County Fare: Clothes drive will provide prom dresses


The Berkshire Community Action Council has gathered about 200 new and gently used prom dresses available for girls hoping to go to the prom, but without the funds to get the expensive dress many dream of wearing.

BCAC staff and volunteers have collected the garments in the offices in North Adams, Pittsfield and Great Barrington. The clothing drive, "Once Upon A Dance," is BCAC's first foray into prom high fashion.

According to Aleta Moncecchi, director of community partnerships at BCAC, girls who need help with their prom ensemble will be reached through their guidance counselors, or can contact BCAC in North Adams at (413) 663-3014, Pittsfield at (413) 445-4503 or in Great Barrington at (413) 528-1947.

Girls who need help with hair, makeup or nails can also seek help with the folks at BCAC.


Robert L. Presutti, a consulting arborist in Pittsfield, has recently attained the highest level of certification in the arboriculture profession within Massachusetts. The examination was taken on April 4.

The MCA designation was established by the Massachusetts Ar borist Association and tests candidates on their knowledge of all aspects of arboriculture. The exam encompasses crucial areas such as tree biology, safety and laws, tree planting, tree risk management, pruning, cabling and bracing, as well as soil management and insect and disease management.

This is a voluntary certification program that gives individuals, as well as the companies that employ them, the opportunity to increase their knowledge and abilities within the tree care profession. Presutti is the RSVP volunteer coordinator for Springside Park in Pittsfield and past president of the Vincent Hebert Arboretum at the park.

Presutti has volunteered many hours working on trees at the city-owned Springside Park at 874 North St.

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi said, "Bob Presutti is one of those great community volunteers who enrich Pittsfield. It is not unusual to find Bob at Springside Park pruning, or planting trees. He is a real community treasure."


The Milne Library in Williamstown will join Goodwill Industries as a donation site.

A big white truck has begun accepting donations from the parking lot of the library. Donations may be made every second and third Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Through donations, volunteering, recycling initiatives and sales at its retail stores, area donors make it possible for Goodwill to train people in our community for jobs.

Donations can include furniture, electronics, holiday items, home goods, lightly worn clothing, books, bikes, albums, CDs, DVDs and videos, and accessories like jewelry, belts, scarves, pocket books and sunglasses

Goodwill also will recycle cardboard, cellphones, computers, metal and shoes.

Goodwill Industries of the Berk shires serves the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.

For more information, contact Pat McLeod, library director at (413) 458-5369 or pmcleod@ will iams

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


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