Belchertown, Ware partner in rain barrel discount program

BELCHERTOWN — Extreme weather and intense rain events have become more common in recent years. In August 2023, many New England communities experienced severe flooding when more than 6 inches of rain fell over a six-hour period. In an effort to mitigate future storm impacts, Belchertown and Ware have partnered with The Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer rain barrels to residents at discounted prices, helping homeowners collect the water, instead of letting it go down the drain.

Sluggish turnout yields some changes in Ware election

WARE — Voter turnout was light as some contests ran with opposition while others had no candidates at listed on the ballot for the April election. Town Clerk Nancy Talbot reported 1,126 voters participated in the election either in person or by mail, that number is...