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Latest town news & announcements

Conway Now Has Long-Range Financial Plan

The Town of Conway, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Community Compact Program, has adopted a multi-year financial plan that develops financial policies, revenue and expenditure forecasts, and budget documents that reflect Conway’s needs. The Town of Conway has accepted and expressed its commitment to this Long Range Financial Plan by Finance Committee approval on June 19, 2017 and by Select Board and Capital Improvement Planning Committee vote on June 26, 2017. For full text of the plan click here: CONWAY LongRangePlan 9-7-17. [Posted November 22, 2017.]

New Board of Health Regulation Concerning Sanitary, Safe Marijuana Sales

Following a public hearing on April 30, 2018, the Conway BOARD OF HEALTH voted to enact a regulation entitled “Regulation to Ensure the Sanitary and Safe Operation of Marijuana Establishments and the Sale of Marijuana”.   The regulation includes, but is not limited to, the rules for obtaining a Marijuana Operating Permit from the Board of Health and for the manufacture of edible marijuana and food products containing marijuana. The regulation goes into effect immediately.  Copies of the Regulation are available at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street, at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd., on the BOH page of the town website, by calling 413-369-4235 or by email to [email protected].

Board of Health Raises Sales Age of Tobacco Products

Following a public hearing on April 23, 2018, the Conway BOARD OF HEALTH voted to enact a regulation entitled “Restricting the Sale of Tobacco Products”.  The regulation includes, but is not limited to, raising the “minimum legal sales age” to 21 years. The regulation will go into effect on July 1, 2018.  Copies of the Regulation are available at the Conway Town Offices, 32 Main Street, at the Board of Health offices, 5 Academy Hill Rd., on the BOH page of the town website, by calling 413-369-4235 or by email to [email protected].

Volunteers Needed — ConComm, Housing Committee, Parks & Rec, and Others

Might you and your community benefit from you filling one of the following positions?

Also note that the Board of Health, which is elected, is need of members; these may be appointed by the Select Board if necessary. For all these positions, contact Lisa Turowsky, [email protected] with questions or for more openings throughout the year.

Notary Public Services Available at Town Office

Assistant to the Town Administrator Lisa Turowsky is available to notarize documents at the Town Office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm. Signers should bring a government-issued identification card such as a driver’s license or passport for verification of identity.

Senior Guidance Website Spotlights Assisted Living, Other Services for Seniors

Senior Guidance (https://www.seniorguidance.org/), an organization dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly, has announced a dedicated section on its website that provides detailed and thorough information on Massachusetts assisted living:

https://www.seniorguidance.org/assisted-living/massachusetts/

The Senior Guidance website discusses all services available for seniors living in Massachusetts, outlines helpful state programs, and offers information about assisted living facilities in every city, town and county in Massachusetts.

West County Senior Center Offers Van Transportation for Seniors

Residents of Conway, Ashfield and Hawley who are 60 years old and over are eligible for curb-to-curb van transportation throughout Franklin County. Call Bob at 413-625-2502 to make an appointment several days in advance or for more information about reservations and fees. Weekly trips for shopping to Big Y in Greenfield are offered on Thursdays.

Take a Look at Conway’s Geographic Information System

This multi-layered, interactive, web-based system will provide you with new perspectives on Conway! To get started exploring this remarkable tool, go to http://www.axisgis.com/ConwayMA/ and click on “Start Here” in the Axis GIS Overview Tour window. You may also want to read an introduction to using the system written by Administrative Assessor Lee Whitcomb, available here.

Messages to Legislators Delivered in Conway

For those unable to attend the morning briefing of legislators by area agency heads on Tuesday, March 28 at the Conway Town Hall, here’s a link to the video of the event.

Do You Want to be a Firefighter?

The Town of Conway seeks residents interested in serving as firefighters (18 years of age and up) and junior firefighters (14-18 years of age.) Individuals must be willing to attend 2 training sessions per month, and to achieve CPR and First Responder certification; the costs involved in doing so are paid by the Fire Department. Contact Chief Bob Baker at [email protected] or 369-4235 x6.

Free Wellness Clinics with Town Nurse

Conway Town Nurse Lisa White invites residents to attend First Friday Walk-in Clinics for:

Help with Self-Management of Medication / Health Issues; Blood Pressure Screening; Blood Glucose Screening; Health Information; Needle/Sharps disposal; Mercury Thermometer disposal

Clinics will be held on the first Friday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon in the Town Hall. For more information, call (413) 665-1400 x114 or email [email protected] The services of the Town Nurse are contracted by the Conway Board of Health through the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Recycle Your Cell Phones and Batteries! Here’s How:

Please recycle your batteries and cell phones by handing them to a transfer station attendant for separate processing; never place in recycling dumpsters! As you may know, improper disposal of batteries can release mercury, cadmium or other heavy metals into the air and water, ultimately entering the food chain and posing health threats to people and the environment.  Here’s a handy graphic on recycling specific battery types. For more detailed information, read this press release from the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District.

Change in Veterans Services Outreach

Due to low turnout, Veterans Services Officer Brian Brooks, of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans Services District, will no longer be holding monthly outreach sessions at Town Hall. Conway residents can attend sessions at the Senior Center, located in Shelburne (Tuesdays 9-11), and the South County Senior Center, located in South Deerfield (third Wednesdays 12:30 – 2), or in Conway by appointment (by calling 413-772-1571).

Hilltown Churches Food Pantry Distribution Schedule

The Hilltown Churches Food Pantry distributes food from the Congregational Church on Main St. in Ashfield every other Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. While there are no income requirements, a proof of residency for 11 Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe, or Shelburne is needed.  With questions, or an emergency need, please contact Pat Thayer at 413-625-0020 or [email protected]. Emergency closures will be announced on 22 News/WWLP-TV.  Hilltown Churches Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

Conway Emergency Management now on Facebook!

Like “Conway Emergency” on Facebook today!  Get posts from your emergency management team as it happens. Don’t wait for the next emergency–prepare, and sign up today!

When is an Electrical License or Permit Required?

Answers to this question are available in “When Is An Electrical License Required?,” recently published by the Cooperative Inspection Program of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Housing Rehab Loans for Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners

Do you need money to repair your home?  The Regional Housing Authority has 0% interest/deferred payment/declining balance loans available.  Loans are only due at the sale or transfer of the property.  For a household of 1, the income limit is $46,100.  For 2, $52,650; for 3, $59,250; for 4, $65,800; and on up to $86,900 for a family of 8.  To learn more, contact Madelaine Taft-Ferguson at (413) 863-9781, ext. 111 or [email protected]  All inquiries are confidential.

Home Modification Loans are Available to Conway Residents

The Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP), administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), provides 0% and low interest loans in amounts between $1000 and $30,000 for modifications to the permanent residences of seniors and individuals with disabilities. For more information, see PVPC’s Home Modification Loan Program website.

Assistance for residents at risk of homelessness

The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority (RHA) offers financial assistance to income-eligible families with children and pregnant women who are at risk of homelessness due to job loss, divorce, illness, disability or death of a family member, loss of transportation, and other reasons.  Call Charity Day at (413) 863-9781 for more information.  HRA also offers information on housing issues to anyone with questions.

Conway Ambulance is looking for EMTs

Conway’s ambulance crew is looking for EMTs to join the department.  Anyone who has a current EMT license — or is interested in becoming licensed — and lives or works in Conway should contact the Ambulance Department for more information.

Director: Jodey Benson      Assistant Director: Christopher Herrmann    (413) 369-4235 x 7   [email protected]

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