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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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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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