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During public comment, the board thanked resident Jeffrey Lefebvre for his 25-year involvement in youth sports.

Adams Has Permission to Demolish Commercial Street Building

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Housing court has granted the town the right to tear down a dilapidated structure on Commercial Street. 

ADAMS, Mass. — Town Counsel Edmund St. John III said housing court has given the town permission to demolish the 50 Commercial St. building.

St. John told the Selectmen in his report Wednesday that he was recently in housing court and he anticipates receiving an order from the judge to proceed in demolishing the dangerous dilapidated building.

"Today the judge issued an order that the building be demolished, and they will be sending me the written order in the next couple of days," St. John said.  

The Selectmen last month ordered owner Charles Ransford to raze the building because it was a direct danger to the public and on the verge of collapsing. Ransford was given 30 days to tear down the building but has failed to do this.

St. John said Ransford did show up in court to ask for more time. He said he had a potential buyer but was not given an extension by the judge.

"He said he had someone willing to buy the property and fix it up, but he had absolutely nothing of substance by the way of a concrete plan or even the identity of that person," he said. "The judge was not convinced."

In other business, the town will hold a special town meeting in mid to late February to clean up some outstanding items including a marijuana establishment bylaw.

"There are a number of small housekeeping types of things that we can address at special town meeting," interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan said. "We also have that marijuana bylaw to address."

Earlier this week, the Planning Board held a public hearing and buttoned up its new bylaw that would only allow a retail establishment by special permit in the downtown if it is 250 feet away from places where children regularly congregate.

Chairman John Duval said a specific date will be set in the new year.

In Cesan's report, she said she hopes to be able to award the Hoosac Valley Tourist Train Passenger Platform project to a contractor in the next few weeks after project designer HDR has reviewed the three bids.

"We are excited, and as you know we have bid this out previously and it is good to have three solid bids this time and this project will be going forward," Cesan said.

She added that once awarded, the contractor will mobilize in the winter months in hopes of completing the platform before Memorial Day weekend when the Berkshire Scenic Railway is in full operation.

Police Chief Richard Tarsa said the department recently emptied its prescription medicine kiosk and disposed of more than 300 pounds. He said the grand total for the year is more than 600 pounds.

"It’s better to have them destroyed than out on the streets," he said, 

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BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS,  Mass. — At a time when most are thinking of limitless potential and endless possibilities, BArT senior Will Schrade invited his classmates to embrace mediocrity.
Perhaps not forever, but at this particular moment, as the class of 2020 huddled around their computer screens in quarantine instead of gathering in a gymnasium bursting to capacity, the concept of "good enough" has a certain appeal, Schrade argued.
He was one of four Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School students to provide "senior reflections" during Saturday's hourlong graduation exercises, the first virtual high school graduation in Berkshire County.
Delivering his remarks in a highly unconventional forum, Schrade took the highly conventional step of framing his remarks around a bit of pop culture. In his case, he reflected on an episode of the situation comedy "Community," in which the characters go through various timelines to show how their world would change based on a random event, a toss of a die
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