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Area briefs: Free credit reports for seniors, Hadley Chilifest


CREDIT REPORTS: Senior citizens will be able to obtain free credit reports at an event at the Bangs Community Center on Boltwood Walk Sept. 12.

Put on by the Amhert Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Council, the Senior Center and Amherst police, seniors are encouraged to attend the event that will run from 9 to 11 a.m. in the computer room. The program is designed to ensure participants haven’t been victims of identity theft.

The seniors who come will be able to print out a copy of their most recent credit report.

For information about the event, which is free and doesn’t require preregistration, contact Amherst Police Officer David Rhoades at 259-3000 or rhoadesd@amherstma.gov.


CHILIFEST: Chilifest!, a two-day event, will be held at the Kitchen Garden, 81 Rocky Hill Road, Sept. 14 and 15 from noon to 5 p.m.

The sixth annual event features a chili cook-off on Saturday with people competing in three categories: meat with beans, meat without beans and vegetarian, as well as live music, local art and local food and beer.

Contestants must send their names and towns, the chili’s name and the category in which they are competing to info@kitchengardenfarm.com. They must also deliver two gallons of chili by 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

The contest will be judged by Lisa Ekus, who runs a literary and public relations agency in Hatfield; cookbook author Virginia Willis; and former Hadley Select Board member David Moskin.

Admission to the festival is $5. Children under 5 get in free.

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