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Hoosac Valley Names Top Students for Class of 2019

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley High School has named Cameron Wagoner and Suki Liang as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2019. 
 
Both will speak at graduation exercises on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. 
 
Wagoner, son of Brandi Maselli of Cheshire and Christopher Wagoner of the state of Florida, is the recipient of the Superintendent's Certificate of Academic Excellence, the Williams College Book Award and a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. He also recieved president's awards in geometry, algebra II, and Spanish II and III and, during his freshman year, for biology and English. He is a member of the Leo Club, a program sponsored by the Adams Lions Club, and was elected class president for his senior year.
 
He plans to attend Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute to major in environmental engineering.
 
Liang is the daughter of Qi Yu and Mei Fang Liang of Cheshire. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Leo Club, the Student Athletic Council and has been vice president of her class for four years. She also had been a member of World of Difference, vice president of the tutoring center, a member of the both the soccer and cross-country ski teams since Grade 7, and a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
 
She is the recipient of the Cornell Book Award, the President's Award for Educational Achievement and a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
 
She plans to attend the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, to study nursing.

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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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