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New Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo, center, attends her first trustees meeting on Wednesday.

New North Adams Librarian Holds First Meeting

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees welcomed new Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo last week.
 
Sanfilippo, the former director of the library at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, gave her first director's report Wednesday.
 
"I would like to officially welcome Sarah ... Sarah has started a week and a half ago and by all accounts, things are going swimmingly," Chairman Rich Remsberg said.
 
Sanfilippo was hired in April to replace retiring director Mindy Hackner. Sanfilippo started April 29 and Hackner agreed to stay on until the end of May to help with the transition. 
 
Sanfilippo said she has been busy getting to know the library.
 
"Since I have only been here a week and a half my report is rather short," she said. "We had a cleaning day on my second day and it was good for me because I got to see where all the parts of the collection were."
 
Sanfilippo said she did move her office back into the cafe, where the director's office was before. 
 
She said she is still getting to know the patrons.
 
"I have been seeing a lot of faces if not meeting people officially," she said.
 
Hackner said she has been working with Sanfilippo and has been impressed.
 
"I want to congratulate the board because I think you made a very wise decision," Hackner said. "She has hit the ground running and will do exactly what you need her to do."
 
Sanfilippo thanked Hackner.
 
"I know I have a lot to live up to,"  she said.

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Drury High's Class of 2020 Takes a Second Bow

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

The ceremony at Joe Wolfe Field gives graduates a chance to sharein their achievements. See more photos here.  
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School had something of a do-over on Friday night as graduates and family members gathered at Joe Wolfe Field to have a second celebration. 
 
The class of 2020's saying is "Time 2 Make History," something this class has certainly done already: the first Drury class go fully online for learning, to have a drive-by graduation, and to have two graduations. 
 
The novel coronavirus pandemic had closed schools in March and forced some innovate forms of commencement and graduation, with many opting to go virtual or use a parade of cars to safely deposit the graduates and their families for a diploma pickup and photo.
 
Mayor Thomas Bernard had pledged there would be a time when the graduates could stand together, even if it was late in the summer. The first attempt on Wednesday was postponed because of rain forecast. But the time was definitely right this week, especially since the governor earlier on Friday lowered the attendance for outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 because of recurring hotspots of COVID-19. 
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