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Patricia Mancuso rides by well-wishers with a rainbow in the background.
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PopCares, Line Dancers Hold Get Well Parade for Mancuso

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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A large rainbow appeared about the same time Mancuso did. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you believe in signs, Patricia Mancuso had a beautiful one on Thursday. 
At least 70 friends and family had gathered in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art parking lot behind Big Y with get-well signs, balloons and flowers to surprise Mancuso, who had recently been in the hospital. 
Shortly before the "Parade for Pat Mancuso," the cloudy sky decided to drop light rain on the crowd, bringing out the umbrellas. 
But just as Cindy Noel was driving Mancuso to the lot, a rainbow appeared in the sky to the east providing an arc of color across the gray sky. 
"Look, Patti, you brought a rainbow," several friends shouted to her. 
Besides family, the two largest groups were from Popcares and Berkshire County Line Dancers. Mancuso is a longtime member of the line dancers and a volunteer and committee member for PopCares.
The parking lot "parade" was held, like so many nowadays, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Donna St. Cyr, who serves on the PopCares committee with Mancuso said they wanted to do something to cheer her up. 
"We were going to parade up her street, but it's a dead end. So it's trying to get a bunch of cars going up and turn around come back down so this was I plan B, and I think it worked well," she said. 
The Williams College retiree was presented with PopCares' Henry Bounds Spirit of Kindness Award at last year's chicken dinner fundraiser. She'd already beat cancer nearly 20 years ago but said last October she was going through chemotherapy again. 
"She is a smart, dedicated, strong woman that I admire very much," Tammy St. Pierre said at the time. "She is without a doubt one of the strongest, most caring, loving and toughest people that I know."
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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide CPA Adoption, Spending Articles

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide spending items and if the town should adopt the Community Preservation Act at Wednesday's town meeting. 
Voters will also decide whether to extend the terms for town moderator and tree warden from one year to three years.
The annual town meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the gym at Clarksburg School. The warrant can be found here.
The town operating budget is $1,767,759, down $113,995 largely because of debt falling off. Major increases include insurance, utilities and supplies; the addition of a full-time laborer in the Department of Public Works and an additional eight hours a week for the accountant.
The school budget is at $2,967,609, up $129,192 or 4 percent over this year. Town officials had urged the school to cut back more but in a joint meeting last week agreed to dip into free cash to keep the prekindergarten for 4-year-olds free. 
Clarksburg's assessment to the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District is $363,220; the figure is based on the percentage of students enrolled at McCann Technical School. 
There are a number of spending articles for the $571,000 in free cash the town had certified earlier this year. The high number is over several years because the town had fallen behind on filings with the state. 
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