Adams Police Raising Funds Through No Shave November

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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Police officers are forgoing their razors in November in favor of facial hair to raise funds for PopCares, Inc. 
Officers participating in this year's No-Shave November campaign have been approved to grow a full beard that must be groomed and properly maintained throughout the month.  
"PopCares, Inc. offers support for those who are battling cancer, their families and caregivers," Chief Troy Bacon said. "We are honored to be raising funds for a wonderful organization that has touched so many lives in Berkshire County"
The charity was founded by the family of William "Pop" St. Pierre, who died of cancer in 2012, both to memorialize his kindness and to help other families suffering from the disease.
Participating officers will each make at a minimum voluntary $20 contribution to PopCares, Inc. 
Officers will grow their beards throughout the month of November. The fundraiser will conclude in December. 
Anyone interested in joining this fundraising effort is encouraged to contact PopCares through their website

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Adams Votes for North Berkshire EMS

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Thursday voted at the end of a 2 1/2-hour meeting to designate Northern Berkshire EMS as its primary provider of emergency services as of Jan. 1. 
The vote was 4-0 and comes two days after the Cheshire Select Board unanimously voted the same. 
Members and supporters of the Adams Ambulance Service asked the board to hold off on its decision but officials were not confident that it would be able to rectify its financial woes within a four-week timeframe. Or if the state Department of Public Health would allow it to continue operation since it had notified the DPH that it would close Dec. 31 if not earlier. 
The service is also under a corrective order by the state for failing to develop a state-approved plan to prevent coverage from being disrupted. It has a deadline of Dec. 20 to comply.
"The Department of Public Health says we cannot move forward assuming that Adams Ambulance Service will be allowed to continue to provide coverage to the town," said Town Administrator Jay Green. "That is the context of the hearing."
Green stressed that Adams Ambulance is a private non-profit that is not operated or funded by the town and that the change in service provider does not mean it will cease to function. Rather, Northern Berkshire will be the first dispatched for 911 calls; Adams will still be part of mutual aid, will be able to take transports and continue to cover Savoy and Hawley.
Selectman Howard Rosenberg said the lack of information coming from the ambulance service over the past 18 months played into their decisions. 
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