North County Notebook: Oct. 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017
Mim’s schedules fun for Halloween

NORTHFIELD — Mim’s Market, located at 60 Main St., will offer a haunted house called “Creepy Hollow” for all ages on Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to a post on the Nextdoor social networking service, parking is available across the street at Town Hall.

Mim’s Market is also holding a jack-o’-lantern contest on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Participants are invited to drop off their entries from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., though organizers ask that only battery-operated lights be used rather than candles.

The prize for first place is $50, for second place is $35 and for third place is $15.

Church to offer ‘Trunk or Treat’

NORTHFIELD — A “Trunk or Treat” event organized by the Community Bible Church will be held at 24 Main St. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., according to a post on the Nextdoor social networking service. Cars will be parked on the lot, and children can go from car to car to get candy.

DVAA to host art nouveau program

NORTHFIELD — The Deerfield Valley Art Association is hosting a program called “Stained Glass and Skyscrapers, Art Nouveau in America” on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon at DVAA’s Center for the Arts, located at 105 Main St.

According to the event’s Facebook page, Barry Deitz will lead the discussion, which centers on the art nouveau movement from Europe to America.

Vets group to offer raffle party

BERNARDSTON — The Bernardston Veterans Organization, located at 16 Hartwell St., is holding its annual turkey raffle party on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., according to the event’s Facebook page.

Pioneer considers best meeting site

WARWICK — After receiving an informal open meeting law complaint from the Bernardston Selectboard last month, the Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee is rethinking the way it arranges meetings.

The complaint centered on poor acoustics in the committee’s usual meeting space in Pioneer Valley Regional School’s library, making it difficult for audience members to hear. The committee discussed alternatives during a Thursday meeting at Warwick Community School.

Former Dean of Students Cathy Hawkins-Harrison recommended moving meetings to Pioneer’s kiva, which she said was designed with better acoustics. The room features tiered rows of tables and fixed chairs.

When considering how the committee might organize within the room, Hawkins-Harrison proposed each member sit at an individual student desk. The desks could be assembled in a U-shape so all members could see each other and communicate with the audience.

Though the committee did not vote on Hawkins-Harrison’s proposal, members seemed to be in support, with David Young saying it makes more fiscal sense to use a more acoustically suited setup than invest in a public address (PA) system. The committee was unsure how to improve setups at the four elementary schools, with the group meeting at each elementary school once yearly.

Pioneer joins Rural Schools Coalition

WARWICK — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee voted to join the Massachusetts Rural Schools Coalition during a Thursday meeting at Warwick Community School.

The group is made up of regional school superintendents who collaborate to find solutions for problems unique to rural school districts such as rising transportation costs and declining enrollment. Referring to paperwork she received about the coalition, Pioneer School Committee Chairwoman Patricia Shearer said 22 school districts have joined, as well as some selectboards and finance committees.

“I just think it’s really important to jump on board because we’re all in the same boat and the boat is sinking,” Shearer said in favor of joining. The vote to join was unanimous, with the committee encouraging selectboards and finance committees within the Pioneer school district to join as well.