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South Hadley Falls revitalization subject of forum

CHARLES ABEL
South Haldey Fals scene along Main Street.

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The South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association wants to know what you think.

The group, which formed last spring to push revitalization efforts forward for the town’s oldest neighborhood, is asking South Hadley residents to fill out an online survey in advance of a Know Your Town (KYT) forum set for Feb. 28.

The group is asking residents which projects should get highest priority — the end-of-summer Falls Fest, improving relationships with local businesses, health and wellness activities, improved public transportation or community cleanup days, among other things.

Gillian M. Woldorf of the association said that she and member Adam Roberts hope to glean enough information through the survey to make the Feb. 28 meeting lively and interesting.

“We’d like to be able to tally the results in advance of the KYT forum,” she said. Woldorf said the link to the online survey has been forwarded to 100 people and she hopes some of them will likewise forward the link to others who are concerned about South Hadley Falls.

“Community organizations work best when as many people are involved as possible; over 100 people are receiving this email, and that’s over 100 voices that count,” she said.

The survey is available online at http://tinyurl.com/shfna2013. The group is seeking feedback from people who live and work in South Hadley Falls.

The forum will be held Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the South Hadley Public Library, where a panel discussion will tackle various aspects of revitalization.

Members of the Historical Society, the Historical Commission, the neighborhood association and those concerned with community and economic development will give presentations.

A question-and-answer period will follow and refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Benefit concert

A benefit concert for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry will be held Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at McCulloch Auditorium in Pratt Hall at Mount Holyoke College.

Pianists Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt will perform a program of four-hand piano works, including the “Six Canonic Studies” of Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann” and Franz Liszt’s “Fantasy on Themes from ‘La Sonnambula.’ ” A petite tango by Dianne Goolkasian-Rahbee and Alfredo Casella’s “Fox-Trot” round out the afternoon.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods and cash will be donated to the food pantry.

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Fenway Park trips

The South Hadley Recreation Department is planning bus trips to historic Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play this summer.

Trips are planned for June 8, when the Sox play the Los Angles Angels, and Sept. 2, when they face the Detroit Tigers.

Tickets are $85 for residents and $90 for nonresidents, including transportation and Fenway seats in the right field section.

Tickets can be purchased at the recreation office in Town Hall or by mailing in the registration form (found at www.southhadleyrecreation.org) with a check. For information, call 538-5017, ext. 203 or email recreation@southhadleyma.gov.

The annual trip is being planned to Toronto Aug. 13 through 16 when the Sox play the Blue Jays. The cost will include bus transportation, a three-night stay at accommodations near the ballpark and tickets to two games. Details will be forthcoming.

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Youth sport registration

Youth baseball, softball and tee-ball registrations will start Monday and run through March 11 at the Recreation Department for children in kindergarten through Grade 8. Registration forms are available at the department website and may also be done in person. Registration hours will be this Monday, Feb. 25 and March 4 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Spring youth lacrosse registrations are now closed for players in grades 3 to 8. The department is continuing to accept registrations, however, until rosters are full. Cost to play is $75 for boys in grades 3 to 8 and $50 for girls in grades 3 and 4.

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