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This is the second year Adams is doing a Home Decorating Contest after several years of inactivity. Last year's winners were 97 North Summer St., 4 Country Club Ext. and 147 Friend St.

Adams to Hold Second Holiday Home Decorating Contest

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — As part of its festivities to celebrate the holiday season, Adams is hosting the Holiday Home Decorating Contest and is accepting submissions until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.

The contest allows Adams residents and other community members to vote on the best-decorated house in town. Those who want to enter their home for submission can apply for free on the town website, and voting will be available online between Dec. 10 and 11.

"We create a map that shows all the houses that want to participate, and we put out the map to everybody on the town website, and it'll go on Facebook," said Town Clerk Haley Meczywor.

The top three submissions will receive gift cards to Adams Hometown Market as a prize. The first prize will be a $75 gift card, the second prize will be a $50 gift card and the third prize will be a $25 gift card.

Meczywor said participants should turn on all their lights from 5 to 8 p.m. on the voting days, giving voters the chance to drive by and look at the decorations. She said they only judge the exterior of the entrant's houses.

Adams did the Holiday Home Decorating Contest last year, after not doing it for several years, as a COVID-safe event for the holidays, according to Meczywor. She said last year's contest had 49 home entrants and 366 voters.

"We tried to get more community participation," she said. "It gave everybody something to do because of COVID, you know? Get in your car, drive safely, drive around and look at all the houses."

Meczywor said the contest also allows residents to visit parts of town they haven't been to before.

"Some people were like, 'Oh, I didn't even know that street was there,' Some of them are off the beaten path," she said. "You drive down Park Street, or Howland Avenue, or Commercial Street, but you don't necessarily go to all the side streets."

Those interested in learning more about the contest can call town hall at 413-743-8300, Ext. 176 or 177.

"Drive safely. That is all I ask," Meczywor said. "As they're going around and looking, you have to be a little mindful of that. Some of our streets are a little narrow."

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Adams' Valley Street Shed Still Needs Funding

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

ADAMS, Mass. — Construction of the new shed at Valley Street Field may be delayed due to a lack of funding. 


Mike Benson of the Adams/Cheshire Little League attended Monday's Parks Commission meeting and said the league is still working on obtaining funds for the shed. The town appropriated $3,000 for the shed as part of the fiscal 2023 budget and asked the league to match. 


"I've done a ton of fundraising this year to try to keep the costs low for the kids," Benson said, noting he could probably contribute about half of the $3,000 needed right now.


The league, Benson said, is in the process of ordering a new scoreboard for the field, one similar to the one recently installed at Russell Field. He said financing the scoreboard came first, as it was in the works before planning for the new shed began. 


"We had started the scoreboard thing before we heard anything about the shed," he said. "... We haven't asked the town for anything to do to help with the scoreboard. We're doing it all on our own, it's $3,500." 


Mark Pizani, an equipment operator at DPW, said they would likely be able to get more time out of the old shed if the league needs more time for funding. Benson said he would happily work with the town to clean the shed. 


"We can work it out with what we have. If we need another year out of it, it's really not a big deal," Pizani said. "That's my personal feeling. It would have been nice to have." 


Commission Chair James Fassell agreed the current shed can keep being used and said the group will revisit the issue in the future. 


"I just want to make sure it's for the good of the league and for the good of Adams," he said. 


In other business, Pizani updated the board on a berm near Russell Field, which the group was concerned could overflow onto the field. He said a significant amount of brush and debris was removed from the water since the last meeting, making an overflow less likely. 


"We cleaned that whole river out," he said. "We cleaned it out; it's in good shape. We took truckloads of debris and stuff out of the river." 

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