North County Notebook, Dec. 11, 2017

Saturday, December 09, 2017
Craft boxes, gift tags and ornaments at Cushman Library

BERNARDSTON – Cushman Library is offering a paper boxes, gift tags and ornaments workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the crafts will involve repurposing old greeting cards. Guests are invited to bring old cards and holiday snacks, though the Friends of Cushman Library will supply all other materials and hot drinks.

The workshop is for adults and teens ages 12 and up, the event posting reads. To sign up, email cushmanlibrary@gmail.com or call 413-648-5402.

Senior Center to hold sing-along

BERNARDSTON – The Senior Center will offer a Christmas carol sing-along on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., followed by its regular luncheon, according to the Senior Center’s December newsletter.

The ROMEOs and Bernardston Elementary School’s kindergarten class will attend.

Leyden church singing in holidays

LEYDEN – The Leyden United Methodist Church will offer a community holiday sing-along on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m.

According to the December Leyden Life newsletter, guests are invited to perform their favorite seasonal songs individually or in groups. Performers can also bring musical instruments.

Contact Susan Howarth at 413-774-3118 to sign up to perform.

Cushman Library to hold annual raffle

BERNARDSTON – Cushman Library has rolled out its annual winter raffle to support library programming.

According to a Cushman Library press release, the raffle includes 52 prizes including an Irish wool sweater, knit hats, handcrafted soap baskets, jewelry, framed photographs, a handmade lap quilt, candles, books, locally-made jams and sauces, movies, wooden bowls and a volleyball set.

The drawing will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m., the release continues, allowing winners to collect their prizes before the holidays. Tickets, which can be purchased at the library, are $1 for one, $5 for six, $10 for 12, $15 for 18 and $20 for 25.

Money raised from the raffle will support activities like weekly story hour, the summer reading program for children and adults, presentations by authors, performances, and workshops for all ages, the release states.

To view photos of the raffle prizes, visit Cushman Library’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2AIIfPU. For more information, visit the library at 28 Church St. or call 413-648-5402.

Bernardston selects new police sergeant

BERNARDSTON – John Richardson has been selected as the new police sergeant.

Police Chief James Palmeri introduced Richardson to the Selectboard during a Tuesday meeting, and received approval from the board on the new hire.

Palmeri said Richardson has worked with the department part-time since 2010, also serving as sergeant with the Northfield Police Department. Richardson said small-town policing is right up his alley.

“I really enjoy getting to know the community,” he said. “I worked in Northampton for a year and it wasn’t for me.”

Richardson is replacing Sergeant Jason Bassett, who recently accepted a full-time sergeant position with the Gill Police Department.

Bernardston fire chief getting new vehicle

BERNARDSTON – The Selectboard approved a new vehicle for Fire Chief Peter Shedd during a Tuesday meeting.

Voters approved allocating $20,000 for a new vehicle during an October special town meeting. Shedd then narrowed down the possibilities to a 2014 Ford Edge, available at Ford of Greenfield, and a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, available at Brown Motors.

Shedd emphasized his preference for the lower-mileage Jeep, though it costs $20,980. The Selectboard agreed that Shedd could fund the remaining $980 using the Fire Department’s Vermont Yankee Emergency Management Fund.

HEART Committee seeks new member

BERNARDSTON – The HEART Committee, or the committee for “Honest Education and Retaining Trust,” is looking for another Bernardston representative, according to the town website.

The committee, which typically meets every two weeks, has a goal of creating a more financially sustainable school system.

Those interested in joining the HEART Committee are encouraged to contact Town Coordinator Hugh Campbell by phone at 413-648-5401 or by email at bos@townofbernardston.org.

Applications out for Wells scholarships

NORTHFIELD – Fred W. Wells Fund Scholarship applications are now available for the 2018-2019 school year, according to the town website.

Hard copies of the application are available in Town Hall’s hallway, and a digital version can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2BiBPrL.