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Around South Hadley: Falls Fest Planned for July 27

South Hadley FallsFest on July 27 will feature food, music and crafts at Beachgrounds Park.

Sponsored by the South Hadley Neighborhood Association, the event is part of a campaign to revitalize the Falls area, the oldest neighborhood in town.

“We want to promote the town and the falls neighborhood, an area targeted for revitalization,” said Select Board member Ira Brezinski, who is involved in the planning the event.

The South Hadley Neighborhood Association was formed in May 2012 as part of an attempt to revitalize the Falls area, where many businesses are located. Last summer the association held a block party at Beachgrounds Park to promote the Falls area. The group is hoping for an even larger turnout for the FallsFest this year.

Beachgrounds Park borders the river and has three golf courses. The FallsFest will have live music on two stages from noon until 10 p.m. The first stage will feature a range of musical styles by artists Eight to the Bar, Katelyn Richards, Roger Salloom with Charles Neville, Jessica Freeman and Friends, Intertrip Jazz, Art Steele Blues Band and Jose Gonzalez and Ciollo Clasico.

The second stage will showcase the talent of up-and-coming young musicians in the South Hadley area.

Food will be provided by Johnny’s Bar and Grille, Old Towne Caterers, Red Neck Roasters, The Thirsty Mind, and Yarde Tavern. The Lions Club will also sell hot dogs and root beer floats. Activities such face painting and carnival games are planned by the South Hadley Youth Commission.

Those interested in volunteering to help with activities can contact Adam Roberts at activities@shfallsfest.com.

There will also be a beer and wine tent to benefit the South Hadley Food Pantry and the Westfield USO. Food Pantry coordinator Kathy Camp was granted a one-day beer and wine license for the event by Select Board at a meeting June 4.

According to Town Administrator Michael Sullivan, the beer and wine tent will not detract from the family-oriented nature of the event. “This is an event to grow the image of the Falls outside the area,” Sullivan said. “This is a family-friendly event. The beer and wine are going to be a very controlled operation.”

More information about the event is available on the Falls Fest website, www.shfallsfest.com, and on Facebook.

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‘Food for All’

The South Hadley Youth Commission is promoting “Food for All,” a summer project that puts local youth to work with the South Hadley Food Pantry and Community Garden.

According to Youth Commission Director Adam Roberts, the pilot project is an opportunity for young people in the area to “develop leadership and gardening skills.”

The Youth Commission is offering four internship positions for local youths ages 13 to 20 interested in being a part of the program. The internships offer a small stipend. Applications for the positions are under review by the Youth Commission. The Youth Commission also welcomes volunteers for the project.

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Appointments and resignations

At a Select Board meeting June 4, the board appointed three new members to a committee tasked with reviewing bylaws: Michael Wozniak, Dana Muller and Charles Sabourin. The board also accepted the resignation of Bruce T. Carl from the Golf Commission and appointed Lenny Finkowski in his place.

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Professional development day

Town Hall will close at noon June 21 for a town employee professional development day.

Employees will take part in seminars on workplace bullying and sexual harassment.

Sullivan said he would like to institute quarterly meetings of this sort to give employees the opportunity to “talk about ways to help each other out with their jobs.”

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