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Town of Conway PO Box 240 Conway, Massachusetts, 01341 [email protected] (413) 369-4235 (413) 369-4237 - fax

Town Office Building - 32 Main Street | Town Hall - 5 Academy Hill Road

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Natural History Walk on Sunday 8/30/15

A natural history field walk, with a special focus on butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects will take place in Conway on Sunday, August 30th from 4-6 pm.  Anyone interested should meet at the Langevin property at 302 Riley Road.

For the last several years, the Langevin family has managed their property’s meadows to encourage butterflies and other kinds of insect pollinators.  In 2012 the family registered their field as “monarch way station,” one of 100 such sites in the Commonwealth. The walk will be led by Aimee Langevin Anderson and Laurie Sanders, a naturalist in western Massachusetts and the former host/producer of Field Notes, a weekly natural history series on New England Public Radio (88.5 WFCR).

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the South River. It is the second of two walks this season supported by a grant from the Conway Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and take precautions against ticks, poison ivy, etc. In the event of severe weather, it will be rescheduled. For more information, contact Janet Chayes at 369-4697 or [email protected].

Meeting regarding pipeline to be held at GCC on 8/5/15 at 7p.m.

The MA Energy Facilities Siting Board has announced a Public Comment Hearing on the Northeast Energy Direct Project at scheduled for 7:00 p.m August 5th at GCC.

15th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner Tickets on sale July 16, 2015

The 15th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner, brought to you by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA), will be held on Sunday, August 16th with seating at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:00pm. Local restaurants and food providers will prepare a sumptious feast for this elegant, one-of-a-kind dinner for 400 people on the Iron Bridge at sunset. The Iron Bridge spans the towns of Buckland and Shelburne, and this event celebrates all the connections between the two communities. An incredibly beautiful and well-known event, tickets sometimes sell out within hours of becoming available. In addition to celebrating community, the event also serves as a fundraiser for the GSFABA and the Mohawk Athletic Association (MAA). Athletes from the MAA graciously serve the meal while local musicians serenade the diners. A hat is passed at the end of the evening which, coupled with the MAA’s portion of ticket revenues, provides over $2,000.00 for their programs.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and go on sale Thursday, July 16 at 5:30pm in the Information Center, 75 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls. Ticket requests will be taken by phone beginning at 12:01am on Friday, July 17 at 413-625-2526. Phone messages will be returned in the order received. Individuals will be limited to purchasing eight (8) tickets per person. The event goes on rain or shine! Due to the fundraising nature of the event, no refunds are available. For more information, go to our website at shelburnefalls.com.  You may contact us at the GSFABA office by phone at 413-625-2526 or email [email protected]

Voter Registration 7/24/15

If you are interested in registering to vote, please read this July 24, 2015 Voter Registration Information.

Special Town Meeting August 3

There will be a special Town Meeting August 3, mostly to raise and appropriate money for technical school expenses that were not known in May, but also to clean up some items from Fiscal Year 2015, including money for roof repairs, and to vote on money for the ball field dugouts; here is the Special Town Meeting warrant for August 3, 2015.

Avoid Food Poisoning

Take a look at FRCOG Public Health Nurse Lisa White’s SUMMER FOOD SAFETY tips to help you stay healthy this season.

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 HMLP 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.

Rt. 116 one lane at N. Poland Rd.

Route 116 will be one lane at the MassDOT construction site at the intersection of North Poland Road, perhaps until the beginning of October.

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