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Greenfield Notebook, May 5, 2018


Friday, May 04, 2018
Greenfield begins hydrant flushing Monday

GREENFIELD — Fire hydrant flushing begins Monday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tentative schedule, according to the Department of Public Works, is as follows:

Monday: Barton Road from Adams Road west to Colrain Road then south to Silver Street.

Tuesday: Silver Street from High Street west to Colrain Road then south to Sanderson Street.

Wednesday: Sanderson Street from Parkway west to Colrain Road then south to Main Street.

Thursday: Main Street from Highland Avenue west to Munson Street then south to Montague City Road

Friday: Montague City Road from Deerfield Street to Mountain Road then Camp Avenue to Temple Avenue.

If weather is inclement the first day then flushing will start second day, etc.

Please be aware that your tap water may be a little discolored in the afternoon. The DPW encourages homeowners to run the water to clear up any discoloration prior to drinking the water or doing laundry.

Hydrants are flushed for two reasons. First, it ensures high quality water by removing any sediment, particularly from dead ends, that may have entered the system from rusting pipe work, water main breaks etc. Second, during flushing every fire hydrant in town is exercised. This is good for the hydrant and is also a means to identify malfunctioning hydrants so they can be repaired before being needed in an emergency situation.

Mock job interviews for teens

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday, the Greenfield Public Library Teen Workforce Series will culminate with a mock interview activity for youth (ages 14-17). This event is modeled after speed dating, but in this case, teens will have a series of short interviews with local employers: the Greenfield Recreation Department, Green Fields Market, Copy Cat Print Shop, Pierce Street Ironworks, Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, Big Y and more.

Even though these interviews are a rehearsal exercise, some of the participating businesses are starting to look for summer interns and employees, states a press release from the library. Therefore, these mock interviews could lead to real interviews and positions. “Work experience, whether paid or unpaid, is a key way for adolescents to learn about themselves and the work world. It also helps them make more informed education and career decisions,” says Shannon Doran, one of the Youth Career Development Specialists from the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, who is collaborating with the library on Teen Workforce workshop series.

This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Participating youth are encouraged to “dress for success” and bring a resume, if they have one. During the event, information will be provided on how to prepare and follow up on interviews. However, if youth would like to get perspective before (or after) this event, they can visit www.fhyouth.org, a job and career development website designed for Franklin and Hampshire County youth.

To register, call Francesca Passiglia at 413-772-1544, ext. 5123, or email Francesca.Passiglia@greenfield-ma.gov

Lodge will play host to blood drives

GREENFIELD — The Republican Lodge of Masons at 215 Munson St. will be hosting three Saturday blood drives, beginning in June.

The first is June 2, followed by one Aug. 25 and another on Nov. 3. All are scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors interested are encouraged to sign up at: www.redcrossblood.org.