Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes. 2013

Ray Duckler: Problems in Pittsfield? Step right up and see the changes

December 22, 2013 | Concord Monitor

Anyone seeking to bad-mouth Pittsfield needs to get past me first.

I was in town last Thursday night, at the Scenic Theater, with its colorful cylindrical lights on the walls, and its 20-foot Christmas tree on stage, and its self-esteem and pride in the audience, bursting at the seams.

And I was at Jitters Cafe afterward, with its giant cookies and giant heart.

I saw Pittsfield, as it appears today.

“I’m struck by the spirit and resilience of this town,” said the host at the Scenic, near the end of the 2nd Annual Community Impact Awards Night.

Her name is Molly Messenger, and how perfect is that?

Messenger’s message is part of the town’s message, its face-lift, involving a newfound passion and electricity, a focus on education and the arts, an acknowledgement that past potential wasn’t always tapped, and the time to start tapping is now.

Or perhaps it’s been happening for a few years, and it’s simply time to give this town a pat on the back in the local paper.

Read more in the Concord Monitor article here