Monthly Archives: April 2017

On the Ballot for May 1 Election . . .

THE ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION will be held on Monday, May 1 at the Town Hall, 8 Pudding Hollow Road, Hawley, MA, from 11:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The list of offices and nominees on the May 1 ballot includes the following:
Position Nominee(s)
Selectboard/Board of Health (3 year term) Incumbent: John Sears (retiring) Robert Root
Town Clerk (3 year term) Incumbent: Pamela Shrimpton Pamela Shrimpton
Board of Assessors (3 year term) Incumbent: Rick Kean Rick Kean
Hawlemont School Committee (3 year term) Incumbent: Sally Rich Sally Rich
Representative to K-12 Committee for MTRSD (3 year term) Incumbent: Kirby Lark Thwing (retiring) No Nominee
Town Moderator (1 year term) Incumbent: Kirby Lark Thwing No Nominee
Town Auditor (1 year term) Incumbent Carla Clark No Nominee
View Sample Ballot by Clicking HERE.
There are also several vacancies on town committees: Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Representative to the Cooperative Public Health Oversight Committee, and Agricultural Committee. The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election is Tuesday, April 11th. Please contact Pamela Shrimpton, Town Clerk with any questions: 413-339-5518 / 413-339-4091.

Write-Ins Are Possible . . .

EVEN THOUGH HAWLEY’S OFFICIAL BALLOT HAS BEEN “set” for the May 1st election, it is still possible to either …

  • Run as a “Write-In” Candidate; or,
  • “Write-In” someone who is not on the ballot

. . .  for a particular office.

Both processes are really very simple.  Here are some pointers: Continue reading

Multiple Successes . . .

HAWLEMONT SCHOOL HAS A LOT TO CHEER ABOUT as it reviews its 2016-17 season. In a recent flier sent to Hawley residents, the elementary school’s Principal Wayne Kemenski cited a list of achievements that were not only notable in themselves but also significant on a regional, state or national basis. Here are some items from his list:

Two fifth graders have been invited to the Junior National Young Leader’s Conference.
The fifth grade won first place in the state’s Green Team Project.
30 students from the surrounding towns decided to join the Hawlemont community, resulting a 10-year high in enrollment.
Kindergarten teacher Sue Mead won the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award.

The school is also planning two events that are sure to be of interest to students, teachers and community members alike. On Saturday, April 29, Hawlemont will be hosting its 2nd annual H.A.Y. Conference, featuring compelling hands-on workshops for people of all ages. And on Friday, May 19, it will present its 3rd annual All School Celebration, with exhibits, games, tours, crafts and dinner. For more of the particulars . . .

Download these items here: Letter to the Community
H-A-Y Conference Brochure (large file)
Hawlemont Celebration Flier

PV Site Selected . . .

AT THE APRIL 18 SELECTBOARD MEETING, the Board approved a proposal by Will Cosby and Lloyd Crawford to focus on the Highway Department Garage roof as the potential site for a new Town solar power (PV) facility.  This addition would be funded under the provisions of an MA Green Communities grant.  The reasons cited for choosing that particular location included:

♦ Even though it is located in a narrow valley, that site has better total southern exposure to the sun than the others;
♦ The garage roof is an engineered structure that may be better suited to supporting a solar array than some of the others;
♦ The size of the roof may allow for an array that is
large enough to best support the Town’s power needs; and,
♦ There are no future plans to otherwise modify or add to that structure.

Other sites under consideration were the Firehouse and adjacent fields in East Hawley, and the Town Office.

Next steps will be for the Town to put out a bid request prior to submitting a specific proposal to the State.  For more information on the Green Communities program, click HERE.

Green Community Options Aired . . .

HAVING QUALIFIED FOR GREEN COMMUNITIES FUNDING, the Town is now considering ways it can use those monies (up to $136,920) to help the Town conserve energy.  According to Lloyd Crawford, who has taken the lead on the funding application process, while several options are possible, three projects seem most practical and doable in the near future.  They are:

Adding insulation and improving seals on both the Town Office and the Highway Department garage; 
Upgrading the lighting to a higher effciency level in Town facilities; and,
Installing a solar power facility.

This third item — solar, or photovoltaic (PV) power, has some urgency.  Continue reading