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Lions Club inducts large group of Leo members in South Hadley

The largest group of Leo Club members — 19 when all the counting was done — from South Hadley High School was inducted recently in a ceremony conducted by Lions Club District Governor Robert Roberts and Vice District Governor Todd Cromack.

The event was sponsored by the South Hadley Lions Club.

The inductees were Charlie Allard, Joe Allard, Gabrielle Bouyea, Jordan Brunelle, Sage Callahan, Nicole Connor, Katie Evans, Griffin Fitzell, TJ Fitzell, Hanna Glasheen, Alyssa Lucchesi, AJ Mercier, Shannon Mitchell, Elizabeth Militante-Aducy, Jenna Pope, Jailene Rodrigues, Will Schenker, Kerri Sexton and Anna Williams.

The Leo Club is a community service club with an emphasis on helping children. So far this school year, the South Hadley High’s Leo Club members have volunteered at Shriners Hospital, held a blood drive and collected food to donate to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in town.

Club members also plan to act as “elves” at the annual South Hadley Holiday Stroll and at Buttery Brook Park’s Santa Land event. They also plan to participate in the Winter Carnival and “Three Miles for Mike” walk to raise funds for the Michael E. Smith Foundation.

Any South Hadley High student is eligible to join the Leo Club. For information, contact teachers Tina Daponde or Peter Billman-Golemme at the high school.

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Neighborhood group gears up

The South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association met recently with members of the Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group to brainstorm new ideas, including a holiday event at the Firehouse Museum. Details are in development.

Susan Brunelle of Holyoke Community College met with the group to discuss potential uses for the former Fibermark Building, directly across from the new library site on the historic South Hadley Canal. South Hadley residents can participate in a survey about the Fibermark site, with copies available at the library, 27 Bardwell St., or online at http://tinyurl.com/fibermark.

Revenue raised by the October neighborhood tag sale will be used to create a website for the association, to complement the group’s Facebook page.

The next neighborhood association meeting will be held Dec. 1. Log on to the group’s Facebook page to suggest items for the agenda.

The Education Collaborative consisting of Mount Holyoke College and Holyoke Community College faculty and students are undertaking a study of potential options for the Fibermark building site. The results will be used in making decisions on how the site, at the corner of Canal and Main streets in South Hadley Falls, should be redeveloped.

A central part of this study is undertaking a survey of residents and businesses for ideas for redevelopment.

Complete the online survey at http://tinyurl.com/fibermark.

Etta Walsh can be reached at ewalsh.gazette@gmail.com.

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