Area briefs: Goshen nurse honored; Bikes Fight Cancer ride; water to be shut down on part of University Drive;

Goshen resident Marie Kelly Calderone, center, was presented citations from the Senate, House and governor in recognition of her 45-year nursing career. Sen. Paul Mark, left, and Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa awarded the citations to Calderone on Saturday in Goshen.

Goshen resident Marie Kelly Calderone, center, was presented citations from the Senate, House and governor in recognition of her 45-year nursing career. Sen. Paul Mark, left, and Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa awarded the citations to Calderone on Saturday in Goshen. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 06-11-2024 2:09 PM

Goshen resident Calderone honored
for nursing career

GOSHEN — State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa and state Sen. Paul Mark recognized Goshen resident and state employee Marie Kelly Calderone, a nurse practitioner, with citations for 45 years of service as a nurse, including 18 years with the state Department of Public Health, 17 years with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and 10 years in the private sector.

Calderone, who recently retired, received citations from the Senate, the House, and the governor, thanking her for her service.

Water to be shut off on portion of University Drive

AMHERST — The Amherst Department of Public Works will be shutting off the water to allow for the repair of a broken water service at 170 University Dr, on Wednesday, starting at 9 p.m. Service is expected to be restored by 3 a.m. Thursday.

Water will be turned off to all properties between Northampton Road and The Arbors at 130 University Dr.

The DPW advises people to draw water prior to shut off for in-house use. Additionally, when service does come back , users should run the water to clear up any discoloration and purge any air trapped in the pipes. This could take between 20-30 minutes.

For questions or additional information contact the DPW office at 413-259-3050, ext. 0, or email the DPW at publicworks@amherstma.gov.

Bikes Fight Cancer ride set for Saturday

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SOUTH DEERFIELD — Bikes Fight Cancer will host its fifth annual Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride, powered by Valley Solar, on Saturday at Tree House Brewing Company in South Deerfield.

The event caters to riders of all abilities, who can choose to participate in the 25- or 50-mile routes. Start times are at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The event directors expect close to 600 cyclists and 100 volunteers to participate in the ride and have raised over $105,000 so far and expect to raise more than $150,000 for families impacted by cancer.

After the ride, activities include a raffle, food and beverages. Kids of any age are welcome to bring their bike to join in the BFC Kids’ ride around the Tree House property. There will also be additional activities like face painting and ice cream for kids to enjoy.

Bikes Fight Cancer started in 2006 with a small group of friends from Palmer who began riding bikes and raising money for the Pan-Mass Challenge. One had recently lost his dad to esophageal cancer, and another was in remission from neuroblastoma. By riding their bikes and raising money for cancer research, they felt empowered in the fight against cancer. Over time, the group expanded into a group of like-minded, fundraising athletes, and in 2023, they became a volunteer-run charity with a goal of using cycling to lessen the burden of a cancer diagnosis.

This year’s ride beneficiaries include the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and their Cancer Care Patient Fund in Northampton; Cancer Connection in Northampton; the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and CHD Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield.

To ride, volunteer, or donate to the Bikes Fight Cancer Charity Ride, visit bikereg.com/bfc.

CISA’s Making Food Fun at South Hadley Farmers’ Market

SOUTH HADLEY — Making Food Fun, CISA’S event series that connects kids and families to local food and farms, is coming to the South Hadley Farmers’ Market on June 19.

Dave’s Natural Garden will be on hand with many varieties of peas for a scientific taste test, and kids can sample Sapowsky Farms strawberries. Love Leaf Farm will teach about growing peas and sunflowers shoots and give out samples.Tortilla and Tortellini, tortoises from Flora & Fauna Farm, will be available for visits and photos. An information table will have resources on the SNAP match and HIP.

This event is free and will proceed rain or shine. The South Hadley Farmers’ Market is open for the season every Wednesday through Oct. 2, from 2-6 p.m., at Buttery Brook Park, 123 Willimanset St. They accept SNAP and WIC, and offer a $10 SNAP match.