Adams Holiday Home Decorating Contest Returns Nov. 21

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The town's annual Holiday Home Decorating contest will be returning again this year, with applications open beginning Monday, Nov. 21.

Town Clerk Haley Meczywor updated the board on the contest at its meeting on Wednesday, noting the deadline to apply is Dec. 2. Residents have the opportunity to submit their decorated homes to the contest.

"If you do decide to sign up, and you will get a reminder about this, that you have your lights all set up, all your decorations all lit up, and whatever else they need to do; if they're making noise or if you have any blowups or anything like that, they all need to be up and running," she said. Information on signing up, she said, will be available on the town website.

First prize will get a $75.00 Gift Card to the Adams Hometown Market, second prize a $50.00 Gift Card to the Adams Hometown Market and third prize a $25.00 Gift Card to the Adams Hometown Market. The Community Choice award winner will receive a gift card. Judging will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 and the winners will be announced on Dec. 14.

Some 350 votes were cast last year, with 97 North Summer St. taking first place, 4 Country Club Ext. taking second, and 147 Friend St. third. Meczywor said the Adams Events Committee this year will choose the top winners, in addition to a community choice award.

"You will still be able to go online and you will still be able to vote for your favorite house," she said. "So we still want you to drive around town and look at all the wonderful decorations that everybody puts up and then go online and do a Community Choice."

Winners will be contacted by telephone and announced through a press release.

Meczywor also reminded the board of the Adams Holly Days tree lighting on Sunday, Nov. 27.

In other business, the board ratified the appointment of Loren Steins to the Agricultural Commission. With this appointment, the commission is at a full five members.

Meczywor said the commission members need to be sworn in and would work to set up a meeting with them to do so. Two members will be appointed to a three-year term, two to a two-year term and one to a one-year term.

The board approved new hours for the transfer station, which will operate Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

It also ratified new fees for tire disposal, which vary by the size of the tire. Green also said he is looking into safety lighting so the station can have night hours year-round.

The board ratified the appointment of Matthew Francouer as a highway operator for the Department of Public Works. Also for DPW, the board ratified the appointment of Norm Charon as parks and grounds operator.

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