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Ashfield Democrats to caucus March 2

ASHFIELD — Town Democrats will hold a caucus to select a 2013 convention delegate on March 2 at 10 a.m. in Ashfield Town Hall. All registered Democrats in Ashfield are welcome and encouraged to participate. The elected delegate will represent Ashfield at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Lowell on June 1.

Individuals not elected as Ashfield’s delegate may be eligible to apply to be youth, minority or disabled delegates to the convention. For more information contact Rachel Moore at 628-9993.

Buckland nomination papers due March 13

BUCKLAND — Because this year’s annual town election will be held on April 30, the same day as the state primary election, nomination papers for town offices are now available and must be returned with signatures by March 13, for candidates’ names to be on the ballot. To obtain your nomination papers, make arrangements by calling Town Clerk Janice Purington at 625-8572.

The following positions will be on the ballot. All are for three-year terms unless otherwise noted:

Selectman, assessor, Board of Health term, Buckland Library trustee, constable; two Finance Committee members for three-year terms and a one-year unexpired term.

Others are: moderator (one year), two three-year and a two-year Recreation Committee term, and tree warden.

Shelburne nomination papers due April 10

SHELBURNE — Shelburne’s town elections are also scheduled for April 30, so nomination papers are now available and must be returned with signatures by April 10, for candidates to be on the ballot.

Positions open for election or re-election include: Selectman, assessor, town clerk, moderator, constable, Planning Board, Recreation Committee, Shelburne Public Library trustee, Housing Authority, tree warden and Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee.

For more information, contact Town Clerk Beverly Neeley at 625-0300 or at: townclerk@townofshelburne.com.

Colrain Wired West rep resigns

COLRAIN — With regret, the selectmen accepted the resignation of David Greenberg from his telecommunications positions as the town’s representative to Wired West, as the Broadband Committee chairman.

Broadband Committee member Bill Cole was asked to serve as chairman of the group and to represent the town in the Wired West initiative, to bring high-speed Internet to the hilltowns. Town Coordinator Kevin Fox was appointed “municipal light plant manager,” to meet the conditions of the statute adopted by Wired West member towns to leverage broadband investment. Greenberg resigned from his positions because of a family medical emergency, selectmen said.

Colrain senior center costs
‘still good deal’

COLRAIN — Selectmen OK’d a revised contract with the Colrain Community Church, for use of the church facilities for the town’s senior center. This year, the church had charged the town’s Council on Aging $50 per month for the use of the property. However, the price has been raised to $125 per month, because the building has been used more often for senior center activities than was expected. Selectmen said the revised price is still a good deal for the town.

Fire district considers split tax

BUCKLAND — The Buckland Fire District will hold its annual tax classification hearing on Monday, at 4 p.m., at the Hodgen Road Firehouse.

The hearing is to determine whether there will be a single or variable tax rate for fiscal year 2013.

All fire district voters are urged to attend.

Shelburne Falls seeks art shoes

SHELBURNE FALLS — Calling all Cinderellas ... turn those unused glass slippers, granny lace-up boots, stiletto heels and other footwear in the back of your closet into a free dinner in a village restaurant.

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is hosting an “art shoe” contest to replenish its supply of art shoes for the village’s quarterly Arts Walks. Art Walks are nights when the art galleries and studios are open late. Handpainted shoes, as art objects, are displayed around these galleries and studios, to guide visitors to them.

Your “art shoes” can be decorated with paint, beads, fabric — anything that’s waterproof. If you want to be in the contest, drop off your decorated shoes at the People’s United Bank, Bridge Street, in Shelburne Falls before April 28. Be sure to leave a card or piece of paper with your name and contact information in the shoe toe.

The creator of the “best shoe” will win a dinner. All entries will be used in subsequent Art Walks, so you can come and look for your own art shoes during these events.

Heath annual election April 30

HEATH — The town is holding this year’s annual election on April 30 —the same date as the state’s primary election for the U.S. Senate seat of John Kerry, so that you can vote in both elections at the same time.

Nomination papers are now available, and the last day to obtain them from the town clerk is March 6. All nomination papers must be filled out and returned with the needed signatures by March 8, if your name is to be on the election ballot.

Here are the town positions that are up for election and/or re-election. The names of the current office holders are included:

Selectman, Thomas S. Lively; assessor, Valerie Kaempfer; Finance Committee, Jeff Simmons; Planning Board, Doug Mason; School Committee, Robert Gruen; School Committee, Andrew Draxler; Library trustee, Jan Carr; constables, Jeff Simmons and Bob Tanner.

Other terms expiring this spring are: dog officer (Bob Tanner Jr.); tree warden (Alanson Nichols); measurers of wood and board (Nichols and William Clark); field drivers (Christine O’Brien, Michelle Howe, David Freeman and Jonathan Diamond); and sexton and burial agent (Matthew Lively).

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