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West County Notebook

Hilltown History Fair options

COLRAIN — Those who want to attend a single lecture at the Hilltown History Fair and Conference at the Colrain Central School on Saturday may register on the day of the fair for $10. Fair organizers decided to offer a single workshop offering for those who don’t want to register for a full day’s schedule of workshops. The history fair itself is free to the public.

Colrain road
to close Monday

COLRAIN — South Green River Road will be closed Monday, until further notice, so that construction workers can stabilize the river bank. The stretch to be closed extends from the intersection of Nelson Road to the Greenfield town line. Residents and others who use it will have to find an alternate route until the work has been completed

Town Coordinator Kevin Fox said the hazard-mitigation project involves putting in a retaining wall. The project is eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement.

Colrain voter registration looms

COLRAIN — The last day to register to vote before the Nov. 6 presidential election is Wednesday. Voter registration will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Also, polls for the presidential election will be located at the Colrain Community Church at 306 Main Road.

Anyone who has questions about their voting status should call the town clerk’s office at 624-3454.

Buckland poised to begin storm repairs

BUCKLAND — To get started as soon as possible on storm-damaged roads in Upper Buckland,

The Board of Selectmen will meet on Oct. 18 at 7 a.m. in Town Hall to award construction bids for a network of Clesson Brook roads.

The project includes reconstruction of Tropical Storm Irene-damaged portions of Clesson Brook Road, Shepard, Dodge, Labelle and Apple Valley roads. It includes repair of both paved and gravel roadways, reestablishment of road shoulders and swales, replacement of failed drains, a bridge-approach slab, and vegetation to stabilize three collapsed slopes on Clesson Brook, Shepard and Dodge roads.

The bids will be opened Monday at 1 p.m. at the Town Hall by Weston & Sampson engineers, who will review the bids and make recommendations to Selectmen at the 7 a.m. meeting.

Town Administrator Andrea Llamas said Tuesday night that not all the road work could be finished before winter, and that the town is to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for deadline extensions, so that the storm repairs done next year will still be eligible for 75 percent FEMA reimbursement.

She said some work on Clesson Brook Road will be done first, because that road “has taken a beating.” The total cost of the roadwork is expected to exceed $1 million.

Buckland picks
new member for
energy panel

BUCKLAND — Resident Jan Voorhis is the latest appointee to the town’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee. Selectmen appointed Voorhis at Tuesday night’s meeting. Selectman Kevin Fox, who is also on the energy advisory board, said Voorhis has attended all three meetings that the energy board has held so far.

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