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Habitat Makes Urgent Repairs to Pittsfield Home

Britton Street resident John Carey said what happened to his home is "the American way." The elderly veteran is living in the home his grandfather had built. But, it was getting old and falling into disrepair and Carey simply couldn't come up with what was needed to make those fixes.

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Hundreds Turn Out for North Adams Wreath-Laying Memorial

They spread out over the city's cemeteries on Saturday, more than 200 volunteers seeking out names and placing wreaths. It was part of the National Wreaths Across America Day, what is becoming an annual event to remember those who served in the nation's military. More than 3,000 wreaths were placed on graves at Southview, Hill Side, Blackinton and St. Joseph's cemeteries.

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Christmas Comes Early at North Adams Veterans Office

Lined up in ranks across tables and the floor were shopping bags, wrapped gifts, cards and sports bags filled with necessities were ready for pickup on Friday morning at the North Adams Veterans Office.

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Hoosac Valley Athletes Paint Wall of Recognition

The Student-Athlete Leadership Council have honored local veterans with a mural at Hoosac Valley High School.

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North Adams Elks Donation Helps Veterans Wreath Effort

Among the donations has been $2,000 total through the local Elks Lodge, which has made a point of supporting veterans and other community efforts.

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North Adams Group Short 500 Wreaths for Veterans Ceremony

Southview Cemetery alone has 2,867 at last count. So, the group's changed tactics to focus on Southview alone but it's still come up about 500 wreaths short.

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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten

Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well underway.

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Clarksburg Board-Gaming Event to Benefit Soldier On

The second annual "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragon" event hopes to match or succeed last year's benefit for homeless veterans that netted $2,500.

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Operation Christmas Soliciting Donations for North County Veterans

The drive started by veterans office assistant Tina Samson two years ago expects to provide gift bags to close to 200 veterans, widows and families this season.

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Clarksburg VFW Unveils New Sign, Name for Town Field

Town meeting voted to rename the field last December to memorialize Cook and the town's veterans and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, also named after Cook, raised the funds to install the sign.

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North Adams Adopts Senior, Veteran Property Tax Programs

The council adopted the provisions of state laws for programs in which those age 60 or older can receive abates of up to $1,500 and veterans can receive abatements of up to $1,000 for their volunteer services. The roll-call votes were 8-1 on both orders.

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Veterans War Memorial Tower Rededicated as National Monument

In the 100th years since World War 1 came to an end, state officials and veterans groups have rededicated the War Memorial Tower. The Veterans War Memorial Tower is now designated as a national monument by the U.S. World War 1 Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

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Volunteers Raising Funds for Wreaths on North Adams Veterans Graves

Maloney said the mission was to place a wreath on the graves of approximately 2,500 veterans in the city cemeteries of Hill Side, Southview and Blackinton, and in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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North Adams Elks, Veterans Office Host Picnic for Veterans

But the attendees were also taking away more than just food and conversation. This first annual picnic was offering a "goodie bag" of wellness supplies and a gift certificate for each veteran who attended.

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VA Hosting Agent Orange Town Hall in Pittsfield

The meeting will be held noon to 3 p.m. at Reid Middle School, 950 North St. The conversation is part of an ongoing series conducted by the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in its service areas.

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North Adams Veterans Services Now Offering City Hall Food Pantry

That is why it has been a blessing for the office to be able to expand its cache of free items for the 180 to 200 veterans it now serves monthly, including a new endeavor of providing a food pantry led by donations from Big Y supermarkets in North Adams and Pittsfield.

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Craneville Students Show Gratitude to Veterans

Freedom is not free. At Craneville Elementary School the freedom to wear hats in class cost the students $1.

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Elks Lodge Donates Gift Cards For North Berkshire Veterans

Sacco on Monday morning presented a stack of WalMart and Ocean State Job Lot gift cards to the Veterans Services Office in North Adams City Hall.

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Clarksburg Students to Hold Gaming Fundraiser For Veterans

Clarksburg Elementary students will host "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragons" this Veterans Day to raise awareness and money for local homeless veterans through Soldier On.

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North Adams Honors Civil War Veteran, Eyewitness to Gettysburg Address

What sets Atwood apart from the many others lying next to him in Hill Side Cemetery are three remarkable minutes in his largely unremarkable life. Atwood probably didn't think much of those three minutes at the time; most of his contemporaries didn't either. And even the individual who spoke during those three minutes thought "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here."

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Veterans Rucking Across The State For Suicide Awareness

On average 20 veterans a day commit suicide. "Veterans are about 6 percent of the population but they are 20 percent of the suicide rate right now. That is something we as a community, we as veterans, we as active service members, can all work on to help those veterans as they transition back into this very strange life," said Darren Bean, the president of the Warrior Thunder Foundation, a non-profit organization who focus on helping veterans from even getting to that point.

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State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program

The state Senate wants to give veterans the ability to "work off" more of their tax bills through community service. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to increase the amount veterans can work off from $1,000 to $1,500 in workoff programs.

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Berkshire Health Systems, Soldier On Team Up for Wellness Workshop

The next workshop, Thrive, will be offered on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. in the dining room on the Soldier On campus at 360 West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield.

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North Adams Seeking Names of Veterans from War on Terror

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of names on the Veterans Memorial Wall of men and women from North Adams who served in the nation's wars dating back to World War I. But city officials know there are a lot names missing from its more recent conflicts.

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World War 2 Veteran Shares His Story With Reid Students

It was like pins and needles. That's what Bill Weigle, a World War 2 pilot, told the Reid Middle School eighth-grade class of his flights during the war. He never knew when or if a German fighter would appear near him and shoot him down. "I did not come here to tell you I'm a hero because I'm not. But we were on pins and needles the whole time," Weigle said.

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