New Marlborough 5 Village News

New Marlborough 5 Village News

December 2016

In this issue: Maggie’s List creator Debra Herman looks back on the genesis of this all-but-essential community bulletin board — and muses on its future.

Also: Updates on doings at the Highway and Fire & Rescue Departments; the creation of an Agricultural Commission; the latest broadband developments; a reorganization of the Southfield Water Company; and, for the first time, a coloring page with a seasonal theme. (Print out page 24, and have a little fun!)


Tell us what you like -- and don’t like -- about the New Marlborough 5 Village News  and what we can do better.

It’s easy: Give us your thoughts in the box at right (provide your name and email address so that we can respond) and click on “submit.”

We look forward to hearing from you.


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About Us

With its five separate villages ( Clayton, Hartsville, Mill River, New Marlborough, and Southfield ) and its miles of rural roads, New Marlborough has long presented a vexing communication disconnect for its citizenry. The New Marlborough 5 Village News was conceived to meet that challenge in the form of a free monthly newspaper.

In May 2000, the first issue arrived in the mailboxes of every single resident - - subsequent issues have followed faithfully every month since. The immediate goal of the New Marlborough 5 Village News is to bring news and items of upcoming interest or importance to the attention of our population, from one end of this decentralized town to the other. The broader, more long-term goal is to foster a greater sense of community and civic participation among the residents of New Marlborough. The 5 Village News is written, edited, and designed by volunteers; it is supported by the generosity of its readers.

Now, with the creation of the New Marlborough 5 Village News website, we are able to offer the current edition digitally and provide access to all back issues dating from January 2013. The website also makes it easier than ever to correspond with the paper: to send us letters, story ideas, photographs, and, yes, the contributions that enable us to continue to publish the paper and maker it available to every resident of New Marlborough.

NM5VN Editorial Team:
Martha Bryan, Jane Burke, Larry Burke, Barbara Lowman, David Lowman, Joe Poindexter, Jodi Rothe, Peter Schuyten, Barry Shapiro, Pam Stebbins, Jon Swan, Marianne Swan

Contributing writers:
Kenzie Fields, Ann Getsinger, Mary Richie Smith, Tara White

Diane Barth

Donna Weaver


Contribute Stories and Photos

The stories that the 5 Village News does better than anyone else are those about the people in our town. And no one knows where those stories are hidden better than the people who live here.

If you know of a story that should be told in the 5 Village News, tell us about it right here. And send photos. Space, of course, is limited, and we can’t promise to publish your contribution, but we can’t publish it if we don’t see it.

Keep us informed.



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The New Marlborough 5 Village News accepts advertising from businesses located in New Marlborough or owned by New Marlborough Residents. The Service Sector, on the back page of every issue is open to non-resident businesses.

If you would like to advertise or be listed,
call Barbara Lowman at 413-229-2369
or email her at



In the belief that an informed citizenry is the backbone of an enlightened town, the 5 Village News is mailed free to every New Marlborough resident with a mailbox or a Post Office box. This policy has been made possible because of the faithful support of New Marlborough residents.

Remarkably, the paper has not spent a single day in debt. If you would like to join the supporters of the 5 Village News , please mail your tax deductible contribution to:

New Marlborough 5 Village News,
P.O. Box 243, Southfield, MA 01259.

Thank you.

Index 2000-2012.pdf


Index 2013_to_present.pdf