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Five Will Vie For Two Open Cheshire Selectman Seats

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Five candidates have lined up for the two new seats on the expanded Board of Selectmen.
 
After the town accepted final legislation to expand the board from three to five members in May, the current board agreed to hold elections sooner than later and bring on the new members in August. 
 
Nominations papers were due by June 25 to run for one three-year seat and one  staggered term of two years.
 
Seeking to join Chairman Robert S. Ciskowski and Jason Levesque and Mark Biagini, who were both elected to the board in May, are: Donna DeFino and Michelle Francesconi for the three-year seat and E. Richard Scholz, Michael Biagini and Ronald DeAngelis for the two-year seat.
 
DeFino is chairman of the Planning Board and town moderator. She ran unsuccessfully in the May election and Francesconi has a well-known last name in town but is herself a political newcomer.
 
Scholz, a former member of the Finance Committee, is mounting his fourth campaign for selectman after running in 2014, 2016 and, most recently, this past May. He is running against Biagini, a member of the Board of Health, and DeAngelis, a member of the Planning Board and  water commissioner.
 
The board will look different come the end of summer with Ciskowski being the only holdover from the 2014 board. Longtime Selectwoman Carol Francesconi who sat alongside Ciskowski stepped down in May after 30 years.
 
The special election is Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 9 to 7. The last day to register to vote for this election is Wednesday, July 24, at the town clerk's office from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.   

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Cheshire Will Try to Accommodate Hiker Camping

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Town officials will apply for a special permit on behalf of Appalachian Trail hikers to accommodate camping on the Cheshire School grounds.
 
A proposal to place a camping site on the town-owned land came to a halt last week when it was found to be in violation of the town's zoning. 
 
After some research, Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV told the board of Selectmen on Tuesday that he may have found a way to establish a campsite for through-hikers on a portion of the grounds of the vacant school.
 
"I think last week was good to get all of that information out so we know what the issues are but just because there are issues does not mean that there is not a path we can move forward on," St. John said.
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