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This year's tree lighting in North Adams will be held virtually because of the pandemic restrictions.

North Adams Plans Virtual Tree Lighting

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams' holiday tree lighting will have a different look this year. 
 
The annual event, which kicks off the holiday season in the city, will be held virtually beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. We respectfully ask that instead of gathering downtown, community members join the celebration by tuning into a special broadcast event in order to limit public gathering as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The virtual tree lighting event will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television (NBCTC) channel 1301 and livestreamed on iBerkshires.com. 
 
Mayor Thomas Bernard will kick off the event with an in-studio holiday message, joined by a special guest. Afterward, the ceremonial switch will be thrown, lighting up the holiday trees and Main Street. Following the tree lighting local favorite Rebel Beat Sound System will spin holiday music to lift everyone’s spirits.
 
"The public health guidance is clear and consistent — public gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu," said Bernard. "A virtual celebration lets us all see and enjoy the spectacle of lighting up our downtown while ensuring social distancing and safety for everyone. It also allows family and friends who are unable to travel this year to get a taste of hometown North Adams spirit by tuning into the livestream event."
 
The city is offering thanks to Beth and Marcus Webb of Windsor for donating the tree at the top of Main Street, and to Debbie Sullivan of North Adams for donating the tree at City Hall in memory of Elizabeth Lavigne Patterson. 
 
Thanks also to the city Department of Public Services, Wire & Alarm, and the Fire and Police departments for getting the trees downtown and set up, as well as to National Grid, Arbortech Tree Co., Atlantis Equipment, and Moresi & Associates for their assistance in the tree installation.
 
While this celebration looks a bit different this year the city said it is grateful to Berkshire Bank, Cascade School Supplies, First Baptist Church, the Drury High School band, MountainOne, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts for their many years of support for this special event.

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Big Y Giving Workers Two Days Off

Big Y has issued a reminder that it will close all stores including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, as well as Friday Nov. 27. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.
 
Big Y officials say this two-day closing is to thank the thousands of employees for their continued hard work and tenacious efforts throughout the challenges of being an essential service throughout the pandemic and so their employees can rest and spend more time with their families. In addition, the closure will allow time for extra cleaning, restocking and preparations for the remainder of the holiday season.
 
Big Y also closed on Easter Sunday and Monday (April 12 & 13) in order to give its teams some much needed rest. In addition to these days of rest for their employees, Big Y has provided thank-you pay and now thank-you bonuses for front-line workers in recognition of their continued commitment to each other and to their customers.
 
All locations will re-open on Saturday, Nov. 28, for their usual hours. More information can be found on bigy.com.
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