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Holiday Briefs: Community Clothes Closet takes donations at Cowell site 24/7

Trinity Church’s Community Clothes Closet, next door to the West County Food Pantry in the lower level of Cowell Gymnasium, on 51 Maple St., is open on Wednesdays with the food pantry: noon to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to visit and take free apparel.

Organizers ask that donors use the clothing drop-off shed, available 24/7 in the Cowell parking lot, and that they place clean clothing in good condition in plastic bags before dropping off their goods.


Third ‘Early Night’ Dec. 31
from 6-8 p.m. at Cowell Gym

Spend your New Year’s Eve with family, friends, and neighbors at the annual party at Cowell Gym.

Early Night, running from 6 to 8 p.m., features hundreds of balloons to play with on the floor; tables filled with games, crafts, and activities; and music and dancing for all ages.

Naturally, there’ll also be a New Year’s Eve countdown featuring a silver basketball drop.

Cowell Gym is at 51 Maple St. The Cowell is hosting the event in partnership with the Shelburne Recreation Committee.

The event is free. Donations to the gym’s Operating Fund are welcome, and a donation box will be available.

For more information, call Doug Martin at 625-3054 or visit Shelburne Recreation on Facebook.


20 Christmas trees donated

The Mary Lyon Foundation is proud to acknowledge a tree grower, who wishes to remain anonymous, made 20 families very happy with a delivery of free Christmas trees well in time for the holiday.

The Mary Lyon Foundation supports all aspects of quality education in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne.

Basketball at Cowell is fast, fun

Restarting BSE’s team possible?

KYLIE LOGOSHELBURNE—Basketball at Cowell Gymnasium is a lot of fun. I participate with approximately 10 other players in grades 4-6. We meet on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

We would like to be able to compete against elementary school teams at Mohawk. Doug Martin, who is a coach along with my dad, explains the coaches spoke with Principal Joanne Giguere about restarting a team at BSE. She said she is open to the idea, so we will see.

Other Mohawk elementary schools have teams and ours would be separate from the free, drop-in Cowell program.

About to hoop it up! Left to right, front row: Katie, Brooke, Emily, and Rikku. Back row: Doug, Kylie, Hannah, Eve, Elly, and Dave.
About to hoop it up! Left to right, front row: Katie, Brooke, Emily, and Rikku. Back row: Doug, Kylie, Hannah, Eve, Elly, and Dave.

I’ve enjoyed basketball since I was a little kid. I think more people should try it. It’s really fun and gets you a lot of exercise. Because you play with other people you need to be flexible with decisions.

You dribble the ball down the court and try to make a shot into a net.
Meanwhile, there are people on the other team trying to block your shot — you have to be able to pass the ball to your teammates and shoot the ball when you get the chance.

Oscar, Matt, Gavin, Tyler, and Reuben work the court at Cowell Gym.
Oscar, Matt, Gavin, Tyler, and Reuben work the court at Cowell Gym.

The game, founded in Springfield 125 years ago, is played in four quarters of eight minutes. At the end of the second quarter there’s a halftime break.

There’s my league, middle and high school, college, and the National Basketball Association (NBA), which is where the game is played professionally.

According to Mary Johansmeyer, basketball is a sport you can play at any age. It doesn’t require a lot of equipment.

“The hardest thing to learn is shooting. There are so many different shots you can take. The second-hardest thing is playing defense,” she said.

“You also learn a lot about teamwork and good sportsmanship,” she added.

Coaches sought for rec basketball at Cowell Gym

GOT GAME? Or sort of? Coaches are sought for the Shelburne Recreation Committee’s youth basketball program at Cowell Gym.
Emily Shonk Schoelzel, who serves on the town’s rec committee, says the program starts the first week of December. Volunteer coaches are needed to teach basketball to kindergartners and first-graders once a week.

“It is ideal to have a couple of adults teaching to help corral and work with those little munchkins. If you’re interested in coaching, let us know,” Schoelzel wrote recently on the B.S.E. Parents and Community group on Facebook.

According to Cowell Gym Director Emily Stone Crehan, the basketball schedule is set but can be tweaked as coaches prefer:

• Monday — Girls in grades 4-6.
• Tuesday — Coed grades K-1.
• Wednesday — Coed grades 2-3.
• Thursday — Boys in grades 4-6.

Serving with Crehan and Schoelzel on the rec committee are Julie Dubreuil, Doug Martin, Diana Hardina, and Norman Beebe.


Drop-in adult basketball underway

Tuesday and Thursday night adult drop-in basketball runs weekly at 6:30. The fee is $5 per person.

Cowell Gym is at 51 Maple St., Shelburne Falls. Learn more at facebook.com/ShelburneRecreation.