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Kiwanis President Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland at the Park of Honor ceremony on Saturday. More than 400 flags will fly at Park Square through Thanksgiving.
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The Dalton American Legion provides the honor guard.
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Pittsfield Kiwanis Holds Park of Honor Opening Ceremony

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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Air Force recruiter Staff Sgt. Monica Ureste poses with the flags. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Kiwanis Club of Pittsfield celebrated the 11th annual Park of Honor with an opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

The club holds this fundraiser every year. Flags are purchased in honor of local veterans to raise money for scholarships to support children and grandchildren of veterans.

In the decade that the Pittsfield Kiwanis have been holding this fundraiser, the club has raised more than $1 million in scholarships. This year, it sold more than 400 flags.

"I could go on forever, I am so proud of this event and to have it continue for 11 years is a lot of  work," President Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland said.

She sent out a heartfelt thank you to the city of Pittsfield, which came to the rescue after the Kiwanis' loyal helper who usually installs the flags became ill. After giving Mayor Linda Tyer a call, the Pittsfield Highway Department was on site within a half hour to put up all of the flags at Park Square.

"This year's almost didn't happen," Tripp-Cleveland said. "One of our people that helps us every year is very very sick and he just couldn't do it, and so we're offering up some prayers and good thoughts for Ernie and wishing him a quick recovery because this community really appreciates everything that he does, and he does so much."

The Kiwanis president also thanked all of the donors including the Pittsfield Highway Department, the Rotary Club, and WBRK and Star 101. She is also thankful for Berkshire Gas, which has given a generous donation each year for the 11 years that the Park of Honor has been held.

In support of the Pittsfield Kiwanis, the Dalton American Legion did the colors and honor guard at the event. 

The flags will be on display until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when they will be taken down and donors will be able to pick them up.


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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After rider feedback, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has made some service changes.
 
The service changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. 
 
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