Hilltown Digest: New highway boss finds dream job in Plainfield

  • Pottery from Christy Knox, one of the members of the HIlltown 6. The group will be holding its pottery tour on July 24-25. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/9/2021 2:02:45 PM

PLAINFIELD — The town has hired a new highway superintendent, and he is bringing a personal enthusiasm for the work to the job.

“I am very happy,” Walter Jennings said. “I’m looking to do great things for the taxpayers and for the community.”

Jennings, 45, a Hadley resident, started in his new position July 2. He said it’s been a dream of his to lead a highway department and he doesn’t think he’ll have any adjustment issues to working in Plainfield.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” Jennings said. “I think I can step right in.”

Before taking the highway superintendent job, Jennings was a foreman at a paving company. Prior to that, he worked for the town of Sunderland.

Jennings says that keeping equipment and roads nice and pristine is very important to him and that he’s looking forward to becoming part of the community.

Mert Taylor, Jennings’ predecessor, is still working for the Highway Department. Jennings said that having Taylor and another employee who also has more than 30 years of experience on the roster is valuable.

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour on tap

The Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour will take place this month, giving those who participate the opportunity to visit the studios of nine potters.

“It’s a self-guided tour,” said Sara Wein, publicist for the Hilltown 6. “People can choose their own route.”

The tour will take place July 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. In addition to studio tours, guest potters also will be a part of the event.

“It’s all free and open to the public,” said Christy Knox, of Cummington, a founding member of the Hilltown 6.

c currently consists of a group of nine potters, with members in the communities of Westhampton, Ashfield, Cummington, Goshen, Worthington and Windsor. This year will be the group’s 15th pottery tour, although last year the tour took place virtually.

“It’s particularly wonderful this year after a year of isolation to have people come to my studio,” Knox said.

Knox noted that the tour will also feature demonstrations throughout the weekend.

“It’s an opportunity for people to ask a lot of questions,” she said.

Knox said that some of the guest potters will be on the tour in person while others will be online, and that the inclusion of guest artists keeps the tour “fresh and new.”

Each of the host studios will also have an online component for the tour.

Knox said that all of the potters are vaccinated and that “many of the displays will be outdoors.”

Knox describes herself as a “functional potter” and the items she makes include plates, mugs and teacups. She also uses plants from her garden to make designs on the outside of her work.

As for how many people she expects for the tour Knox said that she does not know, but anticipates a “very good crowd.” More information can be found at www.hilltown6.com.

Mathers becomes Select Board chairman

David Mathers was named as the new chairman of the Williamsburg Select Board on July 1. Mathers succeeds William Sayre in the leadership role, a move that Sayre said is part of the normal rotation of the board.

The other member of the three-member Select Board is Denise Banister.

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