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The silt fencing along the revamped Meadow Loop at the Greylock Glen is unsightly but needs to stay in place until the project is completed, say town officials.

Adams Con Comm Assures Meadow Loop Fencing Will be Removed

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The Conservation Commission last week cautioned about touching the Meadow Loop silt fence and applauded John Duquette for his compliance in remediating areas near the river. 
ADAMS, Mass. — The Conservation Commission is asking residents to not touch the silt fence on the Greylock Glen's Meadow Loop. The fence will be removed when the project is finished.
 
Commissioner Thomas Robinson responded at last Thursday's meeting to a comment made to the Board of Selectmen. A resident asked when the silt fence would be removed and the grass mowed along the newly developed 1.8-mile loop.
 
"That fence must remain as long as that project continues," he said. "It is not fully finished and the state will request its removal when it is time. I am just trying to educate people."
 
Stanley's Lumber owner John Duquette also attended to update the commission on what remediation was done at Stanley's Lumber along the waterfront. 
 
Duquette, who owns lumber yard on North Summer Street, was asked to move business operations away from the waterfront, build a berm and clearly identify the buffer zone. He provided a plan in August that was accepted by the commission.
 
Duquette said much of the work has been done and he just has to move some jersey barriers.
 
"Everything is pretty much done," he said. "It will all be done in two weeks." 
 
The commissioners thanked Duquette for complying and said they will lift the enforcement once the remediation is finished. 
 
"I think I speak for everybody when I say we are satisfied with what you have done," Chairman James Fassell said. "Personally I have to congratulate you for holding up your part of the bargain."  
 
Before adjourning, the commission voted to hire wetlands scientists William Lattrell, principal of Lattrell Ecological Consulting in Heath, as its official conservation consultant 
 
"I would like to make it a more permanent agreement where he is almost a per-diem employee," Fassell said. 
 
Robinson said as long as Lattrell notifies the commission of how much a project will cost and how long he will be working on it before starting, he did not have a problem with the agreement.
 
Lattrell has consulted on several conservation commission projects. 

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Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Nate Girard explains his predicament to the Selectmen on Wednesday.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nate Girard and his longtime friend Erik Pizani decided to buy the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Hall in 2012. The property had a rich history in town and most people had memories of bowling, playing pitch, attending a wedding, or just sitting at an old red leather stool and enjoying a cheap beer.
 
The two partners, along with another investor, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars bringing the structure up to code and restoring the bar and kitchen. The Adams Ale House was born. Both of them ran the restaurant, bought houses, had kids, went into real estate together, and celebrated the boom and even the bust times. 
 
Pizani eventually left the restaurant business and left Girard as the sole owner of the building. Girard decided to lease the restaurant space to focus solely on real estate and his young family. The new operators didn't last long in a tough restaurant market and went out of business in December 2018.
 
The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.
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