When a teenager fell some 25 feet into an abandoned cistern at Springside Park, Firefighter Mike Marran was the first one down there with him.
He kept him calm and talked sports, he took care of the wounds, secured him into a halfback, and the other first responders pulled him out through a tri-pod set up. It is what Mike Marran is trained to do as a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.
Betty Sacco doesn't get all dolled up much anymore.
The senior citizen lives now at Mount Greylock Extended Care and doesn't get her hair and makeup done very often. But on Wednesday, she was looking good. Sacco is one of two dozen residents who got all dressed up to take "glamour shots."
That's because research shows that even from very young ages, children soak in the vocabulary and language skills that books help teach, especially when parents take the initiative to make reading a more interactive experience by encouraging age-appropriate discussion about the pictures and themes.