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Halloween events planned in Haydenville, Williamsburg

As of mid-afternoon Monday, an ogre named Sandy had not yet scuttled plans for the annual Rag Shag Parade in Haydenville. Participants were invited to don their best Halloween costumes and join the parade today with line-up will begin at the Moran Building at 4 South Main St. at 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m.

A party with games, treats and goodies will then be held at the American Legion Post 236 on Bridge Street .

The event is sponsored by the Haydenville Firefighters Association and American Legion Post 236.

On Wednesday, the annual Halloween Parade in Williamsburg, will give goblins and ghouls another opportunity to take to the streets. The parade line-up begins on Mill Street at 5:45 p.m. with a parade kick-off at 6 p.m.

Festivities will continue at the Williamsburg Fire Station with games, activities and treats. This event is sponsored by the Williamsburg Firefighters Association.

Hazardous waste pickup

On Nov 3, there will be a Hilltown hazardous collection. Participating towns include Williamsburg, Ashfield, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton and Worthington.

The collection is managed by the Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative and will take place at the Goshen center parking lot on Route 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call 268 – 3845 or email hrmc@crocker.com.

he Haydenville Congregational Church has added two more programs to its offerings.

Zen Meditation, a Zen meditation group, is available now, led by the Rev. Nathan McElligot, an ordained Buddhist priest who has studied Buddhism for 10 years, who uses a mantra as a meditative force.

According to McElligot, mantra meditation is an easy method to learn and use and it can lead to a deep meditative experience. No experience is necessary.

The meditation group will meet Sunday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. People are asked to enter and leave the church through the High Street door.

A small donation of $3 to $10 is appreciated, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. One half of all donations will go to the Haydenville Congregational Church.

For information about the Zen meditation group, call 588-7619 or email rev.nathan.dharma@gmail.com.

Starting in September, the church began offering “Even Song,” a contemplative evening worship that takes place twice a month.

Services begin at 7 p.m. and feature candlelight and hushed tones. While passages from scripture are read, there are no sermons. The service is roughly 40 minutes in length.

By offering an evening service that takes place during the week, people now have the chance to gather mid-week and be in quiet prayer with others.

The next evening worship will take place on Nov. 8 and 29, and Dec. 13 and 20.

For information, contact the Haydenville Congregational Church at 268-9344 or Haydenvillechurch@gmail.com.

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