Bulletins . . .

♦ Clesson Brook Road Closures — go HERE

DOH Launches Know-Plan-Prepare Campaign . . .

FOLLOWING UP ON ITS WORK IN PRIOR YEARS, the Massachusetts Department of Health Office of Preparedness andprep-check Emergency Management is again sponsoring a statewide campaign to “. . . encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats and disasters.

This year’s campaign will include TV spots with themes like:

Build an emergency kit
Create a family communication plan
Plan for your medical needs
Safe and well
Include your pets in planning

As part of the 2016 program, the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management will be publishing a preparedness checklist and distributing the following materials:

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Admin. Action Still Pending Re: WiredWest . . .

UPDATE (8/21/16) — The Hawley Selectboard will again be considering disaffiliation with WiredWest at its meeting on Tuesday, August 23.  Download Selectboard Agenda HERE.

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If the IRS Contacts You by Phone, it’s a SCAM!

AREA HOUSEHOLDS HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED FRAUDULENTspam-alert-anim telephone calls impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  An automated voice tells the recipient that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against them and asks that they call an 800 number for more information.

THIS IS A SCAM, run by thieves trying to get personal/financial information and/or money from you.  As a rule, the IRS will NEVER initiate contact with you by phone or e-mail.  The IRS only initiates contact by postal mail or rarely, a physical visit by agents.  Any phone calls or e-mails purporting to be from the IRS are false.

If you receive such a call or e-mail, DO NOT respond to the call-back number, click on any links, give out any personal/financial information, or send any money.

New Email Address for Assessors . . .

IF YOU WANT TO SED AN EMAIL to the Hawley Board of Assessors, you’ll have to use the new email address.  The old one — HawleyAssessors@crocker.com  — doesn’t work any more.  Use this instead:

assessor@townofhawley.com

It still goes to the same place — multi-talented Virginia Gabert will receive your message in her continuing role as Clerk to the Board of Assessors — and she’ll make sure it gets the focus it deserves.

Clesson Brook Road Closure in Effect . . .

PLEASE NOTE THAT CLESSON BROOK ROAD in Bucklandroadclosed-anim below Shepard Road is now closed to through traffic between Route 112 and Hawley — due to replacement of a bridge —  until later this fall.


East Hawley residents (and Sidehill Farm) going to Shelburne Falls or Greenfield should be prepared to: 
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Opportunity for the Specially Challenged . . .

IF YOU ARE LIVING WITH A DISABILITY IN HAWLEY, and have wheelchair-rampedreason to travel back and forth to Greenfield and vicinity from time to time, then the FRTA has an opportunity you might find interesting. FRTA is the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, a state-supported public transportation agency that runs regular bus/van routes fanning out from the Olver Transport Center in Greenfield to: Continue reading

Ad Hoc Group Members Sought . . .

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMED — In the 1990s, Hawley had a committee whose charge was to address sustainable-energyenergy shortages.   Every town had an energy committee.   In time, this committee merged with the Conservation Commission and  eventually, energy slipped off the radar as a major public issue and the committee lost its relevance.
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Proactive, Flexible Stance . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE (MBI) HAS SET a fast pace in the weeks since it first announced a new direction and level of flexibility. For a Town like Hawley, this is the first time that Town officials and committee members have felt like they're really "in the game," as critical criteria have changed and a new attitude of cooperation has become apparent. Here's a six-point analysis of actions MBI has taken to keep things moving since May 10:

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MTRHS Silver Medal Award . . .

MOHAWK TRAIL REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN HONORED WITH A SILVER MEDAL by US News & World Report in its annual ranking of the Nation’s Best High Schools. [Downloads: ARTICLE; SLIDE PRESENTATION. (1MB .pdf file)]

The ranking is based on a formula that incorporates a number USNewsAwardof key variables including college readiness, Advanced Placement participation and performance, English and Math proficiency, graduation rate, progress in closing the achievement gap between different subgroups of students, and demographic composition of students.

Overall, Mohawk was ranked 74th out of 430 Massachusetts public high schools. The survey cited Mohawk’s proficiency in English (92%) and mathematics (87%) as well as the school’s overall 4-year graduation rate of 92%.
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Conflagration . . .

“FIRE” IS TOO SMALL A WORD to encompass what took place on Saturday, June 4 at Pete Mitchell’s Headwater Cider Orchard on Forget Road in East Hawley. It was a controlled burn, to be sure, with at least seven fire companies participating in addition to Hawley, but there was nothing controlled about the way the historic old house went up once the training exercises were complete, the perimeters were set and the flames were given free reign within them.

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Participating Towns included:

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