Area News Briefs

  • In this file photo, Madeline Nagy, an adoption counselor at Dakin in Leverett, sits with Toby, a dog that was up for adoption. Two local events this weekend, including one benefitting Dakin, are designed for dog lovers. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Thursday, October 12, 2017
I-91’s Exit 21 south on-ramp to close during day Friday

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will close the Exit 21 on-ramp to Interstate 91 south on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This traffic impact is necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively conduct construction operations.

Travelers seeking to access I-91 south at this location are advised to utilize Exits 19 or 22. Message boards will be activated in order to notify drivers of these impacts.

These operations are part of the ongoing $13.3 million improvement project on I-91 in Northampton and Easthampton that includes resurfacing work, bridge deck improvements, as well as related environmental work.

Ward Three’s
annual meeting
set for Sunday

NORTHAMPTON — The Ward Three Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 33 Hawley St., the old Rugg Lumber Building that is being remodeled by the Northampton Arts Trust.

The meeting will include a dessert potluck — attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite confection. Super Passionate About Community (Super PAC) string band will provide music at the event, which will feature presentations from Northampton Neighbors and organizers of the Walking School Bus at the Bridge Street School.

Representatives from several Ward Three organizations, including Way Finders and Valley Community Development Corporation, are to attend, and candidates for mayor and city clerk have been invited.

The formal part of the meeting, beginning at 2 p.m., includes the election of the board of the Ward Three Neighborhood Association. The organization encourages anyone who wishes to meet neighbors or vitalize their community to attend.

Dog show planned for Saturday

EASTHAMPTON — The 10th annual Yappy Valley Community Dog Show will take place Saturday at Nonotuck Park on Sheehan Field. The adult show, for dog owners and handlers over the age of 16, starts at 11 a.m. A youth show, for owners and handlers age 16 and younger, is to start at 12:30 p.m.

Dog owners from surrounding communities will compete in 10 categories, including “lovable pooch,” “most beautiful eyes,” “trick or treat,” “fastest tail-wagger” and more. Mascot Max Hague will award a special trophy to one adult and one youth entrant. 

Dogs may be registered in advance or on the day of the event, with registration forms available at local businesses and at the Easthampton High School. The event is free for spectators and their dogs.

There is a registration fee of $10 to participate in three categories, and $5 to participate in one category. Monies raised will go toward the school’s Connecting Student Activity account.

The event is part of the Easthampton Harvest Fest activities, and Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux will serve as master of ceremonies. A volunteer member of the audience will be chosen to judge along with two other predetermined judges. 

‘Bath and Save’ for Dakin on Sunday

HADLEY — The public and their dogs are invited to “Bathe and Save” this Sunday at Steve Lewis Subaru on Route 9 in Hadley. The $20 event, to be held from 12 to 4 p.m., is a benefit for the for the Dakin Humane Society, which fosters and cares for animals at its shelters in Leverett and Springfield. 

“Bathe to Save” is part of a tour by the Amos family of Australia, animal welfare advocates who have been featured on national TV and describe themselves on their website as “passionate about the welfare of our animal friends.” 

The family is touring America in a 40-foot motor coach, visiting each state, giving free dog baths and donating the proceeds to local animal welfare organizations.

Their Massachusetts stop at Steve Lewis Subaru is a family-friendly event, and will also feature adoptable animals from Dakin, police K-9 demonstrations, music, food, a pet photo booth and local vendors.