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McCann School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers, left, presents Thomas Mahar with a plaque recognizing his years of service as a McCann representative. Mahar, of Williamstown, spent more than 20 years on the committee and five of those as chairman.

McCann Honors Former School Committee Members

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Rebecca O'Hearn is a McCann graduate who served on the school council before being elected to represent Florida on the School Committee. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday recognized former members Thomas Mahar and Rebecca O'Hearn.
 
Mahar and O'Hearn, who both recently stepped down from the committee, were awarded plaques from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
 
"I have always noticed over the years what a great committee this is with so many different resources from all different areas," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "There is so much expertise here that the school has relied upon … and what is best for the students has been our common goal throughout the years and both of you exemplify that."
 
Chairman Gary Rivers said Mahar has been involved with McCann for more than 20 years and for five of those years served as chairman. Mahar was a Williamstown representative.
 
"Tom is a person that leads by example … whatever we had going on at McCann he was there," Rivers said. "I think we can take measure of what Tom has done as a committee member and I think we can all benefit from that and we can pattern ourselves after his commitment and dedication."
 
Maloney added that Mahar’s background in construction and project management was critical when he came to McCann because the school was undergoing many renovations. 
 
"Things move very quickly here and when Tom came on he asked me for some advice and I told him to buckle his seat belt," he said. "It has been an incredible ride you couldn’t have arrived at a better time with your background … you have been a tremendous resource."
 
He asked Mahar to take a moment and look at everything he was part of at McCann.
 
"I do hope you look around here and see all of the things that you have been part of throughout the years," he said. "You have been such an important part of this team … thank you for everything that you have done."
 
The committee then honored O'Hearn, who served for five years on the committee as the Florida representative.
 
"I met Becky when she was a freshman at McCann and I got to know here really well because she was one of the shining stars in that class," said Rivers, the school's former principal. "She was a very bright young lady and she worked really hard … she was very diligent in everything she did."
 
Rivers said when O'Hearn was a student he asked her to join the school council and after she graduated, he asked her to come back again.
 
"We had an opening for Florida Mountain and I thought why not Becky? So sure enough, she decided this is something she would like to do," he said. "One of our core goals is to produce kids that want to give back to the community and that is certainly Becky."
 
Superintendent James Brosnan said O'Hearn was at McCann when the school changed from electronics to information technology and he'd had to call upon her experience as a student on the committee.
 
"She was part of that student group that said this is what we want in the curriculum," he said. "She was a customer but came back to give that advice back. We are very grateful for you as the student, the graduate, and a school committee member."
 
The members said they hope O'Hearn returns to the committee in the future.

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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange

By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
 
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
 
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
 
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
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