Update: An edit on Northern Berkshire Pets Lost-Found on Facebook on Wednesday says the emu found its way home all on its own after four days of gallivanting. It had been seen back up in Wheel Estates late Tuesday afternoon.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are in search of a rogue emu that has thus far evaded capture since Monday.
Lt. Anthony Beverly said police have received multiple calls about the emu on the loose.
"We have been getting several reports about an emu that has been loose, running around the city and at this point it is causing a traffic hazard," he said. "We have to take care of this and figure it out."
The bird was last seen near McCann Technical School early on Tuesday afternoon. It crossed the road and ran into the woods behind a house on South Church Street.
Officers went on the property with a tranquilizer gun but the emu was nowhere to be seen.
Beverly said he was not sure where the emu was from but noted that they have come close to catching it with the animal control officer.
"We are in the process of trying to use lassos and nooses," he said. "We had it cornered down here but he evaded us — not many things do that but an emu does — the saga continues."
People are being asked not to approach or frighten the bird as an area is being established for it to safely feed to aid in its capture. Emus can move very fast and be aggressive.
Anyone who sees the bird is asked to call North Adams Animal Control at 413-347-9692.
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Barbara Malkas is honored with the MASS President's Award.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas has been recognized by her peers for her professional accomplishment and her advocacy for students.
Malkas was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' 2019 President's Award at the association's May conference.
A member of the MASS executive committee, she has been an educator for more than 32 years in the roles of science teacher, school administrator, district administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. She has been superintendent of the North Adams Public Schools for three years and of the Webster Public Schools for the previous four years.
She was selected for the award because in each of her districts and roles, she has strived to improve the quality of education for all students, particularly those representing underserved populations. As a MASS committee member, she consistently advocates for the unique needs of students in Western Massachusetts. She also served as the Berkshire County representative to the Superintendents Advisory Council, often reminding the commissioner in a clear and professional manner of the unique conditions in Berkshire County.
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