Andrews, Brule Win Seats in Clarksburg

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town saw a tepid turnout for Tuesday's annual election despite races for Select Board and School Committee. 
Town Clerk Marilyn Gomeau said about 22 percent of the town's registered voters, or 273 out of 1,254, cast ballots. 
Colton Andrews, a union executive, took first place with 137 votes in the three-way race for Select Board; Bryana Malloy garnered 70 votes and Seth Alexander 64. 
Alexander also lost his challenge to School Committee incumbent Cynthia Brule, 191-78. However, he earned 199 votes unopposed for a one-year term as moderator and 198 for a five-year seat on the Planning Board. 
Re-elected unopposed were Norman Rolnick for Board of Health and Bonnie Cunningham for library trustee. There were no candidates for tree warden and War Memorial, which received write-ins of 39 and 27, respectively.
This article will be updated with the write-in results when they become available. 

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North Adams High School Athletes Place Flags on Veterans Graves

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Raegan Keil, daughter of VSO Mitchell Keil, participates in placing the American Flag on veterans' graves. The first flag she placed was in the marker of Michael Kline, her grandfather.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Athletes from Drury High School and McCann Technical School gave up the rare free Saturday morning to place flags on veterans graves in Southview Cemetery.
"I was very humbled when I saw the cars coming in, and I actually had to go over to the corner and put my sunglasses down and hide my tears, because it was very, very humbling to see everybody show up," said Travys Rivers, the city's veterans grave officer.
Rivers, a firefighter and veteran, said he sent out the "bat signal" and called John Moore of Drury and Robin Finnegan of McCann to see if any of the sports teams were free.
River said he was unsure what to expect, knowing many student athletes likely had games or practice. But come Saturday morning, around 100 students showed up with coaches and high school athletics administration. 
"I am amazed by these kids. They gave up a Saturday morning. They could have slept in if they didn't have practice or whatever," Rivers said. "They did not have to do this but instead came down and busted their butts."
Northern Berkshire Veterans Service Officer Mitchell Keil added that he often hears that the youth do not participate in civic activities. He said Saturday proves the opposite.
"As a veteran, it is heartwarming to see this type of participation from today's youth and encouraging for the future of the community. They may not understand the impact their involvement has on those that see them in action or those family members that visit a departed loved one's grave and see them continuously honored," he said. "Our city has a large group of individuals that are dedicated to honoring those veterans that have passed. This long tradition is in good hands, and as we move forward I encourage all to take part in the pursuit of honoring our veterans daily."
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