County Fare: Lenox woman cycles Fenway as Pan-Mass Challenge warm-up


Suzanne Merritt, of Lenox, a cancer survivor who plans to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge cycling fundraiser in August, recently took a warmup ride -- at Fenway Park.

Merritt was among the survivors who rode their bikes around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony June 15 that marked the team's 12th year as sponsor of the PMC and celebrate PMC cyclists' commitment to raising money for cancer research.

On Aug. 2-3, together with 5,800 cyclists, Merritt will ride up to 190 miles across Massachusetts in the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge. This year's goal is to raise $40 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Other Berkshire County riders planning to participate in the challenge are John Chaves, of Dalton; Gregory Babich, of Lenox Dale; Judy Bates, Christopher Fenton, Kevin Mitts, and Suky Werman, all of Lenox; Trevor Bartlett, Daniel Moon, Richard Simons, and Craig Smith, of Pittsfield; James Murray, of Stockbridge; and Kris Herman, Sam Smith and Laurie Thomsen, all of Williamstown.


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Artists and chairs are being sought for the second annual Great Chair Auction to benefit programs of The Youth Center Inc. in Adams. The program is also sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

Donated chairs are given to local artists who paint them with various designs and themes. The painted chairs are then collected in September and displayed at local businesses throughout Berkshire County.

On Sunday, Oct. 19, the chairs will be auctioned during a special event held at Bounti-Fare Restaurant in Adams.

Chairs are now available. Artists interested in painting a chair, or people interested in donating a chair to be painted, can contact The Youth Center Inc. at (413) 743-3550, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Last year, more than 50 chairs were sold at auction.

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


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