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West County Notebook

Towns pay for new siding for Highland Village

SHELBURNE FALLS — Buckland and Shelburne selectmen agreed to spend $154,681 in Community Development Block Grant money for new siding for the Shelburne Highland Village housing complex for seniors.

The total project will cost $201,235, with $46,554 to come from the Shelburne Housing Authority. Robin Sherman, executive director of the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority, thanked the towns for their generosity.

The Regional Housing Authority manages the 46-apartment complex for the Shelburne Housing Authority.

“Highland Village was built in 1976,” said Sherman. “This will buy us another generation.”

Adler tree sticks out in Potholes plan

SHELBURNE — If the town decides to build a new observation deck and walkway by the Glacial Potholes, it must also consider a mountain alder tree that is growing right in the path of the design plans created a few years ago.

Selectman Joseph Judd said the state’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program has reviewed a habitat study of the Glacial Potholes and says the design must either work around the alder, or the tree must be transplanted.

The mountain alder is considered a threatened species in Massachusetts.

Judd said he has spoken to Guntlow & Associates Engineering of Williamstown about the tree, and the engineers will look at the plan, to see how to address the issue. They will also include an estimate of any additional costs.

Multigenerational Choir recruits voices

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Hilltown Harmony Multigenerational Choir is beginning its fall session today and is looking for new members.

No auditions are necessary to join this group, which welcomes everyone from ages 12 to 100. Many styles of music are included at rehearsals, which will culminate in a Nov. 23 performance.

The choir director is Shelley Roberts, with musical accompaniment by Amy Robert-Crawford.

There is no cost to participants, and rehearsals take place at the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the center at 625-2502.

Reviewing Buckland Rec’s future

BUCKLAND — Special town meeting voters will be asked to spend $10,000 to pay for an engineering study and master plan for the Buckland Recreational Area.

The special town meeting will take place on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

The study is to include information about repairs or replacing the swimming pool, which was built in the 1960s, and about creating a play area, and a “splash area” for very young children.

Also on the warrant is a request to pay an emergency management expense from an earlier fiscal year, for $2,084.

Starzyk backup for animal control

BUCKLAND — Joseph Starzyk of Colrain was appointed to serve as the town’s reserve animal control officer, who will respond to calls whenever the town’s Animal Control Officer Ed Grinnell is on vacation.

Fox, Dean swap on planning panel

BUCKLAND — Selectman Kevin Fox has stepped down from the recently formed Mohawk Long-Range Planning Committee, but his colleague Selectman Robert Dean has been appointed to represent the town in this group.

The long-range planning committee was formed this summer to look at ways to cut costs for the eight-town Mohawk Trail Regional School District, in view of declining enrollment.

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