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Belchertown

NEW LEGION OFFICERS: American Legion Post 239 recently installed new officers. Former commander Keith Poulin was recognized for his previous five years of service. He was also recognized for his duty as master of ceremonies at the Belchertown Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day ceremonies as well as the Quabbin Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony for the past five years. Hulmes Transportation was recognized for outstanding community support of the American Legion. Ed Gallerani was presented with a certificate for 50 years of active membership. Ray Janke was selected as Officer of the Year and John Toutant was selected as Member of the Year. Three World War II veterans, Harlan Whitcomb, Kenneth Hodge and Don Slessler, were recognized for their active involvement in the post. For information on joining the American Legion or the programs provided by the legion, call Ray Janke at 323-0409.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year was held recently at Cold Spring School. For any parents who may have missed the registration, or have any questions, contact the Cold Spring School office at 323-0428 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Parents who need to register a child should go to Cold Spring School as soon as possible.

Easthampton

DISCOUNT COMPOST BINS: City residents are eligible to purchase compost bins at reduced prices from the Planning Department as part of a program to encourage home composting and waste reduction. Two styles of compost bins are available for a discounted price of $40. These compost bins are partially funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. To obtain a discounted compost bin, residents should bring cash or a check to the Planning Department, 50 Payson Ave. The city also has kitchen scrap buckets for $10 and is offering free hose sprayers, water gauges and recycling bins. Supplies are limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Easthampton Assistant Planner Jamie Webb at 529-1405.

Northampton

COMEDY A LA CARTE BENEFIT: A benefit for Manna Soup Kitchen will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St. The event will star stand-up comedian Jerry Caruso, co-founder of Comics for a Cure. Tickets will be $15 at the door, $10 in advance. Tickets are available at Serio’s Market, State Street Fruit and Cooper’s Corner. Doors will open 7:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE & READING: Writers in Progress will hold a Spring Open House and Reading on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring fiction and memoirs written by Heidi Ehrenreich, Lisa Tennyson, Richard Buckley, Linda Rowland-Buckley, Bernadette Giblin, Maureen Sullivan and Dori Ostermiller. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Writers in Progress studio, Room 359, in the Arts & Industry Brushworks Building in Florence. A reception with refreshments will follow the reading. For more information, email dorio2@comcast.net or visit www.doriostermiller.com.

RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC: The Northampton Health Department has announced that a rabies immunization clinic for dogs and cats will be held onSaturday at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., at the rear of Building D. Dogs will be vaccinated from 1 to 2 p.m. Cats will be vaccinated from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 per animal.

Animals 3 months or older that have never received the vaccine are eligible to receive the one-year rabies vaccine. Animals with proof of a rabies vaccination within one year of the clinic date are eligible for the three-year booster vaccine.

For safety, all animals brought to the clinic must be leashed or caged, and accompanied by an adult.

South Hadley

ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT: South Hadley High School will hold its first ever Academic Achievement Night today from 6 to 8 p.m. Teachers and students will host hands-on activities and displays to showcase the academic work that the students do. For more information, contact Tina Lesniak at 538-5063, ext. 4514, or email tlesniak@shschools.com.

VIETNAM: THE JEWEL OF SOUTHEAST ASIA: As part of 2013 South Hadley Reads, University of Massachusetts graduate student Thu Quach will give a brief talk about Vietnamese culture, followed by a performance of the song “Bonjour Vietnam” by Mount Holyoke College junior Phi Le. The event will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. Gaylord Library is located at 47 College St. For more information, contact Gaylord Library at 538-5047, or visit www.gaylordlibrary.org.

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