Forty years ago, Theresa Tracy started going to the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a member.
About 10 years later she started volunteering. And then 22 years ago she took a staff position and has been teaching water aerobics courses since.
Cheryl Mirer remembers driving from Otis to the city to go on art walks, volunteer with Berkshire Creative, or sell crafts at the Handmade Holiday Festival.
And those memories seemed to come back a lot in the last year or so, when she was searching for a way to get back here from Potsdam, N.Y. Mirer had moved there in 2013 and was working in the development office at Clarkson University while her husband managed a co-operative food market.
Dan Sadlowski started on a career in health care and shadowed at Children's Hospital in Boston. He was in awe.
He saw sick children fighting day in and day out. He saw them as real-life superheroes. And when his time there ended, he promised himself he'd come back and be an inspiration, a role model, to help them be resilient in the face of adversity.
Mary Grant, former president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been named president of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
The Massachusetts native, who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2014, will begin her role at the 2-year-old Boston institute in January 2018.
After being teased by a grown man about the color of his hair, 8-year-old Jacob Shelsy received support and encouragement from none other than Kelly Osbourne.
Jacob had died his fair pink and cut it into a mohawk in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Last week he and his older sister were at a Pittsfield car repair place in Pittsfield while his sister had work done on the vehicle. But there, the mechanic allegedly teased Jacob because of his hair and taunted him by calling him "Mary" on the wa
David Shaker, a lifelong North Adams resident now retired and living in Boca Raton, Fla., was recognized on the jumbotron at Saturday's Boston Bruins-Florida Panthers game as part of the Panthers' "Heroes Among Us" program.