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West County Notebook

Buckland clerk’s office closed today through Thursday

BUCKLAND — The town clerk’s office will be closed today through Thursday for a town clerks conference.

It will also be closed the week of June 23 for vacation.

Shelburne clerk’s office closed today for clerks conference

SHELBURNE — The town clerk’s office will be closed on today so that Town Clerk Joseph Judd can attend a clerks conference that day.

Water power topic of Colrain Historical Society meeting

COLRAIN — How water was turned into power in the early mills will be the program topic at the meeting of the Colrain Historical Society Thursday in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House.

Charlie Lotspeich, park supervisor at Holyoke Heritage State Park, will discuss the mechanics of waterpower and the transition to turbines and steam, in the third of a series of programs on water power and mills in Colrain’s history.

A business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 by the waterpower program. This free program will be open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For further information call Joan at 624-8818.

Wind bylaw info Thursday

BUCKLAND — The Planning Board hosts a public information session Thursday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall on a proposed Small Wind Energy Facility Bylaw. The bylaw’s purpose is to provide for responsible development of the town’s wind energy resources. It will set standards for design, placement, construction, monitoring, modification and removal of small wind electricity generating facilities that address public health and safety; minimize impacts on property values and the scenic; natural and historic resources of the town, and provide adequate financial assurances for decommissioning.

Zoning Bylaw changes are also proposed that would prohibit large-scale wind energy facilities in all zoning districts. Copies of this draft bylaw are available at the Town Hall. Residents and town officials are encouraged to attend. For more information call Chairman John Gould at 625-6451.

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