Adams Nomination Papers Available

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Nomination papers are available beginning Monday for the May town election.
Two three-year selectmen seats will be on the ballot that are currently held by Richard Blanchard and Joseph Nowak.
There will also be two three-year seats up for election on the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee. Adams representatives Paul Butler and Jennifer Gageant will have to run again to hold their positions.
The Planning Board will have one five-year seat on the ballot currently held by Barbara Ziemba.
There will also be a three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School Committee (McCann Technical) seat for an Adams representative that is currently held by Joseph Allard
Treasurer/Collector Kelly Rice and Assessor Lorraine Kalisz' three-year posts will also be up for re-election, as will the one-year term of Moderator Myra Wilk and a three-year Cemetery Commission term held currently by James Taylor. 
Also on the ballot will be a three-year Board of Health seat currently held by Peter Hoyt; two three-year terms on the Board of Library Trustees currently held by Virginia Duval and Karen Kettles; two Housing Authority seats, a vacant one-year term and a five-year term held by Erica Girgenti; and two seats on the Redevelopment Authority, a vacant one-year term and a five-year seat currently held by Jacob Levesque.
As for town meeting members, Precincts 1 and 5 both have 10 seats up for election; Precincts 2 and 3 both have 12 seats, and Precinct 4 has 11. The terms range from one to three years.
Incumbents have until March 11 to notify the clerk if they are running for re-election; the deadline for all candidates to submit nomination papers is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18 (except for town meeting members). Deadline to withdraw or object to nomination papers is April 3.
The voter registration deadline is April 16.

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Rascal's Picked For Cigar Lounge And Humidor

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

John Sheerin explains his plans for a cigar lounge to the Board of Health.
ADAMS, Mass. — The former Rascal’s Lounge is being eyed for a cigar lounge and humidor. 
John Sheerin introduced himself to the Board of Health last week to present his plans for the North Summer Street building that he hopes will be a destination for cigar enthusiasts.
"For hundreds of years, local cigar lounges have served as a meeting place and common ground for both white-collar and blue-collar people to come together and spend a few hours together engaging in conversations and taking part in the time-honored tradition of smoking a fine cigar," Sheerin said told the board on Wednesday. 
Sheerin said cigar smokers are often banished to basements or back porches and there are no local establishments where enthusiasts can enjoy their hobby. 
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