Monthly Archives: January 2018

Students Take Note . . .

WELLS FUND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 20: Established under the will of former Greenfield resident Fred W. Wells, the Wells Fund is used to award scholarships to students in agricultural, mechanical and professional fields.

The maximum award for any one year is $1,000.00, and individual recipients are limited to a total of four thousand dollars over the course of an academic career.

Hawley residents who have lived in the town for at least two years immediately prior to the date of application are eligible. Academic record, need, character, leadership ability, extra-curricular activities and employment are taken into consideration. Students of all ages are welcome to apply.

Scholarship awards are contingent upon the applicant’s matriculation from high school into an academic program. 

Applications must be postmarked on or before March 20, 2018 to be considered. Download an application form HERE

Heating-Cooling Renovations to begin February 5

HVAC CONTRACTOR GATES PLUMBING, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and GeoThermal Systems will begin installing the Hawley Town Office’s  new “Mini Split Heat Pump System” — a type of energy-efficient heat pump technology that uses air as its energy source for warmth in the winter and also for cooling in the summer — on Monday, February 5. This project, which is fully funded under the auspices of the Massachusetts Green Communities program, should be complete by the end of next week.

According to Administrative Assistant Cass Nawrocki, “The largest impact of the work is likely to be some disruption to the heating situation, mainly because of workers coming and going through the doors, and a brief time without power when the final electric hookup is completed.   Our existing propane heater will continue to chug away as needed.   There are no expected changes to staff hours.”

Selectboard Newsbits — January 23 Meeting . . .

Town Office Window Replacements: Bids are still under consideration. Final decision will be made at the next Selectboard Meeting (February 6).

Electricity Aggregation Proposal: The Selectboard met with Bob Dean, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) regarding an Electricity Aggregation project. After hearing his presentation, the Board voted to continue the investigation, appointing Will Cosby as Representative and Bob Root as Alternate for purposes of participating in meetings and reporting back to the Town.

Animal Control Officer: Chris Tirone was reappointed to this position.

♦ Veterans Tax Options: Two options for Veterans were discussed and tabled.

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