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Wildfire Awareness Week 2014

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation press release:

If you plan to enjoy the great outdoors over the next week or so, please be aware that this is a time when wildfires are prevalent.  Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Jack Murray on Friday joined other northeast states and Canadian provinces to recognize the week of April 20th through 26th as "Wildfire Awareness Week".  Firefighters across the Commonwealth remain on high alert as April tends to be the month with the highest number of wildfires and acreage loss.

Rep. McGovern Announces 2014 Art Competition

This just in from the office of U.S. Representative Jim McGovern:

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern today announced his annual Congressional Art Competition for High School students in the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts.

What To Do With the Kids Next Week

If you're looking for fun activities you can do with your children, while they're out of school next week, the Masschusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and Northampton's Arts Council have some ideas.

Girls Can in Western Massachusetts

Adapted from an FC Massachusetts press release:

FC Massachusetts, a regional premier soccer club based out of western Massachusetts, yesterday announced open registration for a year-long mentoring and training program provided by a partnership with the University of Massachusetts and the Girls Can Club. Girls aged seven through twelve are eligible to register for the Girls Can Club that includes workshops, skills training, and the unique opportunity to be mentored by a current UMass women's soccer player. Additionally, all registered participants will receive a season pass to the University of Massachusetts regular season home games and a club t-shirt. The UMass Girls Can Club registration is limited to 100 girls with a schedule of events beginning in September 2013 and concluding in April 2014.

Be Safe on the Water This Weekend

Adapted from a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) press release:

Officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation are urging the public to act safely this summer as the warm weather and open water brings bathers, boaters, and waders onto DCR's lakes, ponds, and ocean beaches. While air temperatures may feel like summer, water temperatures can still be very cold. DCR encourages parents and visitors to be vigilant, especially with children, when visiting designated swimming areas. Parents should be near their children when they are in the water. To further help prevent water-related tragedies, DCR is releasing the following facts and safety tips for anyone venturing near the water:

School's Out, Food's In

Adapted from a Project Bread press release:

Project Bread is awarding more than $160,000 to 425 summer meal locations in 37 communities, including Greenfield, to boost, strengthen, and expand the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally supported child nutrition program, which was specifically designed to bridge the summer gap in school meals.

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