Sunday July 1, 2012

The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program has announced that lifeguards will be on duty at the public beach within Burbank Park Wednesdays through Sundays from July 4 to Aug. 19.

Lifeguards will provide beach supervision from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those days.

For more information, call Rebecca Tefft, recreation activities coordinator, at (413) 499-9370.

Pittsfield:

Athenaeum offers genealogy class

The Berkshire Athenaeum has announced that Alan Doyle Horbal, genealogist, will be presenting a basic genealogy course using the 1900 through 1930 United States Census.

Horbal will be using various websites to find immigration information. These websites will include steve
morse.org, ellisisland.org, castlegarden.org and family
search.org.

There will be two hands-on classes, one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and one from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the computer lab of the Berkshire Athenaeum on four consecutive Thursdays, July 12 through Aug. 2.

Internet proficiency and email address are required to take this class. The class is free and open to the public.

The class is sponsored by The Berkshire Family Hist ory Association and is limited to 12 participants. To register, contact the Berk shire Athenaeum Local History & Genealogy Dep art ment at (413) 499-9480, ext. 6.

Pittsfield:

Diabetes education offered by BMC

Berkshire Medical Cent er’s Diabetes Education Prog ram is offering a free series of educational sessions on pre-diabetes.

The sessions are designed for those whose physician has told them their blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be considered diabetes, or for those who have been told they are at risk for diabetes.

The sessions will be held on Mondays, July 16 and 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at BMC, in Private Dining Room B, adjacent to the BMC Café. The program is presented by Melanie Seserman, a registered dietitian at BMC.

The programs are limited to 20 participants, and pre-registration is required.

To register, call the BMC Diabetes Education Prog ram at (413) 395-7942 or register online through the Berkshire Health Systems website, www.berkshire
healthsystems.org.

Dalton:

CRA awarded grant for youth programs

The Dalton CRA recently received a $4,000 grant from the Berkshire Bank Found ation for 2012-13.

A portion of the grant will be used to create a financial aid fund that will provide assistance to needy families wishing to send their children to CRA camps or CRA sports programs.

The rest of the grant will be used to support teen leadership and mentoring programs, specifically the Junior/Senior Leaders and the Big Buddies Program.

The Junior/Senior Leaders program is a club for middle and high school students interested in community service projects. The Big Buddies Program matches children in need of a mentor with a high school student.

Those wishing to apply for financial assistance for summer camps or youth programs may apply at the Dalton CRA.