Letter: Thank You to North Adams Firefighters

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To the Editor:

On Aug. 4, 2020, at around 4:30 p.m., I had an electrical fire in my house. I wanted to express my appreciation to Steve Meranti, fire chief, and all the firefighters that responded quickly to my home, Wire Inspector Mike Lescarbeau and Assistant Wire Inspector Mitch Meranti and electrician Pete

Pete was the only electrician that answered my calls for assistance. He was a tremendous asset. I would recommend him without reservation for any electrical work in your home. Special thanks to state Representative John Barrett, and his capable assistant, Lisa, for assisting in cutting through the endless bureaucrat "red tape."

National Grid was not as helpful. Frankly, they were not responsive and were completely indifferent to our requests to have the power shut off and turned back on so my electrician could reconnect my electricity without have to do it with the wires live. After speaking with many local officials, it appears the local office for National Grid isn't the issue. The issue lies with the corporate office in New Jersey. National Grid said they were too busy too deal my issue because they were dealing with a storm in New York. Since a British company purchased National Grid's local services hasn't been as good. I would suggest if National Grid is too big to handle needed responses in multiple states then it is time for local politicians to look into National Grid being too big to effective service its customers. It maybe time to consider competition for National Grid in the Northern Berkshires.

Their apathetic demeanor isn't worthy of a monopoly.

Jim Bergeron
North Adams, Mass.



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Drury Graduate to Direct Horror Film in North Adams

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Drury High School graduate is hoping to bring his dream — or, more appropriately, his nightmare — to film life. 

The horror film "The Uncredited," written by Nick Burchard, will be filmed in North Adams this spring, pending fundraising and the COVID-19 pandemic. Burchard's Tiny Viking Productions is making the film in conjunction with Sancha Spiller and Kasey Rae of Skylah Productions of New York City.

"I grew up in the area, and I've always appreciated the historical places, in particular the Hoosac Tunnel, Mohawk Theater, and the old mills," Burchard said. "I think North Adams has a very unique setting, with the mountains surrounding the city and of course, all the steeples.

"The Uncredited" follows a young woman who appears in an independent film. While watching it, her friends notice something disturbing in the background of her scene. This leads to rumors and distrust in even the closest group of friends.
"My goal is to make great characters, and even though it's a spooky thriller the characters in it are just friends sitting down to watch a movie together," Burchard said. "They crack jokes, roast each other, and are all collectively trying to have a good time … but that juxtaposed with the realization that one of them might be hiding something is what creates the thriller edge to this. I think it's really fun."
Spiller added that the film does not rely on horror tropes such as jump scares. She said the screenplay is character-driven.
"It showcases our greatest fear of not knowing the people around us as well as we think," she said. "It makes us second guess who we trust and remember that just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have horrifying consequences."
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