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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our Irish friends and neighbors. Holyoke’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, with bands, floats and politicians, takes place Sunday, on the actual holiday. That only happens every few years.

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The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the center at 650 East Pleasant St. The syrup served on the pancakes comes from the trees on the property that was owned by Toby and Janet Dakin.

The center sponsors free lectures on Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. Ron Story gave the first talk in the spring series. His topic was “Jonathan Edwards, the Northampton preacher in the 1700s.” He wrote a book about Edwards, “Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love,” which has just been published. The next talk is March 27.

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The Amherst Historical Society sponsors a free Historic Bite lunchtime lecture series every other Friday at 12:15 p.m. The next one is March 22. Bob Drinkwater is going to talk on Gravestone Art. Ron Story also spoke at the Society on Jonathan Edwards two days after his Renaissance Center lecture. If you missed either one, he’ll be giving the lecture again at the Pelham Historical Society May 16 at 7 p.m. in the Pelham Library. It’s free and worth going.

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Sure sign of spring: Green shoots have sprouted in the courtyard garden at the Munson Memorial Library on Fiddler’s Green.

Wildlife report: I saw a large flock of wild turkeys on Gert Como’s lawn that flew over Pomeroy Lane onto the Hickory Ridge Golf Course. What a surprise that was.

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