North County Notebook, Dec. 4, 2017

Saturday, December 02, 2017
Leyden offers quilling workshop

LEYDEN – The Council on Aging is sponsoring an introductory quilling workshop led by Nanette Rolstad on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Town Hall community room.

Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form involving the use of strips of papers that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs.

Materials will be provided and a light lunch of soup and sandwiches will follow at noon. While there is no fee, donations are welcome.

Contact Cecilia Tusinski at 413-624-3436 to register.

Santa coming to Leyden Town Hall

LEYDEN – The Recreation Committee is offering “Christmas Cookies with Santa” on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Town Hall.

According to the Leyden Life newsletter, Santa will read a book to the children and each child will receive a cookie, hot chocolate and a toy. Arts and crafts activities, like making Christmas ornaments, will be also be available.

Contact Recreation Committee Secretary Mary Lou Barton at 413-773-3548 to register.

Cushman Library finishing Thoreau celebration

BERNARDSTON – After hosting a three-part “Walden” book discussion series, Cushman Library will be closing its celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday with a talk called “The Life and Times of Henry David Thoreau” on Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The talk will be led by researcher Barry Deitz.

Senior Center hosts caroling quiz

NORTHFIELD – Steve Damon will offer “Name That Christmas Carol” on Monday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Bernardston police sergeant moving on

BERNARDSTON – The Selectboard announced during a Nov. 21 meeting that Police Sergeant Jason Bassett accepted a position as a full-time sergeant in Gill.

Selectboard Chairman Stanley Garland read letters from both Bassett and Police Chief James Palmeri, explaining that Bassett was offered a better compensation plan in Gill and will start his new job on Dec. 6.

Palmeri wrote that he hopes to find a replacement for Bassett by mid-December, and will have part-time staff cover his shifts until then.

Bassett started working with the Bernardston Police Department in July 2008, according to Bassett’s letter. Garland spoke to how Bassett always had a calming effect on tense situations.

“I can’t say enough about him,” Garland said. “He’s always been a good presence in the town ... Gill’s getting quite an asset there.”

Selectboard OKs soil testing

NORTHFIELD – The Selectboard decided during a Tuesday meeting to allow environmental specialists access to a 2.49-acre property at 314 Caldwell Road to test for contaminants.

The town seized the property from resident Allen Smith for back taxes, and paid Ashfield company S.T.& I. Services to remove extensive debris including cars, trailers and tires.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Nancy Milkey and Shawn Rising of Westhampton business Tighe & Bond spoke to having reviewed the site’s dumping history and interviewing town officials, part of Phase I of their environmental analysis of the property. Milkey and Rising, accompanied by Jessica Atwood, economic development program manager at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, requested site access to start Phase II.

Phase II will involve drilling and collecting soil samples. Atwood said the cost is covered by an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant.

“We’re in really good shape with the amount of funding we have left,” Atwood said. “(But) this is for assessment, not cleanup. That being said, if something was found, this funding would not pay for that.”

Milkey said that because the EPA also needs to approve their scope of work, the soonest environmental specialists could start site testing would be the end of January.