Hilltown Digest: Sheriff’s debate set for Tuesday in Williamsburg

  • The Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 8/4/2022 4:10:10 PM

WILLIAMSBURG – The Democratic candidates for Hampshire County sheriff will be facing off in a debate on Tuesday at the Grange.

The debate is sponsored by Indivisible Williamsburg, Indivisible Northampton and the Democratic town committees of Williamsburg and Worthington, and will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Grange building is located at 10 Main St. in Williamsburg. 

“Sheriff is an important but low-visibility office,” said Matt Barron, a member of Indivisible Williamsburg. “We just thought it would be important to give hilltown residents the chance to hear from the candidates directly.”

The three candidates running for the Democratic nomination are incumbent Sheriff Patrick Cahillane, educator Yvonne Gittelson and certified nurse Caitlin Sepeda. All three candidates are confirmed to be in attendance.

Jean O’Neil, of Indivisible Williamsburg, will serve as the event’s moderator.

Candidates will each get two-minute opening and closing statements and take questions submitted from the audience. Each candidate will also get a chance to ask a question of their other two opponents.

The Democratic Primary will take place on Sept. 6.

Community dance set for Friday

A community dance party has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5, at Pettingill Park in Cummington.

The party will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and DJ Bobby C will play songs from the 1950s to the present.

Beverages and snacks will be provided, and attendees are also able to bring their own food as well.

The event is open to all ages, and is sponsored by the Cummington Council On Aging. It’s also being paid for by a grant from Highland Valley Elder Services to bring different generations together.

“The point of the multigenerational grant is to bring everybody together, regardless of age,” said Chrisoula Roumeliotis, coordinator for the Cummington COA.

Worth Noyes, who chairs the COA, expressed hope that kids, families and grandparents would come out.

“There’s a lot of history in these hilltowns, which people can share,” he said. “As well as having a good time.”

Family Fire Night on Friday

Worthington will hold its next community fire night on Friday, Aug. 5.

The event will take place at the Worthington Town Park, which is located next to the transfer station, and will start at 6 p.m.

The fire nights are sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Committee.

Park beautification

Visitors to Packard Park in Worthington will notice beautification efforts that have been put into place this year, including  plantings, a picnic table and a bench.

“We just have some new members of the Parks and Rec Committee who are really active and interested,” said Select Board Member Charley Rose. “Community spirit’s been growing in town.”

The water fountain in the park also was restored this year.

Packard Park is located across from the post office and funds from the Within Worthington Group helped with this year’s restoration efforts. Volunteers who have helped out include members of the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Garden Club.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com. 
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