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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
Pittsfield Coalition Delivers Christmas Gifts To Veterans in Nursing Homes
"We find the veterans and wish them happy holidays." — Tom Landry

Bianchi, Downing Collect Hundreds of Toys For Tots
"I wanted to make less fortunate children's Christmas brighter." — Timothy Parsons

‘Giving Back’ Has Its Rewards
According to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $316 billion in 2012.

North Adams Workers, Students Donate 800 Pounds of Food to Pantry
"Any help from the community is appreciated and is important to us. Our members, they're grateful for anything we will offer them." — Kevin Tyree

Downing, Bianchi Launch Toys For Tots Collection Competition
State Sen. Benjamin Downing and Mayor Daniel Bianchi are in a battle over toys.

North Adams Fire Department Delivers Turkey Donation
"This year, there is larger spike in families in need of aid and grandparents raising their grandchildren." — Captain Katherine Corno

Adams Police Chief Donates Bike Helmets in Aunt's Memory
"The way things are now with families finding hardships, it is nice to be able to have something to give to the kids." — Police Chief Richard Tarsa

MountainOne Bank Celebrates Newly Refurbished Interior
"All of sudden, it morphed into, 'You know, it's time to get something done here with our building.'" — Robert J. Fraser

Cascade Supplies Becomes '1 Percenter' to Aid Local Schools
"I believe in this a lot and am really trying to be behind this to promote it." — Todd Shafer

Friendship Center Receives Annual Holiday Donations
"It's very helpful, we have an increasing necessity... It's always good to get more food." — Mark Rondeau

Baroco Donates $500 to BCAC's Giving Tree
"The community and businesses have been wonderful." — Janie McCormick

Downing Collects Two Boxes For Toys For Tots
"This looks like more than last year." — Sen. Benjamin B. Downing

Senator Downing Holding Toys for Tots Open House
The senator will be collecting donations of unwrapped toys for children of all ages for Toys for Tots.

Company Donates $1,000 For Future Pittsfield Tree Lightings
"It's our obligation to support the communities." — Bruce Stanas

Williams Athletic Department Donates Gifts to Hillcrest
Williams athletes held its wrapping party on Dec. 9 in the Lasell Gym.

North Adams Craft Store Seeks Charity Stocking Sponsors
"It's cool, you know? It's something different and fun." — Ashley Priester

National Grid Gift Recharges North Adams Robotics Program
"We're just so thankful we have partners like National Grid and the Employment Board that step up to do this." —

Williamstown Teen Donates Hair
"I decided it was time to cut it, and I didn't want it to go to waste." — Benjamin Hynes

Michigan Company Donates $900K In Software To McCann
"This is a big ticket item. This helps keep our students at the forefront of their field." — Principal Justin Kratz

Fraternal Order of Eagles Donate Over $14K At State Convention
"I'm proud to be an Eagle member." — Mark Barrett

Drury Students Add Art To Cascade School Supplies Front
"We are very, very proud to be hosting this mural in progress." — Peter Cote

BArT Seniors Donate to Northern Berkshire United Way
"The people in Northern Berkshire do the best they can to help each other." — Joseph McGovern

Fairview Hospital Receives $1.5 Million Bequest
The gift is the second from the C. Bernard and Irene Shea Trust. Fairview received an initial gift of $667,000 from the trust in 1998

Non-Profit Agencies Relieved Donation Cap Not Passed
"Obviously, there would have been a huge impact on some of our major donors." — NBUW Executive Director Joseph McGovern

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