CHESHIRE, Mass. — There is more to the stone memorial in front of Town Hall than meets the eye.
What now holds flowers during the summer once used to provide water to horses, people and even dogs. The town hopes to restore to at least its original condition.
"It is a memorial for yeoman and it has the horse trough in the front and a fountain for a person and a dog on the other side," Town Clerk Christine Emerson said last week.
Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said the Historical Society approached the selectmen at a meeting earlier this month and asked if they would fund the repair of the monument that is on the historic registry.
Francesconi had a letter from Brazeau Masonry outlining the repair: she read first that the stone needs to be reset because it is off 1.5 inches.
Once re-centered it will be power washed, the cracks will be filled and likely pulverized stone will be used to achieve a similar color and texture.
The repair is estimated to cost $2,200.
"I think we need to go for it. We have been talking about fixing that horse trough forever and it should be fixed," Francesconi said. "The horses are lined up and waiting."
Brazeau Masonry also thought there may be a time capsule underneath the fountain and if there isn’t, suggested the town should place one.
Francesconi said there is a water line underneath the stone but was unsure if they would be able to get the fountains back in working order.
The fountain was damaged in the 1950s during Cabbage Stalk Night, the night before Halloween that was once marked by vandalism and pranks.
"Halloween kids dumped tires in the center of it and set it on fire," she said. "That is what happened to it."
The rest of the board agreed the town should expend the money to repair a piece of town history.
"You would expect this from a town that has a memorial to cheese press," Selectman Robert Ciskowski said. "We are going to restore it because it is important."
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Cheshire Faces Tough Decision With Trailer Park Roads
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
Town officials have been concerned about the condition of the roads at Pine Valley for some time.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen meeting was called to order Tuesday with five members for the first time in town history.
After a quick and warm welcome to both new board members, it was down to business.
The most pressing issue of the evening proved to be the rapidly deteriorating roads within Pine Valley Trailer Park. The trailer park is owned and operated as a private business and the town is not responsible for maintaining the roads but board members feel it's reached a point where emergency vehicles and residents well being are in jeopardy. The issue at hand is whether or not to spend public money on private roads.
"It seems like they just don't care," said Selectman Mark Biagini, regarding the management company's level of action to repair the private roads. Biagini, along with the rest of the board, all cited safety as being their No. 1 concern and the only reason they would consider using town funds to repair them.
The Board of Selectmen meeting was called to order Tuesday with five members for the first time in town history.
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After brief discussion at its regular meeting Monday, the School Committee unanimously voted to hire the principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School as the district's new top administrator.
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The full committee on Thursday interviewed superintendent candidates Aaron Dean, principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School, and Beth Choquette, principal of Northampton's Bridge Street School. Both have previously worked for Adams-Cheshire. click for more
The five candidates for the Board of Selectmen made their final pitches to dozens of residents at the Community Center Friday night.
The forum, hosted by Gene Gebarowski, gave the candidates five minutes each to address the crowd before breaking into informal question and answer sessions. The... click for more