Hilltown Families: Best Local Blog
Vote for Us by Feb. 8th!
As Hilltown Families enters its seventh year, celebrate the past 6 with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Local Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2012! Best Local Blog is listed under the “Media Mavens” category.
Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 8th.
Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors (listed in the left-hand column)?
Spread the word & share the love!
ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES
The Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA. Founded in late 2005 by long time activist, artist and mother, Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families serves thousands of families in Western Massachusetts, including the Hilltowns, Pioneer Valley and parts of the Berkshires.
Through a dynamic web site/blog, social networking, listserv, podcast, online bulletin boards, and collaborations with civic and nonprofit groups, Hilltown Families connects people and organizations in the widespread communities of Western MA by helping area residents share ideas, organize activities, support their children’s education and increase participation in community life.
Dean J. Fusto, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of The Bement School, Deerfield writes:“Sienna is an extraordinarily talented individual. The genesis of the Hilltown Families concept and website grew directly out of her vision. She has overseen its evolution from its modest infancy to a web presence of major scope. Hilltown Families is an internet destination for so many families living in the Pioneer Valley region and beyond. In addition, vis-a-vis RSS feeds, a Facebook presence, and so many other features … it is by far one of my top destinations to visit as a parent and aficionado of Hilltown culture and life.”
Hilltown Families aim is to reflect the positive work and educational efforts activists, families, teachers, artists and civic leaders work towards and accomplish in our region, and how that affects, supports and empowers our families/community. Voices of parent’s surviving the struggles and challenges of parenthood and explorations of the region are shared too, along with photography of life and landscapes in western Massachusetts.
Seth Isman, Economic Developer, Hilltown CDC writes: “Hilltown Families is a model resource for the community. When we want to know what’s happening in the hilltowns, we turn to Hilltown Families first.”
Hilltown Families is dedicated to identifying and creating community based educational opportunities for children and families in the Western MA. Our list of Weekly Suggested Events in one of the of the blogs anchor posts. This weekly list helps to build and strengthen our local community by sharing family-friendly events and educational opportunities throughout region.
Jenn Therrien of Westhampton, MA writes: “Hilltown Families supports all of us in whatever our needs are. From informative resources to community activities, Hilltown Families gives us the knowledge! Knowledge is truly power! Hilltown Families is the epicenter of knowledge. With all the information out there, I can always count on Hilltown’s to be accurate, environmentally aware and the articles have our best interests at heart. As Hilltown Familes grow, quality is never compromised! Refreshing at a time when everyone is cutting corners to save money. We don’t need to worry about that here! Hilltown Families also helps us to connect with local businesses that fit our needs and this helps us have a greater sense of community responsibility. Thank you Hilltown Families!”
In 2011 there were several events Hilltown Families presented, including The Importance of Creative Play in a Commercialized World, I Am Not a Billboard! Do I Have To?: How Chores Empower Families, and Citizen Scientist Volunteer Event on the Westfield River. There were also several swaps, including Handmade Valentine’s, Winter Wear and a Board Game Swap, and several family concerts, including performances by Mister G, The Deedle Deedle Dees, The Expandable Brass Band and Grammy Award winning storyteller, Bill Harley.
Kyra Anderson of Northampton, MA writes: “I check the site every week for family events, concerts, festivals, and classes! I have found out about countless things I would never have known about (I just don’t read the paper). Thanks so much for all that you do to connect us to community!!”
SUPPORT HILLTOWN FAMILIES SPONSORS
To take part in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2012, you must vote in 10 or more categories. Over the years Hilltown Families has had many wonderful sponsors proudly displayed in the left-hand colum. Consider voting for one of these local businesses, showing your appreciated of their support of Hilltown Families!