Pittsfield: '4/7 Social' event will be held May 16

In conjunction with Third Thursday, the Berkshire Business Builders networking and referral group will hold a new event titled the "4/7 Social" on Thursday, May 16 on the lower level of the Tierney Building on 66 West St. The hours are 4 to 7 p.m.

Games, free raffles, giveaways, interesting exihibits by member businesses and free refreshments will be available. The raffle items include restaurant gift certificates, services, household items, artwork and floral arrangements.

Berkshires: Attractions cited by Yankee Magazine

Several Berkshire County attractions have been selected "Best of New England -- Editors' Choice" in Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England, which is on newsstands now.

This designation is awarded by Yankee's editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. Local "Editors' Choice" selections are:

Bousquet Mountain -- Best Disc Golf, Pittsfield; Briarcliff Motel -- Best Modernized Motel, Great Barrington; Firefly New American Bistro -- Best Porch Dining, Lenox; Garden Gables Inn -- Best Village Retreat, Lenox; Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church -- Best Acoustic Music, Great Barrington; and Hancock Shaker Village -- Best Stone Barn, Pittsfield.

The list also includes: Jack's Hot Dogs -- Best Retro Hot Dogs, North Adams; Martha Flood Design Studio & Fabric Gallery -- Best Fabric Design, North Adams; Mezze Bistro & Bar’ Best Garden Setting, Williamstown; and Savoy Mountain State Forest Campground -- Best Hiker's Campground, Florida.

N. Adams: River organization becomes nonprofit

The Hoosic River Revival Organization recently became a nonprofit organization and has released a new logo.

The group is planning to redesign North Adams' 60-year-old flood chutes. It has contracted with river restoration consulting firm, Milone & MacBroom, to assess the current state of those chutes, and propose alternative flood chute solutions that will maintain protection on the Hoosic, improve the quality of the river, and create economic development opportunities.

Milone and MacBroom has proposed 18 options for modifying the design of the chutes and enhancing its adjacent property.

The options are available to the public at www.HoosicRiverRevival.org. A city wide public forum will be on Saturday, June 15. The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth's Parish in North Adams.