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June 13th, 2013
The North Adams board of education on Tuesday evening approved a hefty increase in the rates to be paid to substitute bus drivers in the district.
North Adams Business Manager Larry Carty at last month's meeting recommended a 50 percent increase in the pay currently offered to drivers. His recommendation came after illness and personal matters had left the district short of drivers on more than one occasion. The board failed to act on Carty's recommendation at its May meeting and asked him to gather more information.
Another nail was driven into the future of the Building Trades program Tuesday as the Adams Central Board of Education picked up where it left off at last month's meeting and issued a reduction in force (RIF) notice to teacher Andy Hackenjos.
The tribute to Dr. Wylie Sirk as he nears the end of his career as an educator was befitting the man himself: brief, direct, respectful and dignified.
The North Adams school board bid farewell to Sirk at the end of Tuesday night's board meeting in simple fashion, with a few kind words and a gift as a token of their appreciation for his years of service to the school board. A few former board members were on hand for the occasion as well.
On Tuesday night, the South Adams School Board decided to continue several programs, including Life Matters Counseling, RISQ, and the School Resource Officer. The programs were formerly funded by the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, which expired this year.
This year's Relay for Life will be held at Adams Central School beginning at noon on Saturday, June 22, and ending at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23.
All local and area residents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this meaningful event to support survivors and their caregivers, a news release said. This year's theme is "Celebrating With Colors."
Two weeks after putting in place Adams County's first so-called "super abatement" phase-in policy to encourage and reward local job development, Berne City Council on Monday approved a five-year waiver of all real and personal property tax liability for the FCC (Adams) automotive supply company. Under the terms of the new tax abatement policy, the company will receive 100 percent tax freedom for five years and partial tax relief for five additional years.
Representatives from the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, Arnold Construction, and Town of Monroe gathered on Friday to break ground for the construction of a new fire station located at 233 Tower Dr. in the Monroe Industrial park.
The new facility, designed by Arnold Construction and past employee Corey DeRoo, of Monore, includes a 4,800 square foot, eight-bay garage to house all of the departments fire trucks and tankers.
The 19th annual Special Needs Resident Auction took place Saturday at Golden Meadows Home near Decatur.
The auction serves as the home’s main fundraiser for the year. Auction items were donated by local businesses and members of the community.
In just a few hours, the 50-plus buyers in attendance cleared eight tables and one garage full of auction items. Donated items included food, gift certificates, beauty products, tickets to sporting events and theme parks and even a refrigerator.
Although the newly proposed addition of Monroe Township, which lies within the corporation limits of Monroe, to the Adams Public Library System (APLS) isn't a matter for the Monroe Town Council to act on, it quickly became an issue during Thursday's meeting after council president, and town resident Al Lehman read a lengthy and somewhat inflammatory letter expressing his feelings on the matter.
Artist Gary Hovey of New Knoxville, Ohio, has spent the past 25 years sculpting, something he loves to do. What makes Hovey's sculptures unique is the medium used to create his masterpieces: stainless steel flatware. Forks, spoons, knives, you name it, and he's probably used it.
Hovey said about 35 years ago he and his wife visited an art show where one sculptor in particular caught his eye. "He was welding car bumpers together and making beautiful sculptures out of them," said Hovey