West County Notebook, March 2, 2018

Thursday, March 01, 2018
Charlemont nomination papers ready

CHARLEMONT — Nomination papers for residents who want to run for elected office are now available from Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds during her office hours, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The three-year terms up for election or re-election are: Selectboard; Board of Assessors; Mohawk Regional School Committee; Local Education Council; Board of Health, Constable; and Tyler Memorial Library Trustee.

There are two Hawlemont School Committee seats on the ballot, one for a three-year term and one for one year.

Also there is a five-year seat and a four-year seat on the Planning Board; a five-year seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission; and a one-year term as town Moderator.

Also, 2018 dog licenses are available, and all dogs must be licensed by the end of March, to avoid a late fee.

The cost is $5 per spayed or neutered dog; $10 for all others.

Running for Rowe

ROWE — To be on the annual town election ballot, those interested in running for office must take out nomination papers by March 26 and return them to the town clerk for certification by March 30. Town Clerk Katherine Sprague’s office hours are Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The seats up for election are: Board of Assessors (a two-year and a three-year position); Board of Health, Selectboard, Park Commission, Cemetery Commission (one three-year term for each of these boards; two three-year seats on the Finance Committee and one two-year position); Planning Board (five-year term); a Library Trustee and School Committee seat, each three-year terms.

Go back to school in Shelburne

SHELBURNE — A brief history of Shelburne schools since 1795 — when eight district schools were started in the area — will be presented from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Shelburne Historical Society’s Arms Academy building in Shelburne Falls.

“Shelburne School Days” moves through changes to schools throughout the town including the founding of Arms Academy in 1880 to the Buckland-Shelburne Regional Elementary School’s opening in 1959.

A panel discussion with former students will explore their school experience during different generations. They will touch on big changes, such as the Great Baby Boom era, and how this affected education in West County.

There will be photos, yearbooks, and other artifacts on display. Come bring your own stories to share as well.

Refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.