Former Mayor Alcombright Rejoins MountainOne

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has rejoined MountainOne Bank.

"We are very pleased to announce Dick’s return to MountainOne in the newly created position of Vice President – Local Business and Customer Relations Manager," said Bob Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer. "While his elected role as mayor of North Adams has concluded, his new position will keep him very much in the public eye, representing MountainOne and advocating on behalf of customers and the community. Dick brings a wealth of local knowledge and strong community connections to us, and we are excited about the contribution and impact he will be able to make in our local communities."

Alcombright said he was pleased to return to MountainOne.

"I was on the original team that coined the MountainOne name back in 2002, when Hoosac Bank and Williamstown Savings Bank joined together. It's meant to pay homage to the highest elevation in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, while also symbolizing the combined strength of a local bank, insurance agency, and investment division that make up MountainOne," he said. "The evolution of rebranding Hoosac Bank and other company names to MountainOne has helped to simplify the message out in the community, and continues to move the bank forward. MountainOne's ability to adapt and stay relevant means we are able to provide jobs to nearly 200 employees, continue to improve products and services for customers, and support many local community organizations. And, with the commitment to our headquarters right here in North Adams, that's all good for the local economy."



Preceding his eight years as mayor of North Adams, Alcombright was employed at MountainOne for 36 years in roles of increasing responsibility. Originally beginning his banking career as a teller, he also served as mortgage officer, assistant treasurer, and, ultimately, as senior vice president of retail banking.

Alcombright holds an associate's degree in accounting from Southern Vermont College and is a graduate of the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks School of Banking at Fairfield University. In addition to serving two terms as mayor of North Adams, Alcombright served nine years as a city councilor and in many other elected positions for the city. He has had volunteer leadership roles with an array of local organizations for many years, including Northern Berkshire United Way, YMCA, Berkshire Rides, Berkshire Community Action Council, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, McCann Technical School Committee, Hospice of Northern Berkshire County, Tri-Parish Finance Council, and Holy Family Terrace. He has also received multiple community services awards.

Alcombright resides in North Adams and has four children and two grandchildren.


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Drury Graduate to Direct Horror Film in North Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Drury High School graduate is hoping to bring his dream — or, more appropriately, his nightmare — to film life. 

The horror film "The Uncredited," written by Nick Burchard, will be filmed in North Adams this spring, pending fundraising and the COVID-19 pandemic. Burchard's Tiny Viking Productions is making the film in conjunction with Sancha Spiller and Kasey Rae of Skylah Productions of New York City.

"I grew up in the area, and I've always appreciated the historical places, in particular the Hoosac Tunnel, Mohawk Theater, and the old mills," Burchard said. "I think North Adams has a very unique setting, with the mountains surrounding the city and of course, all the steeples.

"The Uncredited" follows a young woman who appears in an independent film. While watching it, her friends notice something disturbing in the background of her scene. This leads to rumors and distrust in even the closest group of friends.
 
"My goal is to make great characters, and even though it's a spooky thriller the characters in it are just friends sitting down to watch a movie together," Burchard said. "They crack jokes, roast each other, and are all collectively trying to have a good time … but that juxtaposed with the realization that one of them might be hiding something is what creates the thriller edge to this. I think it's really fun."
 
Spiller added that the film does not rely on horror tropes such as jump scares. She said the screenplay is character-driven.
 
"It showcases our greatest fear of not knowing the people around us as well as we think," she said. "It makes us second guess who we trust and remember that just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have horrifying consequences."
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