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Belchertown Holiday Light Display Smaller Because of Construction

belchertown commonBELCHERTOWN, (WGGB) — Some are accusing the town as being a Grinch when it comes to the holiday display on the common. Large lighted decorations have lined the edge of it for years. But not this year.

Mass DOT is still redesigning the intersection at Main and Maple Streets at the edge of the common. Steve Williams, Director of the Department of Public Works, said the work was supposed to be done by now. He said putting in 16 ft. poles to hold the lights and stringing them together could have gotten in the way of that work. The department made the decision three weeks ago to skip those decorations.

The DPW did install other holiday lights. These include on the common’s large evergreen tree and, with the help of the local 4-H Club, some on the gazebo. The town hall was also decorated.

Williams said people are still calling his office upset. Some people think they are overacting.

“They’ve always been up and now how come they’re not,” said Marjorie Thouin. “They might want to call to find out, but as far as complaining, I don’t think they should.”

“You have many people who will complain over the littlest things,” said Candace Desrochers. “Safety first. Got a have decent roadways.”

Williams says after he explains to callers the reasons, they’ve been understanding. He says he’d like to get a jump-start on next year’s display as soon as possible. He’s encouraging any volunteers with display ideas to give his office a call.

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