In Adams' four-way race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen -- being decided in the Monday, May 6 local election -- we support the voices of experience and endorse Joseph Nowak and Donald Sommer.
The roster of hopefuls in this cycle all bring promising qualities to the table. We respect Richard Blanchard's desire to be a hard-working and attentive public servant, and we are pleased to see Michael Young, a member of the up-and-coming generation, take on the challenge of local governance.
Serving on the Conservation Commission since 1976, Mr. Nowak will bring a wealth of specified knowledge to the board. The Greylock Glen development is a promise beginning to see reality, and much of the town's future relies on its success.
To have one with decades of experience in land use is going to serve the hopes of this community well during this crucial process. Similarly, Mr. Nowak's know-how will be a boon as the upcoming extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, and its union with the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum's planned Hoosac Valley Service, gets under way.
In Mr. Sommer, the town also gets a full plate of hands-on experience. His career includes stretches with the Selectmen, Finance Committee, Redevelopment Authority and the school committee. We also think he'll be a frank voice speaking from a place of sincerity where the best interest of the town is the target. After all, since he is the owner of the Haflinger Haus restaurant, we would point to a truism: Few suffer quicker when a community is ailing than its business owners.
Whatever Monday's outcome, the new composition will accomplish one task immediately: Bringing the board back up to a full roster of five members. The current board is to be commended in soldiering on following former Selectwoman Paula Melville's departure, and we imagine those remaining board members, and the town, will be relieved to have a complete staff.