Great Barrington Names Assistant Town Treasurer

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Jackie Dawson
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has promoted Jackie Dawson to the position of assistant town treasurer.
 
She has been working in the office of the town Department of Public Works since 2017 as an administrative assistant.
 
Dawson has a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York at Albany and lives in Hillsdale, N.Y.
 
She will now report to Town Collector/Treasurer Alicia Dulin, who joined the Town Hall staff earlier this year.
 
"We thank Jackie for her years of service helping to run the DPW office in town and look forward to working with her in this new position in Town Hall," Town Manager Mark Pruhenski said. 
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MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined the many benefits of their line of work.

This includes adding $3.5 million to the state's economy each year with the sale of about 83,000 trees, providing a renewable source of energy when burned, producing biomass and removing carbon dioxide from the air, and providing stable refuge for wildlife.

"We try to rotate every year and it was the Berkshires turn this year," Lebeaux explained.

The farm has been in business since 1979, when Peter Alden Sweet Sr. married Carol Joan Wright. With the help of a $50,000 grant from MDAR, the family was able to build a gift shop/workshop that was completed about a year ago.

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