Lenox Elects Mitts to Board of Selectmen

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LENOX, Mass. — Town meeting rejected an affordable housing plan last week but easily elected the chairman of the Affordable Housing Trust, MaryBeth Frazier Mitts, to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. 
 
Mitts garnered 462 votes against Max Scherff's 114 and Michael Feder's 78 to win the seat being vacated by three-term Selectman Kenneth Fowler. Mitts has also served on the School Committee. 
 
On May 2, town meeting had rejected a proposal to convey the so-called six-acre Sawmill Brook land to develop into 41 affordable and nine-market rate apartments. The land would have served as the town's matching funds to qualify for tax credits. It failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed by 73 votes. 
 
The selectman's seat was the only race on the ballot. Elected unopposed were John J. McNinch as moderator, Dianne Romeo to a three-year term on the Board of Health; Thomas Romeo to a three-year term as assessor; Robert Vaughan to a three-year term on the School Committee; and James Harwood to a five-year term on the Planning Board. 
 
The turnout for Monday's election was 18 percent, with 657 of 3,631 registered voters casting ballots. 
 
Last week's town meeting did pass a zoning bylaw to allow adult marijuana business as a non-unanimous voice vote that met the two-thirds required votes and a marijuana sales tax that passed by unanimous voice vote. A citizens' petition to prohibit recreational marijuana failed on a voice vote and two other articles were tabled by the petitioner. 
 
Town meeting saw 618 of 3,628 registered voters in attendance, or 17 percent. 

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Ventfort Hall Announces New Board Members And Board Of Director Changes

LENOX, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum elected two new officers.
 
The Board of directors voted at their annual meeting on Friday, Aug. 21 to elect two new officers: Susan Moyle Lynch of Troy, N.Y. as Secretary/Clerk and Karen Spies of Lenox as Treasurer. 
 
Officers re-elected were Kelly Blau of Pittsfield, President an Holly Dobbins of Lenox, Vice President.
 
Joining the board are new members Kate Baisley of Lee, Geoffrey Brown of Lenox and Helen Charboneau of Pittsfield. Kate Baisley is also a volunteer docent at Ventfort Hall. Helen Charboneau, who recently retired and relocated to Pittsfield, was formerly the IT Director at the Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley. Geoffrey Brown is the son of the late Dr. Robert and Marcia Brown and the family has been involved in the restoration of Ventfort Hall.
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