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Maria Ziemba speaking to the Maple Grove Civic Club last month.

Ziemba Wins Six-Year Term as Northern Berkshire Register

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ADAMS, Mass. — Maria Ziemba won a six-year term as Northern Berkshire register of deeds on Tuesday. 
 
Ziemba will succeed Frances Brooks, who has worked at the Registry for more than 56 years, 14 of them as register. 
 
"The results blew my mind I never expected such a turnout and I am so humbled," Ziemba said after being reached at home. "I am on Cloud 9 ... tonight has proven that people have responded to my campaign and I am forever grateful."
 
She and her opponent, First Assistant Register Deborah Moran, had run on their experiences working in the Registry. Both have more than two decades of experience. 
 
Ziemba, however, was able to pull out a decisive win for an office that rarely makes ripples in people's minds in the six years between elections. Moran could not be reached for comment but had said earlier at the polls that she hoped she had educated people on the Registry's functions and importance. 
 
Both women had started out early in the day standing out in the rain at polling stations. Moran had been hopeful but it was Ziemba who racked up a nearly 3 to 1 victory in the end. 
 
Ziemba earned 9,865 votes to Moran's 3,182 with Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Lanesborough, North Adams and Williamstown reporting unofficial results. Florida, Hancock, New Ashford, Savoy and Windsor were still outstanding but would not have enough votes to make up the difference. 
 
 

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Adams Cemetery Commission Appoints Caretakers

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Cemetery Commission appointed two residents to take care of two historic cemeteries.
 
The commission last week appointed residents Allen Mendel and Johanna Maxwell as the caretakers of Daniels Court Cemetery and Bowens Corner Cemetery. 
 
"It is an extension of a back yard," Commissioner Bruce Shepely said about Bowens Corner Cemetery. "It has historical implications that go back to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The latest burial is 1865."
 
The previous caretaker of Bowens Corner Cemetery can no longer maintain the East Road graveyard and abuttor Maxwell contacted the commission and said she would be interested.
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