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ABC Donates To North Adams After School Music Program

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Better Community donated $1,000 from their clothing sale to the Berkshire Children and Families' Kids 4 Harmony program at Brayton Elementary School.
 
Jane Frado of A Better Community (ABC), the charitable organization out of Williamstown, said the Kids 4 Harmony program was one of eight agencies it donated money to from its massive second-hand clothing sale. The other organizations benefiting were the Williamstown Food Pantry, Friendship Center Food Pantry, Louison House, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Barrington Stage Playwright Mentoring Program, Roots Teen Center and the North Adams Summer Youth Internship Program.
 
"We donate money to agencies that we think need money and that are worthy of it and that are sustainable," Frado said.
 
"These are children that never would have experienced classical music and it really stays at such a young age and it helps with their confidence and helps them in all aspects of school"
 
Bethany Kirchmann of BFC said the after-school program is inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan music program that provides free classical music training for underserved children in the community.
 
Kirchmann said the program is mostly funded through private fundraising and the donation will go towards hiring instructors and sustaining the program.
 
Kirchmann said the program is separate from the public-school music program and focuses on family outreach with family liaisons. 
 
"We have a family liaison that works with the family to engage them in the program and work with them and connect them with other resources in the community," she said. "It is such an important point to connect with the families that we work with."
 
Noella Carlow, 21st Century site coordinator, said the family liaison was an unexpected surprise of the program.
 
"I didn't realize that we were going to get this family liaison she is wonderful and we are doing a lot with social and emotional learning which is huge for us," she said. 
 

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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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