Regional Notebook

Chimney cleaning Saturday in Hawley

HAWLEY — The Hawley Fire Department will clean chimneys (weather and crew availability permitting) on Saturday.

If you would like to be put on the list of residents who want their chimneys cleaned, either call Greg Cox at 339-5526 or email him at:

Arena Civic Theatre holding auditions at Art Space today

GREENFIELD — Arena Civic Theatre will be holding auditions for its spring 2014 production of “Hell and High Water,” a drama about Hurricane Katrina, with a multi-racial cast, today at 7 p.m., at Art Space, 15 Mill St., Greenfield.

For more information, call Robert Freedman, 413-586-6095.

Northfield voter registration deadline Nov. 29

NORTHFIELD — The last day to register to vote in the Dec. 9 special town meeting is Nov. 29.

Voter registration will be held at the Northfield Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. To register, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Northfield and at least 18 years old on or before the election. You may register in person or by mail postmarked no later than the final registration date.

For more information contact the town clerk at 498-2901.

Dakin Humane Society gets donation challenge

LEVERETT — An anonymous donor has challenged the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society to raise $50,000 by Friday and promised to match that amount with a donation of her own if the goal is met.

According to Leslie Harris, the society’s executive director, this is the first time since 2006 that one of the society’s supporters has made such an offer. She said the society does not receive any government funding, and instead counts on the generosity of donors. She said the donor is a regular supporter.

“We really rely on individual contributions in order to do anything that we do,” Harris said. “So, this is incredibly meaningful to us in this time of year when people are feeling generous, and we ask that they remember the animals, too.”

Anyone who wishes to help the Humane Society to match the challenge grant is encouraged to donate securely online at or by check to Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.

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