County Fare: Berkshire Hills Chorus lands top medals

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For the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Hills Chorus chapter of Sweet Adelines International, victory never sounded so good. The 22-member women's barbershop vocal group won two medals at the annual Region 1-North Atlantic (http://www.sai-region1.org) competition held April 30 through May 2 in Springfield.

The group placed first in the Division A (under 30 members) contest, and out of 16 participating groups, earned a first-place medal for "Most Improved" group.

For 45 years, the Berkshire Hills Chorus has traveled around Berkshire County providing musical entertainment for the local community. The chorus, directed by Gail Wojtkowiak, draws its members from all over the county, and the members' ages range from 18 to 70 years old. The group sings a cappella in four-part harmony, barbershop style, and its repertoire includes ballads, up-tunes, show tunes, holiday songs, pop songs and patriotic songs.

Berkshire Hills has performed at the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Red Lion Inn, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield's Downtown Third Thursdays, the downtown North Adams Celebration, WGBY's "Together in Song" competition, the Pittsfield Suns games, as well as area nursing and assisted living facilities.

The group always welcomes new members and rehearses every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 175 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield.

Learn more about the group at http://berkshirehillschorus.com and see their contest and performance photos online at https://www.facebook.com/berkshirehillschorus.

A class act

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At Drury High School in North Adams, Cassie Lincoln (Class of 2011), was known as a star athlete and scholar. This past Saturday, she graduated with honors and accolades as the Class 2015 valedictorian for Assumption College in Worcester.

While at Drury, the young woman was a star basketball player and track and field team member who also played soccer. She ranked fifth in her class, and earned the 2011 Ziter Scholarship in Medicine.

Lincoln started at Providence College, then transferred to Assumption, where she went on to major in psychology.

There, she served as captain of the women's cross-country team, president of the Psi Chi National Honors society and was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Running cross-country, she earned the fall 2014 Assumption College Student-Athlete Director's Citation and captured the 2014 Worcester City Championship as she finished in a time of 19:59. She has also worked with Rebuild Worcester, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the African Community Education Center.

This fall, Lincoln will begin her studies toward a doctorate degree in physical therapy at Sacred Heart University.

Learn more about Lincoln and her future plans in this Assumption Spotlight article: http://www.assumption.edu/cassie-lincoln.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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