Harbor Freight Tools recalling drills for safety reasons

Harbor Freight Tools, a national chain that recently opened a store in Pittsfield, is recalling cordless drills due to fire and burn hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the CPSC, Harbor Freight's drill master 18-volt cordless drills with item numbers 68239 and 68287 contain an internal switching mechanism that can become stuck in the "on" position and overheat causing fire and burn hazards.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drills and return the unit to the nearest Harbor Freight store to receive a replacement drill. Harbor Freight Tools store in Pittsfield is located at 694 Merrill Road.

Information: Contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST Monday-Friday; or go to www.harborfreight.com, and click on Recall Service Information under Customer Service. Consumers can also email Harbor Freight Tools at recalls@harborfreight.com.

Government information: www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls/2016/Harbor-Freight-Tools-Recalls-Drills.

Berkshire County Arc elects officers for 2015-2016

Berkshire County Arc re-elected several officers for the 2015-16 year at the organization's 61st annual meeting on Nov. 13.


Kenneth W. Singer was re-elected president and CEO; Joseph P. Woitkowski, chairman of the board; Debra Jarck, vice-chair; Michael Ferry, treasurer; Attorney Thomas J. Hamel, assistant treasurer; and Bob Sinopoli, clerk.

The board's other members includes: Linda Carnevale, Kathy Clark, Douglas Craighead, Anthony Mazzeo, Dr. Mark Pettus, and Kimberly Sinopoli.

Founded in 1954, Berkshire County Arc is a non-profit human services organization.