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South Hadley Women’s Club seeks new members

One of the oldest organizations in town, the South Hadley Women’s Club, is seeking new members.

Membership Chairman Lucille (“everybody calls me Lu”) Dachos said the group is a service organization that also provides members with opportunities to socialize. The club accepts members from outside South Hadley, she said.

“It’s a friendly, active group,” she said. “We are a service club. We give scholarships and support a lot of other groups.”

The Women’s Club supports the South Hadley Public Library, which is building a new $10.1 million library, the Council on Aging and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry, among others, Dachos said.

“Sometimes members suggest other groups that help people who really need help,” she said.

One of the club’s biggest fundraisers is the annual Great Giveaway, a raffle for prizes that are donated by local businesses and residents.

Proceeds from the event fund the club’s scholarship program, she said.

Dachos, a member since 1969, said the South Hadley Women’s Club was formed in the 1800s.

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Road.

Meetings consist of a short business discussion, followed by a speaker, and light refreshments.

“Everyone loves to cook, so the ‘light refreshments’ alway turns into a luncheon.” Dachos said. This month’s meeting will be held Wednesday. For further information, call Dachos at 532-7661.

Zoning hearings

Videos of the recent Planning Board public hearings on proposed zoning bylaw revisions were recorded and the videos are available online on the town’s website, www.southhadley.org. Use the “Town Departments” link and click on “cable studio,” to find the South Hadley Cable TV Channel 15 website.

Videos of the Oct. 1 and Sept. 24 public hearings are posted there.

You can also view the videos through the direct links http://vimeo.com/50689442 and http://vimeo.com/50387757. Written materials about the zoning proposals are available through the Planning Board’s page on the town website.


Hazardous waste day

A free household hazardous waste and unwanted medications collection day will be held Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Department of Public Works site, 10 Industrial Drive.

Unwanted medications will only be collected from 10 a.m. to noon.

Acceptable items for the hazardous waste collection include any substance with a warning label describing it as: caustic, toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, dangerous or “use with caution.” Unacceptable items on collection day include latex paint, empty containers from hazardous products, asbestos, gas cylinders, radioactive material, or explosive, including ammunition and fireworks.

Registration for the event begins begins Tuesday. Call solid-waste coordinator Veronique Blanchard-Smith at the DPW at 538-5033 or email her at vblanchardsmith@southhadleyma.gov.


Special TM in works

A special Town Meeting will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium, following an Oct. 22 public hearing about items on the warrant, also held at 7 p.m. in Town Hall auditorium.

Town Clerk Carlene C. Hamlin said meeting material will be mailed directly to the homes of Town Meeting members.

Hamlin also reminds voters that Oct. 17 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 5 at noon. The election is Nov. 6 and all precincts vote at South Hadley High School, 153 Newton St., from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Applications for absentee ballots, for voters who won’t be in South Hadley during poll hours or who have physical disabilities or religious beliefs that will keep them from the polls, must be made in writing. The ballots can be picked up daily in the town clerk’s office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Hamlin’s office at 538-5017, ext. 201.

Etta Walsh can be reached at ewalsh.gazette@gmail.com.

Park improvements ahead

The South Hadley Select Board wants volunteers for the newly-created Buttery Brook Park Building Committee. The group will analyze and evaluate options for improving the park. The town has $375,000 earmarked for the project and a state grant application is under review that could bring the total up to $800,000.

The park panel will decide the scope and design of improvement projects. If the grant is approved, the design must be completed by June 30. The committee will also provide input and oversight during the construction, scheduled to begin in July and be completed by June 30, 2014.

Submit a letter of interest to the Select Board at 116 Main Street, South Hadley, or email Selectboard@southhadleyma.gov .Online applications are available at www.southhadley.org.


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