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McCann Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian for 2023

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Justin Kratz, principal of McCann Technical School, announces that Christopher Sunn and Molly Boyer have been named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively. 
Both students will graduate from McCann Technical School with high honors on Wednesday, June 7.
Sunn, son of Bonnie Sunn, is a senior in the Computer Assisted Design program. He is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, and is first in his class with a 4.428 GPA.
He is a member of SkillsUSA, National Honor Society and the varsity cross country team and works at Hill-Engineers, Architects, Planners Inc. through the cooperative work program
at McCann. In his spare time, he volunteers at First Congregational Church and the
Berkshire Humane Society. 
Sunn will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and majoring in
Boyer, daughter of Jana and Matt Boyer, is a senior in the Business Technology program. She is a recipient of a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks second in her class with a 4.425 GPA. 
She is a member of National Honor Society, varsity soccer team and ski club. She has earned multiple awards as a member of SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America. She also works at MountainOne Bank through the cooperative work program at McCann and is dual-enrolled at Berkshire Community College. 
Boyer will be attending Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and majoring in biomedical engineering.

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Blackinton Mill Owners: City's Delays Put $17M Hotel Project in Peril

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Jennifer Macksey speaks at Tuesday's City Council meeting as Tourists owner Ben Svenson looks on. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $17 million expansion plans for the Blackinton Mill are tripping over a 10-foot high pile hides that has been decaying for 60 years. 
The partnership that operates Tourists resort says the whole project — including a proposed bike path — is in danger of failing before it even begins if a November grant deadline to clean up the mess isn't met. 
But the Mayor Jennifer Macksey says more testing is needed before the city takes control of the one-acre site and is positing a February closing date.
On Tuesday, the partners were pleading with the City Council to use any tools it had to make the mayor abide by an agreement to close on the parcel before the deadline.
"I really don't want to say it will go away but we will not be able to sustain any longer unless we can resolve this issue," said principal Benjamin Svenson. "And so I appeal to you tonight to please — whatever tools you have — communicate to the mayor the urgency of resolving this matter."
The matter before the council was an authorization for the mayor to purchase the property, which would be for $1. The city would be able to apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Act brownfield grant not available to the private entity. 
"We need this to secure our financing," said Svenson. "We can't get a bank loan until we resolve this matter. ... 
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