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Shelburne planners hear about
wind power bylaw

SHELBURNE — Tonight, the town Planning Board will discuss its wind turbine moratorium and hear from Briony Angus of Tighe & Bond engineering consultants on local wind power bylaws. Angus is the Planning Board’s consultant, provided with the help of a technical assistance grant from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School on Mechanic Street.

Buckland’s voter registration deadline today

BUCKLAND — Residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election must register by today. Voter registration takes place that day from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the town clerk’s office in Town Hall.

If you failed to respond to the annual census request, your voter status is inactive. Contact, Town Clerk Janice Purington if you have any questions.

Charlemont absentee ballots available now

CHARLEMONT — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 state and federal election are available from Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds. Residents may apply for an absentee ballot if they will be out of town during polling hours (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), if they have a physical disability or a religious belief that prohibits them from going to the polls. For absentee ballots, contact Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds at 413-339-4335, ext. 7. The deadline to apply is noon on Nov. 5.

Charlemont OKs new pole for
high-speed Internet

CHARLEMONT — To help the Massachusetts Broadband Institute wire the hilltowns for high-speed Internet, selectmen approved a new utility pole that National Grid representative Bonnie Brown says is needed to support communication cables, to establish a fiber route through the town.

Brown told the board Monday night that MBI had requested the pole “to correct a long span” between existing poles on Route 8A North, so there would be additional clearance to make space broadband wires. Brown said the existing poles are 300 feet apart, and the new pole will be installed at about 150 between them.

Part of the Town Hall basement is to be leased to the MBI to serve as a “point of interconnection” telecommunications center for seven other hilltowns as well as for Charlemont.

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