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Hawley Election Tally: Raw Numbers

Hawley Election Update By Town Clerk Pam Shrimpton

Our Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, June 1 at 8 Pudding Hollow Road in Hawley from 11:45 am to 7:00 pm.

We are encouraging voting by absentee ballot. The State has informed us that the COVID-19 pandemic is enough reason for any resident to request an absentee ballot. We do still by law need to hold an election in person, and that will be at the above time and place. We may hold the election outside, and will maintain social distancing, require masks, and have fewer workers than usual.

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If we need to hold the election inside due to inclement weather, precautions will be in place, including limiting the number of people in the building at one time and requesting that voters wear masks.


  • Robert Root has submitted nomination papers for the Selectboard/Board of Health position, 3-year term. He is the incumbent presently.

Following is a list of other incumbents for your reference:

  • Town Clerk (3 year term).
    Incumbent Pamela Shrimpton
  • Auditor (1 year term).
    Incumbent Carla Clark
  • Assessor (3 year term).
    Incumbent (Chair) Rick Kean
  • Hawlemont School
    Committee (3 year term). Incumbent (previously appointed) Robert Root
  • Representative K-12 Committee for MTRSD. (3 year term) Incumbent (previously appointed) Scott Purinton
  • Moderator (1 year term). Incumbent Kirby “Lark” Thwing

Please contact the Town Clerk at 413-339-4091 if you have any questions or would like an absentee ballot mailed to you. Or email:

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Friday, May 29th at 5:00 pm.

I hope you are all staying safe, staying home as much as possible, and wearing masks! We have some very generous Hawley residents who have been busy creating masks. They are available for free outside the door on the left side of Town Hall.

Your Town Clerk,
Pamela Shrimpton

FHMS Broadband Project Moves Forward

All four poles under consideration at Tuesday night’s Selectboard Meeting and Pole Hearing were approved without opposition.

According to FHMS Committee Chair Lark Thwing: “Broadband installation for most of Hawley will begin actively around May 21st and we hope to have the vast majority of Hawley people up and operational by late July. Continue reading

From Town Clerk Pamela Shrimpton : Elections

April 4, 2020

Dear Hawley Residents,

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well at home. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we are rescheduling the Annual Town Election to Monday, June 1, 2020 at this point.

The Annual Town Meeting will be the following week, on June 8th.

I am including an absentee ballot form for DOWNLOAD since we are encouraging all residents to vote by mail (Absentee Ballot) which will involve some different procedures. If you have more than one voter in your household feel free to make additional copies. If you are unable to make copies and need more forms, please request them from me via email: or by phone: 413-339-4091. 

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Hearings on Four Utility Poles Set for May 12 Selectboard Tele-Meeting

THE HAWLEY BOARD OF SELECTMEN WILL BE CONDUCTING four pole hearings as their first item of business during their teleconference meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:45 pm.

Included will be three poles to carry broadband signal as part of the Four-Towns-WiValley-OTELCO network. There will also be a pole,  to be provided by National Grid, to carry electrical power to a fourth Broadband pole site. All poles are to be located within Town Right-of-Ways, and all are the standard, wooden telephone-pole types.

The pole locations are as follows: Continue reading

Don’t Wait — Call 911!

WE HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED disturbing reports that some people experiencing suspected medical emergencies are not calling for help or are delaying because of fears about COVID-19 or misinformation about hospitals not being open.

Our ambulances ARE up and running and our local hospitals and emergency rooms ARE open and staffed to handle all types of medical emergencies. Ambulances and hospitals are taking precautions to reduce the risk of patients becoming infected during their stay.

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Under “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, the town has adopted local options to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions and a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020.  See below.  Continue reading

What Impact Will COVID Have on Property Valuations?

None this Fiscal Year. HERE’S WHY.

Massachusetts School Closures

View a summary of the press release HERE

COVID-19: Hawley’s Response


We are trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by delaying the election a month, as allowed by law. Even with this delay, voters are strongly encouraged to vote by absentee ballot to reduce contacts at Town Hall; (an application & instructions to get your absentee ballot is enclosed).


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