Area briefs: PVPA lands grant for new vehicles; towns get money for LED streetlights; Easthampton Fire open house

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Easthampton FD open house

EASTHAMPTON — The Fire Department will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its public safety complex.

There will be tours of the first station, a visit from Sparky the fire dog, and more. A Mothership Gourmet food truck will sell food from 10 a.m. to noon.

Additionally, bicycle donations will be accepted for Pedal Through Youth and Bob “The Bike Man” Charland.

PVPA, others land grants for vehicles, programs

BOSTON — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will buy 17 vehicles with funding from a recently awarded grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The agency awarded the grants through its annual Community Transit Grant Program, which will fund 153 vans and mini-buses to 37 organizations. In addition, $1,802,197 in funding was awarded to 18 organizations for 25 operating and mobility management projects.

The grant program, which distributes federal money, provides funding to assist with the purchase of capital equipment, mobility management, and operational costs in order to meet the mobility needs of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities of any age.

In addition to PVPA, the Stavros Center for Independent Living will receive money for to buy two vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Hilltown Community Development Corporation has received $32,813 to fund staff positions that will support a new van service for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the rural Hilltowns region.

The PVPA will also receive $78,074 to support its travel training program.

Williamsburg, Sunderland get LED planning grants

Williamsburg and Sunderland have landed state grants to help convert traditional streetlights to LED technology.

Williamsburg received $9,738 and Sunderland gets $4,060 from the Department of Energy Resources through its $11.4 million Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program launched last December.

Other organizations involved in helping communities plan are the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, Energy New England and four Municipal Light Plant.