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West County Notebook

‘Conversation Cafe’ resumes Wednesday

BUCKLAND — The town’s Council on Aging is reviving the “Conversation Cafe” series that was so well-attended a few years ago by people of all ages, at different locations within Shelburne Falls.

The first discussion topic of this new series is: “Are you prepared for an emergency,” which is about preparedness in times of extreme weather, and other situations. The meeting takes place Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Mary Lyon Church social hall, on Upper Road, Buckland.

A speaker from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and local ambulance drivers will be there to provide information.

The event is aimed at West County residents age 55 and older, but people of all ages are welcome. Participants are asked to bring their own sandwiches, but soup, beverages and dessert will be available. For more information, call the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls, at 625-2502 or Ellen Eller at 625-6686.

Heath to consider nuisance dog complaint Thursday

HEATH — A dog hearing takes place Thursday at the Community Hall to determine whether dogs owned/kept by Ronald Woodard of Colrain Stage Road are nuisance dogs or dangerous dogs, and whether an order to restrain or dispose of the dogs should be issued. Witnesses and evidence will be presented.

Charlemont election papers available

CHARLEMONT — Nomination papers for this year’s annual town election are available and due back to Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds by April 23 at 5 p.m.

Here are the positions to be filled during the May 28 election. All are for three-year terms unless otherwise noted: selectman, moderator (one-year term), assessor, Hawlemont School Committee, Mohawk School Committee, tree warden (one year), Planning Board, associate Planning Board member (one-year), two seats on the Board of Health, Tyler Memorial Library trustee, Parks and Recreation Commission (five-year term), and constable.

Shelburne approves extra spending

SHELBURNE — Special town meeting voters approved four expenditures and transferred $113,574 of the town’s certified “free cash” surplus into its rainy-day stabilization account. The expenditures approved were:

∎ $6,881 for the town’s share of a 2009 tax abatement for Verizon NE, after the state’s property tax ruling was overturned in the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

∎ $1,775 to allow up to 120 additional hours of clerical assistance for the Planning Board, which is working on a bylaw for small-scale wind turbine bylaws.

∎ $300 to set up two additional telephone lines at the Shelburne Fire State, which serves as the town’s Emergency Operations Center.

∎ $2,500 to be used for special elections costs, for the state primary and election to chose a new U.S. senator for John Kerry’s former seat.

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