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Student Andrew Meaney try to properly fold an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol with some help from American Legion members.
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St. Pierre and Lussier give the flag-folding presentation in the school playground.
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Students Tim Kupiec and Andrew Meaney assist.
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The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol.
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St. Pierre says it is important to keep the flag taut while folding.
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Meaney said folding the flag was difficult and wasn't sure if he committed it to memory after one fold.
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An officer who attended Officer William Evans' funeral gave Abbey Little the flag.
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The flag will be displayed in the school.

St. Stan's Students Shown How to Fold American Flag

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Flag owner Abbey Little gives a reading during the folding.
ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the American Legion Post 125 visited St. Stanislaus School recently to show students how to properly fold a special flag that was flown over the Capitol.
"It is a special flag," student Abbey Little said at the June 10 presentation.
Abbey said she and some classmates had attended the funeral for Officer William "Billy" Evans in 2021.
Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on April 2, 2021, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. Evans was a Clarksburg native and attended local schools. His funeral was held at St. Stanislaus Church.
Abbey said one of the Capitol Police who attended the service approached the students.
"We were allowed to go down the street and watch," she said. "He came over to us and gave us stickers. We told him how the school was planning a trip to Washington, D.C."
Little said her parents stayed in touch with the officer, and they planned to meet up during the trip.
"He said he would find us and he did," she said. "He presented us with a flag to represent our school that flew over the Capitol." 
American Legion members Dennis St. Pierre and Thomas Lussier gathered a small crowd in the school playground to show how to properly fold an American flag.
Abbey gave a reading explaining what each fold represented as St. Pierre and Lussier folded the flag. 
Students Tim Kupiec and Andrew Meaney tried their hand at folding the flag, something they noted was more difficult than they anticipated.
"It was difficult," Andrew said.
"I knew how to do it before, but my mind blanked," Tim said.
St. Pierre noted it was important to hold the flag taut and said there was a specific order to the folding
He then showed the students how to present the folded flag with a proper grasp and salute. 
Teacher Angela Meaney said the flag will be displayed in the school with a certificate of authenticity.
"I think it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to witness, especially with the way they obtained the flag," she said.

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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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