Inkberry Slates Course on Doggerel

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NORTH ADAMS - Inkberry is offering a four-week doggerel course taught by local poet and humorist Seth Brown beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The class will cover basic doggerel theory, limericks, Ogden Nash and how to create personalized light verse for special events, such as birthdays, weddings, toasts, etc.

Brown is a contributing editor to the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form, writes weekly limericks for BBSpot.com, and previously held a rhyming column in the Providence Journal. His current column for the North Adams Transcript, "The Pun Also Rises," won second place in the New England Press Association's 2006 humor column awards. He is the author of three books, most recently "Rhode Island Curiosities" (Globe Pequot Press, 2007). He is fluent in pig Latin, which is his favorite language because everything
rhymes. His Web site is RisingPun.com.


The course is geared to beginning writers and will meet at Inkberry, 61 Main St., Room 223, on Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. To register: 413-664-0775 or www.Inkberry.org. The four sessions are $75 ($67.50 for Inkberry
members).

Inkberry promotes the literary arts in the Berkshires with events and community partnerships that celebrate and support writing and reading. Inkberry is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Clarksburg Select Board OKs Municipal Proposals, Paint Stewardship Bill

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board last week endorsed several proposals by the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts and a paint stewardship program making its way through the Legislature. 
 
STAM is part of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which shares many of its priorities. 
 
"We're hoping to lobby, the Legislature for legislation promoting the the agenda of small and rural communities," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney, a member of STAM. "So like the Chapter 90 formula, which  gives us currently about $75,000 per year for road repairs, that we adjust it in favor of rural communities."
 
The formula for the $200 million in annual state Chapter 90 road funds is based on mileage, employment and income. This leaves small communities at a disadvantage.
 
"We're looking to advocate for $330 million in the road program. And this also is for bridges and they're asking for water systems," said McKinney. 
 
Another major proposal is the creation of a municipal building authority, similar to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, to aid towns and cities in renovating and replacing outdated buildings. 
 
"Nearly nearly half the buildings in Massachusetts are older and we are no exception to that rule," said McKinney, in the meeting room at the 1938 Town Hall. "We would also be looking for a state assistance to help the smaller communities be able to maintain their buildings in a manner that is consistent with their mandates."
 
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