Our Mission is to provide education and spread awareness about tick-borne disease in Berkshire County and the surrounding area and to provide a space where those suffering from Lyme and it's associated diseases may seek support in a safe and comforting environment.
Read this Now!: The MA Lyme Commission Report on Lyme Disease was released on February 28th, 2013 after much struggle to do so. Thank you to the entire commission and the governor of MA for making this possible!
2014 was a slow year for the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires. Founder and main organizer Kenneth Mercure struggled with tick-borne illness for quite some time and continues to do so. Along with his own health issues his spouse is also suffering from chronic Lyme disease. Due to the significant pressure this is putting on his family, he decided to hand over organizing duties (until he is able to return) to long-time co-organizer and fervent Lyme advocate Karla Lehtonen. You're all in good hands! Meeting dates through April 2015 are as follows:
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
All meetings take place from 6 to 8:30 PM.
2nd Floor Conference Room
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
A big announcement should be coming by the middle of February for an educational event