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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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Lanesborough Closes Book on Fiscal 2019

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff

The Board of Selectmen recognized Town Clerk Ruth Knysh for six years of service.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen closed the fiscal year's books on Monday after transferring some $63,538 from health insurance to cover deficits elsewhere in the budget.
 
Of particular concern for Finance Committee member Ronald Tinkham was a $45,167 overage in winter roads supplies and repairs.
 
The town, under the previous manager, had been creeping that budget figure up to become more accurate. Tinkham believes that should continue to eliminate deficits.
 
"We need to be sensitive to that when we establish next year's budget," Tinkham said.
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