Berkshire County Historical Society Elects Board of Directors and Officers

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Berkshire County Historical Society held its annual meeting at the Country Club of Pittsfield.
Election of board members and officers for 2023, a review of 2022 activities, and readings by current Melville Fellows were part of the meeting.
Board Members and Officers Elected
Cynthia Brown, Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; Ann-Marie Harris, First Assistant, Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum (retired); Eileen Myers, Vice President, Berkshire Medical Center (retired); and Carol Nichols, Social Worker (retired); were elected directors, serving a two-year term. In addition, John Dickson, President of the Pittsfield Historic Commission, was elected by special nomination of the Board to serve a one-year term.
Officers elected for 2023 are Cynthia Brown, President; John Hamilton, Vice President; Robert Salerno, Treasurer; and Donald Pfeifer, Secretary

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Pittsfield Lights Permanent, Young Christmas Tree

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Linda Tyer welcomes the crowd to her last tree lighting as mayor. She leaves office in January. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's permanent Christmas tree was lit for the holidays for the first time on Friday. Though the young tree is currently 9 feet tall, it is expected grow up to 50 feet in time.

"Look at our petite sweet little Christmas tree. I know it's a surprise to all of you to see that we have planted a tree in Park Square instead of our past tradition of having a big tree donated," Mayor Linda Tyer said.

"We really felt strongly that this was the time for us to preserve our natural forests by not cutting down trees and planting a tree here in Park Square that will grow and grow and grow, and I encourage moms and dads and grandparents and caregivers to get a photo with your kids next to this tree every year so you can watch them and the tree grow."

The rain didn't stop the tree-lighting ceremony on Friday. Families gathered with umbrellas around the conifer that was planted in October as they waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.

"Here comes Santa Claus," Recreation and Special Events Coordinator Maddy Brown said as the Pittsfield High School chorus sang "Winter Wonderland."

The jolly duo pulled up on firetrucks to a long line of children waiting to recite their Christmas lists.

The tree was lit before the guests arrived, as the city felt due to its small stature it would be more festive to have it that way. Additionally, the shrubs around the fountain were illuminated.

Last year, the tree lighting ceremony returned in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Over the years, it has become harder for the city to locate a tree and transport it for installation.

This type of fir has a silver blue color, is more desirable under urban conditions, and has the least pest problems of many evergreens, Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said. It will grow about 10 inches per year and will typically reach 30-50 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide when mature.

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