In the Berkshires

Tuesday May 15, 2012


Literacy Volunteers to hold tutor training

Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, an adult-to-adult literacy tutoring program, will hold an orientation for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor in English for speakers of other languages.

The orientation will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Anyone who has graduated from high school is eligible to become a literacy volunteer; knowledge of a foreign language is not required.

The orientation will include information about the services offered, what a typical tutoring experience is like, and what is involved in a volunteer commitment.

Karen Wallace, director, will provide information about the next training, which will be held at the library from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 31, June 5, 7, 12, 19 and 21. The orientation and training sessions are free.

Information: Wallace at (413) 499-9487 or email her at


Fire District’s annual meeting tonight at 7

The Dalton Fire District’s annual meeting will be held today at 7 p.m. at the fire station. There are no increases in either the district’s tax rate or the water bills.

Elections will be held for a three-year term on the Prudential Committee, a three-year term on the Board of Water Commiss ioners, a one-year term for auditor of the district, and a year-long term for moderator.

There are 22 other articles on the annual warrant.

The largest items include $117,635 for district administration; $547,060 to run the Water Department; $449,433 for loan payments; and $235,317 for Fire Depart ment. Other articles include a $24,245 proposal to buy a new truck for the Water Depart ment; $2,500 to match a grant to buy forest fighting equipment; and $30,000 toward a 5 percent federal grant match to buy a ladder truck with a pump.


Award-winning artist to lead workshop

The Adams Free Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s all-new workshop, "Que Sera, Seurat! How to Pastel Paint Optically with Color," from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the library, 92 Park St.

This pastel painting workshop serves beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public.

Register in advance by calling (413) 743-8345.


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