Hilltown Digest: Williamsburg church fundraiser Saturday

  • Williamsburg residents wait outside the town offices to vote in a special election, April 19. The Williamsburg Select Board is looking to fill two key paid municipal positions. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 10/12/2021 8:21:53 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — The First Congregational Church of Williamsburg will be holding an Attic Finds and Bake Sale fundraiser this Saturday, in conjunction with a food drive.

Asked what he’d like to see, the Rev. Worth Noyes responded, “A whole lot of people.”

The sale will take place rain or shine on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 4 North Main St. church.

Noyes said he was happy to see the fundraiser for the church being held in conjunction with the food drive. The canned food collected for the drive is going to be donated to the food pantry at the Grange.

There’s also an ongoing raffle for a handmade quilt, tickets for which can be bought at https://burgychurch.betterworld.org/giveaways/2021-annual-quilt-raffle.

Paid positions open

The Williamsburg Select Board is looking to fill two key paid positions working for the town: building maintenance supervisor and animal control officer.

The building maintenance supervisor position pays a $9,000 a year stipend, and the town is looking for a skilled person to take over the job, which will consist of diagnosing issues with town-owned buildings, doing minor repairs and hiring other parties to do larger work. The supervisor also will have access to a repair budget.

Town Administrator Nick Caccamo said that the position has been previously filled by word of mouth, but no candidates have stepped forward at this time. He also said that a shared services agreement could fill the role as well.

The animal control officer position, meanwhile, is paid $130 a month. The officer primarily responds to stray dogs and other issues with canines. One of the animal control officers in Northampton was doing this work, but Caccamo said the officer is leaving the Williamsburg position. Caccamo said he’s also going to explore a shared services option for this job as well.

Those interested in either job should call the town administrator’s office at 413-268-8418 or email townadmin@burgy.org.

Legion to host grave event

Haydenville American Legion Post 236 will be hosting a grave restoration community event this Saturday.

“Hopefully we’re going to get a big community event going,” said Jim Hall, who is organizing the event and serves on the board of the post.

The event is called Raise Up Our Veterans and is part of a biennial effort Hall started this year to restore the brass veterans plaques on graves in Williamsburg and Haydenville and raise the profile of the American Legion.

Hall said the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery in Leeds/Haydenville. Those who show up will participate in digging up the plaques and resetting them in stone dust, as well as lacquering them.

“I’m hoping for 50 people,” Hall said. “I’d like to do four- to six-people crews.”

He also said he would love to see 100 plaques done.

A small lunch will be served for the volunteers, and there will be coffee and doughnuts in the morning.


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