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Hoosac Valley kindergartners display their skills in Spanish on Friday.
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Hoosac Valley Elementary Students Hold A Fiesta

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Valley Elementary School pupils touted their Spanish language skills at Friday's Mexican fiesta.
 
Seventy kindergarten students from four classes marched into the auditorium clad in sombreros, ponchos, and skirts impressing parents and faculty with their own rendition of "La Cucaracha."
 
"They have been chomping at the bit all day," organizer and kindergarten teacher Robin Poirot said.
 
Students showed off their myriad skills including naming colors, giving greetings, naming the days of the week, months, and even counting to 100 in Spanish. 
 
"The children have not only learned many kindergarten skills that are typical for a kindergartner but they have also learned those things in Spanish," Poirot said.
 
There was more song and students sang "The Wheels On the Bus" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in English and then in Spanish.
 
The event ended in a rendition of the "Chicken Dance."
 
Poirot said when students learn a second language at such a young age it improves both cognitive and social aspects of their early years.
 
"We have been pretty impressed by how fast they have picked it up and how they have been practicing all of the time," she said.
 
Poirot said the children made their own maracas and she thanked Bridget Mendal for sewing an additional 20 skirts and paraprofessional Judy Gaylord for making an additional 17 ponchos to give the children examples of the country's historical attire and cultural traditions.
 
"It has been a big undertaking but you are going to be so proud when you hear how well they do," she said.

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New Food & Wellness Vision Planned for Historic Mausert Block

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Stephen Stenson and Heather Cachat, left, give the board an update on the new plans for the Mausert Block. 
ADAMS, Mass. — The owner of the Mausert Block is assuring the Selectmen that there's progress being made at the former Woolworth building across from Town Hall. 
 
Stephen Stenson provided the board with a project update on Wednesday after remarks were made at a past meeting about the slow pace of work over the last six years. 
 
He said the renovation of 10 apartments in the upper floors are nearing completion and there are plans for a shared restaurant and kitchen space as well as wellness collaborative on the first floor.  
 
"This is not the end but the beginning of the end and I think we are moving forward and wrapping up the apartments," Stenson said. "We are going back to reinvest more money into the restaurant area and we hope that is the first step in developing these ideas."
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