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We Have a New Website!

Dear Hawley Friends and Neighbors:

The big news in town is that our new website is finally up and running. It may hit a few snags, but we hope it will do everything it needs to do for residents and visitors.

Please take a look at the revamped, and let me know if you think we have missed anything important. Extravagant praise is welcome, of course. Our web designer, Bill Tuman, listened carefully and gave us a site that is, we think, simple yet useful. Thanks to Bill and to all those who contributed words and/or photos.

If you are having trouble seeing the print on the website (or reading this letter!), feel free to click on the photo of the wheelchair to the right. It offers options for increasing type size and contrast … and much more.

Other excitement right now:

The state has provided more free COVID tests! If you’d like a box (each box contains five tests), come see me, Tinky, during my office hours on Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. or call me at home at (413) 339-4747 to tell me when it would be convenient for me to meet you at the Town Office and give you yours.

Taxes are due next week. Our tax collector,  Betty Nichols, has been out of town, but she will respond to messages at or on her home phone, (413) 337-6665. She will be back in the office next Tuesday, October 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. to answer any questions you might have.

This Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m., the Tyler Memorial Library is presenting a free program with author Bonnie Borromeo Tomlinson about organizing one’s home. The library is also getting ready to welcome local author Richie Davis to read from (and I’m guessing sell) his new book, Flights of Fancy, Souls of Grace. Richie will be at the library on Thursday, November 2, at 6 p.m.

Cider Days will return to Hawley on Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Come to Headwater Cider at 112 Forget Road to sample/buy ciders and taste and purchase agricultural products from Hawley and beyond. (I will be there with my cookbooks as well.) Headwater’s Peter Mitchell hosted this fun event last year, and we had more people in Hawley those two days than we had seen in years! Do stop by.

Finally, this is the last week in which the Massachusetts Community Health Survey link will be open. If you have not yet filled out the survey, please do so. It helps the state allocate important resources for community health; according to FRCOG, the last survey resulted in funding that has supported schools and non-profits across our region, supported the vaccine clinics that are happening now, and much more.  Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey here.

If you have received this newsletter but didn’t sign up for it, I apologize. We did our best to transfer our mailing list to Mailchimp, which is now sending out our news (much more efficiently than the old system). Unfortunately, we may have inadvertently included a few email addresses that weren’t on the newsletter list. If you were accidentally included, feel free to unsubscribe! (Of course, you may decide that you can’t live without Hawley emails.)

Happy Halloween! I hope you have all treats and no tricks.


Tinky Weisblat, Gal Friday, Town of Hawley (not really a witch!)

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