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Hoosac Valley Suspends Fall Athletic Competitions

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Hoosac Valley Regional School District has suspended fall interscholastic athletic activities.
In a press release sent out by the school district on Monday, the administration announced that it has decided to suspend fall interscholastic athletics.
"The suspension of interscholastic athletic activities was a difficult decision, but it was made in the best interest of all our students. We want to be clear that the decision was made based on our remote academic schedule and phased-in approach to the start of the 2020-2021 school year," stated the press release. 
According to the press release, on Sept. 14, school stakeholders made the decision to suspend all interscholastic athletic competitions for the fall 2020 season. 
The decision was made after several meetings with colleagues associated with educational athletics, including the Berkshire County Athletic Directors' Association, Massachusetts Department of Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Berkshire County Principals and Berkshire County Superintendents' roundtables. 
In those meetings, stakeholders discussed various guidelines, format recommendations, and the desire to be fair and equitable all while making safety the top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The press release stated: 
"While working through the constraints of delivering instruction, considering various health and safety protocols, organizing labor relations, scheduling facility availability and cleaning procedures, determining transportation feasibility, all while creating, implementing, and delivering a sound educational platform for our students, it was obvious that the suspension was in the best interest of our students, the community, and the district." 
The district did approve a conditioning and practice schedule to keep kids engaged in physical movement and provide a sense of "Hurricane Pride and community."
Community-based youth sports and travel programs are operating and any resident in the Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy communities is welcome to participate in those outside leagues (which are not affiliated with HVRSD).
Hoosac Valley anticipates returning interscholastic athletics later this year with structures that are being considered:
Winter Sports: approximately late November to late February. Basketball, Ski (co-op with Lenox), Ice Hockey (co-op with Drury), Wrestling (co-op with Mount Greylock) and Swimming (co-op with Wahconah).
Fall Sports II: approximately late February to Early May. Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf and Cross Country running (non-competitive)
Spring Sports: approximately early May to mid-July. Baseball, Softball, Track & Field and Lacrosse
The above "schedule" is the Hoosac Valley's anticipated offering for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. All scenarios are subject to change given the public health, educational, and athletic circumstances that may arise. Additional communications and meetings amongst stakeholders will take place, beginning on Oct. 29. 
In the meantime, the conditioning/practice schedule is as follows:
  • Coaches will lead practices and conditioning
  • Girl's Soccer - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 4 p.m.
  • Boy's Soccer - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 4 p.m.
  • Football - Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
  • Golf - Monday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Park Country Club.
  • Cheerleading - Monday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.
  • Cross Country - Wednesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 8 am
Use of school grounds is scheduled through administration and the athletic directors
Use of locker rooms, bathrooms, the concession stand, and admittance to the middle school and high school building is prohibited
The Hoosac Valley Regional School District has no formal affiliation, or supervisory role, associated with local recreational leagues, community youth athletic programming, AAU sports, and/or travel teams.
Participation in conditioning/practice schedules listed above is a parental/personal/family decision and in no way impacts participation in our proposed offerings for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.


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Preliminary Sitework Begins at Greylock Glen

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — Preliminary sitework for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center has started, and town officials hope to have an official groundbreaking ceremony later this month. 


Town Administrator Jay Green said some tree and utility work has already begun at the site, with concrete work coming during the next two weeks. He said contractors, engineers, and town staff frequently hold meetings to discuss the project. 


"There's a lot of work going on with it. If people drive up there, they can see it. Please stay away from construction site for safety, but work is ongoing and we'll hopefully stay on track for an opening sometime in fall '23," he said.


Green said the town should also be ready to submit requests for proposals to operate the outdoor center's cafe and campground by the end of the month. He said the official groundbreaking should also be near the end of August and had hoped there would be a time where both Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal could attend. 


"Unfortunately, we weren't able to get both of their days to align, so we're probably going to choose a date last week of August for the ceremonial groundbreaking," he said. "We'll do some invitations and see if we can get people to show up, but we thought it was important to be celebrated for an hour, among ourselves, that we're finally under construction."


The town is the developer for the 54-acre glen, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation, and the state has committed $7.3 million to the construction of the outdoor center. 


"It's important for people to know who are using the Glen walking trails, particularly the the gravel trail, that there are periodic disruptions to that as the site work is beginning to encroach slightly in that area," Green said. "It's not always closed. However, there's essentially supervisors, construction supervisors working in that area to alert walkers that there is some construction going on."


In other business, the Board of Selectmen once again heard about property concerns on the corner of Summer and Hoosac Streets. 


The concerns were brought forth by resident Lisa Mendel several meetings ago. She took issue with the number of unregistered cars and the property's condition, which she said had been in disrepair for some time. 


The property owners, Lisa and Francis Biros, said the issue had come up in the past and town officials told them that covering the unregistered vehicles would be enough to meet compliance with the bylaw. The bylaw allows for one unregistered vehicle, stating that any further unregistered vehicles must not be "within view" of any public way or abutting property. 


Police Chief K. Scott Kelley said he sent an officer to check and found two of the cars are unregistered. Mendel alleged there was a third unregistered vehicle, which the Biros' said should soon be removed from the property. 


The board read the bylaw, 125-17, aloud to help clarify the situation and debated the meaning of within view. Selectman Joseph Nowak suggested Town Counsel Edmund St. John III, who was not present, look at the bylaw so the town has clarity for future incidents.


Green said he feels the wording does not imply a simple cover meets compliance, but understood that the Biros' may have been told differently in the past. 


"I think Mr. Nowak is correct, in the sense that, it would be nice to have town counsel look at it," he said. 


Building Commissioner Gerald Garner said he would handle the situation further, noting is not an uncommon issue in Adams. 


"There are families here that have six vehicles in their driveway, because they have children that vehicles," he said. "So there's six vehicles that are registered in their driveway and then you'll see one unregistered vehicle on the property as well. So this is not an uncommon thing in the town, or anywhere." 


Selectman Howard Rosenberg said he empathizes with Mendel's complaint about the property and supports whatever action Garner deems necessary to uphold the bylaws. 


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  • The board approved a one-day liquor license for the Fall Run on Sept. 17.


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