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Ward 4 candidates James Conant and Andrew Wrinn place their names in the tumbler for City Clerk Michelle Benjamin to draw out. Wrinn took the first spot on the ballot.

Pittsfield Draws City Council, School Committee Ballots

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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City Clerk Michelle Benjamin draws names on Thursday for their placement order on the ballot for the November election. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ballot positions for the City Council and School Committee are set for the November election.
City Clerk Michelle Benjamin drew names for ballot positions in the 2021 municipal election on Thursday. The names were randomized in a tumbler that has reportedly been used by the city for many years.
At-large candidates Craig Benoit, Karen Kalinowsky and Earl Persip III attended the drawing to see their placement and place their own names in the tumbler. Incumbent Yuki Cohen was drawn for the first position and Kalinowsky in the last.
Cohen was first, incumbent Pete White second, incumbent Peter Marchetti third, Benoit fourth, incumbent Persip fifth, and Kalinowsky sixth.
The wards are seeing a great deal of new leadership in at least one-third of the council this year. Four of the councilors have announced that they will not seek re-election.
Ward 1 candidates Kenneth Warren and Andrea Wilson were both present and Warren was pulled for the first position. Councilor Helen Moon will not be seeking re-election.
Neither of the Ward 2 candidates attended. Matthew Kudlate was drawn for the top position above Charles Kronick. Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell announced together that they are hanging up their hats.
Ward 3 candidate Keven Sherman is running unchallenged to replace Nicholas Caccamo, who is stepping off the council to focus on his next career steps.
Ward 4 candidates James Conant and Andrew Wrinn both showed up to see their placement. Wrinn wound up in the first spot and Conant in the second.
Ward 5 incumbent Patrick Kavey is running unchallenged for re-election.
Ward 6 candidate Edward Carmel attended the drawing to see where he would be placed agaisnt incumbent Dina Guiel Lampiasi, who is running for re-election. Guiel Lampiasi came out in the first spot with Carmel in the second.
Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio is running unchallenged for re-election.
School Committee candidates Vicky Smith, Sara Hathaway, and Bill Tyer attended the drawing to see where they would be placed.  Smith wound up in third place, Hathaway in seventh, and Tyer last. 
The order is William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Smith, Katie Lauzon, Nyanna Slaughter, Alison McGee, Hathaway, Karen Reis Kaveney Murray, Dan Elias and Tyer. 
There are 10 candidates for the six seats on the School Committee this year and half of them are incumbents: Cameron, Brazeau, Slaughter, McGee and Elias. Chairwoman Katherine Yon is not running for re-election. 

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MFBF Names Sunderland Cat Barn Cat of the Year

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Farm Bureau Federation named Thomas Farm & Dairy's Sophie-Jane as Barn Cat of the year.
“Sophie-Jane exhibited the qualities of an excellent barn cat," said MFBF Promotion and Education Chair Meg Gennings. “Not only does she keep rodents and birds out of the barn at Thomas Farm and Dairy but she also is extremely affectionate and an excellent napper. Those qualities are what make barn cats popular." 
Sophie-Jane was adopted through Dakin Humane Society's barn cat program, which pairs cats who are either too feisty or too shy to live in traditional homes with working barns. These cats are spayed or neutered, and the owner is required to provide them with a warm bed (in Sophie-Jane's case that meant a cat door into the warm room where Thomas Farm and Dairy raises baby goats).
"We are so happy that Sophie-Jane found a loving home/barn and has now earned the title of Barn Cat of the Year," said Stacey Price, Dakin Humane Society director of development and marketing.  “We are incredibly thankful to those who open up their barns to cats like Sophie-Jane. They are truly doing lifesaving work by making this choice. Cats like Sophie-Jane are used to being outside, some may not even like people and prefer the company of other cats making it difficult for animal shelters to sometimes find living quarters for them. And even though these cats are wild they deserve equal compassion, love and humane care within the environment for which they thrive. Congrats Sophie-Jane for representing all barn cats."
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