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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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COVID-19 Cases Increasing in Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health shared its concern on Wednesday about increasing cases of COVID-19 in town.
 
Chairman David Rhoads gave the update at Wednesday's meeting and said there are now, once again, active cases for the first time in months.
 
"It is kind of unsettling because we were like three months without a case," he said. "We don't know if they are travel-related or what so it is kind of hard to know how to respond."
 
Just last month, the Board of Health reported that there were no known cases in Adams. 
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