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Gill-Montague Notebook

Gill-Montague school panel contest

Nomination papers are in and there will be one race on the ballot for the three Gill-Montague School Committee seats to be decided in the May election.

Incumbent Jane Oakes of 154 French King Highway is running unopposed for the Gill representative’s seat and there are three names up for the two Montague representative seats.

Incumbents Marjorie Levenson of 25 Turner St., Lake Pleasant, and current Chairwoman Joyce Phillips of 18 Vladish Ave., Turners Falls, both returned nomination forms, as did Charles Kelly of 89 K St., Turners Falls.

The committee meets every other Tuesday during the school year, once a month over summer break, and, among other responsibilities, approves the district budget and hires the superintendent and other central office administrators.

The committee is made up of three Gill representatives, six Montague representatives and two non-voting advisory members representing Erving, which sends its students to Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School under a tuition agreement.

While the four above will be the only names appearing on the ballot, there is the possibility of write-in campaigns.

Race for Montague selectman’s seat

MONTAGUE — There will be a race on the ballot for a selectman’s seat in this year’s annual town election.

Nomination papers are in and there are three hats in the ring for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Christopher Boutwell of 28 Sunset Drive, Matthew M. McMullin of 19 Canal St., both in the village of Turners Falls, and Jacobo A. Roque of 20 Bridge St., Millers Falls.

These names represent those put forward through the regular town process; the town has an alternate route to the ballot in the form of the Montague Democratic Caucus. Prospective candidates may use the town nomination process, now complete, or submit their name to the head of the local Democratic Town Committee for consideration in the caucus set for this week.

Election through the caucus to the town ballot is open only to registered Democrats, and is now closed. Letters of interest were due Monday.

The caucus is scheduled for Thursday from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the first floor meeting room of the Town Hall. Voting is open to residents registered as Democrats or un-enrolled.

Jay DiPucchio, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, said there will be no races for the caucus. Most submitting letters of interest were incumbents and most are already guaranteed a spot on the town election ballot through the Town Hall nomination process.

A full list of candidates through both processes will follow once the caucus is complete and the ballot settled.

Incumbents seek re-election in Gill

GILL — There will be no races on the ballot in Gill this year. The nomination process for the annual town election drew a full slate of incumbents and no contests, according to Town Clerk Lynda Hodsdon Mayo.

Offices up for election, all for three-year terms, are Selectboard member and sewer commissioner, assessor, cemetery commissioner, Board of Health member, treasurer and library trustee.

The annual town election will be May 20 in the fire station. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. The deadline to register to vote is April 30.

Voter registration deadline

MONTAGUE — Wednesday is the last day to register to vote or to change your party affiliation for the upcoming special state primary April 30. Registration will be held at the town clerk’s office for all Montague residents who will be 18 years old on or before April 30. Office hours will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered voters who belong to any one of the two parties, Republican or Democrat, must vote their party affiliation. Un-enrolled registered voters may choose any one of the two party ballots. The town clerk’s office is located in the Town Hall, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls. For more information call 863-3200, ext 203.

Absentee ballots available

MONTAGUE — Absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office for the April 30 state primary. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon April 29. To vote absentee you must be out of town on the day of the election, have a religious belief that prohibits you from being at the polls or have a physical disability that prevents you from going to the polls. All absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office by the close of the polls on April 30. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Town Hall hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Town Clerk’s Office is located in the Town Hall, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls. For more information call 863-3200, ext 203 or email townclerk@montague-ma.gov

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