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Pioneer Valley Performing Arts in South Hadley sets information sessions for next year’s applicants

It’s that time of year again. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s application period for the 2013-14 school year is under way, with three information sessions set in November and December.

Applications for students entering Grades 7 through 11 are available at the school’s website, pvpa.org, or by calling 522-1580, ext. 114.

Meetings where PVPA programs and requirements will be outlined are set for Thursday at the school, 15 Mulligan Drive, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, at the Springfield Community Music School, 127 State St., Springfield, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Dec. 11 at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, 70 Nick Cosmos Way, Holyoke, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Admission is open to all Massachusetts students in Grades 6 through 10 who are interested in the performing arts with priority given to residents of Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties and the towns of Petersham, Brookfield and Sturbridge.

There is no tuition; accepted students are responsible for providing their own transportation.

Preliminary applications must be postmarked no later than Jan. 6, 2013.


Vacant posts available

Two years after Town Meeting voters adopted a master plan for long-term growth, the Select Board is looking for a resident to join the committee charged with keeping its implementation on track. People are also needed to fill vacant seats on the town’s Cultural Council.

The town’s master plan was developed over a two-year period with the help of a 16-member citizen committee and a $100,000 appropriation for consulting services. The Planning Board devoted six months to reviewing the document before the Sept. 15, 2010, special Town Meeting.

Town Meeting members created a Master Plan Implementation Committee to ensure the goals outlined in the 300-plus page document were accomplished.

A recent resignation has left the committee with one vacancy.

The committee’s duties include:

∎ establish annual and multi-year priorities for recommended actions in the plan;

∎ report progress, at least once a year, to the Select Board, Planning Board and Town Meeting;

∎ identify and report on issues affecting implementation of the plan;

∎ advise appropriate boards, committees, commissions and other municipal bodies on resource needs and opportunities which would aid in implementation;

∎ and hold public meetings and forums to obtain community input.

Residents interested in serving on the committee can email Selectboard@southhadleyma.gov, send a letter to the Selectboard office at 116 Main St., or complete an online application available on the town’s website, southhadleyma.gov.

There are also two openings on the South Hadley Cultural Council, one for a regular member, and another for a nonvoting associate member. Members are appointed for three-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.

The South Hadley Cultural Council generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the South Hadley Public Library. The council does not usually meet during the summer.

If interested, submit a letter or email the Selectboard or complete an online application on the town’s website. Go to the “News and Announcements” section on the right side of the page, click “more,” then find the council’s application link.

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