Regional Notebook

Northfield dog license deadline March 31

NORTHFIELD — Residents have until March 31 to get their dogs licensed.

License fees are $5 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $10 for males and females. Those who miss the deadline will be subject to a late fee of $15 per dog.

Dogs may be registered by mail, by sending proof of current rabies vaccination, payment, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to Town Clerk, 69 Main St., Northfield, MA, 01360.

3-town rabies clinic set for Sunday

A three-town rabies clinic will be held Sunday at the Bernardston Highway Department garage.

Residents of Bernardston, Northfield and Gill are invited to bring their leashed dogs or crated cats to the garage from 9 a.m. to noon.

Vaccinations are $17 per animal, exact amount only. A copy of the animal’s current rabies certificate is required.

Town clerks from all three towns will be on hand at the clinic to issue dog licenses. Licenses are $5 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $10 for males and females.

Street light
shut-offs under way in Deerfield

DEERFIELD — Deerfield streets may seem dimmer in the effort to save energy and money.

The Energy Resources Committee recently identified some 40 streetlights around town that can be taken out of service to save energy and money. The locations were reviewed for safety by the Police Department.

Lights targeted for permanent shutoff have red caps on top of the light and yellow survey tape hanging from the lamp brackets.

This is the first phase in reducing the amount of energy used for street lighting in the town, with additional shut offs, midnight to dawn shutoffs and lumen reductions all planned for the future.

To comment on the street light shutoff, email or call 413-665-1400, ext. 104. The final list of lights for shutoff will be determined in early April.

Rep. Paul Mark
to speak on
‘public speaking’
on Thursday

SHELBURNE FALLS ­— If your greatest fear is of public speaking, state Rep. Paul W. Mark should be able to help.

Mark, state representative for the 2nd Berkshire District, is guest speaker for Thursday night’s meeting of the Mohawk Trail Toastmasters, which meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Cooperative Bank on Bridge Street.

The meeting is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments available.

Mark will be speaking on his experiences as an effective public speaker, and will offer the audience techniques to try, so that others will feel more relaxed and effective in communicating to their own audiences.

Mohawk Trail Toastmasters began last year, and serves Franklin County.

According to its president, Mary Vilbon, many residents and business people have come the semi-monthly meetings, to improve their own public speaking skills.

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