Preliminary Sitework Begins at Greylock Glen

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — Preliminary sitework for the Greylock Glen Outdoor Center has started, and town officials hope to have an official groundbreaking ceremony later this month. 


Town Administrator Jay Green said some tree and utility work has already begun at the site, with concrete work coming during the next two weeks. He said contractors, engineers, and town staff frequently hold meetings to discuss the project. 


"There's a lot of work going on with it. If people drive up there, they can see it. Please stay away from construction site for safety, but work is ongoing and we'll hopefully stay on track for an opening sometime in fall '23," he said.


Green said the town should also be ready to submit requests for proposals to operate the outdoor center's cafe and campground by the end of the month. He said the official groundbreaking should also be near the end of August and had hoped there would be a time where both Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal could attend. 


"Unfortunately, we weren't able to get both of their days to align, so we're probably going to choose a date last week of August for the ceremonial groundbreaking," he said. "We'll do some invitations and see if we can get people to show up, but we thought it was important to be celebrated for an hour, among ourselves, that we're finally under construction."


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. 


"It's important for people to know who are using the Glen walking trails, particularly the the gravel trail, that there are periodic disruptions to that as the site work is beginning to encroach slightly in that area," Green said. "It's not always closed. However, there's essentially supervisors, construction supervisors working in that area to alert walkers that there is some construction going on."


In other business, the Board of Selectmen once again heard about property concerns on the corner of Summer and Hoosac Streets. 


The concerns were brought forth by resident Lisa Mendel several meetings ago. She took issue with the number of unregistered cars and the property's condition, which she said had been in disrepair for some time. 


The property owners, Lisa and Francis Biros, said the issue had come up in the past and town officials told them that covering the unregistered vehicles would be enough to meet compliance with the bylaw. The bylaw allows for one unregistered vehicle, stating that any further unregistered vehicles must not be "within view" of any public way or abutting property. 


Police Chief K. Scott Kelley said he sent an officer to check and found two of the cars are unregistered. Mendel alleged there was a third unregistered vehicle, which the Biros' said should soon be removed from the property. 


The board read the bylaw, 125-17, aloud to help clarify the situation and debated the meaning of within view. Selectman Joseph Nowak suggested Town Counsel Edmund St. John III, who was not present, look at the bylaw so the town has clarity for future incidents.


Green said he feels the wording does not imply a simple cover meets compliance, but understood that the Biros' may have been told differently in the past. 


"I think Mr. Nowak is correct, in the sense that, it would be nice to have town counsel look at it," he said. 


Building Commissioner Gerald Garner said he would handle the situation further, noting is not an uncommon issue in Adams. 


"There are families here that have six vehicles in their driveway, because they have children that vehicles," he said. "So there's six vehicles that are registered in their driveway and then you'll see one unregistered vehicle on the property as well. So this is not an uncommon thing in the town, or anywhere." 


Selectman Howard Rosenberg said he empathizes with Mendel's complaint about the property and supports whatever action Garner deems necessary to uphold the bylaws. 


  • The board ratified the hire of seasonal Department of Public Works Employee David Shade. 


  • The board designated Kelley as the authority to assign officers to town polling places. A recent change made by the Legislature gave this authority to Boards of Selectmen. 


  • The board approved a one-day liquor license for St. John Paul Parish's Polka Festival. The event will be at the polka grounds on Sept. 11. 


  • The board approved a one-day liquor license for the Fall Run on Sept. 17.


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Susan B. Anthony a Popular Ask for Women's Rights History Trail

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

State Reps. Paul Mark and Cindy Domb hold a listening session on the creation of a Women's Rights History Trail. Susan B. Anthony's birthplace is a must see, say residents and officials who attended. 

ADAMS, Mass. — A statewide Women's Rights History Trail is in the works and community members want to make sure that Adams, the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony, has a stop.

A popular suggestion was the town's monument of the suffragette built in 2020.

State Rep. Paul Mark and state Rep. Mindy Domb of Amherst hosted a listening session at the Adams Theater on Tuesday to hear what locals would like to see included. This was the first of four hearings to be held across the state.

Selectmen Chair Christine Hoyt explained that the statue depicting Anthony at 6 years old was built so that people could interact with it.

"There are a lot of people who have come before me who have done excellent work to make sure that that memory of Susan B. Anthony and her upbringing, at least up to the age of 6, was here in the town of Adams and we celebrate that," Hoyt said.

Lifelong resident and Selectman Joseph Nowak said he did not think much about the town's history but once he learned the significance of Anthony's story it "really hit home."

"We put together a committee here in Adams to fundraise in order to get the statue where it is now," he said. "Our goals were aggressive. We were looking for $300,000. Nobody thought we could do it and we did it."

Mark and Domb serve as co-chairs of the 16-member Women's Rights History Trail Task Force that was created in 2022 following former Gov. Charlie Baker's signing of Chapter 76 of the Acts of 2022 into law. The bill was first filed in 2017 by the late North Adams state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.

The task force will be considering locations that are historically and thematically associated with the fight for women's rights and women's suffrage.

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