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No COVID-19 Cases Reported in Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Town Administrator Jay Green told the Selectmen on Wednesday that currently there are no open COVID-19 cases in town.
"Very good news for everyone ... we have no open cases in the town of Adams," Green said. "We are in the grey. We have zero new cases for the first time in over a year."
Green said public buildings are now open but residents are still encouraged to wear masks for the time being.
"As the weeks go on and the numbers stay low we will probably remove that request," Green said.
Selectman Joseph Nowak said he was happy numbers were improving and encouraged those who have not been vaccinated to do so.
"That is good news and certainly something we have worked on," he said. "I still hope those who have not been vaccinated do so so we can reach herd immunity."
Wednesday also marked the first time the Selectmen were all together again in the same room.
"This is the first time we have all been together in a long time so we are excited to be back," Chairman John Duval said.
The Selectmen appointed Joyce Brewer to a seat on the Board of Health that was not filled during the election
"We are very pleased that she applied and that she wants to give her time to the town of Adams," Duval said 
Brewer was one of a number of appointments the Selectmen made to elected and appointed boards:
Paul Nowicki, Scott Tolmach, and Kayla Farry were appointed to the Parks Commission.
The commission was unable to fill its ranks during this election and did not have enough members to hold a quorum.
Nowicki previously served on the commission but could not gain enough signatures to run again, citing difficulties during the pandemic.
Tolmach and Farry are both new to the area and Parks Commission member James Fassell said he welcomed the new outside perspectives.
"These people are what we are seeing in Adams," he said. "They are new blood replacing the old blood."
• Stephen Melito was appointed to the Conservation Commission.
"It concerned me to see that this board would be unable to function because of a lack of members," Melito said. "As a longtime resident that has brought issues to this board before, I think every resident has the right to be served."
There are still open positions on the Conservation Commission and Farry said she would be willing to also serve on this commission.
• Janette Kessler was appointed as a special municipal employee as a consultant for community development. Kessler will help in the development of the Greylock Glen.
In other business, the Selectmen approved a reserve fund transfer of $17,000 to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle and accessories for the Forest Wardens.
The Forest Wardens' old ATV broke down during last month's wildland fire in North County. The Finance committee must also approve this transfer.

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Adams Lifts State of Emergency, Gears Up for Summer & Fall Events

By Gregory FournieriBerkshires Correspondent

ADAMS, Mass. — The COVID-19 state of emergency in Adams is over.

Town Administrator Jay Green reported that Adams has lifted the state of emergency implemented for the pandemic. This originally went into effect in March 2020, and was lifted by the town to bring Adams into line with other local communities and the state of Massachusetts, which ended the public health emergency on June 15.

"Dare I say we are slowly approaching normalcy again," Green said Wednesday.

Selectman Joseph Nowak pointed out that despite the state of emergencies being lifted, local businesses may still require their patrons to wear masks. Moreover, Green said if COVID cases were to rise again in Adams, the Board of Health would have the authority to mandate masks independent of this decision by the Selectmen.

This, however, does not appear likely. Green reported that over roughly the last month, there were zero new reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Adams.

Adams joins Pittsfield, North Adams, and other towns in Berkshire County in lifting its state of emergency for the first time in more than a year.

In part to facilitate the return to normalcy, the Events Committee applied for and was granted space on the Town Hall lawn for outdoor movies on July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20. These movies are family-friendly and begin at dusk. There will not be vendors, so attendees are advised to bring their own snacks and drinks.

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