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Pittsfield Halloween Parade Canceled, Trick or Treat Is On

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's long-beloved Halloween parade is canceled for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19 but trick-or-treat is a go.

Recreation & Special Events Coordinator Becky Manship told the Parks Commission on Tuesday that unfortunately there will be no parade due to a rise in COVID-19 cases but local children will be able to go door to door for candy on Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Those who are interested in handing out candy are to leave their outside lights on during this time.

Manship said this is the planned date, but the virus could warrant a change of plans as with all events.

"It's too early to really tell what the numbers will be at that point so stay tuned on messaging down the road," she said.

Park and Open Space Program Manager James McGrath said it is really up to parents' discretion if they want their families to participate in trick-or-treat or not.

"It never has been mandatory to participate in trick-or-treating," he said. "We just want to make certain that the tradition can continue but parents can make good decisions and keep their children safe in their neighborhood."

To accommodate people who are wary about participating in trick-or-treating in person, Manship is planning to do a virtual citywide costume and house decorating contest again this year.


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Lenco Donates Rescue Vehicle to Berkshire Rescue Team

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Lenco Vice President Lenny Light, left, BMSAR President Michael Comeau and Lenco design engineer Brian Sears, a BMSAR volunteer. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lenco Armored Vehicles has donated a $20,000 utility terrain rescue vehicle to the volunteer Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue team after reading of their fundraising efforts on iBerkshires.com.

Team President Michael Comeau said the Polaris UTV will be a huge game-changer for BMSAR, as it will drastically increase the efficiency and the response time to extricate a person from wooded or mountainous terrain and get them to safety.

"All of the team is saying the same thing: 'This is going to so much increase our capabilities for getting to someone, getting equipment to scenes, getting a patient out of the woods or wherever they're in danger," he said.

"And so the membership was really excited to have this."

The four-wheel-drive vehicle features two rows of seats to fit the team members and has an insert in the back that secures a stretcher with a seat for a medic next to it. It also has a light bar for increased visibility and a hook in the front of the vehicle for towing in cases of heavy terrain.

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