The Boston Book Festival Is Coming to the Berkshires this October

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BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston Book Festival is coming to the Berkshires this October, virtually.
The Book Festival will be free and online this year and include outdoor activities, one that will take place in the Berkshires.
The festival is collaborating with Melville's Arrowhead home in Pittsfield and The Mount in Lenox to be part of the festival's Book Hunt, a scavenger hunt that will involve posting clues on social media as to where the books are hidden on the different properties. 
The Emily Dickinson House and Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, Conn., and the Walden Woods Project and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House in Concord will also be included.
The Book Hunt will also be citywide in Boston.
Follow the book hunt on twitter at @Bostonbookfest and the hashtag #BBFBookHunt.
More information can be found here.
To see the full line-up of free virtual events all October click here

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Pittsfield Panel Supports New Lee Bank Site Proposal

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board on Tuesday passed two special permits and a site plan for the build of Lee Bank's new location on the corner of Reed Street and South Street.

The bank's site plan was approved with a recommendation that only the 290-foot portion of Reed Street that fronts the location be converted into two-lane traffic. Originally, the applicants favored converting the whole street to two-way traffic for accessibility.

The structure, which will consist of a first-floor bank and second-floor residential units, was granted a waiver for loading zone requirements and an exception for a maximum setback of 25 feet from Reed Street

A setback exception was approved with the condition that the applicants submit a more detailed landscaping plan and have the bank's sign mounted on the building rather than on the lawn. In the recently established Downtown Creative District, there is a maximum setback of 15 feet for all structures.

Project team James Scalise of SK Design Group and Anthony Allegrone of Allegrone Construction represented Lee Bank at the meeting. Lee Bank President Charles "Chuck" Leach was also in attendance.

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