Letter: Blackmer Has Experience 1st Berkshire Needs

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To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer and her priorities for our cities and towns. Why do I support Lisa? She has the experience working with these issues that the 1st Berkshire District needs in Boston.

Lisa's plan for our cities and towns addresses some of the critical issues they face: overreliance on property tax revenues, unfunded mandates, and costly services. Her plan to support new funding avenues, regionalization of some services, and smart programs like the senior tax work off, is comprehensive and detailed.

Lisa has been working in municipal government for several years. She has a hands-on experience with these issues that gives her a unique knowledge of the issues facing our cities and towns. As President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, Lisa worked across the aisle as an advocate for our cities and towns. In doing so, she helped bring millions back to Western Massachusetts through the governor's "pothole" funding.

In North Adams, Lisa has been a leader on the city council for 10 years. I have enjoyed working with her. While on the city council, Lisa has chaired the finance, public safety, and community development committees, served as president for two years, advocated for restructuring the Department of Public Safety, and helped create the youth commission.

Our communities need an advocate with a vision and the experience to make it happen in Boston and Lisa is the right choice for the job. A vote for Lisa in October is a vote for a strong voice for our cities and towns.

Wayne Wilkinson
North Adams, Mass.

Wilkinson is a North Adams City Councilor



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Swish, Lifting Standards Win Giorgi League Championships

By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The John Giorgi Summer Basketball Men’s League closed out its summer season in perfect dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, needing overtime to determine the victor in the A Division championship game played at Giorgi Court at Noel Field.
Lifting Standards pulled away with the overtime victory over Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread by a final score of 56-53. Swish earned a 53-41 victory over Fortitude Strength and Conditioning in the B Division final, played earlier in the evening.
Keiland Cross sealed the win with a pair of free throws with just 12 seconds remaining to cap off a big night and a big summer season for the A Division MVP. Cross had all of his points in the second half and finished with a team-high 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Cam Stockton also had a big night with 11 points for Lifting Standards. Stockton helped to swing momentum after he drained a 3-pointer and, after Flynn & Dagnoli’s Lawrence Carrier answered back with a layup that tied things back up, Stockton went off glass for the bucket that put his team ahead for good.
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