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Thursday January 3, 2013

Becket

Community Health Program’s family nurse practitioner Kathleen Floyd will offer free flu shots and free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Sherwood Shoppe, 437 Wells Road.

Help will also be available for SNAP enrollment, formerly known as the Food Stamp program, access to health insurance, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Information: CHP WIC office at (413) 528-0457, ext. 1147.

Cheshire

The Cheshire Cemetery Commission has declared the Cheshire Cemetery closed for the winter effective immediately. Burials will resume around the middle of April 2013.

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The Upton Lodge of Masons A.F. & A.M. at 120 Church St. will offer extended hours for its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday. The buffet will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for children, $6 for seniors and $7 for adults. Take out is available. Information: Vern Emerson at (413) 743-3874.

Monterey

The Fiscal Year 2013 real estate and personal property bills for the third quarter have been mailed and are due Feb. 1. Those who did not receive their bill should contact the Tax Collector’s office at (413) 528-1443, ext. 117.

Questions regarding assessments, abatement applications and personal property taxes may be directed to the Board of Assessors at (413) 528-1443, ext. 115. Abatement applications must be received by the Assessors’ Office by Feb. 1.

Tax bills can also be paid online at www.montereyma.gov.

North Adams

The monthly meeting of the Gold Card Club will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Boston Seafood Restaurant. Those who cannot attend are asked to call Dot at (413) 663-5594.

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The Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Visitors Museum at Western Gateway Heritage State Park will offer "The Emancipation Proclamation" at 3 p.m. on Saturday as part of its Civil War 150 Years Series.

This illustrated lecture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, during the Civil War. The program will explore the full story about one of the most celebrated and controversial decisions ever made by a president.

Western Gateway Heritage State Park is south of the Hadley Overpass on Route 8. The Visitors Museum is in building No. 4. Information: (413) 663-6312.

Otis

Porchlight VNA and the Otis Board of Health are sponsoring a blood pressure clinic and health counseling from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Otis Senior Center.

Peru

There will be a Special Town Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Peru Community Center. There is one article to be voted on: To transfer $16,000 from an account to the Veterans Service Account.

Pittsfield

Epoch Assisted Living at 140 Melbourne Road will host a performance by jazz pianist Ethan Stone at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.

Stone entertains audiences with popular songs from the 1920s through the 1950s. He earned his bachelor’s degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music and has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call (413) 499-1992.

Sheffield

The Festival of Holidays at the Old Stone Store is about to close for the season. Everything will be on sale at 25 percent off except for consignment items (green tags) and Sheffield Historical Society books.

The Old Stone Store, located on the green, will be open this weekend only, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the Sheffield Historical Society. Information: www.sheffieldhis tory.org.

Williamstown

Sweetwood of Williamstown Retirement Living Community will host a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at its facility at 1611 Cold Spring Road.

Brunch will be served in the Sweetwood dining room overlooking Mount Greylock. It is free and open to the public, with a reservation. Reservations must be made by this Sunday by calling (413) 458-8371.

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Thanks to a gift from the Friends of the Library, the Milne Public Library now has Ancestry.com on its library computers. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Ancestry.com can be accessed at the library in the lab, Kid’s Room and Williamstown Historical Museum. In addition, Abraham Lincoln’s records are available from now through February on Ancestry.com.

The library also offers Atomic Computer Classes on Skype, the iPad, Gmail, and many more computer programs and devices from its Digital Café located on www.milnelibrary .org.

Submissions to Our Towns may be emailed to Jeannie Maschino at jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com or faxed to (413) 499-3419. For more information, call (413) 496-6256.