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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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Dellea Honored With Hillcrest's Irish Person of the Year Award

It was in the mid-1980s when Michael Dukakis was looking to close the Avalon School, which was in receivership. Meanwhile, Hillcrest officials had taken an idea of expanding into the education field to their Chief Operating Officer Eugene Dellea. Dellea brought the concept the board chair, financial and legal reviews were done and the leadership was ready to bring the idea of buying Avalon to the full board. But first, they needed the governor's office to stopping his efforts to close it.

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Clarksburg Couple Recognized for 72 Years of Marriage

John Tietgens remembers with clarity his first date with Ellen Shields. They were sitting in his 1934 Chevy outside her parents' home on Hall Street on a Sunday afternoon when word came over the radio of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite a somewhat ominous start, the Tietgens were wed three years later and persevered through war, illness, children, work and life to celebrate 72 years of marriage.

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Adams Arts Group Celebrates Award While Planning Future

The event was billed as a reception to celebrate the Arts Advisory Board recent recognition with an innovation award. But like so many gatherings of this local group of artists and entrepreneurs, the focus was less about past success and more about its future endeavors. The Kenneth E. Pickard Memorial Innovation Award was presented at the annual Massachusetts Municipal Association conference in January to acknowledge the town and the group's creative efforts.

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Pittsfield Welcomes Serviceman Back From 5th Deployment

As soon as they saw the sirens coming down Wendell Avenue, the large crowd erupted in cheers: Tech Sgt Shane Willis is home safe. Willis returned to his hometown Friday night after his fifth deployment overseas. He was most recently stationed for seven months in Kuwait. He was previously deployed in Iraq three times and Afghanistan once. The 37-year-old Taconic High School graduate has been in the Air Force Reserve for 15 years now, joining when he was 22.

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North Adams Man Honored for WWII Service at NHL Game

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.

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American Legion Riders Host Appreciation Event for Law Enforcement

The departments were presented with plaques that thanked them "for their unwavering continuous service and support to all within the community." State Police Maj. Barry J. O'Brien, commanding officer of Troop B, was given a certificate of appreciation for contributing to the "advancement of the American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and Country."

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