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Kiwanis speakers to address all things Northfield

NORTHFIELD — The Kiwanis will serve up hot meals and hot topics with their winter speaker series.

“The club wants to help Northfield residents become informed citizens, not through short and pressured statements before a critical vote at town meeting, but through serious and in-depth discussion at our meetings with proponents of ideas that will affect our life here in our small community,” said Steve Stoia, Kiwanis member.

The club’s upcoming speaker series will attempt to address all things Northfield.

∎ Tonight, Willa Caughey will kick off the series with a talk on open space issues, including long-range plans for the Northfield Town Forest and Brush Mountain.

∎ Jan. 28, Sam Richardson, who started an unofficial committee to examine different forms of town government and how they’d work in Northfield, will talk about the committee’s work. He may be joined by other members of the group.

∎ Feb. 11, the town’s ongoing master planning process will be discussed by Master Plan Steering Committee member Jack Spanbauer and chairman Richard Fitzgerald. Topics will include the timetable, scope and other aspects of the master plan.

∎ March 11, Brian Brault will talk about Wired West, an organization working to bring high-speed communications to underserved Western Massachusetts towns. Brault is Northfield’s representative to Wired West.

∎ March 25, Alexander Stewart will discuss the status of the former Northfield Mount Hermon School property and its role in the town’s future, as well as Redemption Christian Academy’s move to the former Linden Hill School campus. Stewart is chairman of the Northfield Campus Collaborative, a committee formed to gather information on the NMH campus transition and report to the Selectboard.

∎ April 22, Recorder reporter David Rainville will discuss his experience covering Northfield news.

∎ May 20, Joan Stoia, chairwoman of the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association, will discuss the group’s work and its economic development goals for the area.

The Monday Speaker Series is open to the public. Seating begins at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, and discussions start at 7:15. Talks are typically 30 minutes long followed by a question-and-answer period.

There is also a social half-hour starting at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. If you plan to dine before a Monday discussion, call Steve Stoia at 413 498-5921 by the preceding Thursday.

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