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Angel Park Music Series in Williamsburg opens Thursday

Summer has arrived, and with it comes a host of craft shows, fairs, barbecues, concerts and outdoor activities throughout the Hilltowns.

The Angel Park Music Series will kick of its fifth summer of live musical entertainment in Williamsburg on Thursday. Through Aug. 24, local musicians will perform at 6 p.m. at Angel Park in the center of Williamsburg.

According to event coordinator Tom Adams of Reelife Productions, this season’s bands will perform a variety of styles including bluegrass, jazz, country, folk and zydeco.

Opening the series on Thursday will be the Hungry Man’s Army performing folk and old-time music.

“Every act this year is new to the series,” Adams said. “This year we tried to branch out a bit and have musicians coming in from a wider area of the surrounding towns.”

Angel Park is on Main Street behind the Historical Society. Directions and a full listing of the weekly concerts can be found online at www.angelparkmusic.info.

Sponsored in part by the Florence Savings Bank, the concerts are free and open to the public.

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Worthington school vote

Worthington will hold a special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. July 7 at the Town Hall to formally accept the terms of the town’s withdrawal from the Gateway Regional School District, and to amend two general bylaws regarding the duties of the School Committee and control of the public school of Worthington.

For several years, the town had been trying to leave Gateway, which now serves Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, and Russell.

In May, Gov. Deval Patrick signed special legislation allowing the town to withdraw from the regional district and to reopen the Russell H. Conwell School as a public elementary school.

In 2010, the Conwell School was closed by the school district for cost-saving purposes. Worthington’s elementary school students were then bused to the regional school in Huntington.

Since then, the town has been trying to remove itself from the school district and reopen its own public elementary school. Conwell now operates as a private school known as the R.H. Conwell Community Education Center.

Before the public school can reopen in September 2015, the state requires the town to come up with a plan to operate an independent public school from pre-kindergarten though Grade 6.

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COA Hilltown picnic

The Chesterfield Council on Aging will hold its Annual Hilltown Picnic from noon to 2 p.m. Monday.

“We usually get a pretty good crowd,” COA member Lillian Bisbee said. “Its nice. They have been doing this for us for several years now.”

The Horse Mountain Jazz Band will play at this year’s event at the Chesterfield Community Center on Main Street.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served by the Northampton Elks Club.

The picnic is free and open to the public, although attendees are asked to bring desserts to share or to make a donation to the COA.

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

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