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Town meeting members at Bowe Field last year. The town meeting will again be held at the agricultural field to ensure social distancing and ventilation.

Adams Town Meeting to Be Held Outside Again

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen set a June 21 town meeting and plan to hold it outside at Bowe Field. 
 
During a short meeting Wednesday, Chairwoman Christine Hoyt said she wanted to nail down a town meeting date so she could begin planning an outdoor town meeting this summer.
 
"I understand the logistics would be similar, if not the same, as they were in September," she said.
 
To accommodate better ventilation and social distancing during the pandemic, town meeting was held outdoors at Bowe Field last September. The town utilized the pavilion along with additional tents. 
 
With a second vote, the Selectmen opened the town warrant. It will close on May 6.
 
In other business, the Selectmen appointed Natasha Beauchesne as a library aide/cataloger. 
 
"I look forward to starting at the library," she said. "I am very passionate about it."
 
Library Director Holli Jayko said Beauchesne will replace a retired employee and bring staff numbers level.
 
"She comes with high recommendations from her references," she said. "Her background and education make her an excellent candidate."
 
Beauchesne is from Dalton.
 
The Selectmen also appointed seasonal staff.
 
Hoyt said the six employees have worked with the town in the past. She said three of them helped prepare Bellevue Cemetery for Williams Evans' funeral last week.
 
The Selectmen approved the installation of a utility pole on Friend Street to service a house on West Burt Street.
 

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Adams Aiming for Summer Reopening of Public Buildings

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — The town is hoping to fully reopen by July, depending on public health data.
 
Town Administrator Jay Green told the Select Board on Wednesday that although he does not foresee completely opening until the summer, he thought it was time to start planning.
 
Green said currently the town is in the yellow level of the state's COVID-19 categories and that he would not be comfortable opening until the town is consistently in the green or, even better, gray. The levels run from red for high transmission and positive cases to gray at the lowest level.
 
"As long as we are in the red or yellow, that indicates the presence of COVID-19 at a level that could promote community spread," Green said. "As you can see there are a lot of communities opening up, but we are a little behind. Is it conservative? Yes but I think we are almost there."
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