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West County Notebook

Colrain special town meeting set for Jan. 6

COLRAIN — A one-article special town meeting takes place Jan. 6, to see if voters will let the Board of Selectmen lease land at the town’s transfer station for a telecommunications tower. The property is located off Route 112, and the lease would be for a term of up to 20 years. A town meeting vote is required, because without it, the board can only lease town property for up to three years.

Dec. 27 will be the last day in which residents can register to vote, if they want to participate in this special town meeting. Special voter registration hours in the Town Clerk’s office that day are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Shelburne Falls’ New Year’s Eve “Early Night”

SHELBURNE FALLS — You don’t have to wait until midnight to ring in the New Year in style: the Shelburne Recreation Committee is hosting the town’s first “New Year’s Eve Early Night” at the recently refurbished Cowell Gymnasium.

The Dec. 31 event, from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free, although donations to the gym’s operating fund are welcomed.

Early Night will feature games, crafts, dancing and a bounce house inside the gym on Maple Street. Light, non-alcoholic refreshments will be available in the lobby. There will be ample seating at tables, and the gym is handicapped accessible.

The goal is to provide a fun and warm local indoor event as an alternative to outdoor New Year’s Eve events elsewhere. The event is especially planned to appeal to parents with young children and for seniors. People of all ages are welcome.

The night will end with a countdown at 8 p.m., featuring a silver basketball ball-drop.

Charlemont plans Christmas tree bonfire

CHARLEMONT — After the holidays, come out to the grounds of the Hawlemont Regional School and watch your old Christmas tree go up in a blaze of glory. The Charlemont 250 Committee is hosting its third annual Christmas Tree bonfire on Jan. 4, from 3 to 8 p.m.

Bring you trees to the grounds on Jan. 2 and 3, after 3:30 p.m., or on Saturday. Requested donations last year were $2 per tree. Food and drinks are available by donations, as well. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, Jan. 5.

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