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The McCann Technical School postsecondary program graduates 21 students Monday night.
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The ceremony in the gym was for graduates in surgical technology, cosmetology and dental assisting.
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School Committee Chair Gary Rivers the graduates are 'battle-tested and battle-approved' because they stayed the course.
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McCann Postsecondary Graduates 'Battle Tested'

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Superintendent James Brosnan tells the graduates to acknowledge those who helped them along the way. See more photos here. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Postsecondary program graduated 21 students Monday night.
 
School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers addressed the graduates and told them they have already proven themselves.  
 
"You are battle-tested and battle-approved. You have stayed the course and successfully navigated the twists and turns that you have faced this year," he said. "It doesn't surprise me in the least that you are probably all sitting here this evening with a job ready to go as soon as you leave McCann." 
 
He told the graduates to value their life experiences.
 
"Remember experience is knowledge but knowledge is not experience, and I know you all have life experiences that will make you successful in your work or whatever path you follow," he concluded.
 
Superintendent James Brosnan welcomed the graduates and their families in his address and asked the graduates to acknowledge those who have helped them along the way. 
 
"The class of 2024, it is my honor to welcome you," he said. " …We are here to celebrate the class of 2024, and the hard work, and also the family and friends who supported you."
 
He asked the graduates to give a round of applause to friends and family in attendance.
 
Surgical Technology Graduates
 
Tessa Claire Zoito, North Adams:  Associates in Surgical Technology
 
Dental Assisting Graduates 
 
Ashley Marie Massey, Adams
 
Liliana Eve Pisano, North Adams
 
Blake Eric Smith, Lanesborough
 
Hayden E Therrien, North Adams
 
Katelyn Noelle Wojtaszek, Adams
 
Medical Assisting Graduates 
 
Laura Beth Corsi, North Adams
 
Cameron Violet Lutz, North Adams
 
April Marie Ureste, Pittsfield
 
Cosmetology Graduates 
 
Alyssa Nicole Baisley, Pittsfield
 
Michaela Jade Berry, Pittsfield
 
Malina Joy Foss, Pittsfield
 
Brianna Rose Goodrich, Pittsfield
 
Kaitlyn Hillebrand, Pittsfield
 
Maddison Houghtaling, North Adams
 
Emma Lynne Lear, North Adams
 
Jordan Elizabeth McDonald, North Adams
 
Tessa Neveah Thibert, Clarksburg
 
Jess Wiles, Adams
 
Ashlyn Wood, Dalton (absent from ceremony)
 
Nayeli Castaneda, Pittsfield
 
Skills USA Awards
 
State Competition, Dental Assisting
 
Gold: Blake Smith - Attending National Compition in Atlanta in June
Silver: Ashley Massey
 

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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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