Adams Selectmen Slapped With Open Meeting Violation

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ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen was found to have violated Open Meeting Law by failing to post its Dec. 14, 2022, meeting in its designated place at Town Hall.
The complaint was made to the town by Catherine Foster on Jan. 7 about the meeting not being posted corrected and also that it was insufficient because the date and time stamp were illegible. 
The Dec. 14 meeting was when the board voted to accept Shared Estates' bid to develop the Greylock Glen campground. 
Governmental meetings must be posted at least 48 hours in advance; this does not include Saturdays and Sundays. The notices also must be "conspicuously visible" to the public at all hours. 
Or, the municipality may adopt its website as the official method of notice posting. 
The meeting had been posted at the Police Station, which is open 24 hours, and on the town's website but the Attorney General's office noted that the Town Hall is designated as the official posting site.  
"The town of Adams has not adopted the municipal website as an alternative notice posting method; there, the official notice posting location for meeting of Adams public bodies is the Adams Town Building located at 8 Park Street," wrote Mary L. Nguyen, assistant attorney general.  
She ordered to the Board of Selectmen's "immediate and future compliance" with Open Meeting Law and cautioned that board that "a determination by our office of a similar violation in the future may be considered evidence of intent to violate the Open Meeting Law."

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Veterans Make Memorial Day Trek to War Memorial

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Retired Navy Petty Officer Cindy Lacoste speaks at Sunday's Memorial Day observance.
ADAMS, Mass. — North County American Legion members made their way to the summit of Mount Greylock early on Sunday morning for their 89th pilgrimage to the state's War Memorial.
Speaker Cindy Lacoste, a retired petty officer with 22 years serving in the Navy and current member of the Department of Massachusetts Executive Committee of Women of the American Legion, spoke and recalled memories of fallen veterans.
"Memorial Day brings up so many memories to me, and I'm sure it does to you," she said. "But in 2003, I was deployed to the Middle East not knowing if I was going to make it back home. So the fact that I did, obviously, I'm forever grateful, and I want to make sure that I never forget the stories of those that didn't come back."
She recalled the story of a young soldier, Cindy Bowden, who was a freshman attending the University of Connecticut during the Gulf War.
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