Berkshire County ARC looked back at its accomplishments over the last year at its 65th annual meeting Friday morning at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.
But for one recognition, it went way back - 65 years, in fact, to the founding of BCArc in 1954.
Come January, the availability of beds will increase with the reopening of the original Louison House in Adams. The Victorian was damaged in a fire three years ago and it took another $300,000 on top of the insurance money to fix a multitude of issues in the aged building.
After a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and later died, the senior citizens of Great Barrington were scared to walk.
Emergency management from Fairview then crafted a program to purchase reflective vests to hand out to those walking, to help make them feel a little safer. Police cruisers will pull over and offer them to the pedestrian. The vests are available at the council on agings and events. It is one effort to help the aging population be a little, a little healthier by continuing to wa
Parts of that hole, however, could be filled by the inspiring and uplifting words of the speakers who came to the podium on Friday to share what the idea of "building community" — the theme of the meeting, complete with a Lego brick motif and cake — meant to them.
Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 100 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson declared on it in the 1960s.
Something new, something old, and something colorful.
The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival which brings nearly a thousand people to the common or Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.
Dorwin, a North Adams resident and graduate of McCann Technical School's culinary arts program, was born with Down's syndrome. But her audience was reminded on Friday morning that her condition is just one aspect of her personality and not one that has held her back.
The proposed fiscal 2020 budget of $2,177,361 is down 21 percent from this year's budget of $2,777,800 but it does include the additions of a full-time fire chief position and a single full-time firefighter position.
The annual meeting included a marketplace of members showing off their wares — from educational institutions to chocolatiers — and a breakdown of the initiatives and events of the past year, along with a reorganization of officers.
Louison House is there for people who have lost a job, lost a home, or just need shelter because of circumstances beyond their control. It offers 24-hour shelter; clothing, food and furniture; life skills training; referrals to support services; support in moving to permanent housing; tenant advocacy; career and education planning, and counseling.
Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, who has been collecting myriad honors and awards since leaving office in January after eight years as mayor, was given the Northern Berkshire Hero Award at the Coalition's annual meeting at the Williams Inn.
On May 4, Berkshire Community Action Council, one of the founding members of the partnership that is now 30-plus members strong, celebrated the ideas of collaboration and community at its annual meeting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.
Chris May has a resume that is tough to rival.
He's a professional photographer. He's won the sportsmanship award on his high school track team. He's traveled the world. He's met David Ortiz. He's testified in front of Senators and Congressmen advocating for funding on behalf of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
Berkshire County Arc celebrated the efforts of clients like the Mozos and its employees on Friday morning and helped the Berkshire delegation get an idea of how critical the agency is in the lives of some of the county's most vulnerable.