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Adams Closes 2019 Town Meeting Warrant

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week voted to close the town meeting warrant to citizen petitions.
"We will as a board vote on the town meeting warrant in two weeks so any citizen's petition articles, we are closing that window this evening," Chairman John Duval said on Wednesday.
The town received no citizen petitions. 
The Selectmen also voted to approve the town ballot and a sample ballot can be found on the town's website
The election is May 6 from 7 to 7 at the town garage on North Summer Street.
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor said rides are available through the Council on Aging. A ride can be scheduled by calling 413-743-8333.
She added that absentee ballots are available in her office or people can vote there early.  
"We would  love to see you if you can't make it on May 6, we would love to see you in our office so you can vote that way," she said during the meeting, which was aired on Northern Berkshire Community Television.
Meczywor noted there is also a Fire District election on May 14 from noon to 6 at the fire station for members of the district. She said the Council on Aging is providing rides and absentee ballots are available for that election as well.
Included in this election is the addition of two full-time positions for fire chief and firefighter that Duval said the Selectmen will not be taking a stance on. 
"The board will not comment on the election of another entity in town," Duval said. "That is not what we do. If you have questions attend that meeting to voice your opinion."
The Fire District is a separate governmental taxing entity that oversees the water district and the Fire Department. 
In other business, the Selectmen voted to accept the town's new Hazard Mitigation Plan. 
"I had a copy of it and I read it and I thought it was very well done," Selectman Joseph Nowak said.
After several emergency situations last year, the town doubled down and decided to improve emergency communications and processes between entities and depeartments, and update emergency plans.
Town Administrator Jay Green said the plan will be presented at a future meeting. 
The Selectmen ratified the hiring of Council on Aging Administrative Assistant Cynthia Fletcher, Department of Public Works skilled laborer Timothy Morgan, and eight DPW seasonal workers.

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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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