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Maria Ziemba speaking to the Maple Grove Civic Club last month.

Ziemba Wins Six-Year Term as Northern Berkshire Register

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ADAMS, Mass. — Maria Ziemba won a six-year term as Northern Berkshire register of deeds on Tuesday. 
 
Ziemba will succeed Frances Brooks, who has worked at the Registry for more than 56 years, 14 of them as register. 
 
"The results blew my mind I never expected such a turnout and I am so humbled," Ziemba said after being reached at home. "I am on Cloud 9 ... tonight has proven that people have responded to my campaign and I am forever grateful."
 
She and her opponent, First Assistant Register Deborah Moran, had run on their experiences working in the Registry. Both have more than two decades of experience. 
 
Ziemba, however, was able to pull out a decisive win for an office that rarely makes ripples in people's minds in the six years between elections. Moran could not be reached for comment but had said earlier at the polls that she hoped she had educated people on the Registry's functions and importance. 
 
Both women had started out early in the day standing out in the rain at polling stations. Moran had been hopeful but it was Ziemba who racked up a nearly 3 to 1 victory in the end. 
 
Ziemba earned 9,865 votes to Moran's 3,182 with Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Lanesborough, North Adams and Williamstown reporting unofficial results. Florida, Hancock, New Ashford, Savoy and Windsor were still outstanding but would not have enough votes to make up the difference. 
 
 

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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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