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Valedictorian, Salutatorian Named for McCann Class of 2024

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz announces Amy Lynn Harrington as valedictorian and Svea-Marie Meaghan Lawson as salutatorian for the graduating class of 2024.
 
Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 
 
Harrington, daughter of Leigh Ugdah, is a senior in the Information Technology program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence, a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, numerous undergraduate awards and is first in her class with a 4.42 grade-point average. 
 
She is a member of SkillsUSA, National Honor Society, Berkshire County District Attorney's
Office Youth Advisory Board, Yearbook, and the cross country team. She works in Williams College's Network and Systems Department through the co-operative program at McCann in addition to her hostess/server position at Freight Yard Pub. 
 
Along with her stellar academic achievement's she also volunteers her time at the All Saints Episcopal Church's Meals on Wheels, the Haiti Plunge and Youth Center Inc. in Cheshire.
 
Harrington will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology and will major in software engineering.
 
Lawson, daughter of Paige Keenan and Kurt Lawson, is a senior in the Computer Assisted Design program.
She is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, many undergraduate academic and technical awards and ranks second in her class with a 4.41 GPA. She is a member of National Honor Society, Ski Club, 1 Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, and the softball and soccer teams. 
 
She works at Hill-Engineers, Architects, and Planners Inc. through the McCann co-op program as well as at Lickety Split in Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She also volunteers her time at the First Baptist Church soup kitchen.
 
Lawson plans to major in civil engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Thunderstorms Leave Downed Trees, Wires and Debris Across North County

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A tree limb smashed in the cab on Mark Moulton's truck. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A severe thunderstorm hammered parts of North and Central County on Tuesday night, downing trees and limbs and leaving more than 8,000 customers without power. 
 
The Berkshires, Eastern New York and parts of Southern Vermont were under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The storm came through shortly after 6 p.m. with thunder and lightning and torrential rain. 
 
Alerts and calls began streaming into dispatch and fire and police departments began calling in extra help. 
 
When the rain let, the full extent of the damage could be seen — from uprooted century-old trees to scatterings of debris across streets and lawns. 
 
As of 8:30, Brooklyn, Hoosac, Meadow, North Eagle just above Hospital Avenue were closed and the lower section of North Eagle was limited to one-way traffic. Trees were also down on Holbrook, Chestnut and Hall. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey had been getting a close-up look at the damage and speaking with residents. 
 
"I've been trying to hit as many streets as I can so I have couple more streets to hit before I call it a night," the mayor said just before 9 p.m.
 
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