Photos: Plenty of candles

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  • Josh McGee, background center, uses a log loader fitted with a special adaptor to lift a section of Hatfield's 350th anniversary cake into place next to the Town Hall on Saturday. Also helping with the placement are Bill Shea, left, and Bobby Betsold, right. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bobby Betsold gives a "thumbs up" to Josh McGee, in the driver's seat of a log loader, to lift a section of Hatfield's 350th anniversary cake into place outside the town hall on Saturday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bill Shea, in foreground, trims a support piece for a five-tier wooden cake he and others, including Josh McGee, top, began assembling next to Hatfield Town Hall about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. The cake is being installed for the town's 350th anniversary celebrations next year. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Martin Skuse, with Westek Architectural Woodworking, makes adjustments to the trim on a five-tier wooden cake that the Westfield firm originally created last December for that city's 350th anniversary. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  •  Bill Shea of Hatfield fabricated this special adaptor to use with a log loader to lift into place the 18 sections of a wooden cake for Hatfield's upcoming 350th anniversary celebrations. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bobby Betsold, right, guides a section of a five-tier wooden anniversary cake lifted by Josh McGee, center, operating a log loader outside Hatfield Town Hall on Saturday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Bobby Betsold, center, descends into a wooden anniversary cake assembled outside Hatfield Town Hall on Saturday to check on the support structure. Helping him are, from left, Bill Shea, Martin Skuse and Josh McGee. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hatfield residents Bill Lahart, left, and Sue Favreau watch as a wooden five-tier anniversary cake is assembled next to the town hall on Saturday in advance of the town's 350th celebrations next year. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • From left, Josh McGee, Bobby Betsold, Martin Skuse and Bill Shea assemble the fifth tier of a wooden anniversary cake next to Hatfield Town Hall on Saturday in advance of the town's 350th celebrations next year. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 9/23/2019 9:09:54 AM

HATFIELD – A team of volunteers began working at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to assemble a wooden five-tier cake outside of Hatfield Town Hall in advance of the town's 350th celebrations next year and had the fifth layer attached before noon. The structure was originally fabricated last December by Westek Architectural Woodworking in Westfield for that city's 350th anniversary and was moved to Hatfield on Friday in 18 sections. It is ringed with 349 electric candles and will be crowned with a new topper, specific to Hatfield, and a 350th candle.




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