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Iron Bridge dinner nearly sold out

SHELBURNE FALLS — Only a week after they went on sale, tickets for the annual Iron Bridge Dinner on Aug. 18 are nearly sold out. There were only 45 left, as of Friday .

Tickets for $35 each can be purchased from the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association office, or from the Village Information Center, at 75 Bridge St., or by calling 413-625-2526.

This year, 10 restaurants are helping to make the village’s annual outdoor feast on the Iron Bridge and Bridge Street, next to the Bridge of Flowers.

About 400 people dine together that night, from appetizers through desserts.

The event takes place rain or shine. This year’s main courses include soy-ginger shrimp kebabs and pork spareribs with lemon grass and barbecue sauce.

Meeting to tackle to-the-home broadband question

BUCKLAND — Because of concerns that towns with partial broadband coverage won’t get state or federal funding to help build “final mile” fiberoptics in unserved areas, selectmen are holding a broadband meeting next month to speak with representatives from WiredWest and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.

Selectmen from other “cable towns” — Shelburne, Conway, Northfield, Chester and Huntington, according to WiredWest — have been invited to come to this meeting, as have state legislators.

The meeting will take place Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Recently, Buckland and Shelburne boards of selectmen heard that their towns might not be eligible for any of the proposed $40 million in state broadband funding proposed for underserved areas or for funding through a federal loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture — even though both towns were among the earliest to join up with the WiredWest initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to all the rural areas. The strategy proposed by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute is to use the grant money for the 36 towns with no broadband access and to use financial incentives to encourage Comcast to expand cable access in the towns that have partial service currently.

Shippee appointed Rowe’s police chief

ROWE — Julie Shippee has been appointed the town’s new police chief, and she began her new duties this month.

The Selectmen thanked Henry Dandeneau, who has served as town police chief for 37 years. A retirement party will be held for Dandeneau at the fire station on Aug. 3, beginning at 3 p.m.

Rowe treasurer resigns

ROWE — Town Treasurer Donna Flagg has resigned, citing family considerations as the basis for her leaving. Selectmen thanked her for her work. They say the position will be filled by an appointee until next May’s annual election.

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