• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver

October 2013 – Annual Meeting Minutes

 DRWA Meeting Minutes For Annual Meeting Saturday, October 19th 2013 at the Greenfield Swimming Pool

Attending: Board Members: Polly Bartlett, David Boles, Mark Burton, Mike Cole, Johanna Castilla (keeping minutes), Brian Yellen (presiding). Attending Members: Terry Atkinson, Jay and Ivy Rasku, and Kathy Stein. Attending Friends: Roger Lynch, Trish Parker and her daughter, Nikos and Nayana Marmaras and friend, and Rick Warriner.


Jason Saltman (Mike)- Jason was a faithful and dedicated Board Member until he moved. More recently he fell ill, now he is receiving end of life care and is expected to pass within a few months. Jason was an optometrist that decided to change careers to pursue his passion as an Environmental Educator. Mike and Jason came up with the idea of creating the Jason Saltman scholarship fund, which young students entering college could apply for via an application process with DRWA in order to pursue studies in Environmental Studies, Mike would administrate this fund, it would also be posted on the website. $500 to $1000 would be designated for the award. That way Jason’s legacy will continue to educate people on environmental issues which he thought were important. Board approved to create the Jason Saltman Scholarship Fund with Mike as administrator.

Treasurer’s Report (Mark)-DRWA profit and loss standard detail was distributed for the past year, DRWA is eating into its principal balance and needs to find a way to increase contributions.

Board Elections (Brian)-Terry Atkinson stepped down from the Board this year, two years ago we lost two active Board Members. Board approved the motion to elect new Board Members Rob Creamer and Muriel Russell. More Board members are welcome!

DRWA T-Shirt Purchases (David)- Polly, Joah, and Mark bought DRWA t-shirts at $15 a shirt, Mike and Brian both plan on buying a t-shirt at the next meeting if an extra-large size is available.

Off The Grid Living (Polly)- Kathy Stein, member present at this meeting, welcomed the idea of DRWA’s program of “Hikes and Bikes” to come visit and explore off the grid living at her home in Heath.

Guest Speaker (Joah)- YellowHawk of YellowHawk’s Journey shared his Wilderness Survival Skills of making fire without matches, making rope with plant fibers, recognizing tracks and wild edibles and more.

Meeting Adjourned about 4:30 pm.

Next Meeting Tuesday November 19th in Shelburne Falls at 33 Bridge St, at the Greenfield Coop Bank at 7 pm.