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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SET -- There will be a Special Town Meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm at the Town Office to act on two items related to the bridge repair on Savoy Road:

  1. A vote to accept the layout of Savoy Road; and,
  2. A vote to accept nine donated easements on Savoy Road.
Send a Letter to the Governor . . .

MIDDLE ROAD COMPLETION REQUIRES GROUP ACTION -- Citing unmet promises, half-steps and reversals that go back through two State administrations and a fistful of Alphabet Soup agencies, the Hawley Selectboard has decided to put its collective foot down and exert grassroots political pressure on the problem of fixing Middle Road.

As a result, the Selectboard has launched a letter-writing campaign that hopes to stack Governor Charlie Baker's desk high with reminders of the need to get the job done now.

The last straw completed the State's pattern of procrastination in just the past few months.  According to a Selectboard email broadcast, "After much delay, the project was permitted this spring, but the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which is responsible for the state forest, has not been willing to commit the funds necessary to do the work."

"At the suggestion of Paul Mark, our state representative, the Hawley Select Board sent ... [a] ... letter to Governor Charlie Baker last week. We are asking you to write, e-mail, or call his office as well (letters are best and should be brief and to the point)."

The Selectboard's email broadcast, plus their letter to the Governor, can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

HAWLEY, IT'S TIME WE GOT OUR STATE FOREST BACK.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR NOW!

High Speed Internet Survey Results: Now Online.
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Volunteers Needed for Town Office Spruce-Up . . . 

AS PART OF ITS PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM, the Franklin County Sherriff’s Department has offered to repaint the exterior of the Hawley Town Office sometime this summer.  But before they do that, some hale and hearty (or at least willing) Hawleyites need to put in some time getting the old building ready.

According to Selectman Phil Keenan,  most of what needs to be done has to do with replacing clapboards around the base of the building.  “Anyone with basic carpentry skills is welcome,” he said at Tuesday’s (June 2) Selectboard meeting, “but what we need as well is someone who could bring the kinds of tools (chop saws, squares, protractors, chisels, flat bars, “cat’s claw” nail pullers, etc.) that would really make the project zing along.”

Specific times and dates (mainly on weekends) will be worked out once the Town has the opportunity speak with volunteers and see what’s possible.  The consensus at the meeting was that, in order to give the Sherriff’s Department full scheduling flexibility for the rest of the summer, this project should be completed in June.

If you can help, please call Pamela Shrimpton at 413-339-5518 or at home at 413-339-4091 or email her HERE.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE ISSUES FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES ALERT -- Stating that summertime is a special time of risk for illnesses related to food poisoning, FRCOG's Public Health Nurse Lisa White has issued a bulletin containing preventative Do's and Don'ts, symptoms, and threshholds for when medical assistance is needed.  Also included are website links for more information and local contact numbers.  Download that bulletin as a .pdf, HERE.

REMINDER:  TOWN EMAIL ADDRESSES HAVE CHANGED -- Now that the Town's broadband internet connection has been tested and found viable, the Hawley Communications Committee is working on changing all official email addresses over to to the same format as the website.  Email addresses will be issued for all officers using the following format:

. . . . @townofhawley.com.  

The purpose of this change is to tie the addresses to the town domain name instead of to Internet Service Providers (HughesNet, Crocker, CornerStone, etc.), thus giving the Town more flexibility in the future and eliminating duplicate fees.

The following five email addresses have been created and/or changed:

Name Function(s) Email Address
Virginia Gabert ♦ Admin Assistant
♦ Assistant Treasurer
♦ Board of Assessors
♦ General Inquiries
info@townofhawley.com
Pamela Shrimpton ♦ Town Clerk townclerk@townofhawley.com
Stephen Deane ♦ Chief of Police policechief@townofhawley.com

Elizabeth (Betty) Nichols ♦ Treasurer
♦ Tax Collector
treasurer@townofhawley.com
collector@townofhawley.com

When changing these addresses, remember to change them in your mobile devices as well as your computer.  If you are using an email "client" like MS Outlook to handle your mail, remember as well that any lists you have created there may also have to be updated.

If you use the former addresses for these three people/functions after August 31, the messages you send will "bounce back" to you.  To recover, forward your original message (it will be in your "sent messages" folder) to the correct address.

You'll always be able to find the email addresses for the Town on this website.