Weekend Arrests

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North Adams - A 28-year-old city woman faces charges after a Dec. 15 two-car crash that forced one vehicle into a building. Lee Koloc, 108 Brooklyn St., was charged with drunk driving and negligent driving after police investigated the 10:35 p.m. accident. Police said that Koloc was driving a 2001 GMC Jimmy east along West Main Street when she struck a parked 2003 Toyota owned by Gail Rubino of 63 Champagne Ave., Williamstown. Koloc's vehicle allegedly struck the Toyota in the rear, and the impact caused the Toyota spin. Police allege Koloc's vehicle then struck the Toyota on its' drivers side, which forced the vehicle into a 395 West Main St. building. There were no injures reported at the scene however there was significant property damage and both vehicles were towed from the scene. Koloc was released from police custody pending arraignment at the Northern Berkshire District Court. A Dec. 17 traffic stop led to the arrest of a 22-year-old city man. Travis Clairmont, 96 Barbour St., was charged with drunk driving, possession of marijuana, driving without a drivers' license in his possession, speeding, an inspection sticker violation and failure to wear a seatbelt. Clairmont was stopped at 1:49 a.m. on Demond Avenue,; the 1995 Ford pick-up truck he was driving was towed from the scene. Clairmont was released pending arraignment at the Northern Berkshire District Court.
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Berkshires Beat: Contest Invites Youths to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln


The Berkshire County Republican Association is hosting its inaugural President's Day Contest celebrating Abraham Lincoln. The contest will be open to all children attending public, private or parochial school as well as those who are home-schooled.

Five categories include: pre-K to grade three can draw a picture celebrating the greatness of Abraham Lincoln; grades four through six can express the accomplishments of Lincoln's legacy on today's society; grades seven through 10 can write no more than one page, single spaced in 12-point font, answering the question of how Abraham's principles in stopping slavery in the United States can be used to stop human slavery around the world; grades 11 and 12 can write no more than one page, single spaced in 12-point font answering the question of why we should preserve the memory of presidents, such as Lincoln after death, and how his thoughts are relevent today; and children with special needs can express the greateness of Lincoln in any form afforded by their Individualized Education Plan. (If an auditory submission is needed it should not exceed two minutes. Parents and teachers may assist, but the work should be the child's own masterpiece of original work.)

Submissions should include the student's name, school, grade and teacher, as well as parent/guardian contact information. All questions should be directed to chairperson of the contest, Christine Canning, who can be reached by email.  Submissions are due no later than Feb. 5, and winners will be presented at a ceremony on Feb. 12.


'Green Tweens Summit'

Berkshire Country Day School will host the inaugual "Green Tweens Summit" on the BCD campus at 55 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, on Saturday, Feb. 1. The half-day, hands-on event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free and includes a pizza lunch for all participants, but advance registration is required by Jan. 29 online.

The idea for the summit grew out of a salon-like discussion held earlier in the school year that centered on the question "How can children make a difference in saving Planet Earth?” With more than 30 participants at that event, including BCD current and past parents, students, community members, and representatives from local environment organizations such as Flying Cloud Institute, Greenagers, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, and the Columbia Land Conservancy, it became clear that children want to be involved in helping to solve problems related to climate change, pollution, and other environmental issues. With few opportunities for this age group, BCD has answered the call with the Green Tweens Summit.

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