North Adams Seeking Christmas Trees for 2021 Holiday

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is seeking two Christmas trees to decorate for the downtown this holiday season. 
 
The trees should 25 to 30 feet in height and will be placed at the top of Main Street at Monument Square and near City Hall in Dr. Arthur O. Rosenthal Square.
 
Trees are sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November. Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the North Adams Fire Department at 413-662-3102. If calling after hours, leave a message and someone will return your call. 
 
The tree lighting is traditionally held on Thanksgiving Eve, which this year is Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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The joint public health advisory was issued Monday by the North Adams Board of Health and the Office of the Mayor and is effective immediately.
 
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