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Cheshire Considers Buying Street Lights for LED Switch

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town may look at switching out street lights with LED, or light-emitting diode, units.
Interim Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he has applied for a LED street light grant and has contacted National Grid about the process.
"We are not committed to anything but it gets us in the pipeline," he said.
St. John said National Grid owns the town's street lights and that Cheshire would have to buy them back to make the switch.
Selectman Robert Ciskowski said the town could have National Grid continue to maintain the lights but this would leave virtually no savings. 
He said there would be more savings if the town maintained them. 
"That way the savings would be almost nil but if we take the leap and own them we are looking at tens of thousands of dollars in savings," Ciskowski said. "A lot of towns are going that route."
He added that Cheshire would likely have to contract with a vendor to service the lights but the savings should easily pay for this.
In other business, St. John said he is still collecting department requests forms to inform the budget.
"Today was the due date, which is fine, we just wanted to get the process going," St. John said. "We are getting the requests to see what they want then we will meet and work backward from that."
Highway Superintendent Blair Crane said most of the week was spent plowing and maintaining the roads.
"It has been a weather week," Crane said. "It has been feast or famine and we have either been dealing with snow and zero-degree temperatures or it's mud. So, we will continue to deal with it as it happens."
He said the salt shed has been depleted to 30 percent and a new order has been put in. He did add that other communities have also ordered and Cheshire is on the list.

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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.

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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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