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Vermonters, others invited to help with river cleanup

Vermont volunteers with the Connecticut River Watershed Council are going to be helping clean up the river as part of the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup.

Registration is underway for volunteers who would like to participate in the event, to be held on Oct. 4-5.

So far more than 1,400 volunteers from Hanover, N.H., to Old Saybrook, Conn., have signed up. The cleanup collects trash and other debris from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut, an area encompassing about 11,000 square miles.


SNAP SIGNUPS: A volunteer from The Food Bank will be at the Senior Center Friday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon to help people sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP. Applicants need license or birth certificate, Social Security number and proof of Massachusetts residency (license, utility bill, tax forms.) Call the Northampton Senior Center at 413-587-1228 to make an appointment.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is working with the Northampton Senior Center to help older residents stretch their budget and buy healthy food by applying for SNAP.. In Massachusetts, 63 percent of residents age 60 and older who are eligible for SNAP have not signed up.

SNAP recipients use a card that can be swiped at the register in grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets. Eligibility is based on household size, income, and other expenses.

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