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Clarksburg Returns Incumbents to Office

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — There were no surprises in Tuesday's town election, which turned out fewer than 10 percent of the electorate. 
There were no races on the ballot and all incumbents were returned to their seats by 106 of the town's 1,203 registered voters.
The ballot question on making the town clerk an appointed position passed 53-41. A special town meeting approved the change last fall. 
Winning re-election were Select Board member Ronald Boucher with 68 votes (former board member Karin Robert had 11 write-ins); Board of Health member Norman Rolnick with 90; School Committee member Cynthia Brule with 87; Library Trustee Debra Bua with 92; and Planning Board member Erin Scott with 93. 
Boucher also won a one-year term as moderator with 62 votes. He had been appointed last year when no one ran to fill the seat. Longtime Moderator Bryan Tanner had stepped down the year before but still garnered votes last year and two more this year. 
Newcomer Jeffrey Williams earned 80 votes for tree warden, replacing longtime warden Ernest Dix who did not run but still received 10 write-in votes. 
Debra Lefave, former Select Board member and member of the Finance Committee, received 26 write-in votes for a vacant five-year seat on the Planning Board. She also had received five write-in votes against Scott. David Thayer, who had a couple signs out, was second with nine votes. There were eight other write-ins of two or single votes. 
Fire Chief Carlyle "Chipper" Chesbro earned six write-in votes for War Memorial trustees, besting six other candidates. 
It is not clear at this time whether the two write-in winners will accept their election. 
The only candidate not to have a single write-in against him was Rolnick. The candidate with the most office write-ins was Dix, who at least one person thought should be tree warden, War Memorial trustee, and on both seats on the ballot for Planning Board.
The annual town meeting is Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center's parking lot. Rain date is Thursday, May 27, same place, same time.

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Clarksburg's Hurlbuts to Walk for Jimmy Fund

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BOSTON, Mass. -- Two Clarksburg residents will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sunday, Oct. 2. 
Sarah Hurlbut and Dakota Hurlbut, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in the iconic annual event that will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $155 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 33-year history.  
“Throughout the past 33 years, the Jimmy Fund Walk has continuously supported life-saving research and cancer care at Dana-Farber. And the pandemic didn’t stop us,” said Zack Blackburn, director of the Jimmy Fund Walk. “Over the past two years, participants walked virtually and celebrated in their own unique ways. Now, we welcome them to walk the course in person. We are back, we are together, and we are stronger than ever.” 
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