McCann Tech Hires New Football Coach

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NORTH ADAMS,  Mass. — McCann Technical School announced that they have appointed new football Jon Rochelo.

"As a former player of mine in high school, basketball, I'm excited to see Jon returning to the school in a coaching role," said Principal Justin Kratz. "I think he's got the right mindset and perspective to work well with our players and am really looking forward to seeing him on the sidelines.  I know he's invested in the school and seeing the program succeed."  

Rochelo takes over for former coach John LeClair

Rochelo, a McCann graduate and football player, graduated in 2007 and earned All Berkshire honors in 2004, '05, and '06 as well as the McCann defensive player of the year award in 2005 and the D.A. Ponti Athletic Award in 2007.    

He also played point guard on the school's basketball team.

After graduation Rochelo stayed in the field of his vocational studies working his way up from an apprentice to as a licensed electrician foreman for Comalli Electric and then moving to CTC Inc.  

 He has been involved in youth coaching for a number of years coaching softball, baseball, and football locally.  
 He resides with his wife and three children in Cheshire.

"Jon's a good young coach that I think has a solid handle on the game and the ability to work well with young players," Kratz added. "We'll be looking to surround him with a strong coaching staff in the next couple weeks and it will be August before we know it."  



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Hundreds Still Without Power in North County, Stamford

A new pole is in place for a transformer on Main Road in Stamford. 

Update: The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued another severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m. for Berkshire County, eastern New York and Southern Vermont. 

STAMFORD, Vt. — Nearly 18 hours after severe thunderstorms pummeled the region, hundreds of customers are without power. 

The latest update estimates is that power will be back on at 2 p.m. in North Berkshire. Green Mountain Power's outage map could not provide an estimate on power restoration.  
Many residents woke up to the sounds of chainsaws and generators on Wednesday morning as clean up from the storm continued.
Stamford was hit hard with trees blocking roads and broken utility poles. Some 499 customers in Stamford and Readsboro were without power.
A post from Stamford's emergency management director said conditions in North Berkshire were delaying power re-energizing in the Vermont town because it's sourced from National Grid in Massachusetts. 
More than 800 customers were without power in Williamstown, Mass., as noon approached. Tree and lines down along Main Street had taken hours for National Grid crews to address and hampered their ability to aid smaller outages in nearby communities. 
Williamstown Police posted on Facebook that because of the extensive damage to the electrical supply lines to town, parts of Williamstown may not see power until later tonight or possibly tomorrow.
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