The Recorder – Trail Mix: January 31, 2022

Published: 01/30/2022 09:49:10

Modified: 01/30/2022 09:47:41

Great Falls Discovery Center

All programs, sponsored by the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, are free. The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. For more information, call 413-863-3221 or visit:; or email [email protected]

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come explore the natural, cultural and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed in its dynamic exhibit hall. Adjacent to the Canalside Rail Trail, the center includes the Great Hall exhibition gallery, restrooms and drinking water. Wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Exhibition in the Great Hall: Northfield Castle – Souvenir, Revisited until 27 February.

Jack Nelson presents an architecturally accurate ceramic model of Northfield Castle. The exhibit includes interior and exterior photos, artefacts, a brief history of architect Bruce Price, a brief history of owner Francis Robert Schell and, perhaps most importantly, the use of the castle as it evolved. that it was evolving into a most revered building. with decades of memories. See a 6-foot panoramic photograph taken from the roof of the castle in 1906 upon its completion.

Exhibition Reception in the Great Hall: A Community Remembers Northfield Castle on Sunday, February 20, 1-3:30 p.m.; the snow date is Sunday, February 27. Share your own memories or family memories of Northfield Castle – from ball nights to weddings and employment and visit people you may know from the castle. Light refreshments may be provided, subject to current COVID guidelines.

Ice fishing

Ice fishing is a great way to get outside in the winter. The state wildlife department offers these tips for staying safe.

MassWildlife warns that there is no guarantee that ice is safe, that ice conditions cannot be judged by appearance or thickness alone. There are many other factors such as water depth, size of water body, water chemistry, currents, snow cover, ice age and local weather conditions.

According to MassWildlife, new ice is stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice can support a person on foot, while a foot or more of partially thawed old ice may not. Ice does not freeze evenly. Also avoid traveling on frozen rivers and streams, as the currents make the thickness of the ice unpredictable. Many lakes and ponds can contain spring holes and other areas of currents that can create dangerous thin spots.

MassWildlife offers guidelines below for clear and blue ice on lakes and ponds only. “White ice or snow ice is only about half the strength of new clear ice and can be very dangerous. Use an ice chisel, auger or cordless drill to make a hole in the ice and determine its thickness and condition. Bring a tape measure to check the thickness of the ice at regular intervals,” according to the ministry.

Ice 2″ thick or less: stay away!

4” thick ice: Ice fishing or other activities on foot.

5” thick ice: Snowmobile or ATV.

Ice 8 to 12 in. thick: Car or small truck.

Note: You will need a Massachusetts freshwater fishing license if you are 15 or older. Licenses can be purchased online through MassFishHunt.

There are many places across Massachusetts to enjoy ice fishing. Visit the Go Fish MA! digital fishing map to find a fishing spot near you.

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