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Rotary Club hosts events
NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton is hosting four events in December.
Dec. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. the group welcomes new and prospective members at Packards Restaurant on Masonic Street. Cover charge of $10 per person includes appetizers, billiards and one drink.
Dec. 9 at the Pulaski Club, 79 Maple Street, Easthampton, the Northampton & Easthampton Rotary clubs sponsor a holiday party to support local underprivileged children.
Dec. 16 the club will host a luncheon with high school a cappella group the Northamptones. The public is welcome and tickets are $20. Please RSVP.
The club is also seeking First Night performance venue volunteers for shifts from 1 to 5, 4:30 to 8:30 and 8 to 11 p.m.
For more information on any of the events contact club President Jeff Smith at 531-6720.
Supermarket donates to food bank
HATFIELD — Stop & Shop recently presented the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts with nearly $11,000 in gift cards to help local families with Thanksgiving meal costs. The Food Bank was one of eight recipients throughout New England.
According to The Food Bank, 135,000 people in Western Massachusetts are impacted by hunger and food insecurity, with one in five children in the area living in food-insecure households.
2 Fairs win advertising awards competition
STURBRIDGE — The Three County Fair in Northampton and the Belchertown Fair were recognized at the 2013 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs’ Association Media Awards competition Nov. 2.
The Three County Fair won four second place awards in the Posters, Brochures, Newspaper Advertising and Television Advertising categories as well as a third place honor in the website category — all in the Major Fairs designation.
The Belchertown Fair won second place for its website in the Medium Fairs designation.
Natale named manager at State Street Fruit
NORTHAMPTON — Michael Natale of Acrebrook Drive in Florence, has been promoted to manager at State Street Fruit Store in Northampton.
Natale is a 2009 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He was also involved in the Gulf Coast Rebuilding Efforts during training at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. He is serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a radio frequency transmissions technician.
Natale has been with State Street Fruit Store since 2005. State Street Fruit Store, in business since the 1920’s, is owned by Richard Cooper, who also owns and operates Cooper’s Corner grocery store in Florence. The two stores employ 88 people.
Natural Vitality Studio relocates
EASTHAMPTON — Natural Vitality Studio has moved to 123 Union St., Suite 202, Easthampton.
Lenore Anderson started the business in 2003 in Northampton. She provides holistic health care, bodywork, natural healing classes and retreats, as well as herbal products that are made from herbs that are ethically wild harvested or grown on organic herb farms.
There will be an open studio Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All products will be on sale, gift certificates will be discounted, and the community is invited to build their own healing baskets. Refreshments provided.
Real estate group picks leaders
SPRINGFIELD — Patrick S. Nolan of Agawam has been elected president of the 1,650-member Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. Nolan is broker-owner of Century 21 A-1 Nolan in West Springfield, and Hometown Associates with offices in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and East Longmeadow.
The other 2014 officers and directors are Dawn M. Henry of Palmer as president-elect, Louis P. Mayo of Belchertown as treasurer, Janise Fitzpatrick of Belchertown as secretary, and Brian P. Sears of Springfield as immediate past-president.
Directors include Elias Acuna of Springfield, Edward Alford of South Hadley, Kelly Bowman of Sunderland, Suzi Buzzee of Northampton, Susan Drumm of Agawam, Susan M. Rheaume of Wilbraham, Richard Sawicki Jr. of Erving, and Heather Witalisz Siegel of Westfield.
Carter joins Springfield Rotary
SPRINGFIELD — Robert “Bert” Carter of Leeds was inducted into the Rotary Club of Springfield Nov. 15, by sponsor Mike P. Healy and President Jay L. Leib.
Carter is president and CEO of The Willie Ross School for the Deaf in Longmeadow.