SteepleCats Earn First Win of Season

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DANBURY, Conn. -- Caden Dulin doubled twice, and Elijah Lambros homered Saturday to lead the North Adams SteepleCats to their first win of the season, a 10-3 victory over the Danbury Westerners, in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.
 
Warren Holzemer and Joey Pagano each had a pair of hits in an eight-hit attack for North Adams.
 
The SteepleCats (1-1) used five different pitchers in the game.
 
Starter Tanner Duke struck out four and allowed one run in four innings of work. Jerome Manarchuck picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
 
North Adams is scheduled to host Ocean State on Sunday afternoon at 4 at Joe Wolfe Field.
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North Adams Council OKs $49M Budget for Fiscal 2025

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $48,891,455 fiscal 2025 budget, up $1,481,385 or 3.12 percent over this year. 
 
The budget includes a school budget of $20,357,096, up $302,744 or 1.51 percent over this year. 
 
The major drivers are the general increases in the cost of supplies, utilities and insurance; a 2 percent cost of living raise for nonunion employees; upgrades in software and equipment; reclassifications of several positions and additional clerical staff. 
 
Mayor Jennifer Macksey provided the city budget, school budget, compensation and classification plan and capital improvement plan in a bound document with summaries and graphs explaining expenditures. 
 
Finance Committee members recommended the total to the full City Council, calling it "fiscally responsible."
 
Councilor Keith Bona, Finance chair, said committee members did raise objections or concerns during deliberations, particularly Councilor Andrew Fitch over the lack of a city planner and Councilor Ashley Shade over the need for more building maintenance. Shade voted against the public safety budget Tuesday over that issue.
 
"The majority did support each department recommending it to the council and again, there were some some minor changes between the draft budget and what's in front of us," he said. 
 
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