Lori Gazzillo Kiely, senior vice president of Berkshire Bank and foundation director, said the bank had been looking for a project it could partner with the city on for its volunteer "Xtraordinary Day of Service" in June.
But the attendees were also taking away more than just food and conversation. This first annual picnic was offering a "goodie bag" of wellness supplies and a gift certificate for each veteran who attended.
The Gillette Carnival has returned for its 7th year at the Berkshire Mall.
The carnival featuring about a dozen and a half rides, food and beverage vendors, and an array of games opened shop in the Berkshire Mall parking lot last Thursday. This is its final weekend providing an array of entertainment options for families and young children.
Donna Hanson has been following Officer Darren Derby on Facebook for a few years now. And she's been following the progress he has been making in his push to purchase an ice cream truck.
Friday morning, the owner of Balderdash Cellars was prepping for a wine tasting on Saturday and she heard Derby talking on the radio. And she knows every little bit helps.
Republic Services donated $1,200 to organizations helping families in poverty on Wednesday.
The city's trash hauler delivered a $700 check for the Berkshire Community Action Council and $500 for the South Congregational Food Pantry. Those donations were gifted just before the company's staff unloaded a u-boat worth of canned goods and pasta to restock the shelves at the pantry.
The Police Department's efforts to purchase an ice cream truck took a significant step forward on Tuesday with a $10,000 donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448.
"This Copsicle operation the Police Department has established and trying to get funding for this truck is a very worthwhile cause. That's why the membership voted to contribute $10,000 toward this operation," VFW Commander Arnie Perras said.
A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.
Reid Middle School student Maya Duhamel had an early basketball game and hadn't had a chance to get dinner.
On her way, she stopped at Dunkin Donuts intent to buy hash browns. But at the last minute, she changed her mind.
"Instead of buying hash browns, I bought four gift cards with it," Duhamel said.
On Monday, Carr Hardware did what it said it would do - donate its recent prize winnings toward building a splash pad at Clapp Park.
The local company has won the "Indie Award" as small business of the year from the business organization Independent We Stand. The prize includes $5,000 cash, which Carr Hardware opted to go toward a splash pad project in partnership with the city of the Rotary Club.
A student-led movie night at Clarksburg School raised more than $400 for the Berkshire Food Project.
The nine girls involved in the group presented the check for $411.50 to Darlene Ellis, the non-profit's kitchen manager, on Monday.
A Better Community donated $1,000 from their clothing sale to the Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony program at Brayton Elementary School.
Jane Frado of A Better Community (ABC), the charitable organization out of Williamstown, said the Kids 4 Harmony program was one of five agencies they donated money to from their massive second-hand clothing sale.
No one's quite sure why state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's left a "mysterious and magical gift" to the library in support of astronomy.
But the city is "very, very grateful for this gift," Mayor Richard Alcombright told the City Council as it voted to accept the amount of $7,465.47.
Even after retiring from the Fire Department, Capt. Richard Briggs would attend monthly meetings of the Berkshire County Fire Chief's Association.
Briggs had been a member of the Fire Department from 1952 until 1984 but continued to stay in touch.
Soldier On scored a goal with an assist from the Berkshire Bank Foundation.
Berkshire Bank passed over a $10,000 donation to the non-profit on Monday, a donation part of the foundation's eXciting assist program. For every assist tallied by the Boston Bruins between October 13, 2016 and December 7, 2016, $100 was donated to Soldier On.
The times Bill Schmick from Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him.
For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.
Three hundred families will spend Christmas warm, fed, and the children will have presents to open because of the help from the Salvation Army and Christian Center.
On Tuesday, the two organizations joined by volunteers from Berkshire Bank began distributing all the Christmas needs to those who signed up for the program. The Salvation Army's gymnasium was filled with toys, warm clothing, and food to pass out the eligible families. In total, the Angel Tree program will reach 620 children throu
Bags and boxes of canned and boxed foods, quilts, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves, and a thick envelope full of gift certificates were delivered to the Veterans' Office on Wednesday morning from the local court system, thanks to Bonnie Fachini and Tori Wilhelm of the Probation Department.
The George B. Crane Memorial Center runs Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs. But, because so many granting organizations require detailed information about the use of any funds, the organization struggles to find funding.
On Monday, the city's contracted trash hauler Republic Services gave the organization a $500 gift to help fund those programs.
The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans.
The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.