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Local officials and Council on Aging volunteers pose with a 'big check' from the state representing the worth of the thousands of hours put in by volunteers.

Adams Council on Aging Recognizes Volunteers

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Council on Aging awarded the town a check for $157,052 representing services rendered by the council's many volunteers.
Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti acknowledged her volunteers Wednesday at a Selectmen's meeting and noted that the over 70 volunteers have logged in over 4,000 hours of service.
"We could not do what we do without our volunteers and what they give back to the community," she said. "It allows us to offer some great services ... this is an opportunity for me to come to Town Hall and say we have a great Senior Center and it doesn't just run on paid staff."
She ran through a list of services that includes administrative support, legal aid, health clinics, food programs, computer classes, medical transportation, health insurance counseling, support groups, and general volunteers. 
She said volunteers come from Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, Savoy, Pittsfield, and even Vermont.
"We have volunteers that come near and far to participate and offer their professionalism and support and serve our senior center," she said.  
In other business, Selectman Joseph Nowak said the town is taking nominations for local women of recognition to be placed alongside the First Lady Quilt exhibit in town hall. 
"The local women you would like to recognize for their positive impact in town," he said. "All those recognized will have their names displayed in Town Hall to honor their hard work and positive impact they have made in the community." 
The project is part of the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee and he said names can be given to the Town Administrator's office.
All names must be in by Aug. 5. 

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Adams Looks to Spur Development Through Zoning Changes

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Community Director Donna Cesan explains the reasoning behind making zoning changes to promote business. 
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Development Director Donna Cesan took center stage at Wednesday as the town continues to beat the bushes for new growth opportunities.
Cesan presented the Board of Selectmen with statistics regarding the current zoning bylaws as contrasted to surrounding municipalities. Adams has experienced little new commercial growth over the past several years while its neighbor North Adams has seen massive investment on both a private and public scale.
The initiative to revamp the town's zoning practices is another effort to stem the rise of property taxes and lessen the financial burden on homeowners. The process is an intricate one which involves both local and state participation plus the commonwealth's attorney general.
Cesan knows the process will be difficult but sees it as the next logical step in the town's business friendly campaign.
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