CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Leo Club at Hoosac Valley collected donations and ran a penny drive for the Louison House.
"A Leo member suggested the Louison House as an option and everyone jumped on board immediately," school counselor and Leo Club adviser Megan Sookey said. "She along with other members have donated to the Louison House in the past and thought that this would be a great way to reach out to our community during these tumultuous times."
Sookey said the Leo Club each year makes a monetary donation to a community program. This is the first year in some time that the club donated items.
They also raised $100.
"This opportunity to give back was fulfilling for our members, the student body as well as our staff who were able to donate," Sookey said.
There are about 10 members involved in the program.
Leo members collected shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, floss, hair brushes, tissues, and other like items.
"It is important because we are all in this together," Sookey said. "Now more than ever people need to feel and see the sense of community that we have in the Berkshires."
She said the project fits right in line with the Leo Club motto: Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.
"Being a part of the Leo Club immerses our students in community service as a whole," she said. "It helps shape their experience, build their resume, and to feel a sense of purpose. These skills can then be used in the classroom, on the field, and in the future whether it's in the workforce, in college, or the military."
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen has begun the process of cleaning up some of the town's procedures that will help the government run more smoothly.
This appears to be a result of new Town Administrator Jennifer Morse, who is a full-time employee with more time to manage the town's resources than Cheshire has had before.
At the meeting Tuesday, Morse presented some new or updated forms that were approved by the board. These included time sheets, a special permit application, and a purchasing policy.
She also presented a product from the Technical Assistance Bureau, which is part of the state's Division of Local Services. The product in question is a free financial management review, she said, which "really look[s] into the accounting, the treasurer, the collector, [and] the assessor's piece of how the town functions."
"You will find things that you're not happy about," Morse said. "But it's things that need some work."
Morse said she has worked with the bureau before in other communities, and has found it helpful. "They're great to work with," she said.
The board unanimously voted to join the waiting list for the bureau, which will come in October and issue a report to the town by the end of the year.
The Cheshire Community Association has tried to organize two block parties every year since 2015. Over the years, the group has secured Massachusetts Cultural Council grants to enhance the block parties.
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Morse, most recently town administrator in Ashfield, was selected from three candidates for the post last month. Her hiring had depended on town meeting's approval of a salary for a full-time administrator.
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