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Important Reminders

Most of the information in this newsletter has been shared before—but with events and deadlines on the horizon, it doesn’t hurt to send it out again.

Early Voting

Early voting will take place at the Hawley Town Office on three dates. Tomorrow, Saturday, February 24, the Town Office will be open for voting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you can’t get away on weekdays, this is the time for you to come!

It will also be open on Tuesday, February 27, and Thursday, February 29, from noon to 4 p.m. for early voting.

The Primary Election

The primary election will take place on Tuesday, March 5, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note that the Town Office will NOT be open for regular business that day. I will have my office hours on Monday, March 4, from noon to 4 p.m. that week. If you need punch cards or trash bags or anything else, please call me then at 413-339-5518.

I hear a rumor that the Sons & Daughters of Hawley are holding a bake sale at the election so bring along a little money. You can support a good cause and go home with something homemade and delicious!

Dog Licenses

Those of you who have not yet licensed your dogs for 2024 have just over a month to do so. All dogs must be licensed by April 1. Get in touch with me, either at the Town Office (, 413-339-4418) or at home (413-339-4747), to get your license. Remember, I will need up-to-date rabies vaccine information if I don’t have it.

Rabies Clinic Tomorrow

If you are looking for a rabies clinic before April 1, remember that the Shelburne Falls Veterinary Hospital on the Mohawk Trail (just before the first turnoff to Shelburne Falls) is conducting one tomorrow, February 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Pets will be vaccinated on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $30 in cash, and pets must be in carriers or on leashes.

Virtual Dementia Meeting

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free, virtual conference for people living with dementia and their caregivers on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, each day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Everyone is welcome to attend. Sessions will feature notable guest speakers, and they will include a panel of people living with early-stage dementia. Attendees can choose to attend some or all sessions, and there will be live, simultaneous Spanish interpretation. Registration is free, and people are asked please to pre-register. More information and registration can be found at As a former Alzheimer’s caregiver, I know how much support families dealing with this disease need.

That’s it for this week! Enjoy our fourth (fifth? Really, who can keep track?) thaw today. Cocoa and I are about to take a walk since the sun is ALMOST out.

Your Gal Friday,

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