County Fare: Grants available for home improvement to income-qualified Williamstown residents


Need some painting done, light carpentry work or an access ramp to your front door? The Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, in collaboration with Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has announced a funding program for minor home improvements for income-qualified Williamstown residents.

The trust will provide funding to pay for the building materials needed for the project. The Brush with Kindness grant program is offering up to $2,500 per project. To apply or receive more information, contact Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity at 413-664-4440 or email with any questions.

County Fare urges potential volunteers wishing to help work on the Brush with Kindness Program or other Habitat for Humanity projects to call or email the Northern Berkshire Habitat office.

Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust provides for the creation and preservation of affordable housing to benefit of low- and moderate-income households in town. For more information, call 413-458-3500.

Tasty fundraiser

Time to tantalize the taste buds for a good cause in Great Barrington next week.

MayFest 2019 kicks off Construct Inc.'s 50th anniversary of providing affordable housing for families and individuals in Southern Berkshire.

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The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road.

MayFest, now in its 14th year, will honor more than 30 restaurants and local purveyors sharing tastings this year. Matt and Chris Masiero of Guido's Fresh Marketplace are the honorary co-chairmen for the event. Tickets cost $95 and are available at

"Restaurants in our community understand — as do virtually all South Berkshire employers — that without an affordable place to live, it's hard to provide the goods and services we love and need," Construct Executive Director Jane Ralph tells County Fare.

Added event co-chairman Barney Stein: "MayFest gives all who attend a delightful and delicious way to make a meaningful difference in the lives of struggling families."

Participating restaurants range from first-timers like Extra Special Teas to longtime supporters such as The Old Mill and Aroma Bar & Grill.

For a list of restaurants and to purchase tickets, go online at

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


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