Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: BEST BLOG
Vote for Us by Feb. 3rd!

Deadline to cast your votes is 12noon, Feb 3rd.

Hilltown Families is celebrating 10 years! — TEN YEARS!!! Celebrate with us by casting your vote for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2016!

Best Blog is listed under the
Information Age
category, last page of the poll. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors (listed in the left-hand column)?

Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 3rd.

Spread the word & share the ❤ love!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/best-of

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES: Read the rest of this entry »

Vote for Hilltown Families by 12noon this Wednesday!

Hilltown Families: BEST BLOG
Vote for Us by 12noon this Wednesday, Feb. 4th!

As Hilltown Families enters its tenth year, celebrate with us as we finish out the past decade by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2015!

Best Blog is listed under the
Information Age” category.

Deadline to cast your votes is this Wednesday, Feb 4th by 12Noon!

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/best-of

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: BEST BLOG
Vote for Us by Feb. 4th!

As Hilltown Families enters its tenth year, celebrate with us as we finish out the past decade by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2015!

Best Blog is listed under the
Information Age” category.

Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 4th.

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/best-of

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement.  We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement.

Founded in late 2005 by Sienna Wildfield, the Hilltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Serving thousands of families living throughout the region, Hilltown Families supports education through community engagement by connecting, collaborating, and creating community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

See this TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, where Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, shares the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families:

Susan Langenheim of Plainfield, MA, writes:  “Hilltown Families has been an extremely important resource for our family since the birth of our twins.  Living in the Hilltowns poses some challenges in staying connected with what is going on in the different communities, and Hilltown Families has been vital in keeping us supported with what resources and community events are happening in the surrounding areas.”

Kim Pedigo of Westhampton, MA, writes: “As a mom to 4 small children, Hilltown Families is my go to resource for fun and educational family activities. It has enriched our lives tremendously by keeping us informed and connected to our community.”

NJ Rongner Holyoke, MA, writes: “I was a new mom who was staying at home with my son when I discovered Hilltown Families. At the time, I had a pretty sweet case of Postpartum Depression. Hilltown Families encouraged me to attend events and kept me from isolating myself. Now that I’m past those early lonely days, it is still a great resource full of wonderful (SMART) blog posts, has a great weekly podcast that my son loves, and continues to be the first place I go to when I want to know what family friendly activities are going on in the Pioneer Valley!”

Kerri Simonelli of Haydenville, MA, writes: “I love Hilltown Families!  I always check out the calendar for upcoming events to see all the good things going on.  I know that in one place I can count on finding quality, fun events for my family to enjoy.  My favorite thing is the ability to click on a particular day to go right to what’s happening!  I also love sharing this incredible resource with new families I meet at the Northampton Parents Center.  Hilltown Families is a real gem of a resource!  THANK YOU for all you do!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/best-of

What we’ve been chatting about…

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: BEST BLOG
Vote for Us by Feb. 12th!

As Hilltown Families enters its ninth year, celebrate the past eight with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2014!

Best Blog is listed under the
Information Age” category.

Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 12th.

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

Hilltown Families believes in creating resilient and sustainable communities by developing and strengthening a sense of place in our children and citizens through community based education and engagement.  We work to accomplish this by highlighting the embedded learning that is found everywhere in our communities, making the information accessible to families, and giving parents/educators access to opportunities that supports their children’s interests and education while encouraging community engagement.

Founded in late 2005 by long time activist, artist and mother, Sienna Wildfield, the Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA, and is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts last year, currently awaiting the approval of 501(c)3 status. Serving thousands of families living throughout the region, Hilltown Families connects, collaborates, and creates community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

See this TEDx Talk, Supporting Education Through Community Engagement, where Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield, shares the story behind the vision and mission of Hilltown Families:

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser of Northampton, MA writes: “Sienna has an idea that community can be found through community events—to learn, to play and to serve. She’s worked hard to form meaningful partnerships to support all these areas. From citizenry in field science to winter wear swaps to Valentine card making to festivals for the springtime, there’s a place that’s not a place but is rooted in our community. It’s Hilltown Families. I am grateful to be part of this family, and this place.”

Kara Kitchen of Plainfield, MA, writes:“ “Hilltown Families keeps us connected with all the amazing educational and cultural activities and resources that abound here in W. Mass and curates them in a way to let us know just what’s out there for the many varied interests of our young families and communities, while creating networks of support and growth.”

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.”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

What we’ve been chatting about…

Vote for Hilltown Families by 12noon this Wednesday, Feb 13th!

Hilltown Families: Best Blog
Vote for Us by 12noon this Wednesday, Feb. 13th!

As Hilltown Families enters its eighth year, celebrate the past seven with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2013!

Best Blog is listed under theInformation Age” category.

