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Adams Selectmen Invited to Visit Hoosac Elementary

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
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ADAMS, Mass. — The principal of Hoosac Valley Elementary School tendered an invitation to visit the school to the Board of Selectmen, as she did to for the Cheshire Selectmen last month.
 
"Come and see what our kids are doing, see what our hardworking teachers are doing. It's an exciting place to be. It's a really happy place to be," Rebecca Sawyer told the board at its meeting on Wednesday. "The partnership between the towns and the school is an important one to strengthen and the best way to do that is to open our doors wide."
 
Selectman Joseph Nowak, who has substituted at several positions at the school, was especially happy to see Sawyer reaching out to the partner towns in unison.
 
"Going to Cheshire and speaking to them and coming to us, I see that you're trying hard to put a band-aid over what happened between the two [towns]. It's important we care more about the children than the parents care about not having a school or having a school. If any board member does have time to go up there and see what's going on I think it would be well worth their time," Nowak said.
 
The presidential primary warrant was signed by the board and is set for Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town garage on North Summer Street. The deadline for registering to vote or changing political party designation is Wednesday, Feb. 12. The town clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. that day to accommodate voters. Early voting also will begin on Feb. 12 at the clerk's office or an absentee ballot can be requested.
 
The town election will be held on Monday, May 4, also at the town garage on North Summer Street. Nomination papers for offices are due to the town clerk by March 16. The withdrawal deadline is April 1. Visit the town website to see all available open seats.
 
The public comment portion of the meeting saw local businessman and tattoo artist Evan Bates address the board regarding his landlord's tax issues. Bates' studio at 43 Park St., ARh+ Lab Tattoo, which has gained a formidable reputation in the industry, was allowed to remain open until at least April while the owners of the building settle their tax issues with the town. 
 
Bates is looking to expand his workforce but said he was a little leery given what he feels is a tenuous situation. The board was recently made aware that every effort is being made to remedy the situation and invited Bates back to address the board if he feels otherwise.
 
The next Selectmen's meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.
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New Police Chief Takes Command in Adams

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Chief K. Scott Kelley takes the oath from Town Clerk Haley Meczywor.  Kelley is the town's third police chief in a year.
ADAMS, Mass. — New Police Chief K. Scott Kelley says he "already feels at home" and is looking forward to spending time getting to know his officers. 
 
"The thing that I'm looking forward to the most is actually spending time with my officers," he said on Tuesday. "I can't say it enough, and I mean every word of it. I have learned throughout my years that the only way to succeed in leadership is to make sure that everyone under you has input. These officers know what is needed, what is wanted, where we need to go, what our goal should be."
 
Kelley was sworn in on Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall, the town's third police chief in less than year. He particularly thanked his immediate predecessor Troy Bacon, along with Town Administrator Jay Green and Selectmen Chairwoman Christine Hoyt, for ensuring a seamless transition in leadership. 
 
Bacon had been leading the force since July in an interim capacity following the retirement of Chief Richard Tarsa, a 36-year member of the Adams force. He had initially indicated interest in taking on the post permanently but declined late last year for personal reasons and returned to Indiana. 
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