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The Selectmen, with Town Administrator Mark Webber, right, announce the finalists to replace him.

Cheshire Holding Town Administrator Interviews This Week

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Three town administrator candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen on Thursday.

After whittling down a list of nine applicants, the Selectmen announced the three final candidates Tuesday who will receive final interviews: attorney Edmund St. John IV, Marian Carr of Berkshire County Head Start and Thomas Spiro of Elms College.  

The applicant selected will replace retiring Town Administrator Mark Webber in the three-day-a-week post. 

St. John stepped down from the Board of Selectmen in September to allow the required 30 days to elapse before he could apply for the post. 

A former member of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee, St. John studied political science in college and received a certificate in public administration. He also had interned with Webber in Town Hall and graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law. 

Carr has been operations director at Head Start of the Berkshires in Pittsfield since 2012 and was interim director over the summer. She joined Head Start in 2007 and has experience in bookkeeping and customer service. 

The Sandisfield resident studied business administration at Western New England University and is treasurer of the Massachusetts Head Start Association.

Spiro has been program coordinator at Elms College's Greenfield campus since 2016 and has his master's in resource management and administration from Antioch University New England. He lives in  Worthington.

He was also town administrative aide in the town of Conway for more than seven years, acting in some ways in the role of a town administrator and as liaison between town boards. 

The interviews will take place at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30 p.m.

The Selectmen said they did not yet know if they would decide that night whether to offer the job to one of the candidates. 

"I don't know. It depends on how the interviews go," Selectwoman Carol Francesconi said.

In other business, Francesconi said work on the fire station roof is continuing and should be partially complete by the end of the week.

"It is progressing ... and they should be done with the structural repair at the end of the week," she said.

Special town meeting approved a reserve fund transfer to make emergency repairs to a portion of the roof that collapsed this summer.

Francesconi said she is not sure how much interior work will need to be done.

"Once that is done we will have to hire someone I don’t know how much repair they will have to do on the inside once the outside is done," she said. 


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'It's A Wonderful Life' Radio Play Being Staged in Cheshire


This particular production is intended to be "script-in-hand," a full reading/performance of a play where the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands so lines need not be memorized.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Cheshire Community Association will present a community production of the Frank Capra family classic "It’s a Wonderful Life," adapted by Tony Palermo, at Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish at 159 Church St.

Brought to the stage as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, a dozen actors play radio dramatists, who, in turn, portray 30 characters from the heart-warming holiday film. Featuring live sound effects and an original score, this is a rare opportunity to see how a 1940s radio show was produced.

Producer/director Marya LaRoche has put together a cast of acting newcomers and seasoned veterans, featuring Simon Cole as George Bailey, Tommy Towne as Clarence, Elizabeth Kozik as Superintendent of Angels, Casey McShain as Mary Hatch Bailey, Travis Mille as Radio Announcer/Uncle Billy, and Shevaun Keogh-Walker as Potter, along with Curtis Elfenbein Asch, Mary Lou Burdick, Michael Morin Garrity, Patricia Kelly, Tyne LaRoche, and Larry Leavitt covering multiple roles.

This particular production is intended to be "script-in-hand," a full reading/performance of a play where the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands so lines need not be memorized. The director will utilize blocking, limited costumes, props and sound effects to create a performance experience for the audience.

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