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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
12:41PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event.

The winners are ...

The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and giveaways.

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races. The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons. The 2018 annual Fall Foliage Children’s Race winners were:

3 & Under:
Girls, first, Aubrey Bishop, second, Aria Galambos and third Gianna Briggs; boys first, Jerry Pini, second, Caleb Ziter and third, Hudson Ziter.

4-5 Years Old: Girls, first, Sadie Ziter, second, Elianna Cyr, and third, Gabriella Pini; boys, first, Markus House, second, Lane Bonneville, and third, Jeffrey Moon

6-7 Years Old: Girls, first, Alanna Hallock, and second Kylie Bishop; boys first, Jackson Larabee, second, Dennis Cyr, and third, Andre Thomas & Justin Pini (tie).

8-9 Year Olds: Girls, first, Lillyonna Crawford, second, Mia DeOrdia, and third, Keira Hallock.

 

No parking

In other Fall Foliage Festival news, several emergency regulations will be in effect for the annual Fall Foliage Parade, set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in North Adams. No parking will be allowed in the parade route area beginning at 9 a.m.; this includes the following areas: Curran Highway, State Street, Hadley Overpass, Main Street, Ashland Street, Church Street, Lower Eagle Street (business district) and North Church Street.

Curran Highway will be shut down to northbound traffic at 11 a.m. at the intersection by Cumberland Farms. All parade participants are asked to enter the area from the north and exit to the south. Route 8 traffic will be detoured over Church Street, via Hodges Cross Road, to Main Street or West Shaft Road to Route 2. The entire parade route will be shut down to traffic at noon. Any cars that are found on the parade route will be ticketed and/or towed at the owners' expense.

 

Transportation survey

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is looking for people who drive, walk, bike, or use public transit in the Berkshires to complete a 10-minute Transportation Needs Survey. The survey can be found online here.

Responses will help identify potential roadway projects and transportation priorities in the county. The survey link can be forwarded to other county residents that might be interested.

 

Brain injury walk

Walk & Roll is the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts' largest event, taking place across the state on three consecutive weekends. On Saturday, Sept. 15, 130 individuals participated and raised $15,000 at the Berkshire walk at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire.

The Walk & Roll events bring together hundreds of people to celebrate the lives of brain injury survivors and remember those lost to brain injury while providing a place of comradery and healing for family and friends that have walked alongside them. Funds raised at the Walk & Roll help to provide programs to survivors, caregivers and professionals across the state in prevention, education, advocacy, support and resources.

The last of the Walk & Roll events will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Buzzard's Bay Recreation Area on the Cape Cod Canal.

 

Fall Day of Service

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the city of North Adams will hold the annual Fall Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center’s Venable Gym. Volunteer service will take place throughout the community from 9:30 a.m.to 12:45 p.m.

All are welcome to join in this effort as MCLA and local residents come together to clean up and improve the community. Throughout the more than two decades that this event has taken place, the scope and type of projects have evolved, as an increasing number of volunteers from both the college and North Adams have participated. This year's many service projects will include trail maintenance at Windsor Lake, renovating garden beds with the Growing Healthy Gardens program, deep-cleaning the UNO Community center, and cleaning up a brook on Brooklyn Street.
 
Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help. After they complete their service, volunteers will return to Venable Gym for pizza and a celebration, from 1 to 2 p.m. Register in advance online.

 

Volunteer tutors needed

The Literacy Network of South Berkshire is seeking new volunteer tutors to work with adult learners in Berkshire County. LitNet's mission is to transform the lives of adult learners, both immigrant and U.S.-born, through the power of literacy, education, and advocacy. Its flexible, personalized approach to tutoring enables adult learners to succeed in their jobs, support their families, and engage with their local communities.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, LitNet will begin its fall session of New Tutor Training in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This three-part series will introduce volunteers to the organization's mission and will offer comprehensive strategies for working with adult English Language Learners. Each session will run from 4 to 6 p.m. and will take place at the Lee Library, 100 Main St., Lee: Tuesday, Oct. 2; Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Monday, Oct. 15.

No prior teaching experience is necessary. Volunteer requirements include: curiosity, compassion, patience, and a willingness to help your neighbors in this community. Ongoing training and support for tutors is provided. To register, call 413-243-0471.

 

Route 7 bus routes

With the BRTA bus route service adjustments that started on Sept. 4, BRTA now has more service traversing state route 7 from September through May. The Route 34 bus leaves Downing Parkway, Pittsfield at 5:05 a.m., connecting to state Route 7, and arriving on Main Street, North Adams at 6:20 a.m. The Route 34 bus leaves Mohawk Forest at 6:50 p.m., connecting to state route 7, with a final destination of Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, at 7:40 a.m.

The Route 3 bus departs Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, at 6:20 a.m., connecting to state route 7, and arriving on Main Street, North Adams at 7:15 a.m. An additional BRTA Route 3 bus will depart from the ITC, Pittsfield at 1:45 p.m, travelling state Route 7, and arriving at the Williams Inn at 2:30 p.m. This bus will leave the Williams Inn at 3:35 p.m. via state Route 7, arriving at the ITC, Pittsfield at 4:20 p.m. The last Route 3 bus leaves the Williams Inn at 6:40 p.m, travelling state Route 7, with the final destination of Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, at 7:20 p.m.

The Route 3 bus can deviate from the fixed route and travel to: Clark Art Institute, Paresky Center, Stop and Shop, Greylock Elementary School, Brayton Elementary School and Goodwill. The Route 34 bus can deviate from the fixed route and travel to Ocean State Job Lot. To access these demand services, call 413-499-2782, option 1. Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 800-292-BRTA, ext. 1.

 

Grant deadlines

The final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2018 are now open at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Regional nonprofits, schools and individuals are invited to apply for funding. The application process for all grants is online.

For nonprofits, there are several grants available. The Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund supports projects that focus on improving water quality and protecting the community’s natural resources. Applicants must be able to match the grant in cash or in-kind services. Applications are due Sept. 30. The Community Development Collaborations initiative supports projects that will promote and strengthen the conditions for economic opportunity, town center development and affordable housing. It will provide one-year grants of up to $10,000 for nonprofits, community organizations, public agencies and town committees to plan and implement outreach activities that will help improve the economic well-being of residents and/or sustain town centers as commercial and civic hubs. Emails of intent will be accepted through Oct. 2. Apply here. And the Central Berkshire Fund supports nonprofits, public agencies and community organizations serving the residents of Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington and Windsor. Applications are due Oct. 10.

For nonprofits and individuals, the Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports projects about Judaism that aim to dispel religious prejudice, bias and intolerance. Applications are due Nov. 1.

For schools, four education enrichment funds will award grants for projects that enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers in Berkshire County schools: Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District (Oct. 1); SEE Fund for Mount Greylock Regional School (Oct. 6); Seven Towns’ Education Enrichment Program for the Central Berkshire Regional School District (Oct. 10); and Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund (Oct. 19).

 

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