November 11th, 2011
A different type of football huddle was seen at Adams Central's Regional pep rally on Thursday night.
Superintendent Mike Pettibone, half-bald, but all-AC, told the crowd that when the Flying Jets were in the midst of a five-game losing streak, he promised to let the team members write their names on his head if they won a Sectional.
Last night, Pettibone made good on his pledge and sat while the boys gathered around and wrote away.
The Jets play at Sheridan tonight.
Decatur Street Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said this morning that the latest reconstruction of the railroad crossing on S. 13th St. will be done today and the five-lane highway should be reopened to traffic between noon and 4 p.m.
Thirteenth St. is the right-of-way of two US highways, 27 and 33.
A report from Larry Carty, the North Adams director of transportation, facilities and grounds, at this week's school board meeting turned out primarily to be a discussion with the board over what repairs need to be done at Bob Worthman Stadium.
Money for the work will be included in the North Adams capital projects fund, but both Carty and the board agreed that finances dictate that not everything that needs to be done will be accomplished in the coming year.
When Marian University football coach Ted Karras Jr. came to Bellmont in the spring of 2009 to sign a host of players from the 2008 BHS state championship team, he had a promise.
The fourth annual Rainbow Lake 5K is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26 in Geneva. The race starts in front of the Limberlost Cabin on Decatur Street. Cash prizes are presented to the top two male and female finishers with a $100 bonus for breaking the course record.
The Bellmont football team bus will leave school at 2 p.m. Friday and head west on Monroe Street (US 224W). Parents and football boosters are planning a special sendoff for the squad, which will travel to West Lafayette to take on that squad in a 3A Regional football contest at 7:30 p.m.
Fans who turn out and line Monroe Street are encouraged to bring signs and noisemakers for the event.
The Braves and Jets will both be traveling quite the distance for their regional match-ups tomorrow in hopes of pulling off the unlikely against West Lafayette and Sheridan, two powerhouses in their respective divisions.
The West Lafayette Red Devils have an impressive 11-1 record going into the contest and they also have the home-field advantage going their way, but the upstart Braves have something of a chip on their shoulders as they come into the game with the confidence and momentum.
A mini-valley of dirt and concrete was created on Wednesday across five-lane 13th St. between Adams and Patterson Sts. by workers who will reconstruct the crossing to make it smoother.
Repair work has been done several times in recent years, but proved unsuccessful. The accompanying photo, looking east, was taken at midafternoon Wednesday.
It is hoped that the work can be completed by Friday.
City police have made numerous arrests of semi drivers for being off the posted detour route.
A somewhat contentious and pointed discussion between members of the North Adams School Board and community activists Charlie and Jean Brune ended abruptly Tuesday night when president Tim Ehlerding called enrollment figures at North Adams "not legitimate stats."
The Brunes presented members with two sheets of statistics they say showed North Adams has lost just over 300 students in the past three years, a drop of 14 percent while the labor force during that same time has fallen only 4.07 percent.
An 11-member committee that met monthly for a year or so to discuss problems in the aging building that houses Adams Superior Court and the probation department now has a new task: educating the public about the importance of a city-county government building in downtown Decatur so a referendum will pass in the November, 2012, election.