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Area briefs: Hatfield pitch league, South Hadley ‘bark park,’ Westhampton potato bash


PITCH LEAGUE TO START: The Henry Betsold Memorial Pitch League begins its season on Oct. 7 and needs players. The league’s location is at the Hatfield American Legion and starts at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the pitch league should contact Ron Punska at 413-247-9796 or punska@comcast.net.

South Hadley

DOG PARK: Dog owners looking for a place in town to let their dogs roam leash-free are encouraged to attend a meeting to discuss the possibility of a dog park in South Hadley.

The South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce is holding a public meeting Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the South Hadley Public Library to gauge interest in the idea. If enough residents are in favor, the chamber will hold subsequent meetings to further discuss the project and explore possible sites, said chamber Executive Director Susan Stockman.

A dog park is usually a fenced-in area where dogs can play leash-free while supervised by their owners. Parks range in size from around a half-acre to several acres, Stockman said. Sometimes, there are separate areas for large and small dogs.

Leash-free dog parks in surrounding communities include the dog area at Dufresne Park in Granby and the “Bark Park” in East Longmeadow.

For more information, contact Stockman at 413-532-6451.


BAKED POTATO MANIA: The Westhampton Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council, known as SALT/TRIAD, is holding its annual fundraising event Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Westhampton Congregational Church in the town center. The event is a Hot Potato Bash, featuring baked potatoes with many toppings, salad, drinks and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. There will be door prizes. The date of the event was incorrect in Friday’s Hampshire Life.

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