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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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Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
ADAMS, Mass. — The solid waste district is hoping for a decision from North Adams, and possibly Dalton, before considering service contracts.
The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management Commission on Thursday discussed the bid process for servicing the district and, with the possibility of North Adams coming on board, Program Coordinator Linda Cernik wants to ensure they use every resource available.
"This is a very, very important bid coming up. There can't be any mistakes, any hiccups, nothing. With the possibility of North Adams joining the district, and maybe Dalton, we have to get this right," Cernik said. "We met with Williams College and the four students doing the study (about North Adams joining the district) and they are going to present to the City Council in December."
The possible inclusion of North Adams and Dalton would be especially convenient this year as both municipalities' solid waste contracts expire on June 30, the same date as the district's.
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