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West County Notebook

Charlemont seeks hazard plan comments

CHARLEMONT — The town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, and the regional planning department has updated the town’s hazard mitigation plan. Once the updated plan is approved by Federal Emergency Management Administration and adopted by the town, Charlemont will be eligible for state and federal money to fund pre- and post-disaster mitigation projects to reduce the impact of future natural and man-made disasters.

The next step is to provide a public comment period and seek approval from FEMA.

The final review draft plan is available for public comment at the Town Hall located at 157 Main St., and on the town’s website: www.charlemont-ma.us.

The comment period ends Aug. 8.

The update of the mitigation plan includes identifying hazards that could impact the community, such as floods, winter storms, and spills of hazardous substances; conducting a risk assessment to identify infrastructure at the highest risk for being damaged by hazards; inventorying and assessing current town hazard mitigation policies, programs, and regulations; and identifying action steps to prevent damage to property and loss of life. The planning process also provided opportunities for public comment and included the review and incorporation of existing relevant documentation.

Funding for was provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and FEMA.

To submit comments or for additional information, contact Alyssa Larose, Franklin Regional Council of Governments Land Use Planner at 413-774-3167, ext. 127 or: alarose@frcog.org.

Children’s festival starts Monday

SHELBURNE FALLS — The 24th annual Children’s Literature Festival sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation will be held this summer at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School Aug. 4 through 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

This program combines children’s literature with arts and crafts, music, field trips and special guests. Children will have an opportunity to visit the Mary Lyon House in Upper Buckland where Mary Lyon, founder of Mount Holyoke College, first taught school in 1823. The theme this year is “A Sense of Place” and introduces children grades K-6 to local history.

The program cost $50 per child and includes all materials and snacks. Scholarships are available. For details call Program Director Toni Wilcox at 413-863-9418. Applications will be available at local post offices and libraries or call the Mary Lyon Foundation office at 413-625-2555 to have an application mailed. The Recorder is a sponsor of the Children’s Literature Festival.

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