Adams Council on Aging Looking for More Volunteers

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Council on Aging is still looking to fill several volunteer opportunities for its programming. 

 

COA Coordinator Sarah Fontaine said the council has been able to fill several volunteer positions, including gardening and helping with the newsletter. There are still several other volunteer opportunities available, she noted, such as the lunch program, rouge transport driving, the rickshaw bike and the brown bag program.

 

Fontaine said she has been working to fill the other openings and is advertising the opportunities in the COA's monthly newsletter. 

 

"I moved it to the front of the July issue, and now it's even bigger on the front of the August issue," she said. 

 

In other business, the bathroom facilities continue to keep the COA from moving operations into the Memorial Building. Fontaine said a grant meeting, which would fund $100,000 of the estimated $150,000 project cost, was postponed. 

 

"I got a call in the afternoon that several of the meeting attendees were ill and would not be able to attend," she said. "So we're waiting on a rescheduled date for that." 

 

The bathroom facilities have been in the works for several months, as many of the building's other facilities are at or nearing completion. While the building already has functional bathroom facilities, this project would add two more to the space. 

 

The COA, Fontaine said, should be ready to move once the bathrooms are complete. If they get the grant, she said the town would then work on supplemental funding for the rest of the project. 

 

Fontaine said she does not want to move programming or offices to the new building until they are. 

 

"I don't feel comfortable moving over there without adequate bathroom facilities" she said. "And I don't want to move our administrative offices over there and have programing here. It's already hard enough with us being on the second floor when programming is on the first floor. It would be too difficult to manage from a separate building. 


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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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