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FOLLOW-UP SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER 13 --  Responding quickly to the fact that the October 16 Special Town Meeting adjourned after having voted on only one Article on its warrant, the Hawley Board of Selectmen set Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 pm as the date and time for the next one.  The warrant for that meeting, which promises to contain fewer articles than the first, will be distributed shortly. 
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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.

CHARLEMONT-HAWLEY CULTURAL COUNCIL ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS -- The Charlemont-Hawley Cultural Council is now accepting grant applications for the 2015 fiscal year. Applications may be submitted by individuals, schools, and/or cultural organizations. Cultural programs include such events as concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, and film.
 
The Charlemont-Hawley Cultural Council gets so many applications that its members prefer to limit grants to individuals and organizations located (or presenting events) in Hawley or Charlemont, or to schools that serve those communities. This past year grants went to Hawlemont School for artistic and scientific programs, to the Sons & Daughters of Hawley for their shape-note SING with Alice Parker, to Mohawk Trail Concerts, to the Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival, and to many other institutions and individuals. Most of the council’s grants are in amounts between $100 and $500.
 
Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 15. Application forms may be found online at
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/.
 
The council will award approximately $8600 in grant money this year. Completed application forms should be mailed to the Charlemont-Hawley LCC, c/o Tinky Weisblat, 84 Middle Road, Hawley, MA 01339.

The council will meet on Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m. at the Hawley Town Office to vote on the 2015 grant applications. Letters will go out to applicants before the end of 2014 telling them whether their grants have been approved.
 
Anyone with questions should contact Tinky at 339-4747 or
drtinky@earthlink.net. Hawley’s current council members are Peter Beck, Joanne MacLean, Pamela Shrimpton, and Tinky Weisblat.

WASTE DISTRICT ESTABLISHES WOOD PELLET BAG RECYCLING FACILITIES VIA PILOT PROJECT -- The plastic bags that the wood pellets used for home heating purposes come in are unique enough to deserve and require their own recycling processes and facilities.  And the volume of bags that needs to be recycled is becoming substantial in Franklin County.

Responding to this need, the Franklin County Solid Waste District (FCSWD) has inaugurated a pilot program involving placement of special pellet bag recycling sheds in six transfer stations throughout the county, in addition to a larger shed at the Greenfield Transfer Station.  This program, for which there is no charge to Franklin County residents,  has been made possible by a grant to the District by MassDEP and a state Community Innovations Challenge Grant.

There are specific rules and requirements regarding recycling of pellet bags, which, along with a list of the drop-off locations, can be accessed HERE  

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR ENTIRE COMMUNITY AT HAWLEMONT ON NOVEMBER 1 - As long as they are 6 months old or more, Hawley residents who are not yet 60 or older will have their chance to take advantage of a free flu shot program on Saturday, November 1. 

In an event sponsored by the Hawley and Charlemont Boards of Health and the Hawlemont Emergency Dispensing Site Team, Hawlemont School will once again serve as a free flu shot inoculation site from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Residents are reminded to bring their health insurance cards, if possible.  Flyer.

BYLAW FOR LARGE-SCALE SOLAR INSTALLATIONS IS NEARING FINAL DRAFT: YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED -- The Planning Board of the Town of Hawley is STILL ACTIVELY SEEKING feedback and guidance as  it finalizes a proposed by-law concerning large-scale solar installations. This by-law will affect how the Town manages this issue going forward.  NOW is the time to offer your comments and insights.  If you have already contributed feedback, check out the results here. 

Please review the draft of the proposed by-law for large-scale solar installations by following the links to the three documents below --

-- and send your feedback to --

NEW APPOINTMENTS LISTED -- A small Town like Hawley is fueled by the efforts of its volunteers.  While some appointed and elected positions do receive stipends, very few are paid highly enough to constitute a "living."  So all who serve the Town deserve our thanks.

The following is a list of people whose appointments to various Town roles and committees were approved at the Selectboard meeting held on Tuesday, June 17.  Some of them have served in the same capacity for several years, and are being reappointed.  All of them deserve our cooperation and support.  The list has been sorted alphabetically by the volunteers' last names:

Joyce Charland - Council on Aging (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Gregory Cox - Fire Chief (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Gregory Cox - Forest Fire Warden (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Gregory Cox - Emergency Management Director (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Gregory Cox - Measurer of Wood and Surveyor of Lumber (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Gregory Cox - Representative to Regional Emergency Planning Commission (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Lloyd Crawford - Conservation Commission (3 year term, exp. 2017)
Peter Mitchell - Agriculture Commission (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Pamela Shrimpton - Historical Commission (3 year term, exp. 2017)
Pamela Shrimpton - Burial Agent (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Kathryn Sternstein - Planning Board (5 year term, exp. 2019)
Cyndie Stetson - Council on Aging (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Christopher Tirone - Animal Control Officer (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Christopher Tirone - Representative to Veterans Service Center (1 year term, exp. 2015)
Lisa Turner - Council on Aging (1 year term, exp. 2015)

In addition, the following people have been appointed as Election Registrars in the past two months:

Margaret Eggert
Daniel Hoyt
Melanie Poudrier
Pamela Shrimpton

A more complete list of the Town's Fiscal 2015 appointees will be published on this website shortly.