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The deadline to submit nomination papers was on Tuesday.

Lanesborough Election Features Two Contested Races

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — There are two contested race on the ballot this election.
Gordon Hubbard, owner of Mount Greylock Campsite Park, is challenging incumbent Robert Ericson for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Ericson has been on the board since winning election in 2013, following a stint on the Mount Greylock School Committee, and filled the shoes of William Prendergast who opted not to run for re-election that year.
The other contested race is Barbara Davis Hassan, a real estate agent, challenging incumbent Planning Board member Ronald Tinkham for a five-year term on that board.
The remaining races are uncontested. Kevin Towle and Tinkham are both seeking seats on the Finance Committee; Tinkham is an incumbent and Towle would be a new addition to the board. Incumbent Rebecca Flood is apparently not seeking re-election.
Chris Dodig, who defeated longtime Moderator Robert Reilly in a write-in campaign last year following a contentious town meeting, is seeking re-election as moderator. 
Reilly looks to continue with his seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann Technical School) and Rachael Eramo is looking to return as a library trustee.
The election no longer features local a school committee race after the regionalization with the Mount Greylock Regional School District. Those seats are determined during the state elections.
The annual town election will be held on Tuesday, June 18. A full slate of candidates, albeit with few contested races, is still welcome news in Lanesborough, which has struggled in recent years to get candidates to run. Often, no candidates have returned nomination papers to be on the ballot and the race is ultimately won by a last-minute write-in campaign.

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Pittsfield Airport to Serve as Hub For Disaster Preparedness

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Thomas Grady, left, Robert Czerwinski, and Lucy Britton at Wednesday's Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County has received a total of $71,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a "point of distribution," or POD, training grant to aid residents in the event of a public disaster or emergency. 
The Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced the grants at its meeting Wednesday morning in Lanesborough.
Central Berkshire received $25,000 while the Northern and Southern Berkshire committees each were awarded $23,000 from the highly competitive grant program.
Bruce Augusti from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's regional office in Agawam was in attendance to break the news and give credit to the parties involved.
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