And you only have ONE DAY LEFT! Deadline to cast your votes is Wednesday, Feb 13th, by 12noon.

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

The Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA.  Serving thousands of families living throughout the region, Hilltown Families’ mission is to connect, collaborate, and create community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

Through a dynamic 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.

Founded in late 2005 by long time activist, artist and mother, Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts last year, currently awaiting the approval of 501(c)3 status.

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 individuals, families, teachers, artists, activist 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 MA.

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 connecting, collaborating and creating community based educational opportunities for children and families in the Western MA.  Our list of Weekly Suggested Events in one of the anchor posts of Hilltown Families blog, along with our weekly post, Learn Local. Play Local. These weekly posts help to build and strengthen our local community by sharing family-friendly events and educational opportunities throughout region.  And our bi-monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun give highlights happening every two weeks in the far west region of Western MA, Berkshire County.

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 grows, 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!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

WHAT WE’VE BEEN CHATTING ABOUT

We had several new Contributing Writers join our fabulous team this past year!  Check out this amazing group of writers who lend their voices every month to the Hilltown Families blog:

We had a great series this past year title Seasons at Our Table where Western MA readers shared how local food brings them together as a family and out into their community.  Their recipes, stories, and recommendations were shared in this three part series that corresponded with the seasons, including: Maple Sugar, Farmers’ Markets and Harvest Season.

On Sundays we often feature community feedback we received from our readers on different topics of interest.  Popular topics this past year included Recommendations for Western MA PediatriciansGetting the Family to Enjoy One Meal Together,  What Do You Love About Western MA Libraries?Community Recommended Documentaries for ParentsShould GMO Food Be Labeled?, Talking to Kids About Sex, Teen Dating, Camping with Kids, Children’s Books on Food Security/Scarcity, Recommended Activities Grandparents Can Do With Their Grandkids in Western MA, and many other subjects.

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!!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

BUT WE’RE NOT ALL TALK!

In 2012 there were several events Hilltown Families organized, including a series of Community Conversation on the topics of Creative Free Play in a Commercialized World, Safe and Healthy Food Choices, and Talking to Your Kids About Sex.  There was also a Saturday Morning Music Party Series put together in collaboration with Spare the Rock and Flywheel to bring families out during the colder months. In the summer we collaborated with the Food Bank of Western MA by putting together a series of information and resources, concluding with a Food Bank of Western MA Field Trip. In the fall we collaborated with Biocitizen for the fourth year in a row offering families a chance to work as Citizen Scientists for the Westfield River, then we closed out the year with a Family Community Service Night, a service-based learning event for families, and a Youth Photography Exhibit to encourage community based education in area youth.

There were also several swaps, including Handmade Valentine’s, Winter Wear, Halloween Costumes and a Board Game Swap.  Hilltown Families was also a proud sponsor of several community building events, the Hilltown Spring Festival, Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair, Mister G Halloween Fiesta, and the Franklin Land Trust Fall Festival.

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

SUPPORT HILLTOWN FAMILIES SPONSORS

To take part in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2013, you must vote in 10 or more categories.  Over the years Hilltown Families has had many wonderful sponsors proudly displayed in the left-hand column.  Consider voting for one of these local businesses, showing your appreciated of their support of Hilltown Families!

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: Best Blog
Vote for Us by Feb. 13th!

As Hilltown Families enters its eighth year, celebrate the past seven with us by voting for Hilltown Families as Best Blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2013!

Best Blog is listed under theInformation Age” category.

Deadline to cast your votes is Noon, Feb 13th.

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

The Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for families living in Western MA.  Serving thousands of families living throughout the region, Hilltown Families’ mission is to connect, collaborate, and create community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

Through a dynamic 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.

Founded in late 2005 by long time activist, artist and mother, Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts last year, currently awaiting the approval of 501(c)3 status.

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 individuals, families, teachers, artists, activist 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 MA.

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 connecting, collaborating and creating community based educational opportunities for children and families in the Western MA.  Our list of Weekly Suggested Events in one of the anchor posts of Hilltown Families blog, along with our weekly post, Learn Local. Play Local. These weekly posts help to build and strengthen our local community by sharing family-friendly events and educational opportunities throughout region.  And our bi-monthly column, Berkshire Family Fun give highlights happening every two weeks in the far west region of Western MA, Berkshire County.

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 grows, 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!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

WHAT WE’VE BEEN CHATTING ABOUT

We had several new Contributing Writers join our fabulous team this past year!  Check out this amazing group of writers who lend their voices every month to the Hilltown Families blog:

We had a great series this past year title Seasons at Our Table where Western MA readers shared how local food brings them together as a family and out into their community.  Their recipes, stories, and recommendations were shared in this three part series that corresponded with the seasons, including: Maple Sugar, Farmers’ Markets and Harvest Season.

