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Who will get the clay trophy?

MONSON – From the moment artists Juliet Bacchas and Linda Spelko began pressing on a ball of clay for consistency to when they add the finishing glaze on the spiral award presented to each winner of the Chamber Choice Awards program next week, it will be all about tying elements together, they said.
For the two proprietors of Juliet Rose Gallery and Studio in Monson begin with images common in New England and the Quaboag Valley, from maple leaves to church steeples. They then form a clay spiral that symbolizes the continuity of both the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce (QHCC) and the volunteerism that supports the many towns in the region. And when they begin carving into the hardened base of the trophy, they often add elements unique to the individual or group being honored.  READ MORE


Tax bills due in Palmer
PALMER — Carolyn Baldyga, the town of Palmer’s tax collector, would like to remind all taxpayers that fiscal year 2014-2015 fourth quarter real estate and personal property tax bills are due and payable by Monday, May 4.
The tax collector’s office is accepting credit and debit card payments for property taxes either on the town’s website at or at the tax office located in the Palmer Office Building, 4417 Main St., Palmer. No telephone payments can be accepted. Credit cards accepted are MasterCard, VISA and Discover.
There is a sliding scale fee for each bill paid which is passed on to the taxpayer. The fee structure is posted outside of the tax office and can be viewed on the town’s website.
Call the collector’s office at 283-2601 with any questions pertaining to tax payments. Office hours are Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and closed on Fridays.
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