NAMI Berkshire County Celebrates 36 Years

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County celebrated 36 years of providing support, advocacy, and education programs at their virtual annual meeting held on Sept. 16.
 
The Eunice Zorbo Award recipients were Amy Alexander, Member of the Year, and Lorraine Scapin, Citizen of the Year. The Silver Ribbon was awarded to Brenda Butler. 
 
The Member of the Year award recognizes a member who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County’s activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness. 
 
The Citizen of the Year award is given to someone who has shown an understanding of mental illness and advocates for improvement in the treatment of those who live with mental illnesses and their caregivers. 
 
The Silver Ribbon recognizes an advocate in the mental health field whose work has shown a commitment to the care of those whose lives are affected by mental illnesses.
 
Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Al Bianchi of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office spoke about the work they have done and continue to do in the community to address mental health within the criminal justice system. Tim Burton, the director of criminal justice diversion for NAMI Massachusetts, was also a guest speaker.
 
 

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins New York Tournament

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HATHAM, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball team went 5-0 over the weekend in winning the "Crush-Tober Fest" tournament at Chatham Memorial Fields.
 
The Force won the title game, 5-2, against the Bethlehem Bandits.
 
Team members include Mariah Barnes, Madeline Harrington, Gionnah Levardi,  Mia Dejesus, Evelyn Julieano, Ella Stodden, Grace Julieano, Kylie Duhamel, Madison Barber, Bella Tart, A.J. Pelkey and Jianna Kruger.
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