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Selectwoman Christine Hoyt stands with new Ale House owners Robert Williams, Jen and Bill Lander, and Selectmen James Bush and Joseph Nowak.

Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Ale House held its grand reopening on Tuesday night with help from members of the Board of Selectmen. 
The pub on Hoosac Street had been closed for nearly a year before new owners Robert Williams and Jen and Bill Lander opened in July. The restaurant now has a  full menu and weekly live entertainment.
Selectmen arrived on Tuesday with a pair of giant scissors in hand and a red ribbon to officially wish the new Adams Ale House owners the best of luck. The board's making a tradition of celebrating the opening, and reopenings, of new businesses with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
"We would like to thank you for investing in our town and we wish you the best of luck," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said. "Congratulations."
The former Saints Hall was purchased and renovated by Erik Pizani and Nathan Girard in 2013. It was closed last year for what the owners said was re-staffing and renovations but never reopened.
Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building.
They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings. 
"It has been good. We are now serving lunch and we now have a full menu," Jen Lander said. "Everyone has been patient with us and we have been getting good reviews, so it has been a good process."
Lander added that they will also hold a bingo night and there will be weekly live entertainment. More information can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Williams said the town has been very accommodating. 
"They have been wonderful," he said. "We couldn’t have asked for a better community to come into."
Lander added that the townspeople themselves have been very supportive.
"Adams has been great throughout this entire process and the town itself has been wonderful," she said. "The customers themselves are happy to have us back and that has been a wonderful feeling to be new to the area but as though you have been welcomed home."
The Adams Ale House is located at 8-10 Hoosac St. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 to 10, with the bar open until midnight. For more information:

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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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