Dog Day Parade Brings Out Pooches

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Dog Day of Fall Parade
Some 50 pups turned out Saturday morning for the 1st annual Dog Day of Fall Parade in North Adams, Mass. This newest addition to the Fall Foliage Festival featured dogs of all sizes dressed up for the fall season. Some took on the theme from this year's festival of "Our Heroes" and came dressed as police officers, postal carriers and valiant steeds. Others just had fun as little devils, 'Babe' the pig and pea pods. Look for more photos on Monday.

More about what's happening at the Fall Foliage Festival here.

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Hoosic Riverside Stroll Reveals Incomplete Food Chain

By Tor HanseniBerkshires columnist

The number of merganser ducklings decreased from a dozen to two.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Take a summertime stroll along the Hoosic River in North Adams and scan the river that supports a surprising diversity of aquatic life. 
Where the elevated berm that flanks the Joseph H. Wolfe Field and the soccer fields, starting where the chutes that harness the river taper down, walking upriver one can scan the riversides for insects and birds, and maybe spot a muskrat and a turtle snout. There a rich array of shrubs and wildflowers abound, forming a
marginal thicket, and thanks to thoughtful river management , must be allowed to grow and provide not only shelter, but essential resources for pollinating bees, nectar for butterflies, and seclusion for nesting birds.
By midsummer the river can decline to a shallow but steady slow flow, indicating that a serious drought has affected the decreasing level of life-giving water borne from mountain brooks, going dry well before wildlife complete their life-cycles. Off to a roaring start the rites of spring gathered momentum as frequent rains provided manifold niches for the fauna. However, by mid-July, the effects from the drought result in considerable drawdown of the Greylock Reservoir, and the spillway also runs to bone dry. 
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