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Around Town: Late illustrator John Joy’s drawings on display

Artwork by the late John Joy will be on view at the Northampton Cooperative Bank branch at 253 Triangle St. throughout the month of December.

Joy, who died at the age of 20 in a car accident in Amherst in 1981, was an aspiring illustrator focused on creating works featuring birds and other natural objects, according to his brother, Kevin, who organized the showing. He used a fine technical pen to draw the precise lines that characterized the Audubon-style prints. At the time of his death he was illustrating two books.

The exhibit includes 33 of the 176 pieces he created. Kevin Joy said this is the first time he has formally shown his brother’s work since 1991. Prints of John Joy’s works will be available for sale at the bank, with proceeds benefiting the Amherst Boys and Girls Club. People can also contact Kevin Joy at 695-1725 for information about ordering prints.

Grant nixed

Amherst will not pursue a competitive grant that could have funded more outreach to Pelham senior citizens, such as home visits and frequent distribution of a newsletter.

Officials at the Amherst Senior Center had been working on a Community Innovation Challenge Grant application that would have put the towns in a partnership to give the more than 300 Pelham residents who are 60 and over a greater number of services.

“Our perspective is there are a lot of needs there not being met,” said Maura Plante, an Amherst social worker. Pelham officials, however, want to formally evaluate the needs of its senior citizens and determine whether the town would have the money to continue funding the expanded services, she said.

Plante said she and assistant social worker Helen MacMellon will be talking to Highland Valley Elder Services to determine how to proceed. “It’s disappointing after a lot of time and money was put into (studying) it,” Plante said.

Pay phones live on

Pay phones may be going the way of dinosaurs in a time when many people have cellphones and smartphones.

But this isn’t stopping Jones Library officials from having a pay phone installed at the side entrance to the Amity Street building.

“In the year that I have been working at the Jones, several patrons have come up to myself and library staff asking that the pay phone be re-installed,” said Library Director Sharon Sharry.

She said it is hard for staff to tell patrons that no phone is available nearby. The base monthly fee will be $75, with a 50 percent commission on any proceeds over $75. If less than $75 is collected, the library has to pay the difference.

“I am not looking to make money on the deal. I just want to provide this important library service,” Sharry said.

12 days lyrics detailed

The meaning behind the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” will be explored in a talk at the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Thomas Bernard, a professor emeritus of psychology at Springfield College, will present the symbolism behind the words and how the song evolved from its earliest manuscript.

For more information about the free event, call Janet Ryan, head of programming and outreach at the library, at 259-3223.


Monday: Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall.

Wednesday: Zoning Subcommittee, 5 p.m. and Planning Board, 7 p.m., both at Town Room, Town Hall.

Thursday: Historical Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, both at 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall, for hearing on building commissioner demolition permit for barn at 290 Lincoln Ave.

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