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Amherst

POETRY READING: Several local poets will read their works at a “Solstice Sunday” event that also will feature a dedication of the Poets’ Pathway at the Amherst Arboretum.

The reading will take place at the arboretum on the hillside above Wildwood School on Strong Street at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Featured readers will include Martín Espada, Richard Michelson, Doug Anderson, Gerald Yelle and Jena Strong.

The Poets’ Pathway is inspired by poets who have appreciated the arboretum, which is near the garden of the late writer Stanley Koehler. The arboretum was also valued by the late Ozzy Klate, a young poet who would go there to commune with nature.

The free solstice event is expected to become an annual gathering, with plans under way to refurbish, expand and rededicate the arboretum as a place to commemorate the town’s rich poetic heritage, celebrate its poetic present and inspire future poets.

For more information, contact Jonathan Klate of the Amherst Poets’ Arboretum Working Group at 253-0882 or jonathan@realisy.com.

South Hadley

BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT: The South Hadley Planning Board is seeking an associate member to replace Ashley Blais, who resigned last month. The volunteer position is a three year-term and is jointly appointed by the Planning Board and Select Board.

Those interested in being considered can fill out an application on the town’s website or submit a letter of interest to the Select Board at 116 Main St. or via e-mail at selectboard@southhadleyma.gov.

The deadline is July 12.

An associate member of the Planning Board participates in discussion but only votes in the event that a regular member is unable to participate.

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