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slsmith - Mon, Mar 26, 2018, 10:34 A
Helping Hand
I am posting on behalf of my daughter, Vyanna and friends at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school with a unique & time-sensitive
request. We are looking for fundraising heroes to help ‘Save The Music’. Specifically: PVPA’s
ambitious music ‘We Came To Play’ music department tour to Virginia happening April 6—
12, 2018.

PVPA’s four music ensembles (Jazz, Rock, Pop and Acapella ensembles) comprised of 65 student
have come together to create one incredibles communal show. Our bags are packed, the hotels
and buses are booked, and we are ready to go. We are already booked to perform three full length
shows in VA, including one at the famous Busch Gardens. We will also be conducting a half-day
workshop at the Waller Mill Magnet Elementary School, where we will teach students about making
music as a group, and then perform for them.

April Tour In Jeopardy Of Being Cancelled!

The beloved head of our music department, Frank Newton, has had a vision of taking our tour
on the road for many years, and took on the huge task of organizing for the past year to make
this vision a reality.

Unfortunately, we were just informed that our major funding source is no longer available.
The entire tour is in jeopardy of being cancelled just two weeks before we’re supposed to
hit the road! Our students have been rehearsing and working non-stop the entire school year to
create this wonderful show. We will NOT give up now. We are determined to save it. That’s
where you come in.

How You Can Be A Music Hero

We are tasked with raising $26,000 in just a matter of days (the bus deposit is due on
Monday, TODAY, March 26, 2018). The good news? We think this is actually possible. The response to
our plight has been swift, and the outpouring of support heartening. We are asking friends,
family, alumni, businesses, benefactors and supporters of students and music lovers
everywhere to donate what they can to the nonprofit ‘Friends Of PVPA’ so our students’
dreams of going on this tour can stay alive.


Your contribution will make an immeasurable difference not only to our PVPA community, but to
our students and the people we will be playing for. All donations are tax deductible, and can be
made through the ‘Friends of PVPA’ via PayPal or credit card.

Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Here’s how:

We greatly appreciate any and all donations to this most worthy cause. You can easily donate
through PayPal or credit card by going to the school’s website.
Click ‘DONATE NOW’ button in upper left hand corner
IMPORTANT! Under ‘Special Instructions ’, please write
‘For VA Music Tour’ to make sure your funds will go directly to our music tour fundraising effort.

You can also send a check MADE OUT TO FRIENDS OF PVPA to:
Friends of PVPA
c/o PVPA
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley, MA 01075
Note: Please write ‘For VA Music Tour’ in the memo section.

Watch the 2018 ‘We Came To Play’

VA Tour Info Video

Hear directly from our Music Director, Frank Newton who recorded this informational video back in July 2017 as he explains his tour vision. You’ll also see performances from our music department students:

Thank you SO much for your support. We are grateful for anything you can provide. Your help
will go directly to making our year-long dream of this important musical tour a reality.


The Students and Parents of PVPA ‘We Came To Play’ Music Tour

PS – If for some reason we do not hit our full $26,000 fundraising goal, please know that funds
that come in for this tour will be used towards a scaled-down-but-equally-exciting performance
opportunity for these PVPA high school music ensemble students
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slsmith - Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 12:19 P
Super Hero
Hello, I am looking for a cape that a super hero would wear. Adult would be great, the color do not matter.

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slsmith - Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 10:54 A
Hello, I am desperate need for a plumber. If you know of anyone please let me know.

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LaurieNeely - Wed, Jul 19, 2017, 9:51 A
Campground Suggestions
Erving State Forest/Lake Laurel in Erving is really nice. Private sites and a beautiful little sand beach on the lake.
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AMA - Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 6:20 P
Campground Suggestions
Looking for recommendation for good local (within 45 to an hour of Amherst) campgrounds for tent campers. Any good (or not so good) suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
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JT - Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 2:31 P
Jewelry Party Hostess Wanted
Having the girls over for cocktails and need something different for your gathering other than the usual LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef?
Are you a local business owner and would venture into a partnership? Or host a day event? There are fantastic perks for hostessing! Who does not like free jewelry!

I am promoting as a local merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel jewelry. C + I is a jewelry and lifestyle brand and pioneer of social retail, dedicated to empowering the next generation of women entrepreneurs. Has been in business since 2011 and is gaining in numbers throughout the US. Every piece is designed in NYC, and direct shipped to your door.
The styles range from essential everyday to trending statement pieces.
I would love to hear from you! Below is my site link, please stop in!

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LeesaLesenski - Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 3:43 P
I just want to recommend the Monarch’s Restaurant and Magic Wings in South Deerfield. We had a shower there this weekend. The food was good and plentiful. Chris and his staff were great. Kathy Fiore was good to work with. They do small parties to weddings. Check them out. (just breakfast etc. is good too!)
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slsmith - Tue, Jan 10, 2017, 11:05 A
Good morning,
Take a break from your new year's nice eating habits!

I have GS Cookies. If you are interested, email me what you would like. You could look on GS website to see the new two flavors of cookies.

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shadowrider - Tue, Dec 13, 2016, 10:53 A
Year Old Boy Asking For Chrismas Cards For Christmas
My partner forwarded this weblink from the Western Ma News website about an 8 yr old quadraplegic boy who expressed a wish for Christmas cards to decorate his room at the St. Joseph's Home in Cincinnati.

Please take a moment to read the story at the link below.


