,” former Greensky Hills resident Jerry Algert told Cat Times. “Now that cats are taking over and slaughtering humanity, the world will lose balance and then our precious world will be destroyed.”

Algert, who happened to be away on vacation when his town was destroyed, said he returned to find he has lost his parents, sister, grandmother, dog, and job as a mechanic.

The thief is in jail but the jewel is still lost. According to magical-item
specialist John Parker, the Cat Eye is magical and controls cats all over the world. If anyone takes it, Parker said, “the cats take over and after five days the world will be destroyed. That means we only have one day left to set things right again.”

Screams in the background almost drowned out Parker’s comments to this reporter.

According to Garry Smithman Schnike, a worker in Cat Times, the only way to return the natural balance is to go on a dangerous journey that takes you on a path and go against cats, “which means you have a 99 percent chance of being killed,” he warned.

He added, “Beware: The cats are armed with scythes, swords, daggers, bows and arrows, and — last but not least — a death-ray machine.”

Anyone who gets shot by the death ray machine will automatically die, Schnike warned.

He said that only the Chosen One can survive this madness. The dangerous journey will take three days to get to the end of the path unless you’re the Chosen One, who will be known by a huge rainbow rash on his or her forehead.

The Chosen One is asked to report to Cat Times by calling 555-1908.


 

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Arms Library time capsule flung toward future

ARMS LIBRARY DIRECTOR Laurie Wheeler shows off the goodies bound for the future — possibly as far as 100 years — in a community time capsule, which was promptly stowed within the library’s shiny new copper dome. Roof renovations, years in the making and achieved in 2015, were powered by volunteers.
ARMS LIBRARY DIRECTOR Laurie Wheeler shows off the goodies bound for the future — possibly as far as 100 years — in a community time capsule, which was promptly stowed within the library’s shiny new copper dome. Roof renovations, years in the making and achieved in 2015, were powered by volunteers.

SHELBURNE—Hannah-mugFriends and supporters of Arms Library put together a special box of memories called a time capsule and sent it to the future. It might be opened in 50, 75, or 100 years, making it to 2115.

According to Laurie Wheeler, the executive director of Arms Library and a member of its building committee, the box contains things that will help future generations figure out what today’s generation was all about. It was sealed up in the new roof of the library on Sept. 17 around 7:30 a.m. It will be seen next when the roof is opened up for repairs it might need many decades from now.

“A time capsule is a box or metal tube — a container you specially decide you’re going to put away for the future, and then they’ll see the items we put in there. It’s items that are important to this time right now,” Wheeler explained.

The roof replacement is part of a $670,000 “Put a Roof On It” project that took volunteers three years to complete. The roof that was replaced was built in 1914 with the rest of the library building. It is made of copper, slates, and very heavy, chalky limestone. You can touch pieces of it in the library. Pieces of the old roof copper will be turned into gifts you can buy.

Contents of the packed time capsule include children’s handprints in paint; books, newspapers, magazines, and artwork; letters; and a library card.

Fifth-grader Hanna Chase reports downtown news and features for The BSE Flow. We welcome your news tips at news@bseflow.com.


Plenty to love
in Arms Library’s time capsule

WITHIN A SNUG WOODEN BOX made by local resident Frederick M. Burrington, a trove of goodies gathered this summer waits to be discovered in what Arms Library Executive Director Laurie Wheeler calls “the tippy top” of the library’s rebuilt dome some 50, 75, or even 100 years hence. Those Shelburne Falls denizens of tomorrow will be surprised when they open the box to find:

  • A piece of MUSIC for Native American flute that Sarah Pirtle wrote just for the roof raising;
  • BOOKS: “Quickening,” Susie Patlove’s book of poetry; “In a Wild Place: A natural history of High Ledges” by Ellsworth Barnard, illustrated by Charles H. Joslin; “A Jewel in New England” by Philip Bilitz; and a copy of “The Little Yellow Trolley” from the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, signed by many of the museum’s guests;
  • PERIODICAL PIECES: Local newspaper articles on the Bridge of Flowers turning 85 and the restoration of the library roof; the first seven issues of The BSE Flow; two recent issues of Ginny Ray’s Shelburne Falls & West County Independent; a recent copy of the Greenfield Recorder; a Time magazine from April 20, 2015 (“Black Lives Matter”); and a New York Times front page article on the recent landmark Supreme Court decision upholding marriage equality; a Times opinion piece from Shannon O’Neill, archivist and reference librarian at the Atlantic City Free Public Library, on libraries in transition; and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet No. 33, excerpting D. K. McCutchen’s “Jellyfish Dreaming”;
  • AN AUDIO RECORDING AND COLLECTION OF PHOTOS of Laurie Wheeler at the library, discussing libraries, time capsules, and local history, conducted by John Snyder;
  • ART AND EPHEMERA: “Come to the Dark Side,” paper cut art by Sun James; Mohawk graduation program, June 8, 2015; a bookmark by local artist Polly French; a paper bead necklace by Miss Read’s Beads; a Christmas card from Lisa Walker showing the Buckland side of the village and the Bridge of Flowers in the snow; a hand print from Alexis J., who is 3, and hand prints from Elizabeth, Joshua, and Elizabeth Cerone; a postcard of a dry brush watercolor by Frederick M. Burrington; a box and tiny brochure from Jane Beatrice Wegscheider’s The Art Garden; and many tiny items, donated at the last minute that Laurie Wheeler says she considers sacred;
  • BUSINESS HANDSHAKES: A Massachusetts Cultural District pin; brochures from the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association; local business cards; and a Shelburne Falls Co-op bumper sticker;
  • JUST FOR FUN: a “Minions” movie character and Doctor Who “The Day of the Doctor” DVD case; “Popular Items 2015” stickers;
  • LETTERS from Laurie Wheeler and the Shelburne Selectboard; and, of course,
  • An Arms Library CW/MARS LIBRARY CARD.

— Sidebar and photos by John Snyder


What would you stash in a time capsule to help future generations understand our life and times? We’d like to share your answer with our readers — those today and those in the future. Please write letters@bseflow.com.

Talented Olivia Girard joins staff, helps kids

Olivia Girard and her young friend Morgan Raffa make great use of their time at after-school.
Olivia Girard and her young friend Morgan Raffa make great use of their time at after-school.

EVERY DAY is a new adventure for Olivia Girard, the new employee for the after-school program.

Olivia is very friendly, has long, light-brown hair, and says she loves working with children. She recently graduated from Mohawk High School, where she was on the honor roll, played tennis, and performed in three plays.

She said she enjoyed acting and singing very much. She was the green bird girl in “Suessical the Musical” and had roles in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and in “All Talk.”

Soon she’s going to be studying at Greenfield Community College to learn more about sociology and cultural anthropology.

“Sociology is the study of people; looking deeper into people’s values and beliefs past and present,” she told the Flow.

At BSE she is working with After-School Director Raelene Lemione. Together they look after 12 to 30 kids every day.