Letter: Blackmer Outworks Other Candidates

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To the Editor:

Being a state legislator, contrary to popular opinion, is a very demanding position. It takes great stamina and an ability to juggle 100 things at once, all the while maintaining a sincere ear to listen to your constituents, colleagues, experts, and especially those who need your help.

Only one of the candidates for the 1st Berkshire state representative has demonstrated the dogged determination to do mountains of hard work, listen, help others and still engage daily with our community. That person is Lisa Blackmer.

There is something about a woman who has made her own name, put herself through school while raising a family (and continues her education to this day), taken care of those around her and succeeded despite many obstacles. Every working woman knows the feeling of exhaustion while there is still work to be done. Lisa is the only candidate working full time and while campaigning. Her endurance has earned my deep respect.

Lisa perseveres and will do so on behalf of those of us in Northern Berkshire County and the entire commonwealth. Join me in voting for her on Oct. 10 and again on Nov. 7.

Robin Meyer
North Adams, Mass.



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North Adams Remembers Its 3,400 Fallen Veterans

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi of North Adams speaks at the ceremony at the American Legion.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 3,400 wreaths were laid at the gravestones of the city's veterans on Saturday to honor their memory. 
Dozens of volunteers at Southview Cemetery braved the rainy day to set wreaths and speak the names of the veterans interred there or to simply say, "Thank you for your service."
Staff Sgt. Louis Beveraggi, keynote speaker for the event, said he participated in last year's Wreaths Across America and recalled the emotions he had felt. 
"I had that feeling like, as I'm passing wreaths, and I'm not trying to rush, to take that moment and just kind of reflect on my time in service and those that have served as well," he said. "You know we have a great country here."
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