Heath, Massachusetts

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Town Offices

1 East Main St Heath, MA 01346 Phone: 413-337-4934 Fax: 413-337-8542

Email Selectmen Sheila Litchfield, Chair, Brian DeVriese and Bill Lattrell bos@townofheath.org

Email Town Coordinator, Kara Leistyna: bos@townofheath.org Email Town Clerk, Hilma Sumner:     townclerk@townofheath.org

Town News

Happy October! GREETINGS!

ServSafe Training Tues Oct 21st 8:30am-5:oopm Berkshire Pizzeria:  FLYER

Meetings Scheduled for Week of October 20, 2014:
Board of Assessors: Monday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. Sawyer Hall
Board of Selectmen: Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Sawyer Hall

DINING WITH HISTORY! Saturday, Oct. 25 5:00-7:00 p.m. Heath Community Hall. A Virtual Tour of Heath’s Cemeteries.  Enjoy a potluck supper with friends and neighbors as we “visit” some of the residents of our cemeteries, share some ghostly tales, and celebrate Hallowe’en. Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome - Come if you dare!!

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR at COMMUNITY HALL, Sat. November 1st SEE FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS

Weatherbug by Earth Networks Weather Station

WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING PROBLEMS WITH THE RAIN GAUGE. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

National Grid has been modeling storm response on data collected from area Weather Stations on the Earth Networks system. There are a number of pockets in the Western portion of Massachusetts that have very light radar coverage, so National Grid has made the decision to purchase additional Weather Stations and Heath has been chosen to provide a location.  The Weather Station is a donation to the Town and becomes the property of the Town. It is located on top of Sawyer Hall. National Grid has agreed to pay for any basic maintenance that is needed to support the operation of the Weather Station, but Heath will be responsible for minor “housekeeping” such as emptying the rain catch, clearing leaves, etc.  The Highway Dept., as well as the entire community, will be able to view the data through the internet.  The school may also use the data as a learning opportunity. Each Weather Station has an LCD display that anyone can view to see current weather conditions. An On-Line Weather Center web link that is based on data from Heath’s Weather Station is available on www.townofheath.org for anyone with an internet connection to gain access to current weather conditions.  You may also get an app on your cell phone:  for android phones search Weatherbug in the Google Play store and iPhones search Weatherbug in the iTunes store. WEATHER STATION WEB LINK CLICK HERE!

CRAFTY LADIES: If you’d like to join the Crafty Ladies and enjoy time to work on craft projects, please stop in at the Community Hall on the second and fourth THURSDAY of each month from 4-6 p.m. Tea/snack is usually available. Suggested donation to benefit the Community Hall. Next group meets Thursday, Oct. 23 and every 2nd and 4th Thursday till late spring. If you ‘d like to be added to the email notification list or need more information, please call Kara at 337-4934, ext. 0.

Municipal Complex Building Project: The First Informational Meeting to discuss the Municipal Complex Building project was held on July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall, 1 West Main St., Heath, MA. Members of the Committee were there as well as a representative from Reinhardt Associates to present information and answer questions. Here are some links to the information that was presented at the ATM and on 7/22.  If you would like to send the committee a message, please email buildingcomplex@townofheath.org.  You will receive an automatic response expressing that all discussions will take place at scheduled, open public meetings. Thank you.

BRAY ROAD CONCEPT MAP POWER POINT PRESENTATION 2014 SCHEMATIC FLOOR MAP Finance Committee Municipal Safety Complex Financial Implications as of 7/22/14

HATHA YOGA CLASSES AT THE COMMUNITY HALL MONDAYS! CLICK LINK FOR MORE INFO.

WHY YOGA? Click Here for 10 reasons to start!

TRANSFER STATION WINTER HOURS will begin November 1, 2014. Hours will be Wednesday, 9am-1pm and Saturday, 8am-4pm. Renewal Stickers are NOW due as of July 1 and are available for purchase at the post office during regular hours. You will not have access to the Transfer Station without a current sticker. 2013

Annual Report is on our website this year! Click the link to the right of your screen labelled ANNUAL REPORT. There are also hard copies available in the Town Hall, Library, Sr. Center and at the Annual Town Meeting.

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE:  As of April 4, 2014, the bridge at the bottom of Heath Road and Adamsville Road in Colrain has been closed to traffic indefinitely. Please seek alternate routes. If you have questions, please phone the Town of Colrain at 624-3454.

NEW!! Pay your tax bill on-line!!! Visit our TAX COLLECTOR’S WEBPAGE (or see right side of screen and click on Tax Collector) to find out more and submit an electronic payment (some Uni Bank fees may apply).

The Cooperative Public Health Service has been awarded a Governor’s Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) Grant to provide free tick-testing services to residents of member towns. Free tick testing is available to anyone from Heath. You must click on the link above and submit your request through TickReport.com. Heath has been awarded up to 100 free tick tests.

JOB OPENINGS: Historical Commission, Agricultural Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals have openings. Please inquire with Town Coordinator for more information.   Thank you and thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers — your dedication is appreciated!!

NEW PERC SEASON REGS! and POLICY **For up-to-date news on your Town, please read various meeting minutes from Select Board, Finance Committee, Board of Health and others. Most are posted regularly on this website.  Any set of minutes is available by request.

If you are not signed on to the Code Red Emergency Notification System, please use this secure, customized Community Notification Enrollment (CNE) link. This will direct you to a page that allows residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when a message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TDD/TTY requirements can all be entered.  If you have questions, please contact Town Coordinator at 337-4934, ext. 0.

NEWS FOR SENIORS: Senior Lunches are now the 3rd Thursday at 12 noon at Community Hall. Please call 337-5728 between 9am-11am the Monday before the scheduled meal for reservations. Reservations are required.  Meals will be served 1/16, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/22, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/21 and 12/18/2014.  The meals program has changed so make your reservation for a wholesome, home-cooked meal! A brown bag (bring your own) lunch will be held on the 1st Thursday of each month - come and enjoy your lunch and conversation with neighbors!

Open Sew/Quilt Time: New!! Bring your machine and/or sewing/quilting project. Meets every other Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm for six weeks (Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15 & 29 and Nov. 12 and 26). Eileen McVay-Lively will be available for help with questions/ideas, etc. Bring a bagged lunch/beverage. No charge but donations are always welcome (supports the Community Hall).

Open Art begins Sept. 24 from 12 noon to 3 pm and will meet every other (Sept. 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19 and Dec. 3). Contact Eileen McVay-Lively, Sr. Center Coordinator, at 337-4742 for more information. Also, Senior Exercise Class held every Tuesday from 11 am - 12 noon at the Senior Center  – This class is for Osteoporosis Prevention. It is for people 55 years and older and FREE.  Please call Claire Rabbitt for further questions 337-8309.

Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) provides transportation through the Shelburne Council on Aging, for the elderly in the following towns: Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Rowe, Shelburne.  See FRTA FLYER for more information and visit FRTA WEBSITE for more information.

  • “Heath, incorporated in 1785, is named after Revolutionary War General William Heath. The town comprises a total area of 24.9 square miles with a population of 706. It is a “Right To Farm Community” with rolling hills, stone walls, forests and streams. The Heath Agricultural Society Fair, held each year in August, features a chicken barbeque, animal events, live music and lots of fun for young and old alike.”
Heath Center Old Meeting House

Heath Center Old Meeting House

Meeting with Governor Deval Patrick

Meeting with Governor Deval Patrick

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