West County Notebook

Charlemont voters face public safety purchases

CHARLEMONT — Voters will be asked to buy police, fire and ambulance equipment at a special town meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

They will also be asked to pay a $29,418 tax abatement that will go to Verizon New England Consolidated because of a court ruling regarding a property tax levied on the company for utility equipment on public ways.

The utility is paying property taxes on its poles and equipment, but towns that received tax money from Verizon in fiscal year 2009 have to pay a tax abatement plus interest for that first year the tax was levied.

Other funding requests include:

∎ $790 to pay an FY 2011 police bill.

∎ $4,000 to buy nine police safety vests.

∎ $3,000 for an optical emitter for the town ambulance.

∎ $10,000 to repair the fire department’s M2 fire truck.

∎ $350 to pay for the purchase of veterans markers and flags.

∎ $38.50 for an outstanding police department bill.

Family to serve dinner as cancer fundraiser

BUCKLAND — The Willis family will be serving up a public ham dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Mary Lyon Church in Buckland to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The dinner will feature baked ham, scalloped potatoes, butternut squash, peas, cabbage salad, homemade dinner rolls, apple crisp with ice cream, cider and coffee. The dinner will be prepared and served by the Willis Family Team with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

The cost is $10 per person, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and under 6 free. For reservations or further information, call the Willis family at 413-625-2649.

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