West County Notebook, Feb. 15, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Fire District meeting Feb. 28

SHELBURNE FALLS — Money for water line work and engineering services are the issues that have prompted the Shelburne Falls Fire District to hold a special district meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station at 121 State St.

One article is to see if the district will vote to raise and appropriate $10,000 in anticipation of grant-funded water line work on William Street in Buckland.

The second article seeks $4,300 to provide civil engineering service for a new water treatment building planned for construction in Colrain, where the district’s wells are located.

Chili Cook-off winners

SHELBURNE FALLS — Elise Skibik of Charlemont’s “Smoky Sweet Fire Chili” took first place in Sunday’s 22nd annual chili cook-off, sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds, and held this year at the Elks Club in Shelburne Falls.

Cindy Donahue of Charlemont” “Hearty Beef Chili” won second place honors and the “Not So Lively Chili” — made by Carol Lively of the Lively Spring Farm in Rowe — won top honors for “most unique.” The event raises money for Charlemont Fairgrounds projects, including the annual “Yankee Doodle Days” celebration in July.

Fire District election planned

SHELBURNE FALLS — Buckland and Shelburne residents interested in running for Shelburne Falls Fire District elected offices have until Tuesday to pick up nomination papers at the office, in the Fire Station.

The election will take place on April 9 for: a three-year seat on the Board of Commissioners, currently held by Arthur Phillips; a three-year seat on the Board of Assessors, held by Marion Scott; and a one-year seat for Moderator, now held by Gregg Gilmore.

Nomination papers, dog licenses available

COLRAIN — Residents can now pick up nomination papers to run for elected town positions in May.

They are available from the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those running for office have until March 19 to return completed nomination papers.

Also, 2018 dog licenses are now available and all dogs must be licensed by the end of March. The price is still $5 for each spayed or neutered dog and $10 for all others.

Town Clerk Robin Hartnett will be out of the office through Tuesday, although staff member Colleen Worden will be in the office during Hartnett’s absence.