His mailing address is in the story. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to write an extra card when you are doing them for your family and friends, to help make this boy's simple Christmas wish come true.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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slsmith - Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 11:42 A
Pvpa Barnes Noble Book And Gift Fair
It's coming! This Saturday, December 10th. Hadley, MA. 10:00am - 5:00pm. The Barnes & Noble Book and Gift Fair to benefit PVPA! Performances by PVPA students in the music and dvd area! Storytime read and signed by PVPA American Sign Language Students at 11:00am! Free gift-wrapping table staffed by the PVPA Prom Committee and Catalyst Dance Company A percentage of all sales, both at the store and online, when using the PVPA voucher will benefit PVPA. Help us out by planning to do some shopping on December 10th and or any day during the week of December 10-14! This is a great opportunity to give an end-of-the-year boost to the Arts for All Campaign to help us put the finishing touches on our theater!
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slsmith - Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 10:18 A
Correction for UMACC Holiday Raffle

Tickets for the raffle will be sold until Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15. Winners will be notified on Friday, Dec.16th.
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slsmith - Fri, Dec 2, 2016, 11:56 A
Holiday Raffle
Good morning,
Please take time out of your day to participate in the UMACC HOLIDAY RAFFLE.
You may view prizes at Print Services, 151 Whitmore.
Tickets are $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00.
Drawing will be Thursday afternoon, Dec 15th.

You may Contact
Betty- 577-4140
Cindy - 545-3158
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worldnotes - Wed, Oct 26, 2016, 11:34 A
Sunset Grill Pizza 150 Fearing St., Amherst
We are proud to say we are an all new family owned restaurant, with local employees!

We put emphasis on our comfort food menu options, and are excited to offer Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Our Overstuffed Deli Sandwiches or one of our Juicy Signature Bacon Burgers will satisfy even the largest appetites. Of course, you cannot forget our amazing Pizza derived from the secret Kazonis family recipe!

In order to keep up with today’s demands we are especially happy to offer GLUTEN FREE options for many of our menu items including our delicious salads and amazing soups. We strive to support sustainable food sources and are happy to say that we are serving a variety of local foods, from local small businesses and farms.

Our goal is providing a comfortable environment suitable for all age groups including families, college students, and local working people. Enjoy your stay with our attentive friendly dining staff or order online for an efficient and satisfying take out option to the parking dilemmas uptown. We feel all guests will leave happy with their experience.
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diane - Tue, Oct 4, 2016, 6:09 P
Wild Cat Tree Service
I don't know if anyone replied to your post. I don't know about the tree service you mentioned but I just had a tree removed by Dostal Tree Service from Florence, Ma.
I highly recommend Dan Dostal and crew. Dan was very prompt on returning phone calls. Professional and friendly and very reasonable. My property was left very clean after they were done. Very satisfied.
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slsmith - Thu, Sep 29, 2016, 3:14 P
Looking for a daycare, or a babysitter. Two boys 1yr, and 3yrs old. Great kids, fun, and well behaved. flexible with schedule if need to be. Three days a week.

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v - Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 12:00 P
Wild Cat Tree Service
I am thinking of hiring Wild Cat Tree Service Williamsburg, MA for some limb removal. Has anyone had experience with Keith Snow/tree work? Thanks!
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slsmith - Tue, Sep 6, 2016, 1:49 P
Room Mate
A one bedroom in a two bedroom apt. Cheap rent, center of Amherst. available now.
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Dinah - Mon, Aug 8, 2016, 5:59 P
Seeking Help With Armenian Song
Hi friends,
I sing in a local band which plays international folk dance music, and I'm trying to learn a beautiful song. The piece is called "GORANI", and is Armenian.
Does anyone in the Five College community read or understand Armenian? I have only a hard-to-read hand-written transliteration of the lyrics; I wonder if anyone could provide me with more readable ones. Having fine points on pronunciation and a translation as well would help tremendously. I'd like to do it justice when I perform it.
Feel free to pass this message along, if you know someone who might speak and/or understand Armenian. Here is the haunting "GORANI":
Thank you so much!
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slsmith - Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 4:18 P
Looking for a plumber for my aunt in the Amherst area.

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slsmith - Wed, Aug 3, 2016, 3:55 P
Hello, My daughter dropped her cell phone. Now we are looking for somethig that is not brand new. We are looking for a phone that is Boost Mobile,or Sprint.

Thank you,

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slsmith - Wed, Jul 27, 2016, 3:28 P
Child Care
Hello, I am looking for child care in the Amherst area, or a babysitter beginning soon.

Thank you
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v - Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 3:11 P
Solar City
I am thinking of buying a solar system from SolarCity. Has any one had experience with them?

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slsmith - Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 2:22 P
Good afternoon, I am looking for a DS cord if anyone has one that they do not need.

Thank you

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janep - Fri, Jun 17, 2016, 12:15 P
Orthopedic Surgeons
Any information on these 2 doctors good or bad Dr Richard Anderson and Dr Scott Cowen
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slsmith - Thu, May 26, 2016, 9:13 A
Good Cause
WHOLE FOODS MARKET TO DONATE 5% OF SALES TO PERFORMING ARTS IN THE VALLEY! On Tuesday, May 31, Whole Foods Markets in Hadley is hosting a 5% Community Giving Day to benefit Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley. The store will donate 5% of that day’s sales to support PVPA’s Arts for All campaign to fund new performing arts facilities at the school. Volunteers and staff from PVPA will be at the store from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 to thank customers for shopping and discuss their programs.

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