Bennington Museum Hosts Holiday Workshop

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Bennington, Vt. - The deadline is approaching to reserve space in the Bennington Museum's latest Heritage Craft Workshop. On November 4 & 5 from 9 a.m. -4 p.m., local artisan Paula LaPorte will present "Holiday Baskets and Wreaths". Paula is an independent artist who weaves for a living as well as for art's sake. Her business and passion encompass both cane seat weaving and basket weaving. Her personal touch makes her work unique, fun, and inspiring. In this adult workshop Paula will bring her expertise to guide participants in making there own pieces to take home. On day one of the workshop, participants will create holiday baskets using a simple weave technique. During day two, they will create festive fabric holiday wreaths on a straw base. Basket materials and wreath bases will be provided; however, students should bring pinking shears and five yards of the fabrics of their choice. This beginner level workshop is $75 members/$85 non-members. Space is limited. Register by October 20 to ensure your reservation. Call the Programs Coordinator at 802-447-1571. By purchasing a membership at the museum, you will receive free admission to the museum as well as free and discounted admission to classes and events. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9) one mile west of the intersection of Routes 7 and 9 in downtown Bennington, Vermont. Open daily except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. For more information, visit a Internet web site.
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Pittsfield City Councilor Brings 16 Petitions to Meeting

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Newly elected Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio started his term with a slate of 16 petitions ranging from simple municipal updates to new initiatives.
"They are just things that came up over the campaign trail," Maffuccio said before the City Council meeting Tuesday. "People talked to me about these things and while they are fresh in my head I'd like to put the ideas right out there." 
The majority of the petitions were kicked off to separate committees, subcommittees, or departments. Many that made the agenda were also routed to committees, subcommittees, or departments by Council President Peter Marchetti.
Maffuccio first asked the city assessor to provide a list of vacant lots and buildings and a date for public auction. This was directed to the Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood who said this list already exists and will be made available to councilors who not yet have it.
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