Erving, Montague Notebook

No Erving Town Hall evening hours on Monday

ERVING — The Town Hall will be closed on the evening of July 28. The offices will be open for business during their normal daytime hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake Pleasant housing surveys due

LAKE PLEASANT — The deadline for surveys mailed out in early July has been extended to Aug. 8. The surveys are intended to determine the eligibility of the Lake Pleasant neighborhood for grant funding.

The Franklin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority asks that residents who received a survey fill them out and return them as soon as possible.

The results of this survey will help the town decide what activities it may seek Community Development Block Grant funding for in the next application, according to the planning office.

Block Grant money has been used in town for deferred payment loans to rehabilitate homes, payment due on sale of the home, and for recreational and community projects.

Surveys were mailed out in early July to all households in the village. If you did not receive a survey or have misplaced your survey, contact Lyn Cournoyer at HRA at 413-863 9781 ext 156. The survey information is confidential.

Shea Theater gets green grant for upgrades

TURNERS FALLS — The Shea Theater air should soon more nimbly and sweetly recommend itself to the senses, to garble Shakespeare’s words.

The town last week received approval of its Green Communities grant application, meaning the town-owned theater building is in line for an $84,935 upgrade to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and roof insulation. The 320-seat theater and musical venue is home to four community theater companies, is rented out by the volunteer board for theatrical productions and music and hosts community events.

Town Planner Walter Ramsey said the grant is good through 2016 and the work is not yet scheduled.

This is the town’s third grant through the program since its designation as a Green Community by the Mass. Department of Energy Resources in 2010. Previously granted were $154,944 for energy conservation in the Town Hall, Public Safety Complex and Carnegie Library buildings and $2,754 for a sewage plant component.

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