Town of Blandford Hometown Hero Program

hometown heroesThe Town of Blandford invites residents and organizations to honor the “Hometown Hero” in their lives with a public banner noting military service. The Office of the Board of Selectmen is accepting applications for the Hometown Heroes Program, which involves sponsoring a banner to honor a Veteran from the Town. The banner will contain the name, photo, branch, and era of the honoree and will be publicly displayed along Main Street.

The Blandford Historical Society was the first to sponsor a banner to honor Private Charles A. Taggart. Following the Civil War, the Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded to Private Taggart for the capture of a Confederate flag during the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, VA. He was born in Blandford on January 17, 1843, and enlisted at the age of 19. He fought in more than 20 battles and was wounded three times at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Private Taggart’s canteen, tin cup, knife and spoon, cap, cartridge box, pieces of the flag he captured, and his Medal of Honor are on display at the Blandford Historical Society located at 2 North Street, Blandford, MA 01008.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a banner, please complete this application. Requirements and conditions are outlined in the application. Any questions call the Interim Town Administrator, Joshua A. Garcia, at 413-848-4279, ext. 2, or send an email.

Unveiling of Phase I Improvements at Ski Blandford

Members of the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator, and other local town officials look forward to join the new management of Ski Blandford for its 2018/2019 season Kick Off / Open House Party on November 3, 2018 beginning at 11:00am. The location of this family friendly event is 41 Nye Brook Road, Blandford, MA 01008. Members of the public are invited to participate at this event, witness the unveiling of its Phase I area improvements, and join-in on the activities scheduled for this day.

Ron Crozier, General Manager noted, “We have been hard at work, and we genuinely appreciate the continued support of the Town of Blandford, our loyal pass holders, and everyone who has shown their support throughout our efforts to revitalize the ski area. We are ready to celebrate skiing and riding’s return to Blandford!”

Blandford Selectman Eric McVey mentioned, “It is great to see a local business interest investing in the community and recreation opportunities in the Gateway Hilltowns.”

Interim Town Administrator Joshua A. Garcia noted, “Ski Blandford is a regional asset anchored in our town and their presence will support our ongoing efforts to make Blandford and the Gateway Hilltowns a destination for visitors.”

In a recent release from Ski Blandford, we can expect new snowmaking and grooming equipment to be on display for viewing and pictures, in addition to the renovated lodges. There will be BBQ lunch, and it will be a Springfield Thunderbirds themed party with music and games. Thunderbird’s Mascot Boomer will be at the BBQ giving away free hockey tickets. He will also bring a bunch of fun activities for kids including an inflatable hockey shooter and cornhole.

Administrative Assistant Job Opening

Town of Blandford seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to provide complex clerical and administrative support services to the Town Administrator and the Board of Selectmen. Desirable qualifications include Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree preferred with two to three years experience in a responsible clerical or administrative position, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience to provide the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Read the full job description & requirements here.

Hours generally Monday and Thursday – 19 hours/weekly; flexibility on remaining time. Some evenings required. $15 to $18 an hour – wage commensurate with experience. Please send resume with a cover letter and 3 professional references addressing the job requirements to the Town Administrator to email address: administrator@townofblandford.com. Applications are preferred electronically – Due by October 26, 2018, 5:00pm. Blandford is an Affirmative Action EOE.