Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Downloading & Opening email with attachments

Where:   Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

Downloading and opening email attachments.                                                

You got a document in your email How do you open it to view it? What if you don’t have the correct computer program? Tips and tricks to help you not miss a thing.

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-35-1055 or email Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

 

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Sep
20
to Sep 21

Selling on ETSY: Online Sales for Art and Vintage Items

When:  Thursday & Friday September 20 & 21st, 2018 6:00 - 6:00 pm

Where:  Hilltown CDC Office, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Cost:   FREE

Etsy is an online marketplace where people around the world can connect to buy and sell unique goods on a vibrant community of 30 million buyers and creative businesses.  It provides an online marketplace for crafters, artists, and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods and crafting supplies.  Grow your brand with a wealth of new customers and Etsy promotional tools.  In this two day class you’ll learn about selling on Etsy including how to open your shop, market your product, shipping, and Etsy’s buying and selling guidelines.  Participants must have general computer knowledge and an active email account.  You will need to check your email in class to create an Etsy account so please know your email password.  Plan on attending both class sessions.   Computers will be available for use.

 

 To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Computer & Internet Basics

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

Now that I have it: how do I find it?  You’ve successfully downloaded those photos,  but where did they go? Learn how to find, and organize files you’ve downloaded off of the internet or from emails.

 

To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email at: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Economic Development and Your Business

When:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

Come learn about how our region is developing economically and what that means for your small business opportunities, whether you are already operating or thinking about starting up something new. With the arrival of broadband internet, state-sponsored grants, and increased marketing to bring new families and businesses to our area, now is the time to get organized and get motivated to ride the wave of progress. Come with questions & ideas, all are welcome!   Jeanne LeClair of the Gateway Hilltown Collaborative

 

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email at:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Photographing your Products for Oline Sales

When:  Thursday, September 27, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:   Hilltown CDC Office, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Cost:  FREE

Whether you sell on eBay, Etsy, Craigslist or any other online market place taking photos that are sharp, simple and illustrative is crucial to online selling success. Photos are a key part in the consumer’s decision-making process and the quality of a product photo reflects your brand image. In this class you will learn how to photograph your items for sale to make them look their best on your online marketplace.

 To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hhilltowncdc.org

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Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Goshen Senior Housing Open House Celebration

Where:  Goshen Town Hall and Goshen Senior Housing,  40-41 Main Street, Goshen, MA

Guest Speakers, Light Lunch and tour of new senior units

RSVP by September 20th to Denise LeDuc  413-296-4536 x114 or email:  denisel@hilltowncdc.org

Major funding for this project was provided by: Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund, the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Trust Fund, People’s United Bank, the Goshen Community Preservation Act, and The Eleanor Schwartz Charitable Foundation.

 

 

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Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

Grantwriting

When:  Tuesday, October 9, 2017  6:00- 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester, MA

Cost:  FREE

Learn the basics on how to research and identify potential foundations and government funders that accept grant proposals to fund your project or program, as well as how to prepare and submit a grant to a potential funder. Presenter Dave Christopolis is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA, and has successfully written millions of dollars worth of grants for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the region.

 

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Website Workshop

When:  Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:00- 8:00 pm

Where:  Hilltown CDC Office, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Cost:   FREE

One of the most important parts of growing your business is maintaining a professional, beautiful, fully functioning website. Stop by for hands-on assistance with professionalizing your layout, hosting, images, text, and any other elements of your website.  Learn inexpensive, yet professional website options that you can easily learn how to create and edit with a minimal time commitment. All questions/issues welcome, small or large.

 To register contact Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hilltowncdc.org or or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com

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Oct
15
to Oct 16

Intro to Quickbooks

When:  Monday & Tuesday October 15 & 16, 2018  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Hilltown Community Development Corp., 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Cost:   FREE

Does the idea of learning QuickBooks feel overwhelming to you?

You’re not alone. We know that learning QuickBooks can be a struggle. This class includes an overview of the following:  Set-Up, Chart of Accounts, Budgets, Financial Statements, Accounts Payables, Vendors, Customers and Sales. Taught by Dorine Lasky, accountant, bookkeeper, and tax preparer with over 25 years experience in the field, and is currently a self employed tax advisor.

To register contact:  Michele Kenney  413-354-1055 or email:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

 

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Business Plan Workshop

When:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

Got a great idea for a small business? Not sure how to start? Want to grow your existing business? Well the next step is building/writing a great business plan! We’ll discuss creating an executive summary, a marketing plan, a budget, and more. Clear, thorough, updated business plans are a great way to attract new investments, get additional loans, or collaborate with business partners. It's also a great exercise to make sure your strategic goals and action steps are aligned and working together for success! Taught by Jeanne LeClair of the Gateway Hilltown Collaborative.

