West County Notebook: March 9, 2023

Published: 03-08-2023 3:45 PM

Kiwanis Club holding Sugar on Snow Supper

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club will host its annual Sugar on Snow Supper at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on Saturday, with servings at 5 and 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling Mark Burton at 413-625-8387.

The club will serve a family-style dinner of corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions and rolls. There will also be doughnuts and warm maple syrup on snow.

Proceeds from Kiwanis Club events raises money for scholarships and other financial support for students at Mohawk Trail Regional School.

Nomination papers available in Buckland

BUCKLAND — Nomination papers for the annual town election are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. The deadline to submit nomination papers, complete with voter signatures, is April 12, by 3 p.m.

The annual town election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote for this election is Friday, May 26, by 5 p.m. This election is eligible to vote by mail. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is May 30, by 5 p.m. An application can be found at bit.ly/3mev0A4.

There will be no in-person early voting prior to election day. However, absentee voting is available at bit.ly/3mmNcYy. The deadline to apply to vote absentee is May 30, by 5 p.m.

Offices on the ballot this year will be:

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■ Selectboard, one seat with a three-year term.

■Assessor, one seat with a three-year term.

■Board of Health, one seat with a one-year unexpired term.

■Town clerk, three-year term.

■Moderator, one-year term.

■Buckland Public Library trustee, one seat with a three-year term.

■Constable, three-year term.

■Finance Committee, two seats with three-year terms.

■School Committee, one seat with a three-year term.

The following incumbents have indicated they will be seeking reelection:

■Pam Guyette — assessor.

■Phoebe Walker — moderator.

■Larry Langford — Finance Committee.

■Julie Godfrey — Board of Health.

With questions, contact Town Clerk Karen Blom at 413-625-6330, ext. 4. Her office hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Dog licenses up for renewal

BUCKLAND — All dogs must be licensed through the Town Clerk’s Office by March 31 to avoid a $25 late fee.

Residents must also submit their street census by March 31 to avoid becoming an inactive voter.

With questions, contact Town Clerk Karen Blom at 413-625-6330, ext. 4. Her office hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.

Shelburne Falls Farmers Market seeks vendors

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market is looking for more vendors who specialize in baked goods, cheese, mushrooms and ready-to-eat items.

People interested in joining the market in a full-time or part-time capacity can visit shelburnefallsfarmersmarket.org for more information. The 2023 application forms will be posted on the website by the end of March. Priority will be given to vendors who apply by April 26.

The market takes place on Fridays from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Opening day begins May 26.

School district signs contract with cafeteria workers

BUCKLAND — After negotiating since October, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has signed a contract with its four cafeteria workers that locks in pay increases of 3% each year for three years, when the contract will expire.

The new contract also states the cafeteria workers can be sent to different schools within the district when other workers call out sick. In exchange, the cafeteria workers at Mohawk Trail Regional School will receive three paid vacation days.

The contract began retroactively, with a start date in August 2022. If workers were supposed to receive more pay according to the new contract, they will be compensated for their back wages.

“We had good discussions with them,” Mohawk Trail School Committee Chair Martha Thurber said. “I’m happy it’s done.”

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