Wednesday November 7, 2012

With so many older adults living alone and in poverty, some Pittsfield-area seniors will undoubtedly be struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. That’s why the area Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

With the support of Elder Services of Berkshire County, the Dalton Council on Aging, Lenox Council on Aging, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County, area retailers, volunteers and members of the community, the local Home Instead Senior Care office will collect and distribute gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone.

The Be a Santa to a Senior program will kick off Friday and run through Dec. 28. Christmas trees, which will go up in the Berkshire West Athletic Club as well as Stop & Shop Supermarkets in Pittsfield and North Adams, will feature ornaments with the first names of the seniors and their respective gift requests.

Holiday shoppers are asked to pick up an ornament off special Be a Santa to a Senior Christmas trees, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, nonprofit workers and others to collect, wrap and distribute the gifts.

"Be a Santa to a Senior is another way to say ‘thank you’ to the many seniors who have made such important contributions to our community throughout the years," said Donna Smith, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Berkshire County. "It does make a difference.".

Info: visit www.beasantatoasenior
.com or call (413) 422-0907.

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Chronicling Great Barrington: One of The County Fare’s favorite programs -- WCVB’s "Chronicle" -- will feature Great Barrington in tonight’s episode. "Main Streets and Back Roads: Great Barrington, Massachusetts" airs at 7:30 p.m.

Kathryn Shehade, from WCVB-TV Boston, sent us this little tease about the show: "Smithsonian Magazine named it the best small town in America. In the 1700s, New York and Massachusetts fought over who owned it. Why does Great Barrington arouse such passion? Tonight, Shayna Seymour finds out by biking around this Berkshire town, paying a visit to Farm Girl and tracing the town’s strong African-American connection. Plus, we check out a $9 dollar castle for sale and check in on a local legend, singer Arlo Guthrie."

We’ll be watching!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Š Pittsfield’s Christmas Tree was set up on Tuesday morning at Park Square. It’s that time of year already!

The Pittsfield Department of Community Development Recreation Program had help setting the tree into place with the help of a number of workers.

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Safety first in Lenox: The Lenox Fire Department was awarded a $5,000 grant to buy work-zone safety equipment like barricades and safety cones to protect officers, motorists, and pedestrians in work zones and construction areas.

According to Lenox Fire Chief Dan Clifford, the work zone trailer is registered to the Lenox Fire Department but will be used by police, fire and public works departments.

"This trailer and its supplies were deployed during Hurricane Sandy to close roads in Lenox and to warn the public of the many hazardous conditions we encountered such as downed power lines and trees," said Clifford.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.