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The union carpenters donated a days worth of labor to build the dugouts.
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Volunteers Build Dugouts At Taconic High School

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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At one point there were some 75 union carpenters working on the new school.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of those who worked on the new Taconic High School live in the area. They coach youth sports or they're volunteer firemen in their communities.
 
As the final pieces come together - with the school passing its final inspection on Friday - those workers turned their attention to the baseball field — even if they weren't getting paid for it.
 
The school project didn't include any work on the baseball field. But a volunteer effort from those who worked on the new school got the work done anyway.
 
On Saturday, two dozen union carpenters were on site volunteering their time to build dugouts.
 
"It is about giving back. The community uses a union contract, uses union labor, they get paid a fair, living wage. We want to give back. We want to work in the community and be part of the community," New England Regional Council of Carpenters Business Representative Timothy Craw said.
 
"Most of these guys and girls are sports coaches, we have a couple volunteer teachers."
 
Maxymillian had the contract for the excavation for the new school. Two weeks ago, they had volunteers on site doing drainage work to improve the baseball field and carved out the land for the dugouts. David Tierney had the school's concrete contract and he followed up, again on volunteer time, to pour the dugout's foundation. Skanska USA and Gilbane Construction had the contracts to manage the project and they donated the materials. LP Adams donated lumber for the project.
 
"This all started with a group of people, Jim Abel, the athletic director, and Anthony DiMartino. They got together a group to see what they could do," said James Moran, who is overseeing the Taconic Project for Skanska. 
 
"They desperately needed dugouts and now they've got them."
 
Gilbane and Skanska coordinated the efforts, reaching out to the various companies seeing if they'd help. The union had 24 people on site Saturday morning and planned to have the dugouts complete by the end of the day.
 
For the carpenters, this type of work is what they regularly do. Craw said they have a volunteer board which works with communities throughout the region on such efforts.
 
"These are all Berkshire County union carpenters. We've done ramps. We've done dugouts before. We've done house builds in Western Mass. Throughout New England, it is everything. It really depends on the needs of the community," Craw said.
 
The dugout project had been in talks for a while but the focus was on finishing the school. The students return on Wednesday. Moran said just about everything is ready to go - though the electrical shop won't be opening right away and the auditorium will be closed for two weeks of acoustic testing. But otherwise, the school will be ready to go and the construction is currently "on budget."
 
Demolition on the old school has begun. Moran said the school is expected to be down by the end of the year.
 
The project wasn't just a good one to provide work for the carpenters but the school's vocational programs will train future carpenters. Craw said he is already working with the school to find at least 10 apprentices at the end of the school year. 
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dc. 6-12

Enjoy sixteen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the on First Friday Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

The Office of Cultural Development will host its 5th annual Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts during the First Friday festivities. Almost 50 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wreaths, kissing balls and table pieces will be available for purchase and auction following the lighting of the tree in Park Square. Enjoy music and refreshments at a preview reception starting at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Grab-and-go options will be available. All funds raised at this event go to the South Congregational Church Food Pantry. Admission at the door is $10, or purchase tickets in advance at the Lichtenstein Center or by emailing slemme@cityofpittsfield.org. 

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