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Around Hatfield: Town to hold hearing on master plan

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the library at Smith Academy, 34 School Street. It is designed to give residents a chance to weigh in one how Hatfield should grow over the coming decades.

According to Planning Board Chairman Robert Bartlett, Hatfield adopted a master plan in 2001. To keep up with the changing needs of the town, the board is working with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to update its land use section.

“Master plans are made to be flexible documents,” said Larry Smith, senior planner of the PVPC. “There are a lot of changes that can take place in a town over 10 years.”

Smith said that the meeting will allow the public to ask questions and offer ideas.

The updating process is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development’s District Local Technical Assistance Program.

“This is not something that goes to Town Meeting,” Bartlett said. “Once the public has had a chance to provide their input, the Planning Board will review all of the information and update this section.”

The revised plan will be posted on the town’s website in January at www.townofhatfield.org.

For more information about the planning process, contact Smith at 781-6045.

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Book club fair

The Hatfield Book Club will hold its annual craft fair Nov. 10 at the Hatfield Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a large assortment of crafts, a silent auction and raffle, baked goods and other food items.

“I love this event. I went last year and they just had so many different kinds of crafts, it was great,” said Town Secretary Ki Eno. “They served a fantastic soup for lunch too.”

The Hatfield Book Club is a non-profit civic organization that has been in existence since 1904.

This is the club’s 24th annual craft fair. The bulk of the proceeds will go to support the Hatfield Library, the Council on Aging and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, as well as the Hatfield schools, specifically funding the Declamation awards, literary awards for graduating seniors, art programs, the library and band.

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Senior exercise

The Council on Aging is offering exercise classes on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Classes are designed to increase participants’ energy, mobility and balance while decreasing the effects of osteoporosis. These weekly classes are led by trained RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers.

“This is really an excellent program,” COA Director Jane Betsold said. “RSVP does a great job with it.”

For more information call Betsold at 247-9003 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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