Brenna Kucinski defeated incumbent Dave Upton 119 to 32 in the race for Select Board. The other candidate for the office, Andrew Bedard, received 3 votes. While this is Brenna’s first public office in Nelson, she has been very involved in the Trails Committee and the Library during her 4 years as a resident. She brings extensive municipal experience from her years in Amherst, MA, where she serve on the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, and Select Board. Welcome Brenna!
Many thank to Dave Upton for many years of service to the town. His legacies include the solar installations on town buildings, and the solar array behind the Town Barn.
In other races, there were four contestants for three seats on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Incumbent John Cucchi was left behind in favor of Robert Roland, Amanda Bedard, and James Newcombe.
A write-in campaign for cemetery board gave Laurie Smith solid support.
John Bunce defeated Dave Upton for a position on the Road Equipment Committee.
The other positions were all uncontested:
Lew Derby, Trustee of the Library; Tom Newcombe, Trustee of the Trust Funds 3 years; Carol Travers, Trustee of the Trust Funds 1 year; Dennis Dellagreca, Emergency Management Officer; Ethan McBrien and Gordon Peery, Planning Board 3 years, and Barbara Roland, Nelson Fire and Rescue Equipment Committee. While there were a few write-in candidates for Treasurer, no one has stepped up to take that position.
For school elections, all candidates were incumbent and uncontested: Rich Popovic, 3 years; Kathy Schillemat, Clerk; Lew Derby Moderator; and Hope Lothrop, Treasurer.
Civic duty is not over!
Saturday is busy with Town Meeting (which we hope will be returning to the traditional March date next year) and the Granite Lake Association Annual meeting (which is already in it’s traditional spot). Start the day with breakfast at the Chapel By the Lake, and end it with a Nelson Coffeehouse under the tent on the Common.
The Nelson Congregational Church Food Pantry is open every Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and anyone is welcome to partake, no questions asked.
Now that it is summer (and with no drought this year!), a table of fresh produce and homemade bread will appear on Mondays. This is thanks to the great kindness and gardening expertise of Carol and Tom Travers. Their garden, Third Day Farm, is producing plenty to share. You might see them at various farmers markets, selling their produce, but the Food Pantry table is all free. Thank you, Tom and Carol!
Anyone who has an excess of beans or greens or other bounty is welcome to contribute as well. Please package food appropriately.
Please spread the word about the Food Pantry and encourage anyone who might benefit to drop by. The produce is outside the driveway entrance; the Food Pantry is just down the stairs. For more information contact Susan Peery