Letter: Vote for Christine Hoyt on May 1

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To the Editor:

Like Christine Hoyt, I am not a native of the Berkshires and chose to make Adams my home. Adams is very fortunate that Christine has offered to serve her chosen hometown as a member of the Board of Selectmen. There are more good reasons to vote for Christine on May 1 than can be included in the word count allowed a letter to the editor, so I will focus on several points that compel me to cast my vote for her.

Christine has the knowledge and experience to improve our town's support for business. Through her profession, including seven years with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and three years in the Berkshire Community College Workforce Development office, Christine has worked with a number of businesses, including Berkshire manufacturers, about their needs and plans.

She sees a lot of potential and success stories among Adams' businesses and has the expertise to support and celebrate these successes. Christine and her husband chose their home in Adams for its proximity to downtown, as they saw potential on Park, Hoosac, and Summer streets. They value the progress made in developing and improving those areas, and Christine wants to be in a position on the Select Board to ensure further progress toward a more vibrant business community in Adams.

Second, Christine's enthusiasm to run for Selectman was inspired in part by her participation in Adams' townwide strategic planning process. At each of the four meetings held in 2015, she was among 40 to 60 people who gathered on Saturday mornings to talk about what they want for our town's future. She is eager for the energy and enthusiasm she saw in that process to be rewarded through the completion and publication of a strategic plan for Adams – a plan that would guide our Select Board and Town Administrator.

Next, Christine has demonstrated a commitment to our town through her successful community service on the Boards of Directors of both Youth Center Inc. and ProAdams, as a member of the Adams Economic Development Commission, and as a Precinct 1 Town Meeting Member.

Finally, Christine Hoyt is proven as a smart, clear thinker and a collaborative leader who will make my adopted hometown better. Please join me in voting for Christine Hoyt for Selectman on May 1.

Dianne M. Cutillo
Adams, Mass.



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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 Whitney, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important. 
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