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Local officials and Council on Aging volunteers pose with a 'big check' from the state representing the worth of the thousands of hours put in by volunteers.

Adams Council on Aging Recognizes Volunteers

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Council on Aging awarded the town a check for $157,052 representing services rendered by the council's many volunteers.
Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti acknowledged her volunteers Wednesday at a Selectmen's meeting and noted that the over 70 volunteers have logged in over 4,000 hours of service.
"We could not do what we do without our volunteers and what they give back to the community," she said. "It allows us to offer some great services ... this is an opportunity for me to come to Town Hall and say we have a great Senior Center and it doesn't just run on paid staff."
She ran through a list of services that includes administrative support, legal aid, health clinics, food programs, computer classes, medical transportation, health insurance counseling, support groups, and general volunteers. 
She said volunteers come from Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, Savoy, Pittsfield, and even Vermont.
"We have volunteers that come near and far to participate and offer their professionalism and support and serve our senior center," she said.  
In other business, Selectman Joseph Nowak said the town is taking nominations for local women of recognition to be placed alongside the First Lady Quilt exhibit in town hall. 
"The local women you would like to recognize for their positive impact in town," he said. "All those recognized will have their names displayed in Town Hall to honor their hard work and positive impact they have made in the community." 
The project is part of the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee and he said names can be given to the Town Administrator's office.
All names must be in by Aug. 5. 

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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. 
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