In the Berkshires

Saturday August 4, 2012


Hospice to offer
grief support group

Hospice Services of Western Mass. will hold its six-week grief support program on consecutive Tuesdays, Aug. 21 through Oct. 2, from 4 to 5 p.m., at Moments House, 194 Fenn St.

The program is open to the public and is free. Those who desire to attend should register in advance with group facilitator Dennis C. Castella at (413) 442-0045.


The Christian Center
seeks school supplies

The Christian Center is seeking donations of school supplies for elementary school children in the community.

Children from low-income families cannot afford lunch, let alone school supplies.

Supplies needed for students in kindergarten through 5 include backpacks and book bags. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Donations may be dropped off or mailed to The Christian Center, 193 Robbins Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The Christian Center, located at the corner of Linden Street and Robbins Avenue, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For additional information, call (413) 443-2828 or visit www.christ


Water restrictions
remain in effect

Residents are reminded that the Selectmen have issued restrictions on the use of municipal drinking water for nonessential outdoor use until further notice.

Outdoor water usage is restricted to hand-held watering only and is limited to early morning (before sunrise) and late day (after sunset). The use of automatic sprinkler systems is prohibited.


Winery to host
hike, wine tasting

A full moon hike and bonfire will be held tonight at Hilltop Orchards, home of Furnace Brook Winery, located at 508 Canaan Road/Route 295.

A guide will lead the group on a hike of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours beginning at 8 p.m. A bonfire, wine tasting and live musical entertainment will immediately follow. This interactive journey incorporates Native American traditions relating to moonlight.

The cost is $10, which includes the guided hike and tasting of up to six Furnace Brook Wines. The event is open to adults 21 and older.

Pre-registration suggested as the number of participants is limited. To register, call (413) 698-3301 or email winemak;

Stephentown, N.Y.:

Troy’s 1863 draft riot
is subject of talk

Michael Barrett will give an illustrated talk on the city of Troy’s draft riot of 1863 at a meeting of the Stephentown Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Stephentown Heritage Center on Garfield Road.

While the city of Troy was a bustling industrial center during the Civil War period, the lives of her workers reflected the same social, financial and emotional upheaval that had torn the nation apart. This illustrated lecture is a true story about the people and events which don’t always make it into the history books.

Barrett is employed as deputy director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway in Troy. He is a past chairman and editor of the Capital District Civil War Roundtable.

The event is free and open to the public. The building is handicapped accessible. For directions or information, call (518) 733-5675.


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