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Four Berkshire Women Celebrated as Unsung Heroines

Two Berkshire County women were honored as members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2018 class of Unsung Heroines during a State House ceremony on Wednesday.

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Women's Sports Pioneer Peg Leavitt Remembered in Adams

While Adams' most famous native daughter made her name as a suffragette on the national stage, Leavitt was a star on the local fields and in the local gyms, even though she was remembered Saturday as someone who didn't seek the limelight but instead put her young athletes first.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Spirit of Caring and Celebration

With more than 150 guests in attendance to celebrate, Dr. James Birge, president of MCLA, opened the program with a welcome before the awards ceremony. Jason Dohaney, board president, thanked all in attendance and the sponsors for attending the inaugural event, which will raise funds for the community.

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United Way, Berkshire Bank Surprise Teachers On National Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers at Crosby Elementary School were getting their classes through the MCAS on Tuesday. They still have lessons to teach. And then there was knock on each one of their doors. It was Gary Levante or Deanna Markham from Berkshire Bank or it was Jennifer Kerwood from the Berkshire United Way. The teachers didn't know it was coming, but the two organizations were thinking about them because Tuesday wasn't just another school day. It was teacher's appreciation day.

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Pittsfield's Finance Director Honored For Budget Presentation

Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood's efforts to revamp the budget presentation hasn't gone unnoticed. Last month, Kerwood was honored with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada and a letter of recognition for his work on the budget document itself.

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Adams Recognizes Retiring DPW Director

David Nuvallie was met with applause Wednesday evening after the Chairman John Duval read from a plaque recognizing his dedication to the town.

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Two Recruits Complete Pittsfield Firefighter Training

On Tuesday, Matthew Bainbridge and Abigail Lemanski attended the state's 28th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony. There hundreds of firefighters from throughout the country were honored for heroic efforts. And the medal of honor was given to posthumously to Watertown Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano. He saw the heroism and they saw the risks.

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Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast

Berkshire County Arc celebrated the efforts of clients like the Mozos and its employees on Friday morning and helped the Berkshire delegation get an idea of how critical the agency is in the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable.

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Honored By Governor For Meritorious Conduct

Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct. Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Robitaille were given awards for meritorious conduct on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

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Central Berkshire Habitat Honors Volunteerism at Annual Meeting

To understand what Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity means for Bonnie Hayden, one must understand where she was when she first got involved. "We came from a big mess," Hayden said.

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Great Barrington Police Presents Medals of Valor

The Great Barrington Police Department on Tuesday recognized several officers and other first responders for their bravery and commitment to public safety.

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'Heart & Sass' Central to North Adams' Vibrant Renaissance

North Adams, the city with "sass," was honored on Thursday night for "Putting the Berkshires on the Map." The city's recognition by 1Berkshire puts it with Berkshire luminaries as Solid Sound Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Clark Art Institute, Hotel on North, Berkshire Health Systems and Tanglewood for enhancing the image of the Berkshires.

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Berkshire Arts & Tech Says Goodbye to Founding Director

Julia Bowen's legacy as executive director at BArT was cemented in the school on Friday when co-founder Charlie Toomajian made a guest appearance to unveil the newly dedicated "Julia Bowen Bridge," a connecting span located on the upper level of the school.

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Springside Park Volunteer Presutti Honored With Hebert Award

For Robert Presutti, Friday night felt a lot like he was a character in a Robert Frost poem, stopping by the snowy woods. It wasn't snowy, it was rainy, and the woods was Springside Park as more than 100 people gathered for the annual Springside Park Gala. The event raised money for the Springside Conservancy to make improvements to it.

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Coalition Remembers Cariddi, Looks Back During Annual Meeting

The slideshow inspired a solemn silence in the ballroom of the Williams Inn on Friday, where around 200 people gathered for the annual meeting. When Alcombright returned to the podium later in the meeting to give the keynote address, he as usual inspired laughter among the crowd as he looked back at his eight years as mayor of North Adams. Alcombright announced earlier this month that he would not be seeking another term as mayor.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes

Northern Berkshire United Way honored the Starr Baker on Thursday with its Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual Community Celebration and Awards Breakfast at the Williams Inn. The event brought together some of the agency's leading corporate supporters and representatives of the 20 member nonprofits who receive financial support from the local branch of the United Way.

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Five Reid Students Honored For Building Positive School Community

Five Reid Middle School students were honored for their community involvement on Wednesday. The Say It Proud Awards, presented by the Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, are given out to youth who make positive impacts. Three of the winning Reid students sit on the school council and two others on Students Against Destructive Decisions.

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Culture, Recreation Dominate Downtown Pittsfield's Annual Meeting

The Berkshires has a niche when it comes to scenic beauty and cultural institutions that other places can't replicate. The city's downtown is has placed those two aspects as cornerstones to economic development. At Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting Thursday morning, businesses who have helped expand in those areas were honored for their efforts.

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Williamstown Recognizes Outstanding Citizens at Town Meeting

As nearly 300 residents gathered Tuesday evening to do their civic duty, they heard about three individuals who have gone above and beyond for the community. Kelly Galusha, Linda Conway and David Rempell each were singled out at the annual town meeting for their efforts to make Williamstown a better place.

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Adams Selectmen Recognize Retiring Fire Chief Goyette

The Selectmen have thanked longtime Fire Chief Paul Goyette with a public service award for his 37 years of service on the Adams Fire Department. Goyette, who was asked to attend the meeting Wednesday to discuss fire code issues, was met with a room full of applauding residents thanking him for his service on the Fire Department.

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Mark Named Legislator of the Year by Mass Children's Alliance

State Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, was awarded Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Children's Alliance on April 26.

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BHS Doctor Honored As 2017 Community Clinician of the Year

Board-certified in adult psychiatry, Dr. Smothers is the medical director of Acute Care Services of Berkshire Health Systems and The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a community-based, non-profit agency providing care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from chronic mental illness, substance use disorder, and behavioral health disorders.

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Berkshire Athenaeum Honors Retired Director Ron Latham

Libraries have changed a lot in 24 years. They have gone from having large card catalogs to find the book with the information the patron needs, later adding desktop computers, to now being able to check out wireless hotspot times, iPads, hands-on learning tools for children, a telescope, to a 3D printer. You can even eat and drink in one portion of the library. But, shhh! You still have to keep your voice down.

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Ten McCann Machine Tech Students Receive Level 2 Certification

Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down Snydrome and has been with Miceli for fourth and fifth grades. She joined other award recipients as well as WES principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

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