 To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Oct
23
to Oct 24

Excel for Beginners

When:  Tuesday & Wednesday October 23 & 24th 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center- 26a Main Street, Chester, MA

Cost:   FREE

Excel for beginners.  From Columns and rows, to Font's Formatting and Formulas.  Come attend this basic course that will show you everything a beginner needs to know about working with Excel.  Taught by long time Excel user Randall Austin, who has been using Excel in a professional environment since 1997.  Become a functional user and explore the many things this great tool has to offer.

Contact Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email: michelek@hilltowncdc.org

 

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Oct
25
to Oct 26

Selling on ETSY: Online Sales for Art and Vintage Items

When:  Thursday & Friday October 25 & 26th, 2018 6:00 - 6:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

Etsy is an online marketplace where people around the world can connect to buy and sell unique goods on a vibrant community of 30 million buyers and creative businesses.  It provides an online marketplace for crafters, artists, and collectors to sell their handmade creations, vintage goods and crafting supplies.  Grow your brand with a wealth of new customers and Etsy promotional tools.  In this two day class you’ll learn about selling on Etsy including how to open your shop, market your product, shipping, and Etsy’s buying and selling guidelines.  Participants must have general computer knowledge and an active email account.  You will need to check your email in class to create an Etsy account so please know your email password.  Plan on attending both class sessions.   Computers will be available for use.

 

 To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Photographing your Products for Online Sales

When: Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost: FREE

Whether you sell on eBay, Etsy, Craigslist or any other online market place taking photos that are sharp, simple and illustrative is crucial to online selling success. Photos are a key part in the consumer’s decision-making process and the quality of a product photo reflects your brand image. In this class you will learn how to photograph your items for sale to make them look their best on your online marketplace.

To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email Michelek@hhilltowncdc.org

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Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Social Media for Business

When:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester, MA

Cost:   FREE

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully and promote your business for little or no money without a lot of time commitment.

This class with tell you how to start up and effectively use Facebook and Instagram. 

Participants will learn how to create and effectively use Facebook business pages, learn the Facebook Pages app, set up an Instagram account, #whyhashtagswork, create and effectively use Facebook events and more! Bring your mobile phone, Laptop or tablet to the class. Computers will be  available for use.

Class taught by JLBA Social Media And Marketing director Mimi Caban Ross.

 To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Paypal for Business

When:  Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Hilltown CDC Office, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA

Cost:  FREE

PayPal is a safe and secure way to get or receive payments electronically, and is used by over 17 million businesses for their  payment and credit solutions.  With a PayPal business account you can accept payments on your website or app, in person or in your store, and by email or phone.  You can even send invoices.  In this class you will learn how to set up a PayPal business account and what PayPal can do for your business.

 To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Social Media for Business

When:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester, MA

Cost:   FREE

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully and promote your business for little or no money without a lot of time commitment.

This class with tell you how to start up and effectively use Facebook and Instagram. 

Participants will learn how to create and effectively use Facebook business pages, learn the Facebook Pages app, set up an Instagram account, #whyhashtagswork, create and effectively use Facebook events and more! Bring your mobile phone, Laptop or tablet to the class. Computers will be  available for use.

Class taught by JLBA Social Media And Marketing director Mimi Caban Ross.

 To register contact: Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Paypal for Business

When:  Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center 26a Main Street, Chester, MA

Cost:  FREE

PayPal is a safe and secure way to get or receive payments electronically, and is used by over 17 million businesses for their  payment and credit solutions.  With a PayPal business account you can accept payments on your website or app, in person or in your store, and by email or phone.  You can even send invoices.  In this class you will learn how to set up a PayPal business account and what PayPal can do for your business.

 To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

You Tube for Business

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

The internet analytics company, Alexa, currently ranks YouTube No. 2 both domestically and globally in web traffic. It has more than 1 billion users YouTube can be a great tool to help promote your business. From product demonstration videos, to installation or assembly instruction. YouTube videos can be embedder in your website, Facebook page, or even an email.

 Learn how to get you started creating your own YouTube Channel and how to customize your videos, including information on where to get uncopyrighted music to include in your video, and how to edit and arrange each segment.   To sign in to YouTube, you'll need to have or create a Google Account.  Computers will be available for your use.

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

 

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Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Marketing your Business and Products

When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

There are several important variables that go into creating a successful business, including a great idea, a great product, and a great team. One of the aspects that sometimes gets left behind and can be difficult to get started is marketing. Every business needs a niche and must target their customers in unique ways. In this class, we'll go over fundamentals of marketing and what it means to create a marketing plan. By the end of the with hands-on assistance, you'll leave with a basic marketing plan, and ideally a few marketing pieces designed and ready to print or post!

