Hilltown Digest: Homemade valentine swap getting underway


Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2022 10:05:30 PM
Modified: 1/14/2022 10:04:37 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — Children, adults and families can all sign up for Hilltown Families’ annual Handmade Valentine Swap, in which participants make and receive homemade valentines.

The swap involves making and sending out valentines to 10 addresses. In turn, those participating in the swap receive valentines from 10 different people.

Signing up for the swap costs $10 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for those signing up as families. Organizations also participate in the swap.

Those participating must sign up by Jan. 28, after which they’ll receive their assignments. Participants are also asked to send out their valentines by Feb. 7.

Hilltown Families has been holding its Valentine Swap since 2008, and counts more than 10,000 valentines having been swapped.

“In 2008, Hilltown Families’ Handmade Valentine Swap started off as a way for families to push against the commercialization of yet another holiday while being creative with family and friends,” Hilltown Families founder Sienna Wildfield said in a release. “In the era of COVID-related separation, the swap also allows a safe and creative way to connect with family and friends through kindness and creativity.”

Those looking for inspiration can see past valentines at https://bit.ly/3GtBUGP/.

Worthington to hostfamily night at ponds

The Worthington Parks and Recreation Committee will be sponsoring weekly family ice skating every Friday this winter at Town Pond Park.

“We’re just providing a place for the community to gather safely,” said Kate Dahill, a member of the committee.

The first such event will take place this Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., the time frame for each weekly skate.

Members of the Parks and Recreation Commmittee will be present at all events and the ice will be tested before it is used.

“We’re very mindful of the ice,” Dahill said.

Town Pond Park is located near the transfer station. In the summer and fall of last year a picnic table, lighting, a fire pit, a larger parking area and a charcoal grill were put in at the park.

Deadline for Huntington tax work-off program nears

Veterans and seniors have until Feb. 1 to apply for Huntington’s tax work-off programs for fiscal year 2023.

Veterans and those 60 and over may participate in the programs, which allow for participants to work for up to 35.25 hours for the town at a rate of $14.25 an hour to receive up to $500 off of their real estate tax bills. The credit may be applied to February or May fiscal year 2023 real estate tax bills.

Those who are both veterans and seniors may apply to both programs, and may be accepted by both — potentially allowing such individuals to work off $1,000 from their real estate tax bills.

Jennifer Peloquin, the town’s administrative assistant, said that the town didn’t have the program available last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it was cut short in 2020 because of the pandemic as well.

Up to eight seniors and up to six veterans can be selected for the program, Peloquin said, but the town has not received many applications this year so far.

“Applications have been slow coming in,” Peloquin said. “We’ve only received three so far.”

Jobs that participants have performed in the programs include clerical work in the town clerk’s office, painting plows at the highway department, and landscaping, she said. The applications for the programs ask what skills people have and what town departments they’re interested in.

Applications may be picked up at Huntington Town Hall or downloaded at www.huntingtonma.us, or can be requested by calling the Select Board Office at 413-512-5200 or emailing admin@huntingtonma.us.

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


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