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April 2000

Vol. 9, No. 4


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SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 11 to 1: Easter celebration at the Becket Town Hall.  Activities for kids and the Easter Bunny!

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 5 p.m.: Deadline for submission of nomination papers for Town elections to the Town Clerk.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21: Last day to register to vote at the Annual Town Meeting and Town Election.  Register with Town Clerk Michele Beemer.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 3 p.m.: Sing in Spring get-together at Town Hall sponsored by the Washington Council on Aging.  John Root (who performed at the Sons & Daughters Reunion a couple years ago) will play a variety of instruments and lead the group in singing all those golden oldies.  Refreshments will be served.  All ages are invited.  Transportation is available.  Call Michele Beemer (623-6677) or Jeanne Cawley (623-8730).

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 1 to 5 p.m.: Annual Town Park Spruce-up.  Bring your tools and plenty of energy.

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Mother's Day Plant Sale at the Town Park, sponsored by the Becket School PTO.

THE ASSESSORS ARE COMING!  THE ASSESSORS ARE COMING!

The assessors will be roaming the Town beginning in April, so don’t be surprised if they knock on your door.  “Don’t expect a warning,” says Assessor Michael Dargi.  “If you bought a home in the last three years, your house will be a target.  Otherwise, it’s random.”  Dargi also notes that the assessors are required to inspect the insides of houses in addition to the measurements they make outside.  The inspections will be done by Assessors Linda Levernoch and Kimberly Denault.

DEBT EXCLUSION PASSES

A remarkable 43.5% of voters approved excluding from the provisions of Proposition 2 ½ the debt necessary to renovate and build an addition on the Becket School by a vote of 102 to 57.  The Washington vote came a week after Becket voters also approved the debt exclusion.  Work on the project could begin as soon as two years from now.

BOOKMOBILE COMES TO WASHINGTON

Readers may be aware that the Bookmobile of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System visits the Becket Athenaeum every six to eight weeks.  It may surprise a few, however, to learn that the driver isn’t just on lunch break when it stops at the Washington Town Park.  This is a regularly scheduled visit!  And the next one will be Thursday, April 27 about 3:15 p.m.  Residents are invited to visit and borrow.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A NEW DOG LICENSE, YOU’RE LATE

Old dog licenses expired March 31.  To get a license, dog owners must have a rabies certificate and, if they want the reduced fee, proof of neutering or spaying.  Licenses are $10 for unaltered dogs and $4 for altered.

JUST A REMINDER…NEUMUTH TO LEAD WOODCOCK WALK IN EARLY APRIL

Ed Neumuth will take interested birders of all levels of expertise on an early evening walk to see the nuptial dance of the woodcock which, he says involves some pretty impressive acrobatics and dives.  The exact date of the walk cannot be determined until that first week of April--since the birds don’t do their thing if it’s raining.  Anyone interested in going should let Neumuth know (623-5447) and he’ll call you that week to let you know which evening he’ll be going out.

TOWN ELECTIONS COMING UP: GET YOUR PAPERS HERE AND NOW!

Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk’s office for the following positions:

·        Assessor--3 years

·        Auditor--3 years

·        Finance Board--1 year, unexpired

·        Finance Board--3 years

·        Moderator--3 years

·        Planning Board--5 years

·        Selectman--3 years

·        Town Clerk--3 years

·        Treasurer--3 years

·        Tree Warden--3 years

Incumbents are:

¨      Assessor--Michael Dargi

¨      Auditor--Michele Beemer

¨      Moderator--Ed Bond

¨      Planning Board--Ernest Lampron III

¨      Selectman--David Fish

¨      Tree Warden--Craig Willis

NUMBERS TO NOTE

Dog Officer: Victor Breen--623-8345 

Fire Chief: Stephen Deloye--623-6019

EARTH DAY PROMOTION AT TRANSFER STATION

The State has splurged and sent towns pencils and pads made from recycled currency to give away in celebration on the 30th Annual Earth Day.  Washington will distribute the goodies on Saturday, April 22 at the Transfer Station.  In addition, Selectman and recycling advocate William Cawley will have a petition supporting improvements to the “Bottle Bill” available for signing.  The recommendations include requiring redemption centers to accept all cans and bottles with the 5-cent deposit symbol (not just particular ones) as well as cans that are not in good condition.  The petition will be sent to Representative Shaun Kelly and Senator Andrea Nuciforo as well as the bill’s sponsor.

In other Transfer Station news, the Town has received a $200 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.  Washington will receive Transfer Station signs valued at $200, according to DEP Commissioner Lauren Liss, because “it has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing its recycling program.”  The signs, says Cawley, will clarify what goes where at the Transfer Station.

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