Local Attorney Receives Community Service Award

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Chris S. Dodig received the 2020 Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award on Oct 14, 2020. 
 
The award recognizes an attorney who has performed outstanding public service within their community.
 
Since his arrival in Berkshire County in 1990, Attorney Dodig has been an active member of the Berkshire community. He started his public service as a Big Brother within the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program for Berkshire County. He then branched out and began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous social service organizations within Berkshire County, including the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (1993-2013), the Family Life Support Center and Louison House (1995-2003), the North County Community Development Corporation and the Northern Berkshire United Way (2007-2017). 
 
Within his profession, he has served as an Executive Committee member for the Berkshire County Bar Association (2008- 2018), as a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and, as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (2010-present). 
 
He served many years as a coach within the Williamstown-Lanesborough Youth Athletics and participating regularly in the Town of Lanesborough"s Community Reading Day. 
 
In addition to his volunteer work, Attorney Dodig served in elected office as a member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee from 2012-2018, playing a role in consolidating the Lanesborough and Williamstown schools into a single district and shepherding the new Mount Greylock Middle and High School building project to its completion. He is currently serving as Lanesborough"s elected Town Moderator and as a Board Member for Barrington Stage Company.
 
"Attorney Dodig is an example of how an attorney can serve the community," Managing Partner Brigid M. Hennessey said. "His work makes a difference in our area and is an example to newer attorneys."
 
In his capacity as a partner at Donovan O"Connor & Dodig, LLP, Attorney Dodig has encouraged members of the firm to be engaged in the larger Berkshire community, especially the county"s various non-profit groups. 
 
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State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms

UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.
 
To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to fulfill their holiday decorating needs.
 
"Our administration believes in the importance of supporting our farms by shopping locally and purchasing holiday decorations from one of the commonwealth's many family-operated Christmas tree farms," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Now more than ever, it is a great time to spend quality time with your family while partaking in this outdoor activity which allows for proper social distancing."
 
Christmas tree season in Massachusetts provides hundreds of seasonal jobs at approximately 264 Christmas tree farms on approximately 2,801 acres of land from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The sale of more than 82,524 state-grown Christmas trees contributes approximately $3.5 million to the commonwealth's economy each year. Christmas tree farms, which are often sited on soils that cannot support other crops, stabilize soil, which helps prevent erosion and protect water supplies. When chipped, the trees can be used as a renewable source of energy to be burned as fuel, used as mulch, or composted.
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