 To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413—354-1055 or email: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

You Tube for Business

Where:  Hilltown CDC Office, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Cost:   FREE

The internet analytics company, Alexa, currently ranks YouTube No. 2 both domestically and globally in web traffic. It has more than 1 billion users YouTube can be a great tool to help promote your business. From product demonstration videos, to installation or assembly instruction. YouTube videos can be embedder in your website, Facebook page, or even an email.

 Learn how to get you started creating your own YouTube Channel and how to customize your videos, including information on where to get uncopyrighted music to include in your video, and how to edit and arrange each segment.   To sign in to YouTube, you'll need to have or create a Google Account.  Computers will be available for your use.

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email: Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Everything you Need to Know as a Small Business Owner

When:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018 6:00- 8:00pm

Where:  Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main Street, Chester

Cost:   FREE

There is more to your Business than selling your product!  This class will discuss the following tips to improve your chances of success: Overview includes:  The Business Plan, Customers and Customer Service, Vendors, Keeping the Books, Estimated Taxes, Deductions, and Marketing. 

 

To register contact:  Michele Kenney at 413-354-1055 or email at:  Michelek@hilltowncdc.org

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Jul
23
5:00 PM17:00

Public Hearing

PUBLIC HEARING

 

When: Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Where: Selectboard Meeting Room,

Town Offices, 422 Main Road, Chesterfield

 

Two items regarding the Chesterfield CDBG FY17 grant including the towns of Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington will be discussed:

 

  • A review of the Housing Rehabilitation Program, the HEN Program, HOPE, Food Pantry and Childcare Subsidy Programs will be conducted.

  • Budget Revision – shift of funds from one Social Service program to two other Social Service Programs.

 

Anyone interested in sharing ideas or comments regarding these programs is welcome and encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to attend but would still like to provide feedback, please send an email to beavh@hilltowncdc.org or mail your comments to Hilltown CDC, PO Box 17, Chesterfield, 01012

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Jun
24
11:00 AM11:00

Hilltown Open Studio Tour- Day 2

Day Two  of the Hilltown Arts Tour

HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR

June 23rd and 24th, 2018

Worthington MA, April 19, 2018– The Hilltown Arts Alliance is pleased to launch their first ever Open Studio Tour this spring and welcome visitors to view their work as well as the great beauty of the region.  The tour will wind its way amongst majestic mountain views, streams, timeless backroads and old growth forests to visit the work places of some of our finest artists.  Guests will get a glimpse into both the creative process and the physical work which make up the daily lives of these creative and visionary “Hilltowners”.

There will be 26 artists participating at 24 locations, plus a group exhibition at the Cummington Community House Gallery.  Hilltown Open Studio Tour is taking place in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, North Chester, and Worthington.  This is the first year of what is hoped to be an annual event.

Maps:  Available at each location or at www.hilltownartsalliance.org

Location: A good starting point to pick up your map would be the Cummington Community House at:  33 Main St, Cummington, MA 01026

"As artists we spend hours alone working in the studio creating our art. We welcome the opportunity to share it with the public and give them a glimpse into our private workspace,” explains participant Peggy Klineman for her passion to make this event part of the Hilltown arts scene.

Participating artists include:

Cyndy Sperry - paintings, drawings, prints

Valerie Claff - watercolor landscapes

Peggy Klineman - shredded paper paintings, works on paper, drawings

Kevin O'Connor - collage

Larry Slezak - mixed media works on paper, assemblages & collages

Judith Bowerman - prints, paintings

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze -  basketry sculpture

David Marshall   - paintings

Studio at East Branch -- Frances Henry and Walter Korzec - watercolor, drawings, woodblock, abstract expressionist paintings, assemblage, drawings

Robert Sweeney - oil paintings

Olwen Dowling -  oil and watercolor paintings, Copper Intaglio prints

Gloria Conwell   - photography, fused glass: tiles, dishes, knobs, jewelry, sculpture

Jen Parrish-Hill - handcrafted amulet jewelry of stained glass and clay

Kathy Ford - quilt art, fabric art

Kathryn Jensen  - watercolor landscapes

Jeanne Johns -   portrait paintings

Michael Melle    - life size figure sculptures, drawings, paintings

Susan Flores -  metal Sculpture

Alexandra F. Cherau - watercolors, monotypes, monoprints, goose eggs, bird baths and gardens

June Ferrin - watercolor paintings

Natalie Stafford - watercolors

Community House Gallery -  group show of various medium

Beckie Kravetz   - figurative and garden sculptures, masks

Leni Fried - printmaking, scrolls, notecards, The Bagshare Project

Mark Shapiro at Stonepool pottery -  wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery

Mara Superior Guest Artist at Project Art - ceramic art and sculpture                                                                                       

The weekend will include unique workshops and demonstrations– please see the website for the full  schedule.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Bavelock at kateb@hilltowncdc.org.

