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Bits & Bytes: Farmer Olympics; Lyme disease talk; Berkshire Crafts Fair; Lenox Dale tour

The disparity between the reality and seriousness of tick-borne infections has led to Lyme and its related diseases being underreported and misdiagnosed.

Hancock Shaker Village to host Farmer Olympics

Pittsfield — Greenagers and Hancock Shaker Village will present the Farmer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hancock Shaker Village. Farmers, the farm-curious and the farm-friendly will be able to participate in activities such as the Wheelbarrow Waggle, Grain Bag Toss, Hay Bale Stack, Egg Spoon Race, Moo Juice Squeeze, Cucumber Drill and more. The event is open to individuals and teams of all ages and will take place at the Round Stone Barn. Prizes will be awarded at 2:30 p.m.

The cost of the event is $15 for participants and spectators age 18 and up, free for those age 17 and under, and includes admission to Hancock Shaker Village. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Greenagers at (413) 644-9090 or office@greenagers.org.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Athenaeum to host talk on Lyme disease

Pamela Weintraub
Pamela Weintraub

Pittsfield — On Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires will offer the program “Inside the Lyme Epidemic: Past, Present and Future” with author Pamela Weintraub at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

The alliance states that Lyme disease is at epidemic levels in Berkshire County and that what should be an easily treated and manageable infection has being left to become a serious and even life-threatening public health crisis. The disparity between the reality and seriousness of tick-borne infections has led to Lyme and its related diseases being underreported and misdiagnosed.

Weintraub will tell her story and discuss what has changed in the world of Lyme disease since 2008 when her book “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic” was originally published. She will also touch on what still needs to be done to help end the epidemic and answer audience questions. A door-prize raffle and refreshments will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact berkshirelyme@yahoo.com.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Crafts Fair to benefit MMRHS

Bowl by Karen Noyes. Photo courtesy Berkshire Crafts Fair
Bowl by Karen Noyes. Photo courtesy Berkshire Crafts Fair

Great Barrington — Now in its 44th year, the Berkshire Crafts Fair will return to Monument Mountain Regional High School Friday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will showcase the work of 89 juried artisans from across the country with a wide array of products and prices including contemporary and traditional jewelry, to furniture, ceramics, textiles and glassware.

Admission to the fair is $8 for adults and free for children age 12 and under. Proceeds from the fair will benefit scholarships and educational endeavors at MMRHS. For more information, call MMRHS at (413) 528-3346.

–E.E.

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Walking tour of Lenox Dale to be offered

Lenox Glass Works circa 1860. Image courtesy Lenox 250th Anniversary Committee
Lenox Glass Works circa 1860. Image courtesy Lenox 250th Anniversary Committee

Lenox Dale — As part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Lenox, Charlie Flint and Jan Chague will offer a walking tour of Lenox Dale on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. Participants will hear about the industry that once made Lenox Dale a thriving town and, after the walk, will attend a presentation at the Lenox Dale fire station, 26 Elm St., where old photos and stories will show more of the village’s history. Jan Chague’s book “History of Lenox Furnace and Lenox Dale” will be for sale, as will be a Lenox Dale map by Bart Arnold. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to meet in the parking lot of the St. Vincent de Paul church, 29 Crystal St. For more information, contact Jan Chague at (413) 637-1818 or (413) 441-9971.

–E.E.

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