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Two Will Be Interviewed For Adams-Cheshire Superintendent

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration.
 
Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless announced Monday that McEvoy, currently principal of Herberg Middle School, has altered his plans and instead of going for the top administrative post in Adams-Cheshire will stay in Pittsfield. 
 
"He felt as though he owes Pittsfield and owes Herberg a few more years to see us through this turnaround plan and has withdrawn from consideration so we can rest a little easier," he McCandless told the Pittsfield School Committee. "We are happy to say Dr. McEvoy will be back with us next year."
 
Adams-Cheshire, soon to go by the Hoosac Valley Regional School District, is seeking a replacement for Superintendent Jon Vosburgh, who resigned at the end of July after a year on the job. Vosburgh, formerly principal of Taconic High School in Pittsfield, will start the school year Nessacus Middle School in Dalton.
 
His unexpected departure prompted Adams-Cheshire school officials to immediately begin a replacement search. In the interim, the district's former superintendent Al Skrocki has stepped in.
 
The committee will still interview two candidates Thursday: another administrator from Pittsfield in Crosby Elementary School Principal Aaron Dean and Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette from the Northampton Public School District.
 
Like McEvoy, Dean and Choquette are Berkshire County residents and in the past worked had worked in Adams-Cheshire.
 
The School Committee has said it will reopen the search rather than be forced into a decision without an acceptable applicant pool. 
 
The public interviews will be held Thursday starting at 6 p.m. in the Hoosac Valley High School library. 

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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Cassandra Peltier as Alva Belmont Vanderbilt, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement.
ADAMS, Mass. — About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
 
The event at St. John Paul II Parish's Italianate mansion was organized by the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen. 
 
Anthony was born in Adams and was a social reformer best known for spearheading the women's suffrage movement. She was also involved in the anti-slavery movement, collecting signatures for petitions as a teen, the temperance (prohibition of alcohol) movement, and women's financial rights.
 
Retired school teacher Mary Whitney, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important. 
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