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The Board of Health asked to be informed of updates regarding camping activities at Bowe Field.

Adams Board of Health Asks to Be Involved in Bowe Field Camping

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass — The Board of Health asked to be notified about activities held at Bowe Field.
The board met with Agricultural Fair organizers Charles Felix and Patricia Wojcik on Wednesday to discuss camping on the grounds and Felix said it would not be an issue to include the Board in their notice to other town departments. 
"We want to be on the same page with you guys with what we need to do and we like to send out a letter to the forest warden, the fire department, the police, and the ambulance service," Felix said. "We will add you guys so you know what is going on."
Vendors often camp on the grounds during the fair but the field also serves as a campground during the Solid Sound and Fresh Grass music festivals held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Felix said he already compiled a list of upcoming events at Bowe Field and would have informed the board in the past but was just never told by the town to do so.
Board of Health member David Rhoads said this has been an ongoing issue in town.
"This is a larger issue that we are dealing with quite often on the board of health," he said. "We are often the last to know and we are working on better communication with the town so everybody is informed."
In other business, the Board met with local trash haulers to continue a discussion on recently accepted new regulations.
One issue the haulers brought up was scrappers and permitting. Unlike the haulers, scrappers do not need to apply for a permit.
"I think we are on the same page here we just want to see everyone have to follow the same rules we do," Paul Laliberte of PJ's Appliance & Trash Removal said.
Rhoads said although he understood Laliberte’s concern he said it really does not fall under the board’s purview. 
"It is not a board of health issue," he said. "If it was a contaminated refrigerator with food in it then it would be but they do not run business they just run around and pick stuff up we can't regulate that." 
Laliberte said he thought there needed to be some kind of oversight and while he may properly discharge freon from a fridge and receive the proper permits before scrapping it, a scrapper might just toss it somewhere in town. 
"That is why we pay the scrap yard for that sticker," he said. "The guy that doesn't can pick it up and throw it up on East Hoosac St. and charge the person."
The board said it would contact the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District for guidance and asked that if there is an instance of anyone polluting or taking scrap that does not belong to them that it is reported.  
"If there is an ongoing issue where someone is cutting into your business that should not be," board member Bruce Shepley said. "We should hear about that."
Laliberte also had a recommendation for the town and suggested that they require residents to pay for a permit when renting a dumpster.
"That’s what they do in a lot of other communities," he said. "It could be an income for the town."
He added that often times the dumpster supplier takes on this fee and it helps dictate how long a dumpster can be left on the premise.
Rhoads said he never heard of a dumpster permit but would look into it.

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Three Berkshires Women Named 'Unsung Heroines'

Liz Mitchell and state Rep. John Barrett III at Tuesday's 2019 Unsung Heroine ceremony at the State House. 

BOSTON — Three Berkshires women were named Unsung Heroines for 2019 during a State House ceremony on Tuesday.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds nominated Donna Cesan for this recognition because of her dedication to community, having served as Community Development Director and interim Town Administrator for the town of Adams for 19 years.

Elizabeth "Liz" Mitchell, a North Adams resident and advocate for domestic violance victims with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, was nominated by state Rep. John Barrett III and Marie Richardson of Pittsfield, a caseworker in the Pittsfield Public Schools, was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

"Donna has selflessly given countless hours of her time to ensure Adams is moving in the right direction," said Hinds. "She is well-respected in her hometown of Lanesborough, and the town of Adams is well-served by her. She is absolutely an Unsung Heroine for her dedication to our region and her professionalism, which is effortlessly showcased in all of her projects."

Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually celebrates "unsung heroines" who don't always make the news, but who make a difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.   

Hinds said Cesan has dedicated her career to public service. As the director of community development, she has spearheaded economic development projects with big impact, like the construction of a platform for the Adams terminus of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service, the renovation of the Adams Visitor Center parking lot and implementing the community's vision for the Greylock Glen. Since 2014, she has been asked twice by the Board of Selectmen to also serve as interim town administrator, managing every aspect of municipal government for months, while also promoting community development initiatives in town.
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