Hilltown Digest: Plainfield chicken barbecue draws hundreds

  • Grilling underway at a past Plainfield chicken barbecue. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/10/2021 11:39:40 AM

PLAINFIELD – The 50th chicken barbecue fundraiser held by the Plainfield Volunteer Firefighters Association on Labor Day weekend drew hundreds of people in a triumphant return for the community event.

Plainfield Fire Chief David Alvord said that the event drew somewhere between 300 and 400 people. And while he didn’t have the numbers for how much the barbecue raised, he said that the silent auction held by the association in conjunction with the barbecue raised more than $3,000, a new record for the event.

“It looks like a great year,” Alvord said.

The event was not held last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The barbecue also was the site of the Plainfield Road Race. The overall winner of the race was Mason Lococo with a time of 8:02 while the under 14 winner was 9-year-old Sadie Wilcox, with a time of 15:06.

‘Efficient’ Town Meeting

Four articles were approved without controversy at Williamsburg’s Special Town Meeting last week.

The articles all involved financial matters: $81,292 to replace HVAC units at the Anne T. Dunphy School, $217, 872 for culvert construction on Depot Road, $1,927 from the water enterprise fund to pay a bill from the previous fiscal year, and $34,779 from the sewer enterprise fund to pay the balance of the fiscal 2021 sewer service cost assessment to Northampton.

“It was real efficient,” said Town Administrator Nicholas Caccamo, of the meeting.

Caccamo also said that just over the quorum of 60 people was reached for the meeting, and he expressed gratitude that people came out.

“In the end, people showed up and they participated,” he said.

Vacancies aplenty

Williamsburg is looking to fill a number of vacancies on town committees.

There are single vacancies on the Agricultural Commission, Capital Planning Committee, Cultural Council, Open Space Committee, Planning Board, Technology Committee and Veterans’ Memorial Committee. The Hampshire Regional School Committee has two Williamsburg vacancies, the Zoning Board of Appeals has two alternate spots that need to be filled and the 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee is looking to fill three spots.

“The two most important are the 250th-anniversary committee and the regional school district,” Williamsburg Town Administrator Nicholas Caccamo said.

Caccamo said that interested parties should reach out to him or Eleanor Warnock, the secretary for the Select Board. All vacancies are filled by a Select Board appointment.

Caccamo can be reached at 413-268-8418 or at townadmin@burgy.org.

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

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