Today in Local History


Mar. 27

50 years ago today

CLARKSBURG -- Flash flames and billowing smoke scarred the interior of a Clarksburg garage last night. Erupting shortly before midnight, the fire roared through Bona’s garage in Hall’s Ground and devoured nearly $10,000 worth of car equipment.

The sudden flames -- their origin unknown -- nearly hollowed out the sturdy cinderblock structure located only 200 yards east of Clarksburg’s Fire Station.


NORTH ADAMS -- Henry J. Pierpan of 30 Hall St., a distinguished military graduate of Norwich University and veteran of three years of active army duty, has been appointed a first lieutenant in the Massachusetts National Guard and has been assigned to Co. B, 2nd Tank Battalion, 110th Armor of this city. Capt. Philip G. Carr, company commander, said Lt. Pierpan has been made a platoon leader, training officer and public information officer of the unit. 25 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- Annette Leveque, president of the board of directors of Hospice of Northern Berkshire, and Anne Singleton, executive director, received a 46-piece Wallace International Silversmiths, Inc. stainless steel service for eight flatware set, donated by the manufacturer, from Mae and Robert Waite, owners of Peebles Jewel Shop in North Adams. The silver set will be raffled at the group’s annual meeting at the Williams Inn, April 13.


ADAMS -- At a Scholastic Press Forum last week sponsored by the American International College, ‘The Eye of the Hurricane,’ the Hoosac Valley High School newspaper, won awards in several categories to the surprise of its staff.

The paper received three-1st and two-3rd place awards, according to Sally Bigelow, English and journalism teacher, and advisor the paper.

10 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- Out of 1,600 music teachers in the state, Drury High School Music Director Carl Jenkins received the Massachusetts Music Education’s Association highest honor.

Jenkins received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award for 2004 at a banquet and awards ceremony at its state conference in Danvers, on March 11.


NORTH ADAMS -- A Cheshire teenager has been selected to help the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization find ways to discourage youth from drinking alcohol.

Josh Bruchbacher, 17, a senior in Charles H. McCann Technical School’s culinary arts program and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, will travel to Boston on Sunday to attend MADD’s annual State Youth Summit, a three-day event.


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