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The Northern Berkshire Cat Rescue will hold an Easter craft fair to benefit the cats from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the PNA, 13 Victory St.


The 2013 dog licenses are now available at the town clerk's office and are due April 1. The fees are $15 for male/female and $5 for neutered male/spayed female. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be shown.

The clerk's hours are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dogs not licensed by June 1 will have a $15 late fee added to the cost of the license.

In addition, copies of the proposed telecommunications town bylaw are available at the town clerk's office during business hours. This proposed zoning bylaw will be voted on at the annual Town Meeting on June 10.


The St. Agnes Fundraising Committee will hold its annual Palm Sunday bake sale in the Parish Hall, 34 Carson Ave., after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and after the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses on Sunday.

The Dalton Free Library's Book Group will be reading Eowyn Ivey's "The Snow Child" for its next discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the library, 462 Main St.

Copies are available and the public is welcome to attend with registration at the library.

The group has already chosen the April read, "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Steadman.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Friends, the library purchases eight copies for circulation. Additional copies are available through the CWMARS loan system.

For more information, visit www.daltonlibrary.org or call the library at (413) 684-6112.


The Egremont Democratic Town Committee will hold its nominating caucus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the North Egremont Firehouse. Polls will be open for one hour. The purpose of the caucus is to choose nominees for the following town offices to be
elected on Tuesday, May 14:

Moderator, one-year term; town clerk, one-year term; tree warden, one-year term; Water Commission, one one-year term and one three-year term;
selectman, three-year term; assessor, three-year term; library trustee, three-year term; Cemetery Commission, three-year term; constable, three-year term; Planning Board, five-year term.

All registered Democrats are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Great Barrington

Local author David Fine will be reading from his new work of fiction, "Missing Persons," from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Ramsdell Library in Housatonic.

"Missing Persons" chronicles the journey taken by a professor of music to recover his family's history and his attempts to understand the past events that shaped him.

The reading will include a discussion on the writing process and will be followed by a book signing by the author. Books will be available to purchase.


Hancock Central School is accepting applications for School Choice students for the 2013-14 school year. There are openings in pre-kindergarten through grade 6.

For further information, contact Principal Jeanne Filiault at (413) 738-5676 or visit www.hancockschool.org.


Fiscal Year 2013 Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes, Commit-ment 1, are due on Thursday, March 28. Bills were mailed Feb. 26.

Payments received after March 28 will be subject to 12 percent interest after the due date.

Taxpayers are asked to include the Collector Copy (bottom half) of their bill with their payment. Payments should be mailed to the Town of Lanesborough, Tax Coll-ector, P.O. Box 1616, Lanesborough, MA 01237.

Taxpayers who have received a bill for a vehicle they no longer own must contact the Board of Assessors at (413) 442-8622 to file for an abatement.

For those who wish to pay in person, the Tax Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Information: Collector's office at (413) 442-0813 or e-mail lanesborocollector@verizon.net.


The Good Purpose Gallery Starving Artist Café will present Sharon Charde and Jan Conn during the Writers Read series at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the gallery, 40 Main St.

Writers Read is a monthly series of established poets and writers reading from their works for 30 minutes or less.

The authors' books will be available for purchase after their readings. There is no admission fee, but a hat is passed for the writers and poets.

Information: David Gia-nnini, series coordinator, at davidgpoet@gmail.com.


"The Aging Ear," a Lenox Council on Aging Coffee Hour presentation, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Lenox Community Center. Robert LaCosta, hearing instrument specialist, and Nancy Gleason, medical liason, will address several topics of aging-related hearing loss. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Monterey Firehouse. Dr. John Makuc will administer the shots. The cost is $12.

Dog licenses will be available at the clinic or during the town clerk's office hours. Current licenses expire March 31. The fee for spayed/neutered dogs is $4. Bring proof of current rabies vaccine.

North Adams

The Greylock Girls Girl Scout Service Unit will hold a movie fundraiser to help with their camporee, bridging ceremony, and other service unit events and expenses.

"The Croods" will be screened at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the North Adams Movie Plex. Cost is $8 per person (cash only) and includes popcorn and soda. This event is open to the public.


The Peru Council On Aging will resume its First Thursday pot luck luncheons at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Community Center on Route 143. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite food dish and a friend. Seniors from surrounding towns are welcome.

Peru Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its weekly Bible Study from 7 to 8 tonight in the Community Center cafeteria, 3 East Main Road. Led by the Rev. Warren Scamman, tonight's topic is "Love." A study guide by Charles Stanley will be available.

Those interested in joining in the distribution of spring/Easter cards to residents of Craneville Place are asked to be at the church at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A Maundy Thursday service is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 28 in the church.Pittsfield

Pilgrim Memorial Church will hold an Easter Penny Social at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Doors will open at 1 p.m. The church is located at 249 Wahconah St.


The Sheffield Senior Center at 25 Cook Road will resume its popular "Sit to be Fit" classes again after the winter break. Classes will meet from 10:15 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday beginning April 2.

Designed and led by instructor Sandra French, this class is for those who might have difficulty standing for a regular exercise class, which is also available at the center. French is certified by the American Senior Fitness Association.

The cost is $3 per class. Those needing transportation to the Senior Center for this class or any activity may call the Center at (413) 229-7037.


The Berkshire Association of the United Church of Christ will sponsor its annual men's Palm Sunday worship service and breakfast at 7 a.m. on Sunday at First Congreg-ational Church.

The worship service will be followed by a pancake breakfast served by men of the host church. Information: FCC at (413) 298-3137.


A pancake breakfast buffet will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday at Williamstown Commons, 25 Adams Road. Pancakes with real maple syrup, sausage, eggs, homefries, fresh fruit, coffee and juice will be served.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children younger than 12. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club of Williamstown scholarship programs and community programs for local youth. 

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