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NATIONAL BUDGET PLAN: Congressman James McGovern, National Priorities Project Executive Director Jo Comerford and Reps. Peter Kocot and Ellen Story will discuss the “Budget For All,” a plan which seeks to put Americans back to work in green jobs, save Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and cut the budget deficit by taxing the rich, decreasing the military budget and withdrawing from the war in Afghanistan.

The event will take place Monday at 7 p.m. in the Northampton High School auditorium. The meeting is free, open to the public and handicapped accessible. For information, call Western Massachusetts AFSC at 584-8975

SMITH VOKE 5K RACE/1.5-MILE WALK: On Saturday, the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School community will hold its 3rd Annual 5K Race/1.5-mile walk on the state land it manages on Burts Pit Road in Northampton, near the Community Gardens. Last year, the event drew 55 participants which included 38 runners and 17 walkers, as well as 10 volunteers to staff the course. The event is sponsored by the Smith Voke Wellness Team and Athletics. Proceeds benefit Smith Vocational athletics and health promotion efforts.

Smith Voke was awarded the Bronze School Wellness Award last April at the Statehouse in Boston. This award was earned by the following efforts: the 5K race, improvements in the nutrition services programs, staff wellness programs and curriculum revisions that included interactive health and physical education classes.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., runners at 10:30 a.m. and walkers at 10. Pre-registration is $10; race day, $15; students (18 and younger) are $5. For information contact Akara Holder at holdera@svahs.net or Tricia Dandrea at 587-1414, ext. 3543. Mail entries to: Akara Holder, c/o Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St. Northampton MA 01060.

Participants are asked to leave dogs and strollers at home.


ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 state election are now available. Voters may vote an “In the office absentee ballot” in the town clerk’s office. A written request is required for an absentee ballot to be mailed to the voter. The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is Monday, Nov. 5, at noon.

Voters may vote by absentee ballot if they will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to absence from the town during polling hours, or because of physical disability or religious beliefs. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall, 59 Main St.

VOTER REGISTRATION: Voters who have moved, must register at their current place of residence.

People who did not respond to the annual census may have been rendered inactive. Inactive voters are encouraged to contact the town clerk to activate their voting status prior to election day, to avoid delays at the polls.

Any voter who is uncertain of their voter registration status is encouraged to contact the town clerk, prior to the deadline on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to assure their eligibility to vote on Nov 6. For information, call Town Clerk G. Louise Slysz at 247-0492.


A book and bake sale will be held at the Sunderland Library on Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bake sale will include Amish baked goods. The library is located at 20 School St.

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