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The Adams Express and Mobil Station opened last month and held its grand opening on Saturday with the help of Board of Selecmen members.
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Adams Officials Welcome Adams Express And Mobil Station

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Town officials welcomed the Adams Express and Mobil Station into the community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday.

"We just want to say thank you very much for your continued investment in Adams we are really excited for you," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said Saturday morning.

Just over a year ago, RSP Petroleum came before the town with plans to demolish the former Goodwill property at 160 Howland Ave. and build a gas station and 5,000-square-foot convenience store with a deli and drive-through. 

Since then, the former standing property was demolished and the site was paved and overhauled. Workers worked through the winter and the store officially opened this summer.

The facility is open 24 hours and sells various amenities including beer and wine.

"Business has been very good picks up just about every day," owner Pierre Kareh said. "People are impressed with the space and we just about have everything,"

Kareh said patrons seem to really enjoy the deli that serves locally inspired sandwiches such as the Greylock, The Ramble, and the Susan B. It's local connection can also be seen with the mural above the registers that shows a landscape of Adams landmarks including Mount Greylock.

The Express is the first new gas station in the town in years and first of a modern size and service; the three existing ones date to at least the 1970s and 1980s. A fourth, a small Mobile station, closed a couple years ago.

Selectman Joseph Nowak wished Kareh continued success.

"I have known Pierre for a long time, and he is a hard-working guy," Nowak said. "Never late for work when I walk by he's always the first one there. I wish you the best."

A raffle was held at the opening ceremony and deli meat samples were given out.


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Three Berkshires Women Named 'Unsung Heroines'


Liz Mitchell and state Rep. John Barrett III at Tuesday's 2019 Unsung Heroine ceremony at the State House. 

BOSTON — Three Berkshires women were named Unsung Heroines for 2019 during a State House ceremony on Tuesday.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds nominated Donna Cesan for this recognition because of her dedication to community, having served as Community Development Director and interim Town Administrator for the town of Adams for 19 years.

Elizabeth "Liz" Mitchell, a North Adams resident and advocate for domestic violance victims with the Elizabeth Freeman Center, was nominated by state Rep. John Barrett III and Marie Richardson of Pittsfield, a caseworker in the Pittsfield Public Schools, was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

"Donna has selflessly given countless hours of her time to ensure Adams is moving in the right direction," said Hinds. "She is well-respected in her hometown of Lanesborough, and the town of Adams is well-served by her. She is absolutely an Unsung Heroine for her dedication to our region and her professionalism, which is effortlessly showcased in all of her projects."

Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually celebrates "unsung heroines" who don't always make the news, but who make a difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.   

Hinds said Cesan has dedicated her career to public service. As the director of community development, she has spearheaded economic development projects with big impact, like the construction of a platform for the Adams terminus of the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's Hoosac Valley Service, the renovation of the Adams Visitor Center parking lot and implementing the community's vision for the Greylock Glen. Since 2014, she has been asked twice by the Board of Selectmen to also serve as interim town administrator, managing every aspect of municipal government for months, while also promoting community development initiatives in town.
 
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