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The Conservation Commission handled a number of issues at Thursday's meeting.

Adams ConCom Praise Organic Herbicide Used On Rail Trail

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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Conservation Commission praised the use of an organic herbicide to clean up the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Thursday.
The commission discussed the process that resulted in an organic herbicide being applied along the trail to knock down some overgrown vegetation. 
"We like to protect the people of the town of Adams," said Commissioner Thomas Robinson regarding the use of a citrus oil-based herbicide.  
DPW superintendent Tim Kota and licensed applicator Jim Hall presented the herbicide to the commission at a prior meeting and after some vetting and the mandatory ten working days notice it was approved for use on the trail. Signage was installed and gates along the trail were closed while the application was taking place. 
Although the material was approved for use on the rail trail, the commission might still require approval for use in other areas. Commissioner Brian Bishop is open to the idea of speeding up the approval process saying, "If we find out that this material is approved by the powers that be above us then how can we deny it?"
The Commission also gave Burt Street resident Robert Tomkiewicz to raise the elevation on a section of his property to remove the need for flood insurance. 
Brian Koczela of BEK Associates, the firm assisting Tomkiewicz with his local and FEMA applications, said that "the minor alterations could save my client a couple of thousand dollars by eliminating the need for flood insurance."
The commission ruled that the work on Burt Street is not subject to any municipal wetlands ordinance. The ruling gives Tomkiewicz the green light to present his application to FEMA.
There will be construction starting soon at 423 West Rd. after the commission gave the OK to start building a new home on the site. Although the permit was already approved in the spring the foundation work for the modular home was delayed slightly as the commission felt the silt fence and runoff/erosion protection was not what was specified on the plans.
"They had a drawing dictating what they were supposed to do and they were not doing it," said Robinson.  
After a site visit, the commissioners are satisfied that the conditions have now been met and the foundation work will begin shortly.
The last piece of business Thursday was an in-house matter regarding the restoration of the commission to its full seven members. The commission has been short two members for several months with the departures of Zach Bantle and Cory Bishop. Local resident Natasha Bordeau has expressed interest in serving thus bringing the membership to six.
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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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