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The Park of Honor raised $2,500 toward scholarships for the children and grandchildren of veterans.
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The annual event runs for about a month at Park Square.
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The flags are loaded up on Saturday after weeks of flying at Park Square.
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Kiwanis Park of Honor Concludes for 2023

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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Kiwanis President Curtis Janey says the scholarship recipients will get $500 certificates to use as they need.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Volunteers loaded American flags into a U-Haul at Park Square over the weekend as the Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield's annual fundraiser concluded.

"We truly appreciate all those that have participated this year with the Park of Honor," President Curtis Janey said during a closing ceremony on Saturday.

The Park of Honor has funded scholarships for children and grandchildren of veterans over the past decade by selling flags that are placed in the city's most central park. The flags sway in the wind in uniform rows, each representing an honoree who served the county.

This year, about 300 were sold totaling $2,500 in scholarships. Janey said the students receive a Good Citizenship Award of $500 that can be used at their discretion.

"Once they complete the first semester and they send us a copy of the grades and they show us that they signed up for the second semester, we send the kid the check and they do whatever they want with it," he said.

"We don't tell him what to use it on, which is good because you never know what they need it for. It could be for the books, it could be for something else."


An opening ceremony was held towards the end of October, drawing a larger crowd and many speaking on the impact of the annual fundraiser. This included former chairman Real Gadoury, former Kiwanis president Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland, and City Council Vice President Pete White.

Gadoury coined it the "most beautiful project in the Berkshires."

The display stays up for a month and is taken down by volunteers until the next year.  Some families choose to collect their loved one's flag and purchase it the next year.

"It’s a revolving door," Janey said.

Every year, the Kiwanis Club aims to make the next year bigger than the last so that it can support education while honoring veterans who have served in the past and present.


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Berkshire County Regional Employment Board Awarded State Grant

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced $16.3 million in Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) grants awarded to nine organizations to upskill 1,860 individuals for careers in high-demand occupations in healthcare and behavioral health sectors across Massachusetts. 
 
The funding will support initiatives to train and hire unemployed and underemployed individuals while providing current employees with the skills to meet the needs of Massachusetts employers for roles such as Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Mental Health Peer Support Specialist.
 
"Industries across the state are experiencing workforce challenges, but the need is particularly great in behavioral health care, as we need enough trained workers to provide the care that our residents need and deserve," said Governor Maura Healey. "These grants will help address these challenges by hiring and training new talent and upskilling existing talent."  
 
In Berkshire County, the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. was awarded $2,227,173.
 
Berkshire County Regional Employment Board will provide training and placement services to prepare 510 unemployed and underemployed participants for Medical Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, Acute Care Nurse Assistant, and Registered Behavioral Technician positions. They will partner with Community Health Programs, The Brien Center, Berkshire Health Systems, and Integritus Healthcare. 
 
This partnership also aims to assess the demand and develop programming opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses, career pathways for Licensed Practical Nurses to Registered Nurses, and provide career advancement training for incumbent Behavioral Health workers.
 
The Workforce Competitive Trust Fund Program grants, administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, are part of the Healey-Driscoll Administration's strategic investment to retain and upskill existing talent in Massachusetts' current workforce. The Healthcare/Behavioral Health Hub Grants announced today support investments in collaborative efforts focused on addressing healthcare and behavioral health workforce needs in regions across the Commonwealth. 
 
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