West County Notebook, July 13, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Public hearing Monday on cannabis

BUCKLAND — Farm Bug Cooperative will hold a community outreach meeting on Monday, July 16, to discuss two proposed marijuana establishments in Buckland. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Town Hall, 17 State St.

Based in Somerville, Farm Bug Cooperative was founded as a marijuana cultivator cooperative, in hopes of having cannabis growing members throughout the state.

The cooperative is looking at putting a marijuana establishment at 68 Hog Hollow Road and another at 27 Purinton Road. The meeting meets the requirements of the Cannabis Control Commission and Massachusetts General Law. Farm Bug Cooperative’s president, Eric Schwartz, could not be reached to describe what kind of establishments are intended. All are welcome to attend.

Liquor license change approved

SHELBURNE FALLS — Shelburne selectmen have given their approval to BAKED owner Gretchen Gerstner to modify the restaurant’s liquor license to include serving alcohol to outdoor diners.

Gerstner told the Selectboard this week she would like to put an outdoor deck on the back of her Deerfield Avenue restaurant facing the river. She would also like to serve alcohol to diners at three outdoor tables in front of the restaurant, facing Deerfield Avenue. She said the tables out front would not block public access on the sidewalk and they would hold a maximum of eight people.

The Selectboard said there have been no complaints or violations of the restaurant’s license. They approved the change pending approval by the Conservation Commission for Gerstner to build a 10-by-25-foot deck facing the river. The Conservation Commission has since given its support for her plans to add the deck.