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Berkshire Money Management prepares facemarks for distribution on Thursday.

Berkshire Money Management to Distribute Free Facemasks

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DALTON, Mass. — In reaction to Gov. Baker;s recent order requiring all Massachusetts residents to wear face covering when they are out in public beginning Wednesday May 6, Berkshire Money Management has secured 5,000 hand-sewn cloth facemasks to make available to the community. 

The bulk of these masks will be distributed Thursday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at Berkshire Money Management, located at 161 Main St. in Dalton.

"The first phase of our donations was to help health-care workers until they could get their supply chains in order," said BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris. "Our next phase is to help prepare the community to safely leave their homes and into their favorite local stores. We're here to help the Berkshires get back to business."

Visitors will be asked to drive through the circular driveway, going clockwise, stopping at a no-touch handoff point to receive a family-sized package of five masks. All masks are donations from BMM and will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Berkshire Money Management has donated nearly 30,000 masks and other PPE to the local community.


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Dalton Green Committee Navigates Adding Fire District to Green Communities Division

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Green Committee considering including the Fire District under the town’s Green Communities Division. 
 
During the Green Committee's last week, member Thomas Irwin broached the subject with his fellow members. 
 
The town is part of the state Green Communities Division, which aids local municipalities in lowering lower energy use, through clean energy projects in buildings, facilities, and schools, by providing grants, technical assistance. 
 
Irwin and Committee Chair David Wasielewski will look into this information to determine if incorporating the district is possible. 
 
The Fire District and town are two separate governing bodies. The Fire and Water departments are the Fire District's responsibility. The Board of Water Commissioners and the Prudential Committee govern the district.
 
There are a number of steps that would have to be undertaken. One easy step is having the district approve a zero emission vehicle policy for the Fire Department, Irwin said. 
 
Irwin informed the committee that Fire Chief Christian Tobin said he sees no barriers in approving a policy and that they are in the process of getting a policy approved. 
 
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