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Candy and costumes

TURNERS FALLS — At the moment, threats of heavy rain notwithstanding, the annual Rag Shag Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, with trick-or-treating up and down Avenue A before the parade.

Costumed youngsters are invited to trick-or-treat at participating businesses, marked with a pumpkin in the window or doorway, between 4 and 5 p.m.

Parade participants are asked to gather in the Food City parking lot for the ghoulish procession beginning at 5:15 p.m.

The parade ends in the Great Falls Discovery Center parking lot with prizes and candy.

Taxes due

GILL — Preliminary real estate and personal property taxes are due Thursday. The tax collector’s office will be open that day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Payments received after that day are subject to interest at the rate of 14 percent per annum which will be charged on the unpaid and overdue amount. Property owners will also be required to pay charges and fees incurred for collection if payments are not made when due.

Payments are considered made when received by the collector. To obtain a receipted bill, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and both copies of the bill with your payment. Please call the collector’s office at 413-863-2105 with any questions.

Public bodies need members

GILL — Highlighted by a recent resignation from the Conservation Commission that left the board without a quorum due to another member’s conflict of interest, six town bodies are in need of members.

Town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington said the Conservation Commission’s problem was solved temporarily with two former members agreeing to two-month appointments, but that commission, the Recreation Committee, Cable Advisory Committee, Agricultural Commission, Cultural Council and Energy Commission all need full members, and the Zoning Board of Appeals could use alternate members.

Purington can be reached at the Town Hall at 413-863-9347.

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