Berkshire Athenaeum celebrates Earth Day With Computer Recycling Collection

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In observance of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, the Berkshire Athenaeum will host a computer recycling collection starting Tuesday, April 20, through Friday, April 30.
 
The event, that is in collaboration with Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, is part of the Dell-Reconnect residential recycling program, an initiative that works in partnership with the Goodwill. 
 
Accepted items include monitors, scanners, computer mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, computers, hard drives, speakers, cords, and cables; television sets will not be accepted.
 
"Clearing your home of outdated technology and disposing of these items responsibly is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. This collection has become something of an annual tradition for the athenaeum and we're excited to partner with Goodwill to offer it again this year," said Technical
Services Supervisor Autumn Mawhinney.
 
Patrons can drop off recycled items during regular library hours in the designated bin, located near the Athenaeum's Wendell Avenue entrance. For daily hours of operation, please visit pittsfieldlibrary.org.
 
Individuals should be sure to remove all personal data from devices, as neither Dell nor the Berkshire Athenaeum is liable for data removal or protection.
 
Since July 2018, over 73,000 pounds of computer equipment has been recycled thanks to the Dell-Reconnect partnership with four Berkshire County Goodwill stores.
 
The Dell-Reconnect program was established in 2004. Trained staff in 44 states sort and process collected equipment that is picked up and recycled by Dell. Revenue from Dell's program supports Goodwill's employment placement and job training services.
 
For more information about the recycling event, please call 413-499-9480 or email info@pittsfieldlibrary.org
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Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Canceled Again

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's famed Fourth of July Parade has fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic once more.
 
On Friday morning, Mayor Linda Tyer delivered "breaking news" that the parade will be canceled this year for the second time since 1977. It was also canceled last year due to the novel coronavirus.
 
"It's disappointing to have to put another pause on the Fourth of July parade, but I just don't think that we can safely hold it this year," Tyer told local radio station Live 95.9.
 
Though large outdoor gatherings of 250 people and parades will be permitted at 50 percent capacity beginning on May 29, Tyer said this does not help the parade because there is no way of determining the capacity and then limiting it to half. The parade regularly brings thousands of people to North Street and involves hundreds of participants and volunteers.
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