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BUCKLE UP: A Click it or Ticket effort aimed at increasing seat belt use begins Monday and will run through Memorial Day week.

Amherst police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are participating in the national campaign in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.

Officers, who stop cars in connection with other traffic laws, will be checking to make sure all drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seat belt use saves 11,949 lives annually.

For more information, call Sgt. Todd Lang at 259-3000 or send email to langt@amherstma.gov.


FISHING DERBY: Children up to 15 are invited to take part in the annual Easthampton Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby at Nashawannuck Pond Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club will stock the pond with more than 600 trout for the event, including three golden trout. Children get a free lunch and can win prizes from $100 to bicycles and fishing gear for catching one of the golden trout or the biggest catch of the day. The event is free and the first 75 children to sign up at the event get a free T-shirt.


BIBLE STUDY STARTS: The Rev. Adam Czarnecki, pastor at St. Valentine Parish, 127 King St., is offering Bible study classes beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall of the church. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. Contact the rectory office at 584-0133 for further information.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Northampton public schools will the annual spring electronics recycling collection Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the rear parking lot of Smith Vocational Agricultural High School on Locust Street. Fees vary from $5 for computers and printers to $10 for home appliances. Cellphones, printer cartridges, CDs and video cassettes will be accepted at no charge. Proceeds will benefit the public schools.

Also on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, the city Department of Public Works is sponsoring a hazardous waste collection at Smith Voke for flammable, poisonous or toxic items. Preregistration is required by calling 587-1570, ext. 4306, by noon Thursday or online at the DPW’s website.

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