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TAX BILLS, HOLIDAY HOURS: The tax bills for the town of Deerfield have been mailed and are due in the offices at 8 Conway St., South Deerfield, by Dec. 21. The office of the Town Clerk, Treasurer and Collector will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the holiday season. For more information or any questions call 665-1400.


GIFT BASKETS GALORE: Emily’s Friends of the Library is holding a fundraiser raffle. Raffle prizes are seven gift baskets that contain a variety of prizes, including certificates for rock climbing, circus school, massages, movie passes and more. Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the library. The drawing will be held Dec. 18.


NUCLEAR POWER IN THE U.S.: Dr. Ira Helfand and Deb Katz will give a talk titled “Vermont Yankee Nuclear: Report from Fukushima” today at 7 p.m. at The First Churches, 129 Main St. The talk will cover the history of nuclear power plants in the United States and the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the speakers will take questions from the audience. This event is sponsored by First Churches Peace and Social Justice Committee, the Nuclear Free Future Coalition, the American Friends Service Committee and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

LEGION AUXILIARY HELPS: The American Legion Auxiliary is holding its annual holiday gift shop at the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds today. Auxiliary volunteers will help package and ship gifts on behalf of more than 125 veterans hospitalized at the medical center. The veterans select donated items as presents for loved ones and friends, and volunteers then wrap and mail the gifts. The project is funded by money raised by the American Legion Auxiliary. Similar gift shops are held at VA hospitals across the nation.

South Hadley

TOWN DOINGS: The final presentation and recommendations of the town’s Financial Policy Advisory Team will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium. The team will brief the community about the town administrator’s position and responsibilities as well as the issues of hiring versus electing the positions of tax collector, town clerk and town treasurer. There will be a question and answer period. The program is free and open to the public. The issues will be voted upon by Town Meeting members Dec. 3.


HOLIDAY TREE PARADE: The Clark Chapman House Museum, at 234 College Highway, will hold it annual Parade of Trees Sunday and Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Children can visit with Santa. Refreshments will be served. Admission is a $4 donation and children are free.

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