Jan. 3

50 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- Louis J. Casuscelli of 11 Rock St., took charge of the order office of Montgomery Ward & Co. at 22 State St. yesterday as its new manager. In that position, he succeeds Mrs. Edna Brusatori of 17 Willow St., the manager since 1952, who has resigned. He is a native of this city, son of Louis M. Casuscelli of 84 Meadow St., and the late Mrs. Margaret Casuscelli. He was graduated from Drury High School in 1951 and served in the Marine Corps for three years.

ADAMS -- Charles F. Reid, superintendent of the First Congregational Church School, today announced appointments to the staff for the ensuing year. They are as follows: Assistant church school director, Thomas R. Sheldon; senior acolyte, William C. Smith; junior acolytes, Richard N. Hall, James R. Blanquart, Frederick C. Edwards, Robert S. Baker, and Alan S. Labendz; senior bell ringer, George N. Anderson Jr.; assistant senior bellringer, Richard E. Reid; and junior bellringers, Robert F. Hodecker, Douglas Bombardier, Paul Dworkin and Robert T. Arnold III.

25 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- H.A. George, Aldo’s and R.I. Baker are tied for the league lead in Division II YMCA Youth Basketball league action with 3-1 records. Ashely Swift stays close behind at 2-2. Ashley handed H.A. George its first loss of the season 24-22 when Todd Pilot nailed a pair of free throws with the time expired. Aaron Dupuis helped the winners cause with 15 points, while Karen Rice and Kyle George had big games for H.A. George.

CHESHIRE -- The 69 members of the Cheshire Senior Citizens, who met recently at the Senior Community Center, welcomed back Stanley Wintemberg. Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year were extended by the president Grace Beals and her husband, Earl Beals. A Christmas card was received from a former member Rita Pozza, now of Islip, N.Y., where he is living with a daughter.

10 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- Faith Alexis Christian, 5 pounds, 4 ounces, was the first baby born in Northern Berkshire County this year. Faith was born on Friday to Amy and Kurt Christian of Union Street in North Adams. It is their second child. Their eldest is Brian, 5. Amy Christian’s sister, Dawn Schrade and her husband Bill, had her first child, Hannah, on the same date in 1998.

SHEFFIELD -- The Drury boys’ basketball team got 19 points out of its sophomore class Friday night and held on down the stretch to down Mount Everett, 57-53. Steve Bopp finished with a career high 11 points. Sophomore Colin Hurd joined senior big men Tim Maselli and Mike Wood inside to score 34 of the Blue Devils’ 57 points.