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Members of the Board of Selectmen, Parks Commission and Community Development gather at Russell Field on Friday to accept a donation from the Lions Club for scoreboard and lighting repairs.

Adams Lions Club Donates $7,750 for Russell Field

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town has accepted a $7,750 donation from the Adams Lions Club to fund the scoreboard and lighting repairs at Russell Field.

Members of the Board of Selectmen, Parks Commission and Community Development gathered at Russell Field on Friday to accept the donation. Town Administrator Jay Green said this work would not have been possible without the Lions Club's financial help.

"We've worked hard to keep these facilities in great shape and modernizing them. And sometimes costs certainly gets in our way ... That's why these partnerships and collaborations are very important. These are public facilities, and we're grateful to the Lions Club for their willingness to step in and help us out with it," Green said.

Lions Club President Art McConnell said he is happy that the club could help the town with Russell Field. He said the group tries to help the community when and where it is able to.  

"I appreciate that you reached out to us. I know there's going to be projects in the future, and we're going to love to be able to help out where we can," McConnell said. "A project like this for the kids; that's one of our priorities ... My goal this year was to raise $13,000 and we exceeded that. So we were able to help other places beyond what we were expected to pay this year."

Community Development Director Eammon Coughlin said work on Russell Field, which began in 2017, predates his employment in Adams. Renovations have been ongoing for several years, with the town receiving nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for field renovations.

"This allowed the town to regrade the field entirely, install new drainage, new fences, a new infield, layout electrical conduits all the lights, build new tennis courts, put in an adult fitness area and install new ADA accessible paths throughout," he said. "Because of the generous donation from the Adams Lions Club, we were able to install the new scoreboard and repair and replace light bulbs in the field lights to allow for night games."

Selectmen Chair John Duval thanked the Lions Club, the Parks Commission and town employees for everything they have done to get the field renovated.

"We were fortunate to be able to have some good people that could come together as a team, as we always have in Adams, to complete this wonderful project," he 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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