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Northern Berkshire Students Garden Virtually

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire 2020 Summer Youth Works program went virtual this year with a seven-week virtual gardening Program.
 
The Northern Berkshire Summer Youth program typically places students in paid internships with local companies but, like most things this year, COVID-19 forced the Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) to adapt.
 
Through funding from the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and MountainOne, the BWB converted programming to a seven-week virtual gardening program.
 
The Berkshire Workforce Board partnered with Greenagers, a youth environment group, who supplied each student with a container garden. Greenagers provided lessons and students learned about gardening and its impacts on food insecurity and social justice. Students also learned about cooking with vegetables.  
 
North Adams Growing Healthy Garden Program also provided daily instruction, mentoring, and videos. Students learned gardening tips and tricks and tried a variety of new foods. 
 
All vegetables harvested were delivered to the Berkshire Food Project. 
 
The final service-learning project was at the Louison House where students built raised garden beds.
 
McCann students Ashlyn Belisle, Molly Boyer, and Camryn Belisle participated in the program as well as Abby Bird, Vernon Lewis, Talia Rehill, and Hanna Shea from Hoosac Valley. Mount Greylock student Madison Helm also participated.
 
Staff Heather Shogry-Williams, Kat Toomey, Michele Boyer-Vivori, and Molly Meczwor recruited, selected, and mentored students with continued support from the MassHire Berkshire Career Center who provided weekly stipends to the participants.
 
A socially distancing celebration was held on Aug. 6 at the Drury High School gardens. North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard gave congratulatory remarks. BWB Board members, Adams Selectwoman Christine Hoyt, funders, partners, parents, and grandparents were in attendance. 
 
 

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MCLA Women's Basketball Falls to Wentworth

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wentworth's Maddy Foster scored 30 points and pulled down nine boards to lead the Leopards past the MCLA Trailblazers, 60-48 this evening in non-conference women's basketball action.
 
Foster went 13-for-19 from the floor and added a pair of steals in the win. Teammate Abriana Busbey added 10 points and a game best 13 rebounds for Wentworth.
 
After one quarter the game was tied at 10-10. Wentworth (1-4) outscored MCLA 8-0 to start the second quarter to take an 18-10 lead. The lead grew to 11 points at halftime.
 
Out of the locker room the Leopards quickly extended the margin to 15 points at 32-17 but MCLA (0-7) did not go quietly. The Trailblazers used an 11-2 run fueled by Shannon Carney and Emily Burke to pull within six at 34-28 midway through the third quarter.
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