June 2009 Town Newsletter


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The neighborhood emergency planning committee has been working since early March. Our goal has been to create a citizen emergency response for Wendell by neighborhood. This citizen committee has created 26 small neighborhoods in town; each neighborhood has 1-3 enthusiastic and willing co-captains and about 10 to 25 houses. Of course, neighbors’ participation in this project is completely voluntary.
In an emergency the co-captains are responsible for checking on their neighbors to see what help is needed. Immediate emergencies will be reported to the Emergency Command Center. Co-captains will also endeavor to connect neighbors with more long-term needs to other neighbors who can help them. For example, someone who has no water during a power outage could be connected with a neighbor who has a shallow well and can access water. If possible, they will communicate information from the Emergency Command Center to their neighbors.
Within the next month we hope to provide training for our co-captains who all have signed on for a one-year commitment. Once trained, we expect co-captains to visit all their neighbors, ascertain if they wish to be contacted during an emergency, and hand out a survey of needs and assets for neighbors to complete and return. We hope these visits will take place annually, so co-captains will have current information about their neighborhood. Look for a visit sometime this summer! Remember, participation is voluntary. 
If you have any questions, please call Christine Heard at 544-2282 or Asa de Roode at 544-8695.
Neighborhood Emergency Planning Committee
Asa de Roode
Laurie DiDonato
Christine Heard
Jonathan von Ranson
Nancy Spittle and Jenny Fyler also contributed.
The Wendell Council on Aging maintains an expanding collection of medical equipment available for borrowing by Wendell seniors and others, thanks to the generosity of several local people. The collection includes wheel chairs, walkers, shower stools, portable commodes,
crutches and the like. If you wish to borrow some of these items, please call Kathy Swaim (544-2020).
Thanks to the generosity of Kenny Wing, the Senior Center shelves are now graced by a sizable collection of jigsaw puzzles available for
borrowing. Again if you wish to borrow some, call Kathy Swaim (544-2020).
The Council on Aging has been running a series of free, uptodate, usually very cheerful movies at the wonderful facilities at the Wendell Library. Wendellites of all ages are welcome to attend. Sunday evenings at 7. Dates and film titles available on the town email list. If you
would like to receive regular information about these offerings, send along your email address to .
You are invited to an
to celebrate the
Second Anniversary
of the
Wendell Free Library
Saturday, July 11th
Cake served at 2PM, Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library at 3PM
All day-Community Tag Sale with partial proceeds supporting the Library
There are currently openings on several boards and committees in town—the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Recreation Committee, the Open Space Committee, and the Finance Committee are all looking for new members.   Please contact a member of the Selectboard or the Town Coordinator if you are interested in serving. (978-544-3395)
At the end of June, the Maple Valley School will close its doors, leaving a substantial vacant property behind. The owner is looking to lease or sell the buildings and land. If you know of any potential tenants or buyers who might be interested and would be a good fit for the Wendell community, please contact the realtor through the following website:
                    Be a part of the
Library’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration!
When:  Saturday, July 11th,  9:30 am to 3:00   pm*

Where:  On the Wendell Common across from the Library
Why:  To benefit you, and to benefit the Wendell Free Library
Give whatever you can to support the Library, a minimum of 10% of your sales is requested

Holding the tag sale together with the Library’s Open House and other events will bring more people to the sale
Good for you – clean out the closets or garage, make some $$$
Good for the Library – supports library programs, museum passes, internet access, and more
How:  Bring a table or blanket and items to sell – crafts, baked goods, and produce also welcome
–  No set-up fee!
          Take home what you don’t sell save it for Old Home Day and the “Silver Tarp” on August 15th.
Plan now to participate in this fun, community happening!
For more information contact Nini Melvin at 978-544-7960
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wendell Free Library
*(Rain Date: Saturday, July 18th,  9:30 am to 3:00 pm, for Tag Sale only)
Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Sites are open year-round for convenient disposal of many hazardous wastes. These permanent “Supersites” are located at the transfer stations in Bernardston, Colrain, and Conway. The sites in Bernardston and Conway are normally open the first Saturday of each month; the Colrain site is open every Saturday.
Since Independence Day falls on the first Saturday in July, and some of the transfer stations will be closed due to the holiday, the three Supersites will instead be open on Saturday July 11th.
            The Supersite in Bernardston is located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road). This site is regularly open the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. until noon in the summer and 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the winter. The transfer station will be closed July 4th and so the Supersite will instead be open from 8 a.m. until noon on July 11th.
The Conway facility is located at the town transfer station on Old Cricket Hill Road. The Supersite is normally open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. The transfer station will be open on July 4th but the Supersite will not be open that day. Instead, the Supersite will be open on July 11th.
The Colrain facility is located at the town transfer station on Charlemont Road (off Rt. 112). The Supersite is usually open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Saturday. However, the transfer station, including the Supersite, will be closed on July 4th. The Supersite will be open 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on July 11th.
The Supersites provide District residents with the opportunity to dispose of the most common hazardous materials, including: motor oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, oil-based paint, fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, rechargeable batteries, thermometers, thermostats and mercury-containing switches. Charges apply for disposal of some items.
District residents are from the towns of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately; all residents of those towns may use any of the Supersites. 
For more information on disposal of hazardous materials, recycling, composting or other solid waste issues visit the District’s website at www.franklincountywastedistrict.org or call 413-772-2438. Hearing impaired individuals can use the Massachusetts Relay at 711 or for TTY/TDD access dial 1-800-439-2370.   The District is an equal opportunity provider.
The Wendell Open Space Committee is looking for a few new members. The seven member committee meets monthly and focuses on environmental stewardship and land conservation issues. As WOSC is a large committee, membership does not involve a large time commitment. We welcome people with related expertise as well those who are interested in learning about conservation issues.
Our work is guided by the Town’s Open Space Plan as well as the interests of our members. Some of our pas t efforts have included doing legwork for the Town to buy Fiske Pond and establishes several other conservation areas in Town and helping create stewardship plans for Town conservation lands. We have been sponsoring an Earth Day Celebration for the last two years and plan to sponsor more events related to environmental education and conservation issues. 
The WOSC currently meets on the forth Monday night of the month, but would consider meeting at a different time to accommodate new members. To volunteer or learn more about the committee please call Marianne at 978 544-8981.

Wendell Selectboard

Town Offices
Wendell, MA 01379
Now that school is out for the summer, there is an increase in pedestrian traffic, especially near the Library.  Please slow down as you approach the center of town.  Thank you.