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Hilltown Open Studio Tour- Day 1

Day One  of the Hilltown Arts Tour

HILLTOWN OPEN STUDIO TOUR

June 23rd and 24th, 2018

Worthington MA, April 19, 2018– The Hilltown Arts Alliance is pleased to launch their first ever Open Studio Tour this spring and welcome visitors to view their work as well as the great beauty of the region.  The tour will wind its way amongst majestic mountain views, streams, timeless backroads and old growth forests to visit the work places of some of our finest artists.  Guests will get a glimpse into both the creative process and the physical work which make up the daily lives of these creative and visionary “Hilltowners”.

There will be 26 artists participating at 24 locations, plus a group exhibition at the Cummington Community House Gallery.  Hilltown Open Studio Tour is taking place in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, North Chester, and Worthington.  This is the first year of what is hoped to be an annual event.

Maps:  Available at each location or at www.hilltownartsalliance.org

Location: A good starting point to pick up your map would be the Cummington Community House at:  33 Main St, Cummington, MA 01026

"As artists we spend hours alone working in the studio creating our art. We welcome the opportunity to share it with the public and give them a glimpse into our private workspace,” explains participant Peggy Klineman for her passion to make this event part of the Hilltown arts scene.

Participating artists include:

Cyndy Sperry - paintings, drawings, prints

Valerie Claff - watercolor landscapes

Peggy Klineman - shredded paper paintings, works on paper, drawings

Kevin O'Connor - collage

Larry Slezak - mixed media works on paper, assemblages & collages

Judith Bowerman - prints, paintings

Elizabeth Whyte Schulze -  basketry sculpture

David Marshall   - paintings

Studio at East Branch -- Frances Henry and Walter Korzec - watercolor, drawings, woodblock, abstract expressionist paintings, assemblage, drawings

Robert Sweeney - oil paintings

Olwen Dowling -  oil and watercolor paintings, Copper Intaglio prints

Gloria Conwell   - photography, fused glass: tiles, dishes, knobs, jewelry, sculpture

Jen Parrish-Hill - handcrafted amulet jewelry of stained glass and clay

Kathy Ford - quilt art, fabric art

Kathryn Jensen  - watercolor landscapes

Jeanne Johns -   portrait paintings

Michael Melle    - life size figure sculptures, drawings, paintings

Susan Flores -  metal Sculpture

Alexandra F. Cherau - watercolors, monotypes, monoprints, goose eggs, bird baths and gardens

June Ferrin - watercolor paintings

Natalie Stafford - watercolors

Community House Gallery -  group show of various medium

Beckie Kravetz   - figurative and garden sculptures, masks

Leni Fried - printmaking, scrolls, notecards, The Bagshare Project

Mark Shapiro at Stonepool pottery -  wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery

Mara Superior Guest Artist at Project Art - ceramic art and sculpture                                                                                       

The weekend will include unique workshops and demonstrations– please see the website for the full  schedule.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Bavelock at kateb@hilltowncdc.org.

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Mar
14
10:00 AM10:00

Goshen Senior Housing Lottery

A lottery of the applicants for the 10 units of affordable senior housing located at 41 Main Street Goshen, will be held at the Goshen Town Hall beginning at 10 am on March 14, 2018.  It is anticipated that the units will be ready for occupancy by June, 2018.  All Goshen Senior Housing applicants and the general public are invited to attend.

 

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Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

CDBG Public Hearing- Town of Chesterfield

The Chesterfield SelectBoard will hold a public hearing regarding the planning for the Mass. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 18 Program.  Public comment is invited on the following meeting topic:  An application to the Federal FY 2018 Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for the participating communities of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Peru, Plainfield and Worthington.  The participating towns are applying jointly for the following possible projects:  Housing Rehabilitation Program and Social Services Programs including:  Health Outreach Programs for Elders (run by HCHC); Hilltown Food Pantry (run by NSC); the Hilltown Elder Network administered by Hilltown CDC, the Childcare Subsidy, and It Takes a Village. 

The general public and representatives of participating towns and organizations with ideas regarding these projects or other possible projects should attend to present their views.  The Town of Chesterfield, through its Selectboard, will be responsible for grant oversight.  Hilltown CDC will assist the Chesterfield Selectboard by preparing the CDBG grant application and will oversee implementation of the projects if the grant is awarded.   For additional information or if you cannot attend the hearing, but have comments you would like to make, contact Bea, write to Hilltown CDC, P. O. Box 17, Chesterfield, MA  01012, or email beavh@hilltowncdc.org

 

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