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Bid Winners — 12/22/20:

Thank you to all bid participants!

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December 4, 2020 FHMS Broadband Update from Lark Thwing

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 kate@wivalley.net and her phone is 603-546-7204.

Provide her with your name, address, city, phone and email address. She will reach out to you.

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Chairman Hamdan: Only Telephonic Select Board Meetings After 12/8/20

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.

Therefore:
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.
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King’s Corner Project Bid – Results and Award

There was a bid put out to evaluate a series of culvert replacements and repairs in the Kings Corner area. Click HERE for details.

New State COVID Restrictions in Effect As of Midnight 11/6/20

  • Stay-at-home advisory – from 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
  • Restaurants, etc. – to close at 9:30 p.m.
  • Gatherings – Private homes no more than 10 people.  Outdoor, no more than 25 people.  Ending at 9:30 p.m.
  • Face Coveringsrequired in public, even with social distancing.

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Hawley Now Has a New, Secure, Outdoor Ballot Drop

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.

Special Town Meeting Report

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.

Wanted: Hawleyites to Contribute to the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health wants to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis.  By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most.  DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action –  it is very important that western MA residents be counted in this survey.  We believe this effort will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.   If you are 14 years old or older, please consider participating using this link:
www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey

Beth’s Election Day Quiche Masterpiece Ramps up for Early Orders

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 beththwing@gmail.com 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.
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Who Was that Masked Election Worker?

Hawley Town Clerk Pam Shrimpton was recently contacted by AIS, a Leominster manufacturer of office furniture, that is working with town election officials throughout the state to provide free face masks to election workers. Initially skeptical, Pam eventually ordered and received 25 masks the day after she requested them. In doing so, Pam joined over 200 towns throughout the Commonwealth who are benefiting from AIS’ largess.

Click to download the Springfield Republican article that resulted.