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Northampton St. Patrick’s Association seeks nominees for parade marshal

Northampton’s St. Patrick’s Association is accepting written nominations for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s parade marshal. The marshal will lead the Northampton contingent in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. The association gives its highest honor annually to a Northampton resident who is of Irish descent and has distinguished himself or herself through substantial civic, family and career contributions and has supported Irish culture in the community.

Nominations will be accepted only on the form listed from the Northampton St. Pat’s website at webpages.charter.net/hears2u/index.htm. Nomination forms are also available at 53 Gothic St., Northampton.

The association also will honor a community member with the James Brennan Award, given to someone who has served on committees, helped plan or work at various functions and committed his or her support and energy to helping the association run successfully. Written nominations for the award must be received by Dec. 18.

Mail all nomination forms to Northampton St. Patrick’s Association, P.O. Box 723, Northampton, MA 01060, indicating on their envelopes whether they are for “Marshal Selection” or “Brennan Selection.”

In addition, Northampton and Smith Vocational and Agricultural high school students are eligible to apply for two awards. The Joan Tobin Citizenship Award will honor a student who has worked to his or her full potential during their high school years and demonstrated strong characteristics of citizenship through work in school, the community and/or church activities. The student does not have to be of Irish descent or live in Northampton.

Applications for the William F. O’Connor Shanachie Award are now available in the guidance departments at Northampton High, Smith Voke and Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Named after O’Connor ,who has served as the St. Patrick’s Breakfast master of ceremonies many times, the award is given to a graduating senior who has worked to his or her full potential, shown a sense of humor and a knack for storytelling. The student does not have to be of Irish descent.

The students who are selected for the awards will receive $1,000 and be recognized at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in March.

The deadine for applying for both awards is Feb. 1, 2013.

For information, contact Jean Bryant at jean.m.bryant@state.ma.us.

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