The rain started around 8 a.m. on Saturday, the day of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) Neighborhood Tag Sale.
However, it didn’t stop buyers from being at my house to pick up a map, designed by Keith Bona, showing where all the tag sales were located. Even though the sales weren’t supposed to start until 9 a.m., cars came at 8:30 and never stopped until 4 p.m., and we cheerfully welcomed them.
Mayor Richard Alcombright was among the first to stop by, and continued to walk around the neighborhood. My daughter Susan was our volunteer photographer and all her photos are on my Facebook page. Dennis LaBonte, of the North Adams Lion’s Club, furnished free hot dogs and beverages all day to adults and children alike. The Family Place did free face painting for the children. Thanks to all of them.
Also, thank you to Papa Gino’s who, on very short notice, brought pizza to sell so we would have a variety. Thanks to all the media -- Transcript, Berkshire Eagle, Advocate and iBerkshires.com. Corner Market also made a donation. Thanks also to WNAW where Mike Garland, Jimmy D. and Jan Bradey advertised many times a day. Also to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi and Marie Harpin who had Al Bashevkin and me on their TV show on NBCTC that Paul Marino showed many times. And to Mark Rondeau, Sandy Lamb and Bert Lamb and all the folks at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for 23 years of support of UNO.
The youngest participant, selling toys he had outgrown, was Donovan Goewy, 10 years young. The 50/50 winner was Carla Davis Little. UNO Steering Committee members who were present were included Gail Nelson, Amanda Davis and Tammy Moon.
Last, but not least, I’d like to thank all the residents in the UNO neighborhood for their participating. If not for them, this day would never have happened. It was very successful, and God willing, we’ll have it again next year.
Shirley A. Davis, UNO organizer