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 www.benningtonmuseum.org Internet web site.
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Pittsfield City Council Passes Capital Budget for FY21

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has approved the $8.4 million capital budget that was pulled out of the fiscal 2021 budget at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The council accepted an order from the mayor Tuesday to borrow an aggregate a sum not exceeding $8,470,000 for General Fund Capital Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2021 to address various city projects.
 
"There is enough back up in the packet to be able to move forward with this tonight Many of these are ready to go out to bid," Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood said. "... We would really like to get these projects moving and done before winter."
 
With questions around the budget during the early days of the pandemic, the administration decided to pull all capital projects out of the budget. And with uncertainty over state aid, the administration was hesitant to commit money toward projects.
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