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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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Abbott School Dessert Auction Raises Funds for Charity

Half of the proceeds will go to the Berkshire Humane Society and half to the Al Nelson Friendship Center food pantry.

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How to Cook a Turkey 2018

Our turkey will be about 8 pounds. Mom will stuff it with butter. It will cook for 5 hours at about 2 degrees. She will stuff it with carrots, salad and a pork roast.

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Pittsfield's Places Annual Christmas Tree in Park Square

The city's holiday tree arrived in Park Square on the eve of Thanksgiving. Standing about 25-feet tall, the Colorado Blue Spruce was donated to the city by Timothy Rapkowicz of Euclid Avenue. City worker fell the tree from the property Wednesday morning and with the help of LP Adams, which donated the use of a crane for the installation, installed it at Park Square.

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North Adams Food Drive Brings in Record Amount

North Adams city employees and community members have donated a record-breaking 1,044 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items this year.

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North Adams Trees Donated in Memory of Peter Wright

The annual tree lighting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Eve, on Main Street. A number of events are planned to coincide with the tree lighting, which Santa Claus will attend.

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Berkshire Food Project Now Accepting Turkey Donations

The food project has provided a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to anyone who wants one for years. Last year, it cooked up 24 turkeys to feed around 250 people.

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Operation Christmas Soliciting Donations for North County Veterans

The drive started by veterans office assistant Tina Samson two years ago expects to provide gift bags to close to 200 veterans, widows and families this season.

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Williamstown's Fourth of July Offers Full Day of Activities

Chapin Lawn also will be the site of a morning yoga and meditation session hosted by Tasha Yoga and open to the public at 9 a.m. In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside the First Congregational Church on Main Street.

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Dream Center Brings Christmas To Morningside Community School

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A miracle happened at Morningside Community School last year. Well, at least that is what it seemed like to the students and staff. The Berkshire Dream Center "adopted" the school for Christmas and collected gifts for every single students and staff and delivered them the final day before the Christmas break.

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Reid Students Make Sacrifices to Give to Berkshire Children and Families

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.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Donate Christmas Gifts to DCF

The firefighters union wants children under DCF's care to have a merry Christmas. Pittsfield Fire Department I.A.F.F 2647 members donated and delivered presents Friday morning for the Department of Children and Families to give to 25 children. The social workers will now take those presents out and deliver them to the families.

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Santa Is Calling 121 Pittsfield Children

City children are getting unexpected phones calls Wednesday and Thursday night from Santa. Santa Claus is calling 121 city children this year as part of the annual North Pole Calling program. Each year about a dozen volunteers spend Wednesday night calling area children and the Knights of Columbus make calls the next night.

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Department of Agricultural Resources Has Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Holiday Season

The state Department of Agricultural Resources' Division of Animal Health is reminding residents to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy by planning ahead when traveling and being aware of potentially harmful holiday foods and decorations.

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Pittsfield Lights Christmas Tree

It's the holiday season. On Friday, the city of Pittsfield kicked off the Christmas festivities by lighting up the 35-foot tree that stands in Park Square.

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey. We do, however, caution that anyone following these recipes is doing so at their own risk.

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Elks Lodge Donates Gift Cards For North Berkshire Veterans

Sacco on Monday morning presented a stack of WalMart and Ocean State Job Lot gift cards to the Veterans Services Office in North Adams City Hall.

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Berkshire Food Project Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Hundreds were fed Monday evening at the Berkshire Food Project's Thanksgiving Dinner, part of its charge in making sure no one goes hungry this holiday season. The non-profit's new Executive Director Kim McMann said she feels this annual event is one that truly brings people together.

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Volunteers Prep For Third Annual Children's Extravaganza

The Children's Holiday Extravaganza returns for the third year on Nov. 26 with a record high number of tickets reserved.

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Williamstown Reminded of Struggle to Make America Great

The town's Fourth of July celebration reminded all of a "self-evident truth" not included in the Declaration of Independence: Throughout our history, what some call "American exceptionalism" has unjustly excepted millions of people. On the balcony of Williams College’s Chapin Library, actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival read the July 4 Declaration, a September 1776 reply from the British government, the 1787 Preamble to the Constitution, and excerpts from an 1852 speech by Abolition

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American Legion Will Provide Meal On Christmas Day

The North Adams American Legion Post 125 will once again provide a Christmas Day meal for all those in need. William Schrade, chairman of the Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at American Legion Post 125, said since 1955 the American Legion has been providing meals and company for those without during the holiday.

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Brayton Students Make Wreaths For North Adams Commons Residents

Sixth-grader Skyler Sprague, whom Holmes said was integral in organizing the project, said he felt it was important just to visit the residents at North Adams Commons. "On Christmas, we are always with our families and there are people that aren't with their families," Sprague said. "I can't imagine what my holiday would be like without my family because friends and family are what makes you happy."

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Dream Center 'Adopts' Morningside School for the Holidays

A few months ago Berkshire Dream Center pastor Katelynn Miner came up with a seemingly crazy idea: let's adopt an entire school for Christmas. "We are faith-based and I am the pastor so I was praying and asking God, what do you have for us this year? I really felt him drop it in my spirit, why not adopt a school?" Miner said on Thursday when a group of volunteers delivered more than 420 presents to Morningside Community School.

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Salvation Army Helps 300 Families Celebrate Christmas

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

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Adams Fire Department Deliver Gifts To Family In Need

A family in need this season got a visit from some local Santas: the Alert Hose Company. But rather than by reindeer-drawn sleigh, the gifts arrived by fire truck this past Sunday morning.

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