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Going small on Saturday: While most shoppers will spend most of Friday standing in long lines and seeking deep discounts at big box stores and malls, local small business owners are hoping they won’t be forgotten in all of the hustle and bustle.
To remind local shoppers, many small business owners are throwing out the welcome mat -- blue welcome mats emblazoned with the "Small Business Saturday" and "Shop Local" logos -- hoping it will remind shoppers to visit them too.
Small Business Saturday, created two years ago by a joint effort between American Express and small, local businesses, is aimed at getting shoppers to "shop local" and "shop small."
"On Black Friday, everyone is lined up at the mall for the crazy sales, but we don’t have that here. We do have a lot of people who stop in on Black Friday though," Jill Balawender Reynolds, owner of Cheshire Glassworks on Route 8 in Cheshire, said Wednesday. "Small Business Saturday definitely brings people in. I try to do something special on Saturday to let people know that I appreciate them coming in."
This year, Reynolds and her husband, Jeff, will demonstrate glass blowing techniques from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jennifer Huberdeau is writing this story and can be reached at email@example.com, on Twitter @NAT_DigitalJen, or by phone at 413-663-3741, ext. 227.
Arraignments follow Cheshire gun theft: CHESHIRE -- Three local residents have been arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court with one more to go, all suspected of stealing thousands in firearms from a residence back in April.
Adams Police Det. Lawrence Ordyna reports that Billie Jangrow, 41, of Savoy; Roy Dilley, 40, of Adams; and Charles Crisp, 30, of Adams, were each arraigned and pleaded not guilty to individual slates of larceny and breaking and entering charges. Their court dates were Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 9, respectively
The fourth, Brandylee Hebert, 32, of Adams is scheduled to follow with an arraignment on Nov. 27.
The charges spring from a Berkshire County Drug Task Force investigation into an April theft of over 20 guns and personal checks from a Fred Mason Road residence.
Phil Demers is writing this story and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @NAT_DigitalPhil, or by phone at 413-663-3741, ext. 225.