View of a collapsed barn on Pumpkin Hollow Road
On February 25, 2017, a category 1 tornado touched down in several places in the small town of Conway, MA (population 1,900 and home to Tsegyalgar East). Winds were clocked at 80-110 miles per hour. Although no one was injured and there was no loss of life, thousands of trees were downed, roads were blocked, and the Conway Congregational Church and more than six residences were severely damaged. Town, county, and state agencies and individuals have worked around the clock to check on residents, open roads, assess damage, and start the clean-up process.
Please Consider making a donation according to your circumstances to the town's Go-Fund-Me. Many of us have close connections to the town for decades since the Dzogchen Community was founded over thirty years ago by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The Yellow Schoolhouse and former Conway Grammar School was not damaged but nearby several buildings were razed in a weather event considered the first of it kind for the town.
To make your donation, follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/conway-mass-tornado-relief
A delegation of state and local officials led by Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
viewed the aftermath of the tornado that struck the town of Conway.