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Pittsfield High Names Class Speakers & Top 10 for 2019

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Trista Dearstyne, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2019, will speak at the graduation ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox on Sunday, June 9, at 4:00pm.  
 
It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.
 
Throughout her high school career, Dearstyne has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of National Honor Society and Class Council.  Also, she participated in Academic Decathlon and the Math Club.  
 
Dearstyne will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a biology major. She hopes to eventually work in a lab setting conducting research. This past fall she was the student speaker at the Berkshire Innovation Center groundbreaking and spoke about STEM careers and opportunities in the Berkshires. 
 
In addition to the class president, PHS seniors elect a speaker to be the voice of their graduating class and their four years under the dome. This year, Alexander Hawkins was chosen as the class speaker.  
 
He has been involved in National Honor Society, Class Council, and the Link Crew mentoring program. Hawkins was a member of the PHS boys soccer team for four years and was nominated as a New England Patriots Anti-violence Game Changer. He will be attending Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., in the fall.
 
Pittsfield High School also recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade-point averages in the senior class. The PHS 2019 Top 10 are Hannah Berkel, Katelynd Chambers, Joseph Cracolici, Trista Dearstyne, Katherine Dumigan, Carolyn Guachione, Samuel Higuera, Shannon Kennedy, Olivia Kriedeman-Hubbard, Chenyang Lin, Madison Quinn and Jett Werhan. 
 

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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Upgrades Popular Trails for 2019 Summer Season

Trail facelifts

On Monday, June 10, state Rep. Smitty Pignatelli joined members of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC) board of directors, volunteers, staff and nature trail enthusiasts to unveil a redesigned trailhead kiosk and enhanced on-trail signage at BNRC's flagship conservation reserve, Yokun Ridge South at Olivia's Overlook. Similar upgrades have also been completed at 16 other BNRC trail sites across Berkshire County. All 54 BNRC reserves are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk, free of charge.

Each updated kiosk features a large map of the reserve and its trail system; notes on the natural, cultural, and ownership history of the protected lands; and suggested activities for each property.  Also available at the kiosks are free, newly revised paper trail maps for visitor use. Easier-to-read on-trail signage, mostly in the form of large brown signs with white letters, has also been installed on many trails. Among these are trails at The Boulders, a BNRC property used by many, which spans across parts of Dalton, Lanesborough and the City of Pittsfield in the center of Berkshire County.

"These kiosk and signage improvements, coupled with BNRC's new Berkshire Trails app, will help everyone explore the richness of the Berkshires' hiking trails and outdoor opportunities," said BNRC President Jenny Hansell. At Monday's unveiling ceremony, Pignatelli spoke to the crowd of the economic importance of conservation land and outdoor recreation opportunities in the Berkshires.

Established in 1967, the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s mission is to protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment. There are 54 BNRC conservation reserves spread across Berkshire County, free to the public, open to everyone for non-motorized recreation, featuring over 55 miles of maintained trails.

 

Cheshire food pantry

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