McComish, a politically active teen who helped organize her school's response to gun violence last winter, represented Massachusetts at the 72nd American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation, a program that brings together 100 of the nation's best and brightest for a week of study and debate in Washington, D.C.
Durocher was one of 20 students who successfully completed this year's summer programs that brought young people into participating businesses and organizations to experience not only a work environment but tryout potential careers.
The Catholic Youth Center holds a soft spot in the hearts of many city residents.
For years and years, the youth center ran youth programs out of its Melville Street location. Members remember running basketball drills in the small court downstairs, getting pumped up for a tournament game before taking to the main court, reciting the Our Father before tip off, the cheerleaders in the bleachers and the parents in the stands.
Former North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux started the weekend running program with now-retired Brayton Elementary school teacher James Holmes in 2015. Lemieux and Holmes, both avid runners, wanted to create a program that encouraged healthy habits and positive interactions with police officers.
The students that stand out for BCC's Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Kaminski are the ones who come in with bold dreams.
It is the women who come from a family of nurses and want to take that a step forward and become biochemists. Or the girl who starts out thinking about becoming a teacher and instead aims to become a data analyst.
The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.
The program had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961 and was a youth football competition. In the spring the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning Punt, Pass, and Kick program.
Odell, about to enter his senior year at McCann Technical School, said after the ceremony that he didn't blow anything up - though he admitted he "almost" did during the 125 hours he spent taking two college course and working at MCLA through the North Adams Summer Youth Works Program and the sister Summer Academy Program, which provides income-eligible youth ages 14 to 21 with subsidized summer employment experiences in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.
There is nothing else Mary Parkman would want to do instead of going mountain biking with her friends.
It gives her confidence, camaraderie, and is a lot of fun. Now she is passing on what has been such a big part of her life to young girls. Parkman runs Little Bellas summer camp. The weeklong program connects young girls with mentors, and together they mountain bike.