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Three Take Out Papers for North Adams Mayor

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's a contest shaping up for mayor as three people have now taken out nomination papers for the corner office. 
 
Thomas Bernard announced his intention to run for a second term last month at a kickoff event at the Richmond Grille. This past week, Rachel Branch took out papers and announced on July 3 her intent to run. Also taking out papers is Richard David Greene. 
 
Should all three get enough signatures certified, then a preliminary election will have to be held. That also could occur for City Council, which is now two potential candidates away from a preliminary to narrow the field. 
 
Bernard was elected in 2017 to succeed Richard Alcombright, who decided against running for a fifth term. 
 
Branch, a McCann School Committee member, also had run for mayor two years ago but was eliminated in the preliminary with two other candidates.
 
The number of City Council candidates is now up to 17, with only five of the sitting councilors taking out nomination papers. Keith Bona, Marie T. Harpin, Jason Laforest, Benjamin Lamb and Wayne Wilkinson are seeking re-election; Eric Buddington, Rebbecca Cohen, Paul Hopkins and Joshua Moran have indicated they would not. 
 
Lisa Blackmer, who served on the council for a decade, is seeking to return after a two-year absence. Also taking out papers are Ronald K. Sheldon, Bryan K. Sapienza, Jonathan Schnauber, Cameron Lapine, Roger J. Eurbin, Robert Cardimino, Peter J. Oleskiewicz, Jessica Sweeney, Ashley M. Shade, Michael I. Obasohan, and Trupthi Mehta.
 
Sapienza, Cardimino and Shade have previously run but were not able to garner the votes to get one of the nine at-large seats. The others are largely newcomers to city politics, although Oleskiewicz had tried for mayor and Eurbin a last-minute council run in the past. 
 
Of the 17 who took out papers, seven have returned them to have signatures certified. 
 
Taking out papers for School Committee are Tara Jacobs, who is running for a third term, and David Sookey III and Emily Daunis. Incumbents Karen Bond and Nicholas Fahey have not so far taken out papers. 
 
George Canales and William R. Diamond are both seeking re-election as North Adams representatives on the McCann School Committee. 
 
Nomination papers have been available since April 2 and must be submitted with the required 50 signatures of registered voters by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 19. The last day to withdraw is Aug. 6. 

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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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