On Sundays we often feature community feedback we received from our readers on different topics of interest.  Popular topics this past year included Recommendations for Western MA PediatriciansGetting the Family to Enjoy One Meal Together,  What Do You Love About Western MA Libraries?Community Recommended Documentaries for ParentsShould GMO Food Be Labeled?, Talking to Kids About Sex, Teen Dating, Camping with Kids, Children’s Books on Food Security/Scarcity, Recommended Activities Grandparents Can Do With Their Grandkids in Western MA, and many other subjects.

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!!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

BUT WE’RE NOT ALL TALK!

In 2012 there were several events Hilltown Families organized, including a series of Community Conversation on the topics of Creative Free Play in a Commercialized World, Safe and Healthy Food Choices, and Talking to Your Kids About Sex.  There was also a Saturday Morning Music Party Series put together in collaboration with Spare the Rock and Flywheel to bring families out during the colder months. In the summer we collaborated with the Food Bank of Western MA by putting together a series of information and resources, concluding with a Food Bank of Western MA Field Trip. In the fall we collaborated with Biocitizen for the fourth year in a row offering families a chance to work as Citizen Scientists for the Westfield River, then we closed out the year with a Family Community Service Night, a service-based learning event for families, and a Youth Photography Exhibit to encourage community based education in area youth.

There were also several swaps, including Handmade Valentine’s, Winter Wear, Halloween Costumes and a Board Game Swap.  Hilltown Families was also a proud sponsor of several community building events, the Hilltown Spring Festival, Handmade for Kids Holiday Fair, Mister G Halloween Fiesta, and the Franklin Land Trust Fall Festival.

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

SUPPORT HILLTOWN FAMILIES SPONSORS

To take part in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2013, you must vote in 10 or more categories.  Over the years Hilltown Families has had many wonderful sponsors proudly displayed in the left-hand column.  Consider voting for one of these local businesses, showing your appreciated of their support of Hilltown Families!

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: Best Local Blog
Vote for Us by Feb. 8th!

Advocate for Hilltown Families! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to Vote for Us: Best Local Blog (under the "Media Mavens" category)! - Deadline: Feb. 8th by 12Noon.

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!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

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.”

Become a Contributing Writer

Take a look at all the fabulous writers who contribute to the Hilltown Families blog!

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!!”

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

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!

Show Your Support for Hilltown Families: Vote for Us!

Hilltown Families: Best Local Blog
Vote for Us by Feb. 9th!

Advocate for Hilltown Families! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to Vote for Us: Best Local Blog! - Deadline: Feb. 9th by 12Noon.

As Hilltown Families enters its sixth year, celebrate the past 5 by voting for Hilltown Families as best local blog in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2011! Best Local Blog is listed under the “Media Mavens” category. Deadline to vote is Noon, Feb 9th. Participants must vote for a total of 10 local favorites… how about some of our sponsors (see below)? Spread the word!

Click here to cast your votes: www.valleyadvocate.com/ballot

ABOUT HILLTOWN FAMILIES

The Hiltown Families blog is part of a online grassroots communication network for local families.  Founded in late 2005 by long time activist and Hilltown 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 the Highlands region 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 list of Weekly Suggested Events in one of the of the blogs anchor posts.  This weekly post helps to build and strengthen our local community by sharing family-friendly events throughout the area.

Jacqueline Jones of Holyoke writes, “Not only are the events kid/family friendly, they are unique and genuine. A great resource no matter where you are in the Pioneer Valley. Thanks for all you do!”

SUPPORT HILLTOWN FAMILIES SPONSORS

To take part in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll for 2011, you must vote in 10 or more categories.  Over the years Hilltown Families has had many wonderful sponsors.  Consider voting for one of these local businesses, showing your appreciated of their support of Hilltown Families:

ArtStar Lounge in Williamsburg, MA Birdie Bunny Photography Blazing Star Herbal School in Ashfield, MA Bread Euphoria Cafe & Bakery in Haydenville, MA Cup & Top in Florence, MA Earthwork Programs in Ashfield, MA Greenfield Center School in Greenfield, MA Hilltown Charter Cooperative Public School in Haydenville, MA Hilltown Wilderness Adventures, Western Massachusetts MotherWoman in Amherst, MA Paintbox Theater Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA Sangha Farm in Ashfield, MA Show Circus Studio in Easthampton, MA Spirit of the Heart in Martial Arts Center in Northampton, MA Tekoa Mountain Outdoors in Chesterfield, MA Hilltown Tree and Garden in Haydenville, MA

BECOME A SPONSOR OF HILLTOWN FAMILIES

Interested in joining our bank of local sponsors? Email hilltownfamilies@gmail.com for more information. — Help us help you!

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