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No Contested Races in Cheshire Town Election

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — There will be no contested races in Cheshire during this May election, a far cry from recent balloting that attracted quite a bit of interest for the Board of Selectmen.
 
This town election, seats will mostly be filled with incumbents with only a few newcomers trying their hand at town government.
 
Incumbent Jason Levesque  will run unopposed for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. He was elected last May to finish the last year of term left vacant by Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV, who had quit to apply for his current post.
 
Another incumbent, Adam Emerson, will seek to return to the Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee.
 
Barbara Astorino will return to the Board of Assessors without a challenge as will Stephen LaFogg to the Cemetery Commission.
 
Incumbent Jeffrey Warner and Michael Kruszyna are vying for a three-year seat on the Board of Health while newcomer Brian Trudeau is unchallenged for a one-year seat..
 
Former Board of Health member Mickey Biagini will seek a seat on a new board and will run unopposed for Water Commission.
 
No papers were taken out for a vacant Planning Board seat.
 
Editor's note: updated March 21 to correct an error in the Board of Health candidates.

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Cheshire Road Projects Underway

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The reconstruction of Maple Drive is expected to be substantially complete by the end of the week. 
 
"It's scheduled to receive the topcoat of blacktop on Friday, weather permitting, and that will leave just the aprons and then it will be complete. It's looking great up there and it's coming along really well," Highway Superintendent Robert Navin told the Select Board  on Tuesday.
 
The road project's been a few years in the making after it was bumped from the repairs list back in 2018 because of a delay in recording it after the town voted to accept it. Maple has been considered one of highest in need of repair and had scored a 39 out of a grade of 100 in a road report commissioned in 2017.
 
The project had to go out to bid a second time after receiving no interest in an initial offering. The scope was increased and the town received five bids. The project ended up being completed for roughly $120,000.
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