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Hoosac Valley kindergartners display their skills in Spanish on Friday.
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Hoosac Valley Elementary Students Hold A Fiesta

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Valley Elementary School pupils touted their Spanish language skills at Friday's Mexican fiesta.
 
Seventy kindergarten students from four classes marched into the auditorium clad in sombreros, ponchos, and skirts impressing parents and faculty with their own rendition of "La Cucaracha."
 
"They have been chomping at the bit all day," organizer and kindergarten teacher Robin Poirot said.
 
Students showed off their myriad skills including naming colors, giving greetings, naming the days of the week, months, and even counting to 100 in Spanish. 
 
"The children have not only learned many kindergarten skills that are typical for a kindergartner but they have also learned those things in Spanish," Poirot said.
 
There was more song and students sang "The Wheels On the Bus" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in English and then in Spanish.
 
The event ended in a rendition of the "Chicken Dance."
 
Poirot said when students learn a second language at such a young age it improves both cognitive and social aspects of their early years.
 
"We have been pretty impressed by how fast they have picked it up and how they have been practicing all of the time," she said.
 
Poirot said the children made their own maracas and she thanked Bridget Mendal for sewing an additional 20 skirts and paraprofessional Judy Gaylord for making an additional 17 ponchos to give the children examples of the country's historical attire and cultural traditions.
 
"It has been a big undertaking but you are going to be so proud when you hear how well they do," she said.

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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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