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The Board of Selectmen recognized Quinton Thomas for his community service with the Columbia World War I Memorial Park.
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Adams Thanks Boy Scout For Cleaning Park

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Boy Scout Quinton Thomas spearheaded the cleanup and improvements at the Columbia Street veterans memorial as part of his Eagle Scout service.
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen last week thanked Boy Scout Quinton Thomas for spearheading a clean up of the town's Columbia World War I Memorial Park.
 
Thomas was given a certificate of appreciation Wednesday at the board's regular meeting for his work on the Columbia Street park.
 
"I think that cleaning up monuments and just overall trying to improve everything we have in this great town makes it such a better place," Thomas said. "When people come by they see the train and all of the old mills ... I didn't want that park to be something they just pass by."
 
Thomas is working toward his Eagle Scout service award and said after spending some time trying to find a good project he settled on the park.
 
"I looked around town and was looking for something that needed some extra love," he said. "Last year I took a gander at it and I saw that it was in shambles. It kind of looked like it did go through a war."
 
The park across from the Memorial Building dates to around 1920 but was redone with new monuments in 2002. 
 
Thomas painted and stained the benches and trash barrels at the park. He also power washed the monuments and built raised flower beds in which he planted flowers.
 
Thomas also added mulch and cleaned the sidewalk.
 
He thanked fellow Scouts and his family for helping him. He also thanked the Department of Public Works employees who spent some time at the park.
 
"They were a huge help. They were there early in the morning getting stuff ready so we could have the volunteers come in late in the afternoon to do what was on the agenda," he said. "It has been really great."
 
The board thanked Thomas and Selectman James Bush said when he first saw what he was doing, he had to take a double take.
 
"I just want to say thank you. The first time I drove by I had to turn around and drive back again because I couldn't believe it," he said. "It looks really beautiful."
 
Town Administrator Jay Green, a veteran and former Boy Scout, told Thomas to keep up the good work.
 
"I know what it takes to get to this point in your Boy Scout career and as the town administrator I can't tell you what this means to us," he said. "To have someone like yourself who cares about the town and looks fondly on it. Always keep that wherever you go." 

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Community Remembers the Fallen on Memorial Day

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ADAMS, Mass. — Brothers William and Earle Charbonneau joined the Navy together on Sept. 11, 1942, served together and died together when their ship was torpedoed off Italy 80 years ago this May. 
 
"Our mother was their youngest sister, she talked about them all the time because they were 19 and 20 and she was 18," said Tammy McCarthy. "She talked about them all the time. She said the shock of that happening turned her hair white overnight. She dyed her hair ever since then."
 
The brothers were remembered during Memorial Day services on Monday morning, held in the Memorial Building.
 
"These heroes left the comfort of their homes, their families and loved ones, their friends to serve a greater purpose to preserve American way of life," said master of ceremonies Frederick Lora. "Freedom is not free and each generation must answer freedom's call and its those who paid the ultimate sacrifice that we remember today."
 
The observances included prayers from Deacon Greg LaFreniere, the reading of the Gettysburg Address and of "In Flanders Fields" by Hoosac Valley High School students Talia Rehill and Addison Colvin, respectively. The Hoosac Valley band played the national anthem and Rachel Scarpitto and Corey Charron taps and echo. 
 
District Veterans Agent Mitchell Kiel said Memorial Day is a day to honor and celebrate those who lost their lives in service to the nation. But "after these somber reminders of the meaning of the day ... how are you supposed to celebrate?" he asked. 
 
"They fought for the freedom that allows us to celebrate," Kiel said. "Because our families honor and remember their family members."
 
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