Updated January 10, 2021
by Lark Thwing
Friday December 18 we completed the Phase 3 sites including the Stetson Road site, the site on West Hawley Road near Savoy Road, the site near Shrimpton’s on Forge Hollow Road, and the site near 129 East Hawley Road (which is temporarily powered by an extension cord from the Sisum’s house).
Phase 4 sites are in the works. Poles are already up at the Hawley Town Hall and the East Hawley Rd site near Yates/Scott. By January 15, we expect to have poles installed on Plainfield Rd near the Scott farm and at the Lawless site, the big house on the cliff overlooking west Hawley. We expect these Phase 4 sites to be configured by the end of January, waiting only for power from National Grid at the Plainfield Road site and the existing pole near Yates/Scott. Continue reading
Bid Winners — 12/22/20:
Thank you to all bid participants!
As promised, we are moving forward with the FHMS network infrastructure. By Friday December 11, we will have completed the Phase 3 sites including the Stetson Road site, as well as the site on West Hawley Road near Savoy Road, the site near Shrimpton’s on Forge Hollow Road, and the site near 129 East Hawley Road.
For months the site at Forget Road east of Grout Rd, the Forget Road site near Sidehill farm/Doane Cemetery, the site at the top of West Hill Rd above Stumpsprouts, and the Berkshire East site have been operational.
If you live near one of these eight sites and want broadband, please contact Kate Albert at WiValley. Her email is email@example.com and her phone is 603-546-7204.
Provide her with your name, address, city, phone and email address. She will reach out to you.
As you know, I have a strong preference for in person meetings. However I also have to protect this Town and to make decisions based on data. We are dealing with a major resurgence of COVID-19. A lot of people are getting sick or dying.
Tuesday, December 8th will be a hybrid SelectBoard meeting as planned.
HOWEVER until further notice, all future Select Board meetings are going to be via teleconference. Warrants will be emailed, voted over the phone, and then I will sign paper copies the next day as I have been authorized to do. I am making this decision as the Chairman of this Board as I believe it is my prerogative to do.
There was a bid put out to evaluate a series of culvert replacements and repairs in the Kings Corner area. Click HERE for details.
Hawley now has a Ballot Box on the left side of the Town Office building for ballots only.
Voters who choose to cast their ballots by mail can consider this a safe and fast way to get their ballots to the Town Clerk. Pamela Shrimpton is the only person who has access to this box, and she will check it at least daily.
TOWN CLERK PAMELA SHRIMPTON REPORTS that the Special Town Meeting held outside the Town Office due to COVID on 10/19 ran smoothly, thanks to Moderator Lark Thwing and the 17 registered voters who participated. The voters agreed on all seven articles unanimously, from a vocational tuition reduction to joining the Woodlands Partnership Program. The meeting lasted about 16 minutes.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Hussain Hamdan led the group in a moment of silence for Margaret Eggert, who passed away recently. She had been an active and important member of Hawley, working for years as an Election Clerk and active in the Sons & Daughters of Hawley historical group. Margaret’s smiling face and always kind words will be surely missed.
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Hi All Hawleyites,
As part of the Election Day Bake Sale on November 3, (and because this is a such a controversial presidential election), Beth Thwing is taking advance orders for her Spinach, Feta, Cheddar Quiche. You can call 339-0124 or email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours.
Between now and the election, she’ll be baking many more than the usual number of quiches and will fill your requests in the order in which she receives them. Beth will then notify you when your order is ready. Where do you pick up your quiche? By arrangement: either at the Town Office, or at her 15 Pond Road home.