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West County Notebook

Mohawk open house today at 5 p.m.

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School will hold an open house today beginning at 5 p.m. at the middle and high school, on Route 112.

Highlights will include a Parent Advisory Council meeting in the Principal’s Conference Room, an informational meeting about the eighth-grade field trip this year to Washington, D.C., and a Community Conversation with Principal Lynn Dole and Assistant Principal Joey Kotright-Clark in the Superintendent’s Conference Room.

There will also be a scholastic book fair in the library, musical performances by students in the foyer, information about after-school programs, and meet-and-greet session with the classroom teachers, beginning at 7 p.m.

Facing emergencies forum in Colrain

COLRAIN — “Facing Emergencies in Colrain,” a forum on existing emergency procedures and those needed to better meet the challenges of environmental related emergencies, will be held Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Colrain Central School.

The forum coincides with the Massachusetts statewide campaign, “Together We Are Ready, Massachusetts Prepared.”

Panelists at this forum include the town’s Emergency Management Director Jack Cavolick, Fire Chief Nicholas Anzuoni, emergency medical technician Gary Ponce, Police Chief Jason Haskins, Highway Superintendent Scott Sullivan, and Vermont Yankee nuclear plant Emergency Coordinator Mark Gilmore, Colrain Central School Principal Amy Looman, and Selectmen’s Chairwoman Eileen Sauvageau.

The forum will be moderated by Jason Ferenc, chairman of the Board of Health.

Each panelist will describe what their responsibilities and processes are. There will be ample time for questions.

“There has been reflection on how we have faced emergencies before and there are plans afoot to create even better communication and coordination in the future,” said resident Rebecca Tippens. “Our town representatives are looking forward not only to sharing their procedures and processes but also to hearing concerns and suggestions from the town.”

Heath Cultural Council grant deadline on Oct. 15

HEATH — The town’s Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokeswoman Kara Leistyna, these grants can support many artistic projects and activities in Heath and the surrounding area — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

The Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the state. The state Legislature provides an annual appropriation.

For more information contact the Heath Cultural Council, 1 East Main St., or 413-337-4934, ext. 0 or at http://www.mass-culture.org/.

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