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Abutters say odors from Flower Power Growers requires them to stay indoors
06-25-2024 4:02 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

MONTAGUE — Representatives from Flower Power Growers Inc. were at the Selectboard meeting Monday night to address community concerns around ongoing odors coming from its 180 Industrial Park location, which people say are affecting the area around the...

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Funding OK’d for 911 infrastructure, tennis court rehab in Ashfield
07-16-2024 10:50 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ASHFIELD — Roughly 30 voters unanimously passed all three articles at Monday’s Special Town Meeting, paving the way for 911 infrastructure upgrades at the schools and a tennis court rehabilitation project.Article 1 requested a $20,000 transfer from...


$1M for water tower approved, audit voted down at Orange Town Meeting
06-19-2024 6:07 PM

By DOMENIC POLI andERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — Annual Town Meeting adjourned late Tuesday night after lengthy discussion on the remaining 30 articles that were carried over from Monday, including a $1 million request for a water tower and fire suppression system at the industrial park and...


Petitions seeking single ZIP code, peace in Gaza passed by Whately voters
06-19-2024 11:25 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Along with the 29 town-submitted articles, citizen’s petitions about having a single ZIP code for the town, a resolution to end the war in Gaza and lowering the municipal voting age were all approved at Whately’s Annual Town Meeting.Over two...


Enrollment formula changes voted down in Heath for second year
06-18-2024 3:15 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

HEATH — In a roughly 20-minute continuation of May’s Annual Town Meeting, residents voted down three amendments to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s regional agreement that would change the enrollment formula used to calculate town...


New Salem voters OK purchase of Highway Dept. truck, paying off library loan
06-18-2024 2:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NEW SALEM — With a comfortable stash of free cash on hand, residents at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting approved appropriations of $220,000 and $126,300 to buy a new Highway Department truck and to pay off the library’s construction loan,...


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-15-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


New Salem residents to vote on paying off library loan
06-14-2024 4:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Adoption of one of the final warrant articles at Annual Town Meeting on Monday would mean residents agree to use six figures of free cash to ensure the early payoff of a loan that funded the local library’s construction.The article asks if...


Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Lengthy Town Meeting warrants come at ‘critical moment’ for Orange
06-13-2024 5:53 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Residents are likely in store for a long night on Monday, as the Special and Annual Town Meetings to be held at Town Hall have a combined 75 articles on their warrants involving key decisions.The warrant for the Special Town Meeting,...


Gill voters adopt town, school budgets
06-12-2024 5:57 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

GILL — Town Meeting voters gave their blessing to a $2.38 million budget for fiscal year 2025 on Tuesday, along with $1.77 million for the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s operating assessment and debt service.The town and education budgets...


Wendell voters OK change to Municipal Light Board membership
06-10-2024 2:36 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

WENDELL — Although the vote wasn’t unanimous Saturday, the majority of Annual Town Meeting attendees supported a switch from appointed to elected membership for Wendell’s Municipal Light Board, which is tasked with overseeing the town’s fiber-optic...


Gill voters to consider financial articles in second Town Meeting
06-07-2024 3:44 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — After handling the first half of Annual Town Meeting in May, residents are invited back on Tuesday, June 11, to consider the community’s financial articles, including a $2.38 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.The 11-article meeting...


Wendell voters to consider change in Municipal Light Board membership
06-06-2024 1:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The body tasked with overseeing Wendell’s fiber-optic network would switch from appointed to elected membership if voters adopt a particular warrant article at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.One of the final items on the 31-article warrant...


Accessory dwelling unit bylaw tabled at Leyden’s Annual Town Meeting
06-04-2024 12:10 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

LEYDEN — Following the last-minute discovery of a conflict with state law, voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting opted to table a bylaw change that would have allowed accessory dwelling units and two-family houses by right.In the run-up to the...


Proposal allowing non-residents to be associate board members fails in Conway; all other articles pass
06-04-2024 9:40 AM

By LIESEL NYGARD

CONWAY — Voters approved a $7.05 million fiscal year 2025 budget in addition to 31 other articles at Annual Town Meeting on Saturday.However, an article that would have amended Conway’s bylaws to allow non-residents to be appointed as associate board...


$1.9M budget, police cruiser spending among Colrain Town Meeting topics
05-31-2024 2:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

COLRAIN — Annual Town Meeting voters will be asked to adopt a $1.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2025, buy a police cruiser, save library statuary, and add a short-term rental provision and a Floodplain Overlay District to the zoning...


Leyden voters to discuss road discontinuance, ADUs
05-31-2024 1:18 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — Monday’s Annual Town Meeting will include discussions on changes to curb cuts and zoning bylaws, discontinuing a portion of Hunt Hill Road and a $2.1 million budget proposal for fiscal year 2025.Annual Town Meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at...


Votes on festival committee, rescinding road repair borrowing authority on tap for Conway Town Meeting
05-30-2024 2:03 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — Rescinding $1.5 million in borrowing authority for road repairs, creating a Festival of the Hills town committee and several equipment purchases will be on the table for voters to consider at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held on...


Short-term rental bylaws heading to Town Meeting in Buckland
03-28-2024 2:46 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

BUCKLAND — Residents will vote whether to approve bylaws regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo properties, in the commercial and residential districts at this year’s Annual Town Meeting on May 4.If passed, the bylaws would establish a...


Bridge replacement, CPA projects to highlight Tuesday’s special Town Meeting in Leverett
11-13-2023 9:25 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Leverett voters are being asked to accept a series of road layouts and pursue permanent easements to accommodate a $2.71 million state project to rebuild a bridge over the Roaring Brook at a special Town Meeting on Tuesday.The session,...

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