"There are so many good books in the running." — Ali Benjamin
"She had those tough thugs, she had them eating out of the palm of her hand. ... Shirley brought them all together." — John Barrett III
"We say thank you for small acts of kindness, as well as large feats of bravery." — Annie Rodgers
"You could say that we do it better than anyone else right now, and it's a team effort." — Amalio Jusino
"I have an obligation to all of those organizations who treated me so well and the people who treated me so well." &mdash Judge Rudolph A. Sacco;
"They turned those programs into winning programs but programs that allowed us to have a ton of fun at the same time." — Eric Hirsch
"Nearly my entire life I relied on lessons I learned from scouting to guide my actions and my decisions." — Michael Wynn
"When you engage in community service, you get to be a part of that which holds us together." — Stanley Parese
"He operated with integrity, compassion and kindness." — Kate McGuire
Taylor Turner, a senior at Pittsfield High School, Max Whalen, a PHS freshman, and Anita Curtin, a junior at St. Joseph's High School, were chosen as the winners
The organization also will be honoring Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC, with the She Knows Where She's Going Award.
Grinnell's energy and enthusiasm have inspired many others to join the effort, thus making possible her vision of a beautiful and ecologically healthy river in North Adams."
It was BNRC's work along the Clam River in Sandisfield that drew the attention of the magazine's editors.
The Trendsetter Awards recognize businesses, organizations and individuals.
"[The award] has nothing to do with winning records. It has to do with having a passion for coaching." — Ed Noel
"The competition in Berkshire County is very tough because everyone is out there trying to be better than the other." — Wray Gunn
"I think my mother's heart has stopped."
Deering was recognized for "melding the many disciplines needed to produce the best patient outcome possible."
"The school is a teaching tool and for me that is the number one thing." — state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi
"We believe that preserving our artistic, historical, and natural heritage is vital to the quality of life we hold today." — Van Shields
The honorees are the Nash Family, Frances Jones-Sneed and George S. Wislocki.