WHEAT Community Cafe Weekly Menu 2/20/2017 thru 2/24/2017 All Welcome • Meals are Free (Donations Accepted) Monday thru Friday from 4:45PM to 6PM (meals are served from 5PM-6PM and the menu is subject to change) Meals served at 272 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 508-370-4943 ***** Monday, February 20th: Closed: Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 21st: (Sponsored by Clinton Hospital) Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Stuffing, and Mixed Fruit Cup
Wednesday, February 22nd: (Sponsored by Elaine Luzetti) Sloppy Joe on a Wheat Roll, Corn Chips, Kosher Pickles, and Cantaloupe
Thursday, February 23rd: (Sponsored by Clinton Rotary Club) Turkey, Potato Salad, Southwestern Black Bean & Corn Salad, and Oranges
Friday, February 24th: (Sponsored by North Middlesex School) Hotdogs, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Apples and Cookies ***** If you have any allergies, please alert the staff immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
Below is an advisory from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
"Areas of Commonwealth Experience Improved Drought Conditions, Below-Normal Precipitation Amounts Continue Across State Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Indoor Water Conservation by Public Necessary"
BOSTON – February 10, 2017 – While many areas of the state experienced moderate levels of precipitation in January, large portions of the state continue to experience a water deficit. As a result, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today declared the following drought levels throughout the Commonwealth: a Drought Warning for the Connecticut River Valley and Southeast Region, unchanged from the month of January; a Drought Watch for the Western Region and Central Region, down from a Drought Warning in the month of January; and a Drought Advisory for the Northeast Region and Cape and Islands, down from a Drought Watch for the Northeast Region in the month of January, and unchanged for the Cape and Islands. The declaration was the result of a recommendation issued from a recent meeting of the Drought Management Task Force, comprised of state, federal and local officials, and will remain in effect until water levels return to normal in the affected regions.
“Even though many water systems across the Commonwealth are recovering due to an increase in precipitation, it remains essential that we all continue to practice indoor water conservation methods to allow our state’s reservoirs, groundwater, and streamflow networks to fully rebound,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “With the uncertainty of the amount of precipitation over the course of this winter, and its impacts across the state on spring flows and water levels, it is important that we avoid stressing the Commonwealth’s water systems.”
“The recent rain and snow is helping water systems recover from the prolonged drought, but a complete recovery is still a long way off,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. “The public is encouraged to continue indoor water conservation measures and to begin thinking about ways to reduce outdoor water use this coming spring and summer.”
A Drought Warning, as outlined in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan, indicates over six consecutive months of groundwater and stream flow levels being below normal, and larger reservoirs at below normal levels. This initiates a much more concerted set of government responses including instating water restrictions, and more intensified monitoring and coordination between the agencies. Areas within the Drought Warning regions are currently experiencing precipitation levels below normal for six out of seven consecutive months. A Drought Watch represents extremely low groundwater and streamflow levels resulting from prolonged periods of precipitation deficit, including a lack of snowfall in the winter months. The declaration of a Drought Watch warrants detailed monitoring of drought conditions, close coordination among state and federal agencies, and technical outreach and assistance for the affected municipalities. The declaration of a Drought Advisory indicates a level of dry conditions that warrants closer tracking by government agencies.
The state continues to intensely monitor and assess the drought situation, and any associated environmental and agricultural impacts. Furthermore, the state asks the public to be mindful of the amount of water they are using, and to reduce indoor water use, address leaks as soon as possible, and for larger buildings and businesses to conduct water audits to ensure they identify areas of leaks and potential water conservation. All these steps will greatly help reduce water use to ensure essential needs such as drinking water and fire protection are being met, habitats have enough water to recover, and to stretch our water supplies into the spring.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) continues to provide technical assistance to communities on managing systems, including assistance on use of emergency connections and water supplies, as well as assisting towns on how to request a declaration of drought emergency.
“While it feels like the Commonwealth has had a lot of precipitation recently, the ongoing drought represents many months of deficit that is still being replenished,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Groundwater elevations and ponds in several parts of the state are still at low levels and need time to rise. So, we urge consumers to continue to conserve water at home and work to ensure that this important resource recovers in the weeks and months ahead.”
Task Force officials noted that although reservoir levels are recovering during this natural recharge period, some are still below normal. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system is not currently experiencing drought conditions, as defined within its individual plan.
“Quabbin Reservoir levels have been holding steady, but a good snowpack in the watersheds would help bring us up to normal levels by spring,” said MWRA Executive Director Fred Laskey. “It is still important for residents and businesses to be mindful of indoor water use and take measures to conserve.”
The declaration of a Drought Warning, Drought Watch, and a Drought Advisory requires the Drought Management Task Force to meet on a regular basis to more closely assess conditions across the state, coordinate dissemination of information to the public, and help state, federal and local agencies prepare any responses that may be needed in the future. The Task Force will next meet in March. For further information on water conservation and what you can do, visit the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ drought page, the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s drought management page, and the MassDEP Water Conservation page.
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 148, Section 13, the Berlin Board of Selectmen will conduct a public hearing on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. in Room 206 the Berlin Town Offices, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, Massachusetts to consider the application of Energy North Group amendment to remove existing underground fuel storage tanks, pipes and fixtures and replace with storage capacity as follows: (1) one split gasoline storage tank holding 15,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons respectively of gasoline for 21,000 gallons total and (2) a second tank capable of storing 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel at 265 Central Street, Berlin, MA (the “Land”).
If granted, said license shall run with the Land. Said application can be viewed by clicking the link below. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the proposed plan should appear at the time and place designated above.
BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Judy Booman Thomas Andrew Christine Keefe
NOTE: This hearing is being freshly re-posted on 2/14/2017, with a new hearing date, a new notification to abutters, and new notice published in the newspaper from the 1/24/17 notice originally posted.
The Town of Berlin seeks qualified candidates for the position of Council on Aging Van Driver. This is a non-benefited part time position of varying hours per week starting immediately. Pay is $11.00/hr in FY17. A full job description is available by following the link below. Submit resumes to Berlin Council on Aging, Town of Berlin, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA 01503 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Noon Tuesday, February 28, 2017. www.townofberlin.com/departments/employment/... See MoreSee Less
With tomorrow's predicted forecast for heavy snowfall from early in the morning through the evening commute, it is strongly advised that you call first before venturing out to visit a Town Office tomorrow (Thursday, February 9th). Office contact information listed on www.TownOfBerlin.com
WHEAT Community Cafe Weekly Menu 2/6/2017 thru 2/10/2017 All Welcome • Meals are Free (Donations Accepted) Monday thru Friday from 4:45PM to 6PM (meals are served from 5PM-6PM and the menu is subject to change) Meals served at 272 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 508-370-4943 ***** Monday, February 6th (sponsored by The Item Appeal/Tom Turini_ Roasted Pork, Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, and Mixed Fruit Cup
Tuesday, February 7th (sponsored by The Carr Family) Beef Chili, Romaine Garden Salad, Corn Bread, Oranges and Cookies
Wednesday February 8th (Wheat Community Connections_ Sweet Italian Sausage with Onions and Green Peppers, Rice, Garden Salad, and Dessert
Thursday, February 9th (sponsored by Clinton Rotary Club) Turkey, Stuffing, Potatoes, Corn, and Mixed Fruit Cup
Friday, February 10th (sponsored by College Church of SDA Rice, Beans, Broccoli and Carrots, Romaine Garden Salad, and Dessert
***** If you have any allergies, please alert the staff immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
TOWN OF BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN NOTICE OF ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., at Berlin Memorial School on South Street. The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m., at the Town Offices Building, 23 Linden Street.
The warrant for the Town Meeting will close on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. All articles must be in the hands of the Selectmen at that time.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN Judith Booman Thomas Andrew Christine Keefe ... See MoreSee Less
WHEAT Community Cafe Weekly Menu 1/30/2017 thru 2/3/2017 All Welcome • Meals are Free (Donations Accepted) Monday thru Friday from 4:45PM to 6PM (meals are served from 5PM-6PM and the menu is subject to change) Meals served at 272 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 508-370-4943 ***** Monday, January 30th (Wheat Community Connections) Chicken Cacciatore over Pasta, Broccoli, and Mixed Fruit
Tuesday, January 31st (assistance from Feeding Souls) Cheese Burger, Chips, Pickles, and Mixed Fruit
Wednesday February 1st (assistance from Nypro Finpack) Ham, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Cornbread, and Dessert
Thursday, February 2nd (assistance from Church of the Good Shepherd) Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Cantaloupe
Friday, Friday 3rd (Wheat Community Connections/Rhonda) Chicken Tenders, French Fries, and Dessert ***** If you have any allergies, please alert the staff immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
In accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 148, Section 13, the Berlin Board of Selectmen will conduct a public hearing on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. in Room 206 the Berlin Town Offices, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, Massachusetts to consider the application of Energy North Group amendment to remove existing underground fuel storage tanks, pipes and fixtures and replace with storage capacity as follows: (1) one split gasoline storage tank holding 15,000 gallons and 6,000 gallons respectively of gasoline for 21,000 gallons total and (2) a second tank capable of storing 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel at 265 Central Street, Berlin, MA (the “Land”). If granted, said license shall run with the Land. Said application can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this posting. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the proposed plan should appear at the time and place designated above. BERLIN BOARD OF SELECTMEN Judy Booman Thomas Andrew Christine Keefe