Sunday August 12, 2012


Quirico Foundation
awards scholarships

The Trustees of the Francis J. Quirico Educational Foundation have announced that scholarship awards totaling $150,000 for the 2012-2013 school year were made to a combined total of 34 graduating seniors from St. Joseph Central High School, Taconic High School and Pittsfield High School during their respective class nights.

Nominations are submitted annually by the principals and/or the guidance departments of the three schools and candidates are requested to submit a 500-750 word essay on their expectations upon attending college along with other requested pertinent information.

The trustees are Louis J. Giovanetti, John C. Donna, and Vincent P. Marinaro.


Hilltown CDC sets
directory deadline

The Hilltown Business Directory, published annually by Hilltown CDC, is now accepting listings and ads for the 2013 edition. The deadline is Sept. 10. More information is available at

Last year, 282 local businesses took advantage of the directory to reach every household in the hilltowns with their messages.

This year, for the first time, the Hilltown Business Directory will be delivered to every household in Dalton, and the directory will list businesses in Dalton, as well as those in 21 other hilltowns. A total of 16,500 households will receive the directory, which is used all year by hilltown residents to find local products and services.

The Hilltown Business Directory is produced by Hilltown CDC. Proceeds from listings and ads in the Business Directory help pay for CDC programs that support local businesses, including expert business counseling and training for both new and established businesses in the hilltowns.


Volunteers needed
for cancer walk

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Berkshire County is seeking residents from the Berkshire area to serve as committee members or volunteers for the Sunday, Oct. 14, event at the Lee Premium Outlets.

Assistance is needed with logistics, team recruitment, sponsorship recruitment and more.

As the ACS’s premier event to fight breast cancer, Making Strides is a noncompetitive walk that raises awareness and funds to help fight for every birthday threatened by breast cancer. This year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Berkshire County will be one of more than 270 events being held across the country.

In 2012, the American Cancer Society is commemorating 20 years of saving lives through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and celebrating the more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors who will see another birthday this year.

For more information about the Berkshire County walk, or to find out how to get involved, call (413) 493-2120, email, or visit


Fundraiser nets $20K
for nonprofits

The first Audie Furgal Tennis Classic, held on June 30 at the Berkshire West Athletic Club, netted $20,261.59 and will benefit Porchlight VNA (formerly Lee Regional VNA) and the Lee Community Tennis Association.

Seventy-five percent of the net profits will be used to purchase updated telemonitoring machines for Porchlight VNA with the balance supporting the Lee CTA’s Junior Tennis Programs in Berkshire County.

The event honored the late Audie Furgal, a Lee resident, who died in January after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

A total of 120 players participated in morning divisional round- robin matches held at 34 tennis courts in Berkshire County. A buffet lunch was served to more than 200 under the tent at Berkshire West. Lunch was followed by both silent and live auctions, division playoffs and other BWAC activities.

The second Annual Audie Furgal Tennis Classic has been scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013.


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