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Children at the Youth Center Inc. make 'recyclable' tree ornaments made of cinnamon and applesauce.
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Youth Center Green Team Make Recycling Ornaments

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The Green Team is a state-funded initiative to promote recycling and waste reduction by educating students. 
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Youth Center Inc.'s Green Team members made ornaments for Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District members, commissioners, and vendors.
The gifts this year not only graced Christmas trees but offered a simple reminder: recycle.
"The kids had a great time, got a better understanding of recycling, separation, and dual stream processes," the waste district's Program Director Linda Cernik said. "We hope what the kids learn they bring home with a better understanding of recycling."
Thirteen towns in Berkshire County are members of the waste management district and earlier this year the district started the Green Team initiative and partnered with local schools.
The Green Team is a state educational program designed to empower students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation and pollution prevention.
Cernik said they started making the ornaments, which resemble recycling bins, in December. She said they are made out of cinnamon and applesauce.
Students learned about recycling and were asked, "what is recycling and what does it mean to you?"
Tristan, age 12, said, "It is when you reuse an old material that can be used for something newer and modern. Recycling highers your self-esteem and helps save the planet. You feel better when you do good things."
Madilyn, age 7, said, "It is where something that you don't use anymore goes somewhere and they make inventions with the garbage. You can recycle bottles and cans and make something out of it."
Ryan, age 12, said, "Recycling means putting paper in the bin. If you recycle you can save the earth."
Jewelz, age 8, said, Throwing stuff away could kill the trees and then the animals will die and we will have no food. You should recycle so this does not happen."
Cernik said the ornaments were given to district board members, vendors, residents, and even the North Adams City Council as the city is looking to rejoin the district.
The district has more in store for the Green Team and when the weather gets better, plans to take the children on a trip to the Cheshire Transfer Station. 

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Cheshire Tag Sale and Bazaar

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Cheshire Community Association (CCA) announced the return of the Cheshire Community Tag Sale and Bazaar for its second year. 
Scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 9 AM to 1 PM, the event offers a day of treasure hunting, local craftsmanship, and treats at the Cheshire Community House located at 191 Church St, Cheshire.
Attendees can explore a variety of offerings, including handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles, and food options. The hot food truck, operated by the Berkshire Lodge of Masons AF & AM, will be stationed in the courtyard, serving up treats throughout the event.
One of the highlights of this year's event is the fundraising raffle, with all proceeds set to benefit the Cheshire Food Pantry. Participants can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes, supporting a worthy cause that serves the local community.
Registration for vendors interested in participating in the bazaar is currently open, with fees ranging from $10 to $30. Cheshire residents looking to showcase their items from home can have their locations advertised on the event map for a fee of $10. The deadline for registration is set for Friday, April 26, 2024.
Registration forms can be obtained from various locations across Cheshire, including A to Z Printing, Cheshire Community House, Cheshire Library, Cheshire Glassworks, Cheshire Senior Center, the Cheshire Community Association Facebook page, and the Cheshire Town website.
For more information about the event, including vendor registration and sponsorship opportunities, interested parties are encouraged to contact Jenny Gadbois at (413) 841-0844 or via email at
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