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Gill-Montague Notebook

Gill elections, Selectboard race

GILL — There will be two candidates on the ballot for the seat on the Selectboard left open by long-time member Ann Banash’s decision not to run for re-election.

Fred O. Chase II of 278 Route 2 and Gregory M. Snedeker of 26 Trenholm Way returned nomination papers.

Gary A. Bourbeau of 91 West Gill Road is running unopposed for a vacant two-year term on the Cemetery Commission and all other candidates are incumbents running unopposed.

Incumbents are as follows: Board of Assessors, Raymond E. Purington of 29 Atherton Road; tax collector, Veronica A. LaChance, 5B Mountain Road Estates; Cemetery Commission, Carrie R. Stevens, 79 North Cross Road; constables Fred O. Chase II of 278 Route 2, Fred O. Chase III of 278 Route 2 and Craig D. Gaudry of 121 Barney Hale Road; library trustee, Megan Bathory-Peeler of 471 Mount Hermon Road; Board of Health, Edward W. Galipault Jr. of 93 Boyle Road.

No races on Montague ballot

MONTAGUE — Barring write-in campaigns, the town election May 19 is shaping up to see no races on the ballot.

Selectman Michael Nelson of Montague City is running for re-election unchallenged, having completed the partial term to which he was elected last spring.

Two Millers Falls residents took out nomination papers to run against Nelson but did not return them by Monday’s deadline, according to the town clerk’s office.

There are two routes to the Montague ballot, through the Town Hall nomination process and through the Montague Democratic Committee caucus. Papers were due for both on Monday. The caucus is to be held April 10 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the Town Hall, 1 Avenue A.

Democratic Committee Chairman Jay DiPucchio said all Democratic incumbents will be running unchallenged through the caucus, and there are no challengers through the town process.

As is usual, there are uncontested openings for town meeting members in most precincts. Write-ins are typically encouraged. Town meeting members are the elected representatives of the six precincts, with the exclusive right to vote at the annual and special town meetings and are therefore ultimately responsible for all large spending decisions and changes to town law, zoning and other matters.

Contact the town clerk’s office at 413-863-3200, ext. 203 with any questions. Town Hall is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and closed Fridays.

No contests in Gill-Montague elections

Barring the possibility of write-in campaigns, there will be no contested seats on the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee in the May 19 elections.

Incumbent Michael Langknecht of 14 North St., Montague Center, is running for one of two three-year Montague resident seats, with newcomer April Reipold of 17 Chestnut St., Turners Falls.

The second Montague seat sought by Reipold is uncontested on the ballot, with Shelly Clark, who won the two-year partial term as a write-in candidate in 2012, not running for re-election.

Sandra Brown of 58 River Road, Gill, is running unopposed to retain the Gill seat up for election.

Elections will be held May 19 in both towns, with the School Committee ballot available separately at the town polling places.

Montague Business Association to talk town plans

MONTAGUE — Montague Town Planner Walter Ramsey will be the guest speaker at the next Montague Business Association meeting, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Greenfield Savings Bank community room, 282 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Meet the planner and hear more about what’s coming up in Montague’s plans that could impact business plans.

Regular Montague Business Association meetings include updates on upcoming events and other agenda items, and offer a chance to talk with businesses from throughout the town. All businesses and interested community members are welcome to this free event. For more information visit the Montague Business Association website: www.montaguebusinessassociation.com.

Montague winter parking ban over

MONTAGUE — Forget the chirping robins, in a true sign of spring the winter parking ban has ended.

The overnight on-street parking ban runs Dec. 1 to April 1.

Gill winter parking ban ends April 15

GILL — Gill’s on-street overnight winter parking ban ends April 15.

Montague Cultural Council allocates grants

MONTAGUE — The Montague Cultural Council has awarded its annual grants for a palette of cultural activities including a youth circus, a senior writing class, theater, poetry and science.

The six members of the council reviewed the 38 applications received in October and awarded grants ranging from $50 to $300 and totalling $4,687 to 23 individuals and organizations, according to a release from the council.

The youngest applicants were the teens of the Traveling Rhubarb Circus, awarded $300 toward public performances this summer. The Franklin County Technical School drama program received $250 toward performances of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at the Shea Theater.

Other supported activities include an appearance by Tom Ricardi and his live birds of prey to cap the Montague Public Libraries summer reading program and a presentation of live raptors and Native American artifacts inspired by these birds of prey at the Great Falls Discovery Center, and an installation of visual poems along the Canalside Rail Trail bike path in Turners Falls.

The Montague Cultural Council will have new state funds to support 2015 events, and the deadline for applying for these grants will be Oct. 15. For more information about applying for a grant or to be considered for Montague Cultural Council membership, contact George Moonlight Davis, chairman, at gmoon1010@gmail.com or 413.422-1010.

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