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How one town parlayed a quilt, a bowl, some cookies & more into a defibrillator

With the $2,000 raised through a raffle sponsored by the Worthington Council on Aging, Director Sandra Epperly says the COA has been able to buy an automatic external defibrillator.

“I am so proud of this community,” Epperly said. “We have never had a fundraiser like this before. We sold tons of tickets and it was very successful.”

The need to buy a defibrillator arose after Epperly received her new job description last spring. It required her to be CPR- and AED-certified.

“It had never been in the job description before, but I thought it was a very good idea,” she said.

The issue was that the council did not own a defibrillator, she said. At that point, COA board members started brainstorming about how to raise the money to buy one and they came up with the raffle.

Epperly said she first approached quilt maker Brenda Mason in July, asking if she would be willing make something for the raffle, which Mason happily agreed to do.

“After that, people just began offering things for the raffle,” Epperly said. “I am so grateful to the people in our community made such generous donations.”

Some of the residents who donated items for the raffle included: Beverly Bowman, who donated a hand made table scarf; Yoko Kendall, who offered a homemade shawl; Helen Pelletier, who made a quilted table runner; potter Carol Ann Cushman, who donated a pottery bowl; Barbara Porter, who knitted a hat, scarf and glove set; and R.J. Beaudry, who made 14-inch chocolate chip cookies. The Blackburn Inn, 144 Huntington Rd., also offered a gift certificate.

While the defibrillator has been purchased, the drawing for the raffle has not yet been held. Winners will be announced Monday at 12:30 p.m. at a council luncheon in the R.H. Conwell Elementary School at 147 Huntington Rd. (Route 112).

Lorraine York-Edberg, program director western Massachusetts SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) will be at the lunch and has been invited to announce the raffle winners.

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Business directory seeks listings

The organizers of the Hilltown Business Directory put out by the Hilltown Community Development Corporation is now soliciting listings

The Hilltown CDC Economic Development Director Seth Isman said the directory helps small Hilltown businesses become more viable by increasing their visibility.

“Each year, we have over 300 Hilltown businesses list themselves in the directory,” Isman said. “It’s a nice way to get exposure for local businesses.”

In January 2014, printed editions of the directory will be distributed free to 16,500 Hilltown households. An online version will be on the CDC’s website. Isman said that directory is a helpful tool for Hilltown consumers who want to shop locally.

The directory includes businesses from Hampshire County towns including: Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington. It also lists businesses in eight towns in Berkshire County as well as four in Hampden County as well as and Ashfield in Franklin County.

A basic business listing is $40.

The deadline to get listed in the directory is Sept. 30. Reservation forms can be accessed at hilltowncdc.org, or by contacting Isman at 296-4536, ext. 112, or sethi@hilltowncdc.org.

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Call for arts grant requests

The Williamsburg Cultural Council will distribute $4,250 in grants this year. The grants can be used to support a variety of artistic projects and activities in town.

Individuals interested in applying for grant money must have their applications postmarked by Oct. 15.

Funding for the council comes from annual appropriations to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state agency that allocates art-supporting funds to each community.

The Williamsburg Cultural Council is one of 329 local cultural councils that serve 351 cities and towns in the commonwealth.

Previously funded projects include the Meekins summer reading program and Council on Aging events.

Application forms are available online at the state cultural council’s website or at Meekins Library. For guidelines and more information on the Williamsburg Cultural Council, contact the council at BurgyCC@yahoo.com.

Items for this weekly column about Hilltown life can be sent to fryan.gazette@gmail.com.

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