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#TeamTrees – A hashtag that is circling the globe at the speed of light, if you haven’t heard of it – please check it out. Here is a funny take on the enormous project.

Wreaths Across America
SAVE THE DATE – December 15, 2019 – 12:00 PM Stamford Elementary School
We will hold our second Wreaths Across America ceremony for Stamford Cemeteries on Sunday December 15th with a short ceremony at the school followed by laying of wreaths on all of our veterans’ graves in Houghton and Millard cemeteries. The ceremony will begin at noon near the Stamford Honor Roll.

We are in need of veterans or active military who would be willing to participate in the ceremony by presenting a wreath for the various branches of the military as well as a POW/MIA wreath. If anyone is willing to represent any of the following branches of the military Army, Navy, Marines, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, Air Force, and POW/MIA please let us know by calling Donna at 413-575-8826 or emailing

We are currently still 32 wreaths short of our goal to cover all veterans’ graves. If you are interested in sponsoring a wreath there are forms at the town hall or contact us at the number or email above and we will get a form to you. A wreath sponsorship is $15.00 for one, or sponsor 2 for $30.00 and we get 1 free. All sponsorships must be received before December 2nd.

We hope to see everyone on December 15th.

From the Selectboard
Town Attorney/School Ownership
The town attorney provided the Selectboard with his opinion on the town/school land and building. The Selectboard has not had a chance to read it yet and Nancy Bushika would like to give board members time to review the document and be prepared to discuss it at the next meeting. Helen Fields asked if it could be released.
MOTION by Dan Potvin to make the opinion available to the public. SECONDED by Carol Fachini. No vote. It is a moot point; it was not marked attorney-client privileged or confidential and would be considered a public document.

The board received no input from residents on Jepson Road which would be affected by the streetlight. Dave Tatro feels the light should be kept on for safety reasons. He feels it is a tight corner and there is a cold spot there that tends to ice up. Nancy Bushika suggested a light should be installed at the intersection of Jepson Road and Boulger Road. Dan Potvin didn’t have a strong opinion either way but didn’t know if he’d want a streetlight shining at his house. Dave Tatro has had cars almost hit the plow truck when he is cleaning up the intersection and agreed a light should be there for safety reasons. Helen Fields considers it light pollution and asked that the board minimize the amount of light in town. If the board chooses to keep the lights, she asked that they be limited in their distance and directed down toward the road. Letters will be sent to the adjacent residents for their opinion.

Dan Potvin noted the informational meeting on Biomass Energy in Bennington which will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 3 p.m. They will give a tour of Mount Anthony Union High School’s wood chip burning system and the Applegate Apartments biomass system. Anyone interested in attending and/or carpooling can contact the town office or Dan Potvin directly.

The board asked Lori Shepard to contact Chris Lynch from the Matrix Design Group to request a detailed cost estimate for Stamford along with funding opportunities and what the town would be responsible for.

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