ADAMS, Mass. — The Bellevue Cemetery garage project is still on course to go out to bid this spring.
Cemetery Commissioner Bruce Shepley told his colleagues last Thursday that no progress had been made on the garage over the winter but they should expect some movement this spring.
"The update on the building is that there is no update," he said.
The town will use more than $100,000 from the cemetery fund to overhaul the current structure at the cemetery in the town's south end. A smaller shed will also be purchased to accommodate cold storage.
Shepley said the commissioners will be invited to a pre-bid conference.
"It is pretty straightforward," he said. "It would be a time for us to ask questions and adjust the monies we plan to spend."
The commissioners were also asked if dog feces are as much of an issue at the cemeteries as they are throughout the rest of the town and Shepley said he didn't think so.
"Dogs are not allowed there and no one has come forward to me and nothing has been forwarded to me," he said. "I really haven't seen anyone with dogs there."
Shepley said he could only recall Selectman James Bush mentioning that he has stepped in dog poop while at Bellevue Cemetery.
The week before, the Board of Health heard from a group of citizens who felt that dog owners not cleaning up after their pets was getting out of hand, specifically on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail and the Greylock Glen.
Even the Parks Commission weighed in last week, noting that many of the towns playing fields are littered with dog waste now that the snow's gone.
Shepley suspects the town cemeteries seem to draw more respect from dog walkers.
"I have never heard of dog excrement being an issue in the cemeteries," he said. "Maybe it is just a sacred area."
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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
Cassandra Peltier as Alva Belmont Vanderbilt, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement.
ADAMS, Mass. — About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
The event at St. John Paul II Parish's Italianate mansion was organized by the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen.
Anthony was born in Adams and was a social reformer best known for spearheading the women's suffrage movement. She was also involved in the anti-slavery movement, collecting signatures for petitions as a teen, the temperance (prohibition of alcohol) movement, and women's financial rights.
Retired school teacher Mary Whitman, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important.
Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration. click for more
The Parks Commission on Monday took care of most of the fall requests for field usage. Four separate groups were represented and although a few issues cropped up, all requests were approved. click for more
Adams Conservation Commission praised the use of an organic herbicide on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.
At Thursday’s commission meeting members discussed the process that resulted in an organic herbicide being applied along the trail to knock down some overgrown vegetation. click for more