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Pelham second-grade teacher Melissa Davis wins award

Melissa Davis, a second-grade teacher at Pelham Elementary School, has won a Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award.

Criteria for the award was to “reach above and beyond” the classroom in efforts to help the community. School Principal Lisa Desjarlais praised Davis for traveling to Haiti each year to work in the schools, and for creating an awareness-raising video that was presented to students, faculty and staff at the elementary school.

Davis will be honored, along with other recipients in Hampshire and Franklin County school districts, at a celebration at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke on April 25 at 6 p.m.

Honorees will receive $500, an engraved plaque, two tickets to the celebration, and professional pictures of the event. They will also receive a three-month membership to a local YMCA and to the Springfield Jewish Community Center, grants for graduate course offerings at several local colleges, and other gifts from sponsors.

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Poetry reading

The Pelham Library will host local poet Ann McNeal on Wednesday at 7 p.m. McNeal will read from her book of poetry, “The Spaces Between,” which focuses on life and nature in New England. Her poems have also been published in various small journals, periodicals and anthologies.

Before publishing her book, McNeal taught physiology at Hampshire College for more than 30 years.

The reading is free and open to the public, and is part of the Pelham Library’s National Poetry Month series.

For more information, contact Jodi Levine, library director, at 253-0657 or library.pelham@gmail.com.

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Turtle conservation

The Pelham Conservation Commission would like to educate residents on how to spot box turtle habitat in their backyard, and how to keep the land safe for these slow-moving critters.

The Commission will hold a free workshop on turtle conservation on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will begin with a presentation at the Pelham Library, followed by a trip to a local turtle habitat. The workshop will be led by Lisabeth Willey and Michael Jones, conservation biologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information, contact Dana MacDonald, chair of the Pelham Conservation Commission, at mcdnda8@aol.com.

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