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... is home to Savoy Mountain State Forest on Central Shaft Road, an 11,300-acre preserve that extends into portions of Adams, North Adams and Florida. The Civilian Conservation Corps reforested abandoned farm land in the 1930s, creating the recreational area. Tannery Falls, also known as High Falls, is a much-photographed, 110-foot cascade through a deep chasm; the water plunges over a precipice to a clear pool below. A campground with 45 sites is in an old apple orchard; other attractions include 60 miles of multi-use trails, picnic groves, fishing, non-motorized boating and swimming; North Pond is a recreational day-use area, while South Pond is for campers. Four log cabins, overlooking South Pond, are available for rental year-round. Among the other natural features are Burnett Pond and Bog Pond, with floating bog islands. Winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The campground office is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Camping season is mid-May to mid-October. Information: (413) 663-8469. ... The Borden Mountain firetower, at 2,506 feet, is the highest point in the town and is a vantage point for bird-watching and photography. ... Mohawk Trail State Forest, with more than 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, deep gorges and tall old-growth trees, is a slice of wilderness off Route 2 in Charlemont, 15 miles east of North Adams. Part of the forest is in Savoy. It offers a wide range of recreational activities as well as year-round cabin camping and 56 seasonal campsites. ... The town employs part-time Police Chief Stephen Deane at $1,110 a year, plus four part-time officers; state police from the Cheshire barracks respond to major incidents. The fire chief, Lawrence Ordyna as of July 1, receives a yearly salary of $1,110 from the town; the volunteer force of about 10 firefighters includes several EMTs. The road commissioner is Dale Sherman; he and his two staff members are full-time town employees. ... There are no public gas pumps in town; the Savoy General Store, the only retail business, carries basics, but most residents shop in Adams or Pittsfield. ... The town has a relatively low population of seniors over 65, who comprise 10 percent of the population. Three out of five Savoyards are 25 to 64, and children 15 or younger represent 20 percent of the residents. ... The Savoy Elementary School at 26 Chapel Road, is part of the North Berkshire School Union. It serves as many as 70 students in PK through Grade 5. Older students attend Adams-Cheshire Regional School or McCann Tech in North Adams. Marjorie Senecal, principal of the Savoy school for 18 years, retired at the end of the school year. Heidi Dugal, a teacher at the Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in the town of Florida, has been appointed as the new principal. ... The Savoy Hollow Library, at 720 Main Road, circulates more than 7,200 books, 119 audio materials and about 200 videos. It is part of the Town Hall and is open Saturday mornings from 10 to noon, as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. ... The Kanary Kats Snowmobile Club is a group of outdoor enthusiasts that help maintain trails with aid from the state, local property owners and other nearby clubs. The club meets at the Hill Top (Route 116 just over the Savoy town line in Plainfield) on the first Wednesday of each month, October through April, at 7 p.m.


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