Don Elder, a retired educator selected by sitting members of the North Adams school board in May to fill a pending vacancy in their ranks, was issued the oath of office on Tuesday as he officially joined the board.
A request by the county auditor for the county council to consider increasing the pay of his five staff members by a total of $6,000 led to an unusual and unexpected response from a veteran councilman on Tuesday.
Auditor Bill Borne, who was not present, had submitted a two-page, 11-paragraph, single-spaced request for the $6,000, seeking $2,000 for his chief deputy and $1,000 each for the other four staffers. The council chose to withhold action until the 2012 budget is prepared in September.
A limestone mountain that's also a fountain was dedicated on Tuesday in front of Adams Memorial Hospital to honor the man who's retiring after being its executive director since 1989 — Marvin Baird.
Baird, who came to Adams County in the midst of a career as a hospital management expert, will leave in coming weeks to move to Greenwood with his wife, Jackie.