The spruce was donated to the city by Teena Guenther and Paul Askew.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Christmas tree has arrived.
City workers, with help from L.P. Adams, installed the 35-foot donated tree Thursday morning.
Weighing just about one ton, the tree was donated by Broadway Street residents Teena Guenther and her husband, Paul Askew.
Jim Sullivan owned the home prior and said he had planted the tree 30 years ago.
"I planted that tree around 30 years ago, my daughter brought a blue spruce twig home from school (Capeless Elementary) and I stuck it in the ground in the front yard," Sullivan wrote on iBerkshires' Facebook post about the installation.
The city cut down and loaded the tree onto a flatbed truck Thursday morning, transported it down First Street, and over to Park Square. There L.P. Adams had a crane waiting to lift it and set it down on the tree stand.
The tree will be lit on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The Taconic High School chorus will be singing carols and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to meet with children. There will be free hot chocolate available, donated by Patrick's Pub.
Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry.
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BRPC, Mill Town Unveil Outdoor Recreation Plan
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
The Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Plan lists assets within the county and recommendations on how to leverage them.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission unveiled a countywide outdoor recreation plan last week in conjunction with Mill Town Capital.
Leaders from Mill Town, BRPC and local partners produced a 210-page report that outlines an analysis of the existing outdoor recreation landscape of the Berkshires as well as recommendations for expansion.
"We thought this was a really strong area to flesh out investment, philanthropic areas, and projects so we can just keep building a lot of momentum and infrastructure around the outdoor recreation economy," Caroline Holland, managing director at Mill Town, said at a virtual press conference held Thursday.
Superintendent Jason McCandless gave the School Committee an update Wednesday and compared known state reopening guidelines to what the Pittsfield Public Schools has tentatively planned or is expecting.
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