Today in local history


Feb. 17

50 years ago today

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- St. Joseph's High School's Varsity Debating Team finished second in the largest tournament in the nation yesterday when it lost in the final round of the Invitational Cherry Blossom Debate Tournament at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

The debaters, Michael Furlong, and John O'Brien, both of this city, Paul Casey of Williamstown, and Daniel Baran of Adams, were among more than 300 from 180 schools in 35 states and the District of Columbia who competed for the coveted Philodemic Ryder Cup.


NORTH ADAMS -- The North Adams Merchants shocked the Adams Turners yesterday afternoon at the Turn Hall as the Merchants turned in their best team effort of the campaign in handing Adams a stunning 121-107 setback. Scoring for the Merchants were: Nick Altiere, 37; Chuck Mattimore, 23; John Giorgi, 21; Ken Morin, 17; Steve Powers, 17; Skorupski, 2; and Lebert 4. 25 years ago today

WESTFIELD -- Dr. William H. Lopes, senior vice president for academic affairs at Westfield State College, has announced that the following students have achieved the Dean's List for the fall semester.

Students in the area are Scott Choquette, William Deblois, and David Ostrobinski of Adams, and Lori Cain and Kelly Goddard of North Adams.


ADAMS -- Michael W. Miles of 24 Grove St. has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Technology in Utica, N.Y. A consistent dean's list student, he is a member of the senior class majoring in electrical engineering technology.

10 years ago today

NORTH ADAMS -- Twenty-two of McCann Technical High School's woodshop students' pieces are on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge until Sunday as part of the museum's 18th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show. Woodshop students created small cabinets, tables, hanging shelf units, DVD holders, a Shaker chair, a chess set and some decorative boxes. Brian Reardon, Amy Porio and Hillary Clark are some of the students with pieces in the show.


NORTH ADAMS -- After cobbling at 28 Eagle St. for almost 16 years, Gerald F. Sapienza, owner of Mr. Cobbler, the area's last cobbler, will be closing the business by March 31. Sapienza is closing the store, he said, because the profession "is not what it used to be."

"There are a number of customers I will miss, " he said. "But, I've had a good run, I have no regrets."


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