Kris Maloney explains the concept to the City Council. The group is looking for support in use of facilities and participation.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The local volunteers in coordination with the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America are hoping to raise $25,000 to place a wreath of remembrance on the gravestone of every city veteran on Dec. 15.
Kris Maloney told the City Council on Tuesday that "through the Wreaths Across America program we are ensuring that the lives of our men and women in uniform are remembered, not their deaths. It is our responsibility as Americans to be their witness and to share their stories of service and sacrifice with the next generation."
City Councilor Rebbecca Cohen had requested that Maloney be able to speak on the topic, saying Congress had chosen a Saturday each December since 2008 to honor those who served. Since then, municipalities have participated with annual wreath-laying ceremonies.
Maloney said the mission was to place a wreath on the graves of approximately 2,500 veterans in the city cemeteries of Hill Side, Southview and Blackinton, and in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
"In order to accomplish this, we plan to raise monies through individual wreath sponsorships, fundraising activities, corporate donations and grant money from various community organizations," she said.
Each wreath sponsorship is $15; for every two purchased, Wreaths Across America provides a third. There will be a booth at this Saturday's farmers' market with more information.
The group is requesting the support of the city and the use of the Veterans Memorial for the day of the wreath laying and City Yard as a delivery point for the wreaths before the event. Maloney said it was hoped that police and firefighters will be involved and that the Department of Public Works would also help with the wreaths' removal in January.
"We believe this to be a benefit to our community to remember and honor our veterans and to give people of all ages the opportunity to be involved in the preparation leading up to wreath day," she said.
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MCLA Women's Soccer Falls in OT
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Salem State's Jasmine Moran scored the game's only goal in overtime to lift the visiting Vikings to a hard fought 1-0 win over MCLA at Shewcraft Field Saturday afternoon.
Prior to the contest, MCLA (0-11-1, 0-5-1 MASCAC) honored their four seniors as part of Senior Day. Honored prior to kickoff were Jess Halverson, Haley Rode, Jackie Murphy, and Maddie Gibney.
Both teams had some quality chances throughout the game but nobody could find the back of the net. In the opening half, MCLA's Claudia Bresett ripped a shot that went just high while Salem's Moran and Allie Vaillancourt also had good looks. At halftime, the game remained scoreless even though the Vikings (4-10, 3-2) held a 9-3 shot edge.
The second half was more of the same, but both keepers, MCLA's Mady Breese and Salem's Lily Pfefferle, each kept the zeroes on the board.
This debate was sponsored by iBerkshires.com and the MCLA Political Science Club, and hosted by the MCLA. It was held at the Church Street Center and attracted a robust audience of more than 150 people.
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