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Neighborlies Celebrate Good Deeds in North County

The Northern Berkshire Community Coaltion's Neighborlies Awards was event the largest so far in more than a decade — or longer.

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Brien Center Honors Two at Annual UNICO Dinner

Sutton led an itinerant childhood under the thumb of his alcoholic, abusive biological father. After shuttling between Massachusetts and the state of Florida, he was barely able to make it to the 11th grade before quitting in the first week.

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BCArc Honors Individuals, Staff at 65th Annual Meeting

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.

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Lanesborough Selectmen in Talks to Buy New Gravel Bed

The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road. Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill. Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts

The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.

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Dalton Fire Dedicates New Engine, Honors Member's Heroic Effort

On Sunday, the department held a ceremony recognizing both the history and the future. The firefighters dedicated their new Engine 1 to the only Dalton firefighter to die while on duty and presented a Medal of Valor to a current firefighter for his role in saving a woman's life last month.

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Adams Celebrates Important Local Women, Displays 'First Ladies' Quilt

Committee unveiled the "First Ladies Quilt" and Wall of Recognition at Town Hall on Friday evening with small reception.

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Library's Growing Melville Collection Recognized as Literary Landmark

For Herman Melville's 200th birthday, the Berkshire Athenaeum is being recognized as a literary landmark and its Melville collection is growing this fall. "For over 75 years the Berkshire Athenaeum has been the home of the largest collection of Melville family, personal memorabilia in the world as well as one of the largest research collections available for scholarly research," said Kathy Reilly, who heads the local history department.

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Coalition Celebrates Another Year of Building Community

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.

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BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting

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.

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North Adams Superintendent Honored by Peers

Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas has been recognized by her peers for her professional accomplishment and her advocacy for students.

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting

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.

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Pittsfield Police Honors Good Work, Promotions, Retirements

In November, officers were sent to Cherry Street for a call of suspicious activity. The officers received information about a potential vehicle but nothing was immediately in the area. Officer John Virgilio kept it in mind and later in the day he saw it. The officer tracked it down and with Officers Edward Pezze, Michael Lupisella, Michael Silver, and Matthew Killeen. There were four individuals from Springfield in the vehicle, one had an arrest warrant, and search of the car found a firearm

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Adams Hires Officer, Recognizes Departing Board Members

The town welcomed new Police Officer Christopher Whitney and recognized two departing members of the School Committee and Planning Board for their many years of service.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Presents Spirit of Caring Awards

Tracy Rougeau McConnell was presented the Spirit of the Future Award; Dianne Cutillo and Bernie Pinsonnault with the Spirit of Community Award; and Specialty Minerals Inc. the Campaign of the Year award and its longtime campaign coordinator Leon "Butch" Parrott was recognized.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Holding Annual Awards Celebration

The celebration will recognizes individuals in the community for their length and breadth of service to Northern Berkshire United Way, its network, and the overall Northern Berkshire community.

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Adams Selectmen Honor Champion Hoosac Girls Basketball Team

The Selectmen honored the entire team before their usual meeting Wednesday and presented the players and coaches with certificates marking their historic 66-49 victory over St. Mary's of Lynn on Saturday.

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Pittsfield Fire Dedicates Engine to Retired Deputy Chief

After 28 years on the Fire Department, Deputy Chief Michael Polidoro had to retire after being diagnosed with ALS. He had been a key member of leadership in the department and was viewed as a mentor by most. While he won't jump into the engine when a call comes in, Polidoro's legacy will.

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MLK Committee, Shine Wire Recognize Drug Recovery Group Founder

After a morning of community service Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those who took the day on instead of the day off met at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to recognize local community leader and addiction assistance advocate Kenna Waterman.

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Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners

Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.

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McCann Superintendent Receives Award

The nonprofit, independent accreditation organization presented Brosnan, superintendent of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, with the Richard J. Bradley Endowment Fund Award.

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Hoosac Valley Athletes Paint Wall of Recognition

The Student-Athlete Leadership Council have honored local veterans with a mural at Hoosac Valley High School.

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Shine Wire Named One of State's Manufacturers of the Year

Company President Greg Shine said he accepted the award on behalf of current employees and past employees whom the business' solid foundation was built on.

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WMass Technical Rescue Team Honored for Meritorious Conduct

The Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team and Montgomery's late longtime fire chief were among honorees at the 29th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards.

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North Adams Group Short 500 Wreaths for Veterans Ceremony

Southview Cemetery alone has 2,867 at last count. So, the group's changed tactics to focus on Southview alone but it's still come up about 500 wreaths short.

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