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HAWLEY’S 2015 ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION – NOMINATION PAPERS FOR ELECTED POSITIONS -- Nomination papers are now available from the Town Clerk for the May 4, 2015 Hawley Annual Town Election.  For those who wish to run for office, papers need to be picked up by March 12th and returned with voters’ signatures by 5 pm on March 16th.

Positions available (for 3 year terms unless noted otherwise) are:

• Selectman/Board of Health (incumbent Robert MacLean)
• Assessor (incumbent Henry Eggert)
• Assessor (vacant – 1 year term)
• School Committee (vacant)
• Representative to K-12 Committee for MRTSD (incumbent Suzanne Crawford)
• Moderator (incumbent Kirby “Lark” Thwing – 1 year term)
• Auditor   (incumbent Carla Clark – 1 year term)

Nomination Papers can be picked up at the Town Office on Wednesdays from 9 to 12, at Selectboard Meetings, or by appointment. Please call Pamela Shrimpton, Town Clerk: Office 339-5518 / Home 339-4091 or email

NATIONAL GRID ISSUES NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION WARNINGS -- Natural Gas and Electricity utility National Grid has issued warnings regarding the dangers of snow accumulation to the media for distribution to customers throughout MA and RI.  The notice includes recommended steps to minimize the problems.

Items covered include:

  1. Overhanging Ice and Snow;
  2. Natural Gas Leaks;
  3. Snow Clearing Safety; and,
  4. Carbon Monoxide.

For the full text of the National Grid press release, click HERE.

CPHS, OPOID TASK FORCE COLLABORATE ON NEW DRUG-DROP LOCATION -- The Town of Buckland Police Station is the latest location where unwanted drugs, both prescription and otherwise, can be dropped off for disposal with no questions asked.  The Buckland drug-drop-point will be open as of Monday, February 9.

Jointly funded by the Cooperative Public Health Service and the Ophoid Task Force, the drop-off consists of a specially-designed "MEDRETURNBOX" that allows for multiple "deposits" but no "withdrawals."  The new Buckland location is one of seventeen located throughout the area.  Here is the full list:  

♦ Amherst
South Hadley

Solid Waste District News . . .

FCSWD POSTS SEVERAL RECYCLING ANNOUNCEMENTS -- The Franklin County Solid Waste District has several programs underway that offer recycling services to Hawley residents.  The District recently issued a newsletter, which can be accessed in its entirety, here.

The newsletter can also be accessed topically, below:

Successful Wood Pellet Bag Reclycing Program

New Agricultural Plastic Recycling Program

What to Do With Wall-Mounted Mercury Thermostats

Spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Day on May 16th 

From the Hawley Fire Department . . .

BURNING SEASON HAS BEGUN -- The Commonwealth’s Open Burning Season began on January 15th and runs through May 1st.

During this period, residents who obtain a burning permit from the fire department may burn brush on their property provided no fire is closer than 75 feet from a structure.  Only brush can be burned, not grass, leaves, household trash, demolition materials or other waste.  Permits are good for only the day they are issued, and all fires must be out by dark.

Permits will only be issued during safe burning conditions.

Residents burning brush should have a pail of water or charged hose if possible to help keep the fire under control.  The fire must be attended until it is out – any unattended fires reported to the fire department will be put out.

If you feel that your fire is getting out of control – call 911 and the fire department will come and help get it under control.

To get a permit, call either Greg Cox at 339-5526, Bob Root at 339-5592, or Dan Hoyt at 339-8650 the day you want to burn (we are not allowed to issue permits in advance).  You may also email Greg Cox at

Anyone burning without a permit can be fined by both the town and by the state.

Agricultural burning is allowed year-round with a permit from the fire department, if fire conditions are safe.

Please Note:   Due to state air pollution regulations, we cannot issue permits on some otherwise safe days for burning if atmospheric conditions make smoke likely to hang low and not rise.
Click HERE for a printable/postable copy of this advisory.
Part Time Help Wanted . . .
HILLTOWN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS "SAFETY AT HOME" PROGRAM SEEKS PART-TIME DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM ADVOCATE --  Seeking a 20-hour Domestic Violence Victim Advocate to provide advocacy services to residents of the Hilltowns in collaboration with State and local law enforcement, and health and community service providers. Experience in safety planning, referrals, court preparation and accompaniment, support and education required. Qualifications include a BA degree or equivalent, with a minimum of 2 years working with individuals experiencing domestic violence. Car required and must be able to provide transportation to others. Knowledge of community and rural services required. Looking for candidate with strong commitment to mission of the organization. Send cover letter and resume to: Personnel Coordinator, Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc., 58 Old North Rd., Worthington, MA 01098 or to  AA/EOE.

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Please submit applications by February 6, 2015.

From John Sears . . .

MTSRD LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE TO PRESENT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON JANUARY 21-- After nearly two years of deliberation, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District (MTRSD) Long-Range Planning Committee will present its recommendations and findings to the School Committee on January 21, 2015 at 7pm in the high school auditorium.  Should you wish to view the White Paper and the PowerPoint presentation beforehand, please visit the district's webpage at   Links to both are on the opening page of the district website under News & Announcements.

Please note that if you click on the presentation, you need to download it (not view it).  This is spelled out to the viewer within the verbiage on the actual link.

PS - A copy of the MTRSD Long Range Planning Committee's White Paper can be downloaded HERE for your viewing convenience.

TOWN NURSE SCHEDULES TWO LOCAL WALK-IN CLINICS FOR EARLY 2015 -- Lisa White, BS, RN, Regional Public Health Nurse, has scheduled the first two (free) clinics for the Hawley area for 2015:

♦ Tuesday, February 10; and,
♦ Tuesday, April 14 (no clinic in March).

♦ Both clinics will be held from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Charlemont Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont.

Click HERE to download a flier with more information. 

NATIONAL GRID REPORTS BILLING SCAM -- Municipalities and police departments throughout Western Massachusetts have received notification of a complex and well-organized scam involving a group that is passing itself off as National Grid utility employees for purposes of accessing customers' homes and diverting online funds.  This holiday season activity involves calls to customers demanding immediate payment online, and requirements to purchase pre-paid debit cards, which the scammers then commandeer for their own purposes.

For more detail on this scam and what to do about it, click HERE for a National Grid press release.    

HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFERS ADVISORY OPPORTUNITY -- The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is administering the FY14 Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Program for Heath, Ashfield, Charlemont and Hawley.  This program administers the funds that are used to help low-income families wi th housing issues, with some $179,000 earmarked for Hawley and a total budget of $787,600 for the four towns in 2014. 

Each town is to have a member to serve on the Citizen Advisory Committee.  The appointed members will receive quarterly progress reports and be invited to attend any future public hearings and/or informational meetings that update residents about the program during the grant cycle.

The Board of Selectmen would like to extend this opportunity beyond people who attend Board meetings.  If this is something that you, or someone you know in town, might be interested in, we can provide some more information upon request.  The Board will review any interested candidates, and intends to make an official appointment in January.

For more information, or to express interest, contact Virginia  at the Town Office via email by clicking here or by telephone at 413-339-5518.

2014 SELECTBOARD MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD -- With the exception of the last two meetings of the Calendar year, all sets of approved minutes for Selectboard meetings held during 2014 are now accessible on the Hawley website.  Already on the website are other lists of minutes going back as far as January, 2008. 

To go to the 2014 minutes, click on the "Documents" tab on the website and follow the hyperlinks; or, navigate directly to the 2014 list by clicking HERE.

NEW TOWN TAX MAPS ARE NOW ONLINE -- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting firm Tighe and Bond presented a series of 12 new tax maps to the Town at its December 2 Selectboard meeting, and they are now available for download on the Hawley website.  These particular maps, which were generated as part of a much larger GIS project the consulting firm conducted for the Commonwealth, are current as of June, 2014, and have been made available to the Town at no charge.  In addition to showing individual parcels, the maps also include easements, tie lines, lot numbers, dimensions  and sizes, "911" addresses, historic lines, conservation lines, trails and wetlands.

To access the maps, go to the "Documents" section of the website and click on "Tax Maps" on the navigation bar or use this direct link: 

FCSWMD ISSUES HOLIDAY RECYCLING REMINDERS -- Stating that ". . . the average American family can create as many as 10 extra bags of trash around the holidays," Franklin County Solid Waste Management District (FCSWMD) wants to spread the ". . . good news that gift wrap, gift bags, gift tissue paper, boxes, cards and other holiday wastes ARE recyclable."

To further communicate that message, FCSWMD has created two documents that explain WHAT can be recycled and HOW it should be done.  Both are accessible via download as one document 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:

. . . .  

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
Pamela Shrimpton ♦ Town Clerk
Stephen Deane ♦ Chief of Police
Elizabeth (Betty) Nichols ♦ Treasurer
♦ Tax Collector

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.

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 --