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I hope you all had Thanksgivings that left you with feelings of peace and renewal. There is lots of news to share, especially the changes at the Ashfield Transfer Station. Read on………. New Trash Protocol Starting this Saturday, December 2,…

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A Bridge NOT Too Far!

Dear Hawley Friends and Neighbors: As of today (October 27), the long bridge in Charlemont is once more open!! Rejoice ... and get to Charlemont much more quickly. Enjoy this glorious Indian summer.... Tinky at the Town Office

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Our tax collector, Betty Nichols, will be at the Town Office on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. She is also available by appointment. Call her at (413) 337-6665 in the afternoon or leave a message at the Town Office,…

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The Regional Mattress Recycling Program Has Begun!

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is working with five towns to accept clean and dry mattresses and box springs for recycling. This program is open to residents in all District towns. The program is only for clean and dry fabric-covered mattresses and box springs, including foam and crib mattresses.

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In Loving Memory . . .

Sally Rich, 1941 – 2019, Town of Hawley Selectman
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene (August 2011), Sarah “Sally” Rich stands in front of a Town Truck with other officials and participants in Hawley’s response.  Left to Right: Richard “Dick” Desmarais; Sally Rich; Lisa Turner; Richie Gould; Darwin Clark; Hussain Hamdan.​

It is with great regret that I inform you that Hawley Selectman Sarah J. “Sally” Rich (formerly Sarah Jones), passed away surrounded by her family a little after eight o’clock in the evening on Tuesday, March the 26, 2019, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was 77 years old.

She was presently also serving on the Hawlemont Regional School Committee and the Hawley Conservation Commission. As many people in Hawley know, she was also my grandmother and one of my best friends.

Sally was Hawley’s first and, thus far, only woman to sit on the Select Board, serving on and off from the 1980s and being elected to her current term in May of 2018.  She left the Board in the ’90s for health reasons, but when her health improved and the Town needed her she answered the call and came back.  She liked to be called by the traditional title “Selectman”; not “Selectwoman,” “Selectperson,” or “Select Board Member.”

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