ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Fall Run, back for its third consecutive year, is set to roll thunder on Sunday, Oct. 1, from Bowe Field.
Gates open at the fairgrounds at 371 Old Columbia St. at 9 a.m. and the traditional kickoff is at 11 and kickstands up 11:30.
Weather permitting, the ride through the beautiful fall foliage of the Berkshire hilltowns will be approximately 75 miles and end about in Shelburne Falls.
The riders who donate $20 a motorcycle to join are the backbone to the fun and the major donation sources for the ride. One hundred percent of the proceeds have gone to support the basic needs of veterans.
"Our sponsors have been most generous again this year," said Michael Steuer Sr., chair of Adams Fall Run Inc. "Without them, we cannot plan to make donations to the local Legions in North Adams, Adams and Dalton. This year, we have added to our fundraising on behalf of Presley Field. The ride is dedicated to him. We love that we can support and give back to the communities and help the veteran programs through the Legions."
Seven-year-old Presley, of North Adams, suffers from a rare heart condition, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. With clinical trials and research, Presley continues to be in good hands and has a procedure scheduled to help with his life challenges.
His uncle, Nashville singer-songwriter CJ Field, will be volunteering to help with the fundraising effort for Boston Children's Hospital on behalf of Presley.
A major new change this year is having an afterparty host, the Shelburne Falls Pub and Brew. After a long process of soliciting candidates as a host this past spring, the newly renovated pub-style restaurant and banquet facility will be serving barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc., and a local favorite band Lakeside Drive will perform.
The afterparty starts about 2 p.m., rain or shine.
"We could never do this without the help from Joe and Laura from the Shelburne Falls Pub and Brew," said Steuer. "They have been a longtime supporters of the Fall Run, as riders and now the afterparty host. We thank them in advance for their hospitality.
"Reminder, you don't need to ride to have fun with us at the pub. Come help us make this the most memorable year of the Adams Fall Run."
It takes a village of determined volunteers for events to become a reality, Steuer said, and that village is made up from all walks of life, volunteering tireless hours and preparedness for the eight-hour event.
"We are so fortunate for those who have helped and those who this year will make the Adams Fall Run a reality," he said.
These include Spencer Post 138 American Legion Riders who took the event under their belt in 2021 and provided the logistics
and are now the pillars to the making the Fall Run a fun, safe and organized ride. They volunteer their time, traveling and staying in the area to prepare for the ride and helping during the event. Local volunteers who come from other Legion posts, friends and families will join make it all happen. Presley's volunteers will join this year and their contribution in helping to raise money for Presley is being welcomed.
The Adams Fall Run's goals are to provide an annual fall foliage ride in the Berkshire hilltowns for motorcycle enthusiasts and to provide a resource to help local veterans via the local Legion posts and American Legion Riders. It is also to expose the exceptional values of all Legion Riders and inspire everyone to seeks involvement, to help grow the local culture, business and beauty of the region and to provide a great experience so everyone returns to the Adams Fall Run and other local events.
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North Adams City Council Sets Fiscal 2024 Tax Rate
By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The average residential property tax bill will go up by $103.85 for fiscal year 2024 under a tax distribution plan OK'd by the City Council on Tuesday.
On a vote of 6-2, the eight members in attendance chose to follow the path recommended by the Board of Assessors and use a 1.715 shift differential from the residential to the commercial class of real estate.
That is the same differential the council authorized last year for FY23 after lengthy debate that stretched over two meetings and a 5-4 vote.
This time around, Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Peter Oleskiewicz, who voted in the minority a year ago, joined four of the councilors who approved the shift at last November's tax classification hearing.
Jennifer Barbeau and Wayne Wilkinson each voted against the 1.715 shift. Councilor Michael Obasohan did not attend the meeting.
Prior to the vote, Wilkinson moved that instead of the 1.715 shift favored by the administration, the council should set the shift at 1.70, which would have translated to an average residential tax bill rise of $122.47, according to the data supplied by Assessor Jessica Lincourt.
Santa arrived on a fire truck with the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department and was greeted with cheers but a large crowd of children. He helped VFW members Joseph Bushika and Edward Denault in lighting the young tree, which replaced an older permanent tree.
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The pie auction included other goodies, such as award-winning peanut butter and chocolate balls and a pumpkin roll, and goods were produced by teachers, staff, parents and classes at both the Florida school and Clarksburg School.
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