Adams Receives $2.9M for Greylock Glen Water Infrastructure

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town is receiving $2.9 million in federal funds to support water infrastructure for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center. 

"This essentially almost funds, let's say 99 percent, of all the funds that we need to finally build out what the master vision is of the glen," said Town Administrator Jay Green at Wednesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. 
The money will specifically be used for the potable drinking water system at the glen, with construction for the project expected to begin sometime in late June. Green congratulated special projects coordinator and former Community Development Director Donna Cesan, who has been working on the project since it began well more than a decade ago. 
"Essentially, we can breathe a little easier knowing that we have the money to finally complete the infrastructure work up there. ... We're attempting to arrange to have Congressman [Richard] Neal and the governor here. In order to do that, we're thinking right now that they can synch their schedules up for some time in July," he said. 
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. 
In other business, Administrative Assistant Deborah Dunlap will be leaving the position on June 3. Green thanked Dunlap for her work with the town. 
Selectman Joseph Nowak said he will miss Dunlap's hard-working attitude as a town employee. 
"You can always replace a person, but I think it's going to be difficult to replace someone of Deb's caliber, who gave it her all under really difficult conditions," he said. 
The board approved the Council on Aging state formula grant. The 10-year grant is based on 2010 Census data and will award the COA $26,160. 
• The board approved a one-day entertainment license for the Berkshire Mountain Fairie Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 18 at Bowe Field. This year will be the first time the festival has operated since 2019. 
"We're moving forward. We've got some younger people involved. We've got some people who are more theatrical, I'll say. So that's really exciting," said Gail Sellers, one of the event's organizers. 
• The board ratified the hire of a Council on Aging per diem van driver Charles Gebauer. Gebauer, a Savoy resident, had been a driver for the COA in the past. 

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Adams Housing Authority Rededicates McAndrews Community Center

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

The new dedication sign includes the names of the first director and board chair of the Housing Authority. 
ADAMS, Mass. — It started with changing out the old box lights in the community room at Columbia Valley.
It ended with fully refurbished room along with a refreshed kitchen and ladies room. 
Residents of the senior living facility gathered in the new community room on Wednesday to rededicate it to James McAndrew and welcome Housing Secretary Edward Augustus.
"This room hadn't been touched since the 1980s," said Adams Housing Authority Executive Director William Schrade, describing it as a place to gather that "wasn't friendly, wasn't smiling." 
So first came the box lights, and then in consultation with maintenance chief Matthew Puricelli. Then it was replacing the old leaky windows, and why not take off the old wallpaper and paint, and if you're doing that, might as well pull up the old carpet and put down a new one. 
"We thought we were done. I said kitchen really needed to be done because they has a 1970s look," said Schrade. "[Puricelli] took charge of that, too, and got creative and with the tools that were given to him.
"He knocked it out and then made the worst mistake and said, 'I've done all this I might as well finish and do the women's bathroom.' I said I think that's a great idea. [Secretary Augustus] is coming in three weeks, so you're gonna have to jump on this."
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