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Political newcomer challenging incumbent for Whately Selectboard seat
06-08-2024 5:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron is facing a challenge from political newcomer but longtime Pioneer Valley resident Joshua Harris in the only contested race on Tuesday’s election ballot.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 8...

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Ballot question campaigns take next step toward November
06-20-2024 4:05 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Musicians hauling three drums, two trombones, a saxophone and a tuba played their way up Park Street to the corner of Beacon Street on Tuesday, blocking traffic and leading dozens of rally attendees to celebrate that app-based drivers who...


$987K pumper replacement for Bernardston Fire Department heads to ballot box
06-20-2024 1:06 PM

By SAM FERLAND

BERNARDSTON — The town will hold a special election on Tuesday, June 25, to decide whether the Fire Department can move forward with spending $987,000 to replace its KME pumper. Polls will be open at Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Voters gave their...


Franklin County’s clerk of courts announces she won’t seek reelection
06-16-2024 2:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Franklin County will have a new clerk of courts next year, as the woman finishing her second six-year term in the position has decided not to seek reelection.Susan K. Emond has announced her intention to retire at the end of the year and...


Incumbent retains Whately Selectboard seat for second term
06-12-2024 12:54 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Selectboard Chair Fred Baron emerged victorious in Tuesday’s election, defeating political newcomer Joshua Harris in the town’s only contested race on the ballot, 205-109.Voter turnout was 30.8%, as 325 of the town’s 1,055 registered voters...


Campbell claims Selectboard seat by two-vote margin in Conway election
06-07-2024 3:01 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — In a three-way race for Selectboard, School Committee Chair Elaine Campbell narrowly edged out incumbent Selectboard Chair Philip Kantor and Fire Chief Robert Baker in Thursday’s annual town election, with candidates earning 194, 192 and 154...


Baker wins Selectboard seat in Leyden
06-06-2024 12:36 PM

LEYDEN — Jeffrey Baker has been chosen to succeed Glenn Caffery on the Selectboard, and the lifelong Leyden resident sees this as a chance to give back to the community.Baker, 61, ran as the only Selectboard candidate on the ballot in Tuesday’s town...


Incumbent Selectboard member retains seat in Buckland election
06-06-2024 12:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BUCKLAND — Incumbent Selectboard Chair Clinton “Clint” Phillips fended off a challenge from Planning Board member Maria-Elena Mariel Olcoz in Tuesday’s town election, as he was reelected to his seat, 313-59.The Selectboard race was the only contested...


Write-in candidate Blakeslee wins Selectboard seat in Charlemont
06-06-2024 11:26 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — Write-in candidate Kim Alison Blakeslee is the newest Selectboard member, having won in a contest against ballot candidate Stephen W. Thayer by a 95-77 vote.After Tuesday’s election, Blakeslee said she was overwhelmed by the community...


Selectboard sees three-way contest in Conway
06-04-2024 11:23 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — For the first time in many years, voters will be asked to consider a three-way Selectboard race this week, as incumbent Chair Philip Kantor faces a challenge from Fire Chief Robert Baker and School Committee Chair Elaine Campbell.The election...


Incumbent faces challenge to retain Selectboard seat in Buckland
05-31-2024 4:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BUCKLAND — When voters head to the polls Tuesday, they’ll be faced with one contested race as incumbent Selectboard Chair Clinton “Clint” Phillips faces a challenge from Maria-Elena Mariel Olcoz, who currently serves on the Planning Board, for a...


Lifelong Leyden resident looks to fill Selectboard seat
05-31-2024 3:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

LEYDEN — After two years on the Selectboard, Glenn Caffery is not seeking reelection, which means Leyden voters will be finding his successor during Tuesday’s town election. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the Town Office, 7 Brattleboro...


Ballot candidate sees write-in challenge for Selectboard seat in Charlemont
05-31-2024 12:18 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

CHARLEMONT — While Stephen W. Thayer is the sole ballot candidate seeking election to a two-year Selectboard term, Kim Alison Blakeslee is challenging him with a write-in campaign.The victor in Tuesday’s election will fill the seat vacated by William...


Push to legalize psychedelics in Mass. met with caution
05-27-2024 2:01 PM

By RUIHAN YANG

A ballot initiative and a proposed substitute version are pushing for the legalization of psychedelics in Massachusetts within the next year, but opponents said “it’s too premature.”The ballot initiative promoted by Massachusetts for Mental Health...


Adams, Jacobs keep seats on Gill-Montague School Committee
05-23-2024 5:15 PM

MONTAGUE — Lori-Lee Adams and Carol Jacobs each claimed three-year terms on the Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee during Tuesday’s election, defeating challenger Scott Hyman.Adams and Jacobs won handily, receiving 505 and 487...


Yacovone-Biagi joins Selectboard seat following Shelburne election
05-22-2024 3:48 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SHELBURNE — Planning Board member Tricia Yacovone-Biagi will fill a one-year term on the Selectboard following an uncontested race in Tuesday’s election.With no contested races on the ballot, Yacovone-Biagi and other candidate’s victories were...


Warwick voters approve new fire engine by 79-73 vote
05-21-2024 3:15 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — An effort to replace a 35-year-old fire engine that has been carried by several of the town’s fire chiefs has finally borne fruit.By just six votes, residents at Monday’s town election approved a ballot question for a $480,000 Proposition 2½...


Gill ballot questions on appointed roles, Sewer Commission membership pass
05-21-2024 2:15 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — When the treasurer and tax collector’s terms expire in the coming years, the two positions will become appointed roles, as voters gave their approval at the ballot box on Monday.Residents were asked, both Monday and at the May 6 Annual Town...


3 vying for 2 School Committee seats in Montague
05-20-2024 3:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — All but one of the races on the ballot for Tuesday’s town election are uncontested, with three candidates competing for two open seats with three-year terms on the Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee.Montague voters can...


Baker claims Selectboard seat in Rowe
05-20-2024 12:42 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — William “Bill” Baker won his write-in bid for a three-year Selectboard seat in Saturday’s town election by a vote of 44 to 19 against write-in candidate Margaret “Meg” Pallotta.“I’m just happy to be able to contribute to the town,” Baker said...


Pair of write-in candidates vying for Rowe Selectboard seat
05-16-2024 1:51 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ROWE — Two write-in candidates are vying for an open three-year Selectboard seat, as the current chair, Chuck Sokol, is not seeking reelection.Polls will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rowe Elementary School.Meg PallottaSelectboard...

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