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        Elders (HOPE)
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We Want Your Input!

Be a part of our efforts to improve life in the hilltowns!

Hilltown CDC is interested in hearing your feedback on its programs in the region.

There are two ways to be heard: Come to a Community Development Forum or take a survey online.

The forum -

Hilltown CDC is hosting a Community Development Forum on Monday January 13, 2014 at 6:00pm. Hilltown residents are invited to come discuss housing needs along with a variety of social service needs including services offered to seniors through the Hilltown Elder Network and the Health Outreach Program for Elders, needs for services to young families offered through Families Together, and the needs for those who aren't able to put enough food on their table offered through the Food Panty.

Do you have concerns about, compliments for or ideas on how to improve any of these programs in the hilltowns? Please come share your ideas for ways these programs could be improved or simply show your support. Share new ideas that could be developed further! All ideas are welcome.

Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Dave at 296-4536 ext 118 by Jan. 6th.

If you are unable to attend, you can still send feedback via email to

The survey -

Complete an anonymous, on-line survey regarding housing and social service needs in the hilltowns! Click on the following link to take this quick, 10 minute survey.

Take Survey Now

Join 308 Hilltown Businesses in the 2014 Hilltown Business Directory

What will 16,500 hilltown households buy from you?

The printed Hilltown Business Directory is published once a year; it is distributed in January to 16,500 households in 22 towns. Your listing for the 2014 Directory should be submitted by September 30th for January publication. Click here for the reservation form.

The Hilltown Business Directory can include any business located in the Towns of Ashfield, Becket, Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Dalton, Goshen, Haydenville, Hinsdale, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Otis, Peru, Plainfield, Russell, Savoy, Washington, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington, or any business whose owner resides in these towns.

Join the local businesses that say:

"I get better response from listing in the Hilltown Business Directory than I get from the Verizon Yellow Pages"

"It's the only advertising I use and it has paid for itself many, many times over"

"I got a sizeable project from someone who saw my ad in the Hilltown Business Directory."

Hilltown Spring Festival

The Hilltown Spring Festival on June first celebrated spring, the hilltown community, music, art, food, sustainability, kids, families and more. The Hilltown Spring Festival featured 10 musical performances, food from local vendors, children’s activities, a mid-day dance around the May pole, and exhibits of products and services from local vendors. It also included children displaying and selling their own craft and art work. All proceeds go to benefit the programs and services of Hilltown CDC, including business development and support programs for low income local elders.

Support for the Hilltown Spring Festival was provided by business sponsors, by the exhibiting businesses, and by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of the Towns of Ashfield, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Goshen, Middlefield, Plainfield, Washington, Westhampton, Williamsburg, Windsor and Worthington, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thank you to our major sponsors

KSK Insurance All Energy Solar Hilltown Families
Alternative Recycling Systems Cooley-Dickinson Hospital Easthampton Savings Bank
Florence Savings Bank George Propane Hilltown Tree and Garden
Steve Lewis Subaru DataEdge Marketing Information

Chesterfield Energy Efficiency Grant Program

Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Grant Program Offers up to $1,000 per Household for Energy Improvements

Chesterfield residents are invited to apply for up to $1,000 per household to help pay for home energy improvements. This grant program has been designed to supplement the Western Massachusetts Electric Company Mass Save residential incentive program, which offers a 75% incentive up to $2,000 toward the cost of installing insulation and weatherization upgrades. Taken together, Chesterfield residents are eligible for up to $3,000 to help improve the energy performance of their homes.

Program Steps

  1. To fill out an application, contact Bea von Hagke at the Hilltown Community Development Corporation (CDC) at 296-4536 ext 115 on Mondays or Wednesdays. Or, email her at
  2. Call WMECO’s Mass Save Program at 800-666-3303 to schedule a free Home Energy Assessment. Or contact a Home Performance Contractor directly – Ask Bea for guidance on this option
  3. Implement the recommendations of the Mass Save Assessment (WMECO pays 75% up to $2,000)
  4. Contact the Hilltown CDC for reimbursement of additional expenses up to $1,000

The Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Grant can also be applied toward energy efficiency and renewable energy items that are NOT listed in the Mass Save energy assessment. Town of Chesterfield program partners at the Hilltown CDC and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission can also point you toward other available incentives like rebates for efficient heating, solar hot water, solar PV and microwind systems; as well as the Mass Save Heat Loan Program, which provides a 0% loan up to $25,000 for energy efficiency upgrades and solar hot water systems.

In 2011, the Town of Chesterfield was designated a Massachusetts “Green Community” by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The Chesterfield Residential Energy Efficiency Grant Program is an initiative to help reduce energy used in Chesterfield. Learn more at

Download program applications below or contact Bea at 296-4536 ext 115 or

Program Guidelines (MS Word) Application (MS Word) Program Poster (PDF)

Does your small business need help finding health insurance plans?

The Massachusetts Health Connector's Business Express Program can help small businesses with 50 or fewer employees find health insurance plans for their eligible employees. Click for more information.


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-940, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider employer, and lender.