In the last seven years Elizabeth "Betty" Ziter has put in an estimated 1,307 volunteer hours with the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. And for that, she was honored as the 2016 RSVP volunteer of the year.
"Betty brings a positive attitude to her role and is always willing to help anyone in need," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "Betty is a devoted and trustworthy volunteer with an estimated 1,307 hours over the last seven years. She takes initiative without looking for recognition."
Seven individuals and organizations were feted on Thursday night as the this year's Berkshire Trendsetters.
The awards were presented at the sixth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event at Tanglewood before a crowd of more than 300 with state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield, as master of ceremonies. The awards are a program of 1Berkshire.
Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening.
It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.
The League of Women Voters bestowed on Debra Turnbull its Outstanding Town Employee Award. A town committee recognized Carolyn Greene with the inaugural Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award.
The Williams College Regional Association of Berkshire County awarded alum and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn with its first regional Purple with Purpose Award.
The presentation to Wynn, class of 1993, was made at the Williams College Faculty House. The award is given to nominated alumni who have made a substantial impact in their communities.
Hotel on North and its architect, Karen T. Hunt, are each being recognized by statewide organizations this spring for the project's preservation efforts.
Hotel on North was the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse for the yearlong rehabilitation and restoration of the Burns Block and New Burns Block.
Saturday mornings bright and early, the late District Attorney Gerard Downing would get dressed, head down to the Catholic Youth Center on Melville Street, descend the stairs to the mini gym and start working.
His work had nothing to do with the district attorney's office. It had to do with teaching a group of five-year-olds how to dribble and shoot basketball. It was becoming a mentor and inspiration for the area youth.
Colegrove Park Elementary School is now an award-winning project.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission is presenting the renovation project with its annual Preservation Award at a ceremony set for May 19 at the state archives building.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is the legislator of the year in the eyes of the Children's League of Massachusetts.
The Pittsfield Democrat was given the honor alongside state Sen. Bruce Tarr last Tuesday. The Children's League is a non-profit consisting of more than 80 organizations advocating for policies for the state's children, youth and families.
"Both Sen. Tarr and Rep. Farley-Bouvier's commitment to protecting the well-being of our children is unmatched," Erin G. Bradley, execut
Two awards given annually at town meeting are being combined into a single honor.
Town Moderator Adam Filson and Bernadine Williams of the Williamstown Community Chest informed the Selectmen on Monday about a decision to combine the town's Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award with the non-profit's existing Volunteer of the Year Award, which was named for Edith and Adolph Salomon.