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Your Time: Spring break, JFK Middle School, Florence

  • JASON PICARD<br/>An Eastern Screech-Owl perches on the arm of Rose McCollogh, age 9 durring the Massachusetts Birds of Prey presentation at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    An Eastern Screech-Owl perches on the arm of Rose McCollogh, age 9 durring the Massachusetts Birds of Prey presentation at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>A Red Tailed Hawk spreads it's wings while perched on the hand of handler Tom Ricardi as children and parents look on, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    A Red Tailed Hawk spreads it's wings while perched on the hand of handler Tom Ricardi as children and parents look on, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Tom Ricardi, of Massachusetts Birds of Prey, with a Perigrine Falcon at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Tom Ricardi, of Massachusetts Birds of Prey, with a Perigrine Falcon at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Tom Ricardi of Massachusetts Birds of Prey holds a Great Horned Owl as (left to right) Ryan Delabruere, 9, Yasmine Bentley, 9, Rose McCollogh, 9, and Nessrine Bentley, 9, pet the massive bird, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Tom Ricardi of Massachusetts Birds of Prey holds a Great Horned Owl as (left to right) Ryan Delabruere, 9, Yasmine Bentley, 9, Rose McCollogh, 9, and Nessrine Bentley, 9, pet the massive bird, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, (right) shares with her mother Sara Rose Page (left) durring ice cream bingo at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, (right) shares with her mother Sara Rose Page (left) durring ice cream bingo at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Rowan Hodgson, age 9, reviews the prize table after getting a Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Rowan Hodgson, age 9, reviews the prize table after getting a Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Joanna Morris (left) gives a bright smile as her son Dominic Nicholson (right), age 6, opens the prize he recieved durring Ice Cream Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Joanna Morris (left) gives a bright smile as her son Dominic Nicholson (right), age 6, opens the prize he recieved durring Ice Cream Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Yassmine Bentley, age 9, leaps from the diving board at the deep end as parents and children calmly enjoy the shallow end, durring free swimg time at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Yassmine Bentley, age 9, leaps from the diving board at the deep end as parents and children calmly enjoy the shallow end, durring free swimg time at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Isabela LaRose, age 5, has a floatation vest buckled by her grandmother, Arli Caride who is visiting from Brazil, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Isabela LaRose, age 5, has a floatation vest buckled by her grandmother, Arli Caride who is visiting from Brazil, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, floats on a pool noodle as her mother Sara Rose Page looks on, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, floats on a pool noodle as her mother Sara Rose Page looks on, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>Shelia McCray coaxes her son Ford McCray, age 4, back into the pool durring the free swim, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

    JASON PICARD
    Shelia McCray coaxes her son Ford McCray, age 4, back into the pool durring the free swim, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD<br/>An Eastern Screech-Owl perches on the arm of Rose McCollogh, age 9 durring the Massachusetts Birds of Prey presentation at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>A Red Tailed Hawk spreads it's wings while perched on the hand of handler Tom Ricardi as children and parents look on, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Tom Ricardi, of Massachusetts Birds of Prey, with a Perigrine Falcon at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Tom Ricardi of Massachusetts Birds of Prey holds a Great Horned Owl as (left to right) Ryan Delabruere, 9, Yasmine Bentley, 9, Rose McCollogh, 9, and Nessrine Bentley, 9, pet the massive bird, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, (right) shares with her mother Sara Rose Page (left) durring ice cream bingo at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Rowan Hodgson, age 9, reviews the prize table after getting a Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Joanna Morris (left) gives a bright smile as her son Dominic Nicholson (right), age 6, opens the prize he recieved durring Ice Cream Bingo, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Yassmine Bentley, age 9, leaps from the diving board at the deep end as parents and children calmly enjoy the shallow end, durring free swimg time at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Isabela LaRose, age 5, has a floatation vest buckled by her grandmother, Arli Caride who is visiting from Brazil, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Arya Rose Page, age 6 ¾, floats on a pool noodle as her mother Sara Rose Page looks on, durring the free swim at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.
  • JASON PICARD<br/>Shelia McCray coaxes her son Ford McCray, age 4, back into the pool durring the free swim, at JFK Middle School in Northampton Mass, on Saturday Feb 15th.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Florence started spring break on Feb. 15 with an afternoon of activities for children and their families.

The event was sponsored and led by the Northampton Recreation Department.

Tom Ricardi, a former game warden who runs the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility in Conway, gave a presentation featuring seven live birds, including owls, falcons, hawks and a vulture. He shared information about each kind of bird with his audience and let some of them perch on a willing child’s arm.

Other activities included ice cream bingo and swimming in the school’s pool, which was open for its regularly scheduled hours.

To suggest a subject for Your Time, email Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

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