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Bits & Bytes: ‘Capital Flight’ with Morgan Bulkeley at Geoffrey Young Gallery; Deborah Reich Trail dedication; demolition derby entries; new buildings for Williams College

The Deborah Reich Trail, dedicated to long-time Land Trust board member and president Deborah Reich, is located on the former Cosgriff property off of Salisbury Road near the junction with Barnum Sreet (just east of the cemetery).

Geoffrey Young Gallery presents ‘Capital Flight’

Great Barrington – The Geoffrey Young Gallery, 40 Railroad St., presents the exhibit “Capital Flight” through Saturday, June 25. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Capital Flight” features pieces from Morgan Bulkeley’s “Bird Loss Heart Attack” as well as new work by Chie Fueki, Judy Grant, Zohar Lazar, Margot Glass, and Mark Olshansky. For more information, call the Gallery at (413) 528-6210.


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Deborah Reich Trail dedication

Deborah Reich Trail bridge
The Deborah Reich Trail bridge.

Sheffield — On Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m., the Sheffield Land Trust invites the community to join family and friends to dedicate the Deborah Reich Trail, which includes a new bridge constructed by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District vocational education program and Greenagers. The event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly. Refreshments will be provided.

The Trail, dedicated to long-time Land Trust board member and president Deborah Reich, is located on the former Cosgriff property off Salisbury Road near the junction with Barnum Street (just east of the cemetery). Directions: From Route 7 in the center of Sheffield, turn west onto Berkshire School Road and go 2/10 of a mile to Salisbury Road. Turn left onto Salisbury Road and go 7/10 of a mile to the trail on the right, just before the cemetery. Attendees are asked to park only on the same side of the road as the cemetery.

For more information, contact the Sheffield Land Trust at (413) 229-0234 or


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Columbia County Fair demolition derby

Chatham, N.Y. — Two nights of demolition derby action are on tap at the Columbia County Fair grandstand on the opening day of Wednesday, August 31, as well as on Thursday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Drivers can enter in four-cylinder, six-cylinder, eight-cylinder, or mini-van classes. Trophies and cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place will be awarded in each event. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have valid driver’s licenses, supply their own vehicles, and comply with all safety rules. Drivers must sign a release and waiver of liability. The entry fee is $45 per vehicle before Monday, August 29, and $50 after.

An online entry form is available. Physical entry forms are available in New York State at the NAPA Auto Parts stores in Valatie and Chatham; Charron’s Market, Chatham Auto Parts, Wallin’s Chatham Village Auto Repair, and the Columbia County Fair office in Chatham; LKQ Auto Parts in Stuyvesant; and Lebanon Valley Speedway in New Lebanon.

The 176th annual Columbia County Fair will run Wednesday, August 31, through Monday, September 5, at the historic fairgrounds at routes 66 and 203. In addition to the demolition derby, the fair will include arts and crafts demonstrations, livestock exhibits, a flower show, cooking contests, and more, as well as headline entertainment by country music band Lonestar on Sunday, September 4, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the fair office at (518) 392-2121.


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Construction set to begin at Williams College

Williamstown — Site work is slated to begin this week on the next phase of a multi-year project to expand the Unified Science Center at Williams College. Construction crews will begin blasting and ledge removal behind the Morley Science Labs to build an approximately 77,000 square foot expansion to house new research labs for biology, chemistry and physics.

The ledge removal should last approximately five weeks and, when complete, will allow for the placement of concrete footings and foundations. The concrete work is expected to last about two months, followed by structural steel placement in the fall. The building will be substantially completed by February 2017.

Demolition of the Bronfman Science Building will begin in 2018, and the college will construct a similarly sized replacement for it that will provide faculty offices and more classroom space. The science center project will be completed in 2020 at an estimated cost of $204 million.

Also this summer, the college anticipates starting construction on a new bookstore at the corner of Spring Street and Walden Street, pending town approval of the plan details. The new bookstore will be run by Follett and will replace the bookstore’s current location on Water Street. It will include a small café on the first floor and commercial office space on the third floor. Site work is expected to start mid-June and the bookstore is expected to open in August 2017. The estimated cost of the project is $10.5 million.



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