Letter: Blackmer Is the Public Servant We Need

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To the Editor:

In 2012, I was involved with running the coordinated campaigns of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama and the new-to-the-Berkshires U.S. Rep. Richard Neal for Northern Berkshire County. When Congressman Neal showed up at our headquarters on Ashland Street in North Adams, one of the first people to greet him was City Councilor Lisa Blackmer. After sticking her hand out with a quick pleasantry, Lisa skillfully went to work and listed off a number of specific projects that North Adams could use federal help with. I was both impressed and floored by her chutzpah with a sitting member of Congress. That's the kind of gutsy, in the trenches, public servant she is.

I am happy to see three respectable contenders lining up for the 1st Berkshire District special election; I made my mind up almost immediately. Over the past decade, there is nobody who has delved further into the policies and practices of local governments than Lisa Blackmer. As a city councilor, town administrator and town treasurer, her dedication did not go unnoticed by others around the state, including the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where she eventually presided over the board.


In these days when Berkshire County and Massachusetts face serious challenges, from the current opiate crisis to Gov. Baker's slashed budget proposals to President Trump's attempts to strip health insurance from millions of Americans, we need someone representing us on Beacon Hill who will delve deep into the policies that affect us and our families. We need someone who is not afraid to advocate and fight for our schools, our healthcare needs, our roads, our jobs and our people. We need someone diligent, compassionate and consistent. That person is Lisa.

If you don't actually know Lisa, you should. She shows up, does her homework as well as the unglamorous behind-the-scenes work of policy crafting. She has a track record of making things happen. Please considering giving her your vote for state representative.

Greg Roach
North Adams, Mass.

 

 

 


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MCLA Gallery 51 Annual Holiday Art Show Opens Thursday

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 opens its Made by Hand Holiday Art Show will on Thursday, Dec. 5, just in time for the holiday season. 
 
All art will be priced below $100 and will be available for purchase that evening through Dec. 28.
 
The public is invited to attend the show's official opening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gallery 51 on Main Street. There will gifts choices from more than 40 local makers and artisans.
 
The holiday art show celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, cards, collages, fiber, book arts, photography, and printmaking.
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