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Nomination Papers

Hawleyites have until this coming Friday, April 5, to get nomination papers from Town Clerk Donna Lemoine, garner 25 signatures, and return the papers to Donna. If you are considering running for office here in Hawley, please get in touch with Donna right away by leaving her a message at 413-339-5518 or emailing her at

Here are the positions we’ll be voting on:

Selectman for 3 years. Bob MacLean is the incumbent and plans to run again.

Auditor for 1 year. Ashley Harrison is the incumbent and plans to run again.

Assessor for 3 years. Jeff Carantit is the incumbent and plans to run again.

Moderator for 1 year. Scott Purinton is the incumbent. He has not yet filed papers, but he may pursue a write-in campaign.

School Committee Member for 3 years. Peggy Travers is the incumbent and plans to run again.

School Committee for 1 year. This is the seat currently being filled by Liz Billings, who plans to resign. According to Donna, Kiley Turner plans to run, although she has not yet taken out nomination papers.

The Charlemont Forum

The Charlemont Forum will return on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. with a session on the fascinating topic of artificial intelligence in education. This free program (although donations are always welcome!) is sponsored in part by the Charlemont-Hawley Arts Council.  It takes place at the Federated Church on Main Street in Charlemont. If you want to participate remotely, a Zoom link will appear just before the program begins on the Forum’s webpage,

Last Call for Dog Licenses

I will be at the Town Office Sunday, March 31, at noon for as long as I need to be to take care of any last-minute dog licenses. (The deadline for licensing your dog is Monday, April 1.) I know it’s an odd way to spend Easter, but I’ll have fun that day as well. Please come see me if your dog hasn’t yet been taken care of.

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