Hilltown Digest: State Auditor Suzanne Bump to visit Plainfield, Deerfield on Friday

  • State Auditor Suzanne Bump FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 7/22/2021 9:12:39 AM

PLAINFIELD – State Auditor Suzanne Bump will stop in Plainfield Friday, as part of a western Massachusetts tour with local and state officials highlighting issues with the state’s payments in-lieu of taxes (PILOT) program for state-owned land.

Bump’s event in Plainfield will take place at 1:15 p.m. at Dubuque Forest, at the picnic tables near the Hallockville Pond. She is scheduled to be at the Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation in Deerfield at 10:30 a.m.

Bump will be joined on the stops by state Sen. Adam Hinds, and state Reps. Natalie Blais and Paul Mark, and Linda Dunlavy, executive director of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Bump’s Office released a report in December showing the current program is underfunded and disadvantages communities in the western part of the state in favor of larger, wealthier communities in the east. The findings will be the focus of Friday’s tour, as will legislation introduced earlier this year to reform the program.

Town-wide tag sale

Worthington’s annual town-wide tag sale returns this Saturday.

The event is a summer tradition put on as a fundraiser by The Friends of the Worthington Library, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. People will hold tag sales throughout Worthington, and maps of all the locations will be sold for donations at the Worthington Library from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants also will be selling their wares on the lawn of the Worthington Library as well.

“We have 36 different families with stuff for sale,” said friends member George Coling,

He said a snowblower, clothing, a twin bed, a flat screen television, fiber items, looms, antiques, wood stoves, and a 10-foot bass boat with an electric motor are among the items that will be for sale.

The sale was canceled last year because of the pandemic, and Coling said that he thinks more families have signed up than the last event in 2019. “I think everybody’s going to be happy,” he said.

The Friends of the Worthington Library uses the money it raises from the event for such things as wish list books, museum passes and children’s programming at the library. Coling said that the group expects to raise $400 to $500 from the fundraiser this year.

Book sale series

The Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries will hold its next mini book sale this Saturday.

The book sale series is a benefit for the Meekins Library and will take place on the library’s lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An earlier book sale in the series was held on July 10, and a third book sale will take place on the library’s lawn on Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friends of the Williamsburg Libraries are looking for volunteers to help staff its book sales and those interested can sign up online.

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

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