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Northampton Lion’s Club teams up with Smith Vocational school on Dec. 1 Ski and Skate fundraiser

— Shoppers at the Northampton Lions Club’s annual Ski and Skate Sale will have more to choose from when the popular event opens Saturday, including locally-grown poinsettias and locally-baked treats.

The Lions Club is teaming up with Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School for its 52nd annual sale, to be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school on Locust Street.

This year, in addition to an array of new and used ski and skate equipment, winter clothing and snowboards, the sale will feature poinsettia plants grown in Smith Voke’s greenhouse and cookies baked by students in the school’s Culinary Department.

Sales of those items will benefit the vocational school’s Future Farmers of America chapter and student projects with Habitat for Humanity.

Proceeds from the Ski and Skate Sale will go to the Lions Club for its support of local nonprofits and two $500 scholarships for students in Smith Voke’s Health Technology Department.

Last year’s sale raised $20,000 for the Lions Club’s charitable activities, said Richard Rescia, one of the sale organizers.

“We’re hoping we bring out even more people this year,” he said.

“We have a lot more things being given to us for the sale and now we have these items from the Smith Voke students.”

Don Baker, Smith Voke’s FAA advisor, said students have grown “an excellent variety” of poinsettia plants in shades of solid red, pink, white, peppermint and red parchment. They will be available for $5 each. Sales will benefit the school’s FAA chapter.

Smith Voke’s Junior Chefs will be selling cookies for $1 apiece. Funds raised will support the group’s participation in a Dec. 8 Gingerbread Build Contest fundraiser sponsored by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

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