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Two men lauded for their work at the Amherst Senior Center

John Magarian, 66, and John “Jack” Wollensak, 79, will receive this year’s Eveline Sears Senior Activist Awards at a reception Oct. 26.

Magarian, who served 23 years in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, volunteers nearly every day at the center as a program assistant, said director Nancy Pagano. She said Magarian is sometimes referred to as the “special assistant to the director.”

“He sees what needs to be done and does it without having to be asked, which is a true gift,” Pagano said.

Magarian has served as co-director of the convalescent loan closet, a job trainer for Wisdom Works, assistant for the lunch site, substitute Meals on Wheels deliverer and co-supervisor of the newsletter mail preparation committee.

Wollensak, a retired chemist and member of the Council on Aging, began volunteering in September 2009 when his wife died. He has coordinated the parking sticker program for seniors and is part of a long-range planning subcommittee investigating the feasibility of a new senior center. Like Magarian, he serves as co-director of the convalescent loan closet.

Pagano said Wollensak is a special adviser to her in writing and researching solutions to long-term problems and is an audiovisual specialist.

Bench unveiling

A bench created by students in the Youth Action Coalition’s Get Up Get Down and GirlsEyeView programs will be formally unveiled on the front lawn of the Jones Library Oct. 4.

The ribbon cutting takes place at 5 p.m. during the monthly Amherst Art Walk.

Some of the students did their work in the Hampshire College Design Center, where they molded the metal bench. Other students took photographs that cover the bench’s wooden seats.

New police officer

The Amherst Police Department has hired Samuel W. Hebb of Hadley as a patrol officer.

Hebb, 22, is enrolled at the State Police Academy in New Braintree and expects to graduate in February. The son of Arthur and Teri Hebb of Hadley, he is a 2008 graduate of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Conn., and this year earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Endicott College in Beverly.


Monday: Select Board, 6:30 p.m., Town Room, Town Hall

Tuesday: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Planning Department library, Town Hall

Wednesday: Zoning Subcommittee, 5 p.m., and Planning Board, 7 p.m., both in Town Room, Town Hall

Thursday: Zoning Board of Appeals, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall.

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