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West County Notebook

Author to speak at Boswell’s Sunday at 4

SHELBURNE FALLS — Nationally acclaimed novelist Matthew Dicks will be speaking about and reading from his three novels at Boswell’s Books at 10 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend” was recently released in paperback and will be available for purchase and signing along with his other two books — also in paperback.

Dicks is the author of two earlier novels — “Something Missing” and “Unexpectedly Milo.” An award-winning elementary school teacher in addition to being a novelist, he has also published poetry essays and opinion pieces in newspapers, poetry journals, and educational journals throughout the United States. He has also displayed his storytelling ability on National Public Radio’s “The Moth.”

Mohawk accrues votes to approve budget request

BUCKLAND — Heath and Plainfield have approved their Mohawk Trail Regional School District town assessments, giving Mohawk enough votes for official approval of its $17.3 million budget request.

The last remaining Mohawk town to weigh in on the budget is Charlemont, which votes on Mohawk and other budget issues at its May 28 annual town meeting.

The budget that was approved includes the $80,000 that was added to the original budget proposal, to restore French and Peer Leadership programs that were to have been reduced before students and school parents came to school committee meetings, urging them not to cut those programs.

Each of the eight member towns have weighted voices — two votes each, except for Hawley and Charlemont, which have vote each, because they belong to a separate elementary school district. To have its budget adopted, Mohawk must get 10 votes from supportive annual town meetings.

Toastmasters to hold open house Wednesday

SHELBURNE FALLS — Sharpen your public speaking and leadership skills with the Mohawk Trail Toastmasters. They will be holding an open house on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, at 33 Bridge St. in Shelburne. Everyone is welcome to join.

Mohawk Trail Toastmasters began a year ago with a small group who wanted to provide a comfortable atmosphere for people to build their confidence in public speaking and also to improve leadership skills.

Mohawk Trail Toastmasters meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, go to mohawktrail.toastmastersclubs.org

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