Adams Free Library offers Workshop in Pastel Painting

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ADAMS, Mass. — Award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack will present "The Rose," a pastel painting workshop for adults and teens 16+, to be hosted by the Adams Free Library on Dec. 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  
This workshop is designed for participants of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Attendees will create a personalized, original pastel painting based on Georgia O’Keefe’s beautiful pastel rendition of a rose. All materials will be supplied. Seating may fill quickly, so call 413-743-8345 to register for this free class.
Registration is required.  Library events are free and open to the public.
This program was funded by a Festivals and Projects grant of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Maichack is an award winning is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels living in the Berkshires. He has taught as a member of the faculty of the Museum School in Springfield, as well as at Greenfield and Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

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Adams Needs $50K To Progress Park Project

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Development asked for another $50,000 to finish the Cook Street Park Project, but the select board was hesitant to hand over the cash right away.
Community Development Director Eammon Coughlin requested that the select board release $50,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to tie up some loose ends at the 1 Cook Street Park, the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain site.
Coughlin said roughly $21,000 is an unavoidable payment the town thought they had covered.
The town had a $411,532 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support the project. They awarded the project  D.F. Lane Landscaping who bid $432,600. They were the lowest bidder.
He said his department intended to use Program Income Funds to make up this shortfall. These funds come from the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program through the release of leans on homes. Community Development anticipated receiving $35,492 to cover the $21,068 budget gap.
"We told everyone under the sun that this was our plan to use these funds to close this funding gap but when we actually submitted the paperwork to the funding agency, they rejected our budget amendment and have directed us to find other town funding," he said.
Coughlin suspected that this must be a recent program change that has only impacted the last few CDBG cycles.
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