Berkshire County Arc Hires Clinical Director

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Peltier has been named clinical director of the Berkshire County Arc, a new position that oversees the behavioral and nursing staff for BCArc programs that serve more than 1,000 individuals throughout the Berkshire and Hampden counties.

Most recently he worked for 10 years at the Amherst Public Schools as a behavior analyst and autism specialist. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and attended Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

"Our priority is making sure the people we serve have meaningful and happy lives," said Kenneth Singer, president and CEO of BCArc. "Chris has the experience, expertise, and the passion we look for in our employees. The BCArc community – particularly the individuals we serve -- are fortunate to have him join our team and lead the nursing and behavioral programs."

Peltier will oversee all clinical services that include supporting more than 40 residential programs and several day programs. Before his Amherst position, he worked as the director of Family Support and Children's Services for the United Arc of Franklin & Hampshire Counties; served as the clinical coordinator for Mentor Clinical Care in Northampton, Mass.; and was residential coordinator for Meridian Associates in Belchertown, Mass.

He has served on several statewide boards, including Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change, Uniting Families for Change (board president), DDS Statewide Family Support Council Advocates for Autism – Massachusetts, and DDS Regional Advisory Board (president).

Peltier received his Undergraduate degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., a master's degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and did his post-graduate work at the University of Massachusetts. He is nationally board certified as a behavior analyst and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts as an applied behavior analyst. He also is a certified special education teacher.

 


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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program.  "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."

The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.

The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.

"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select.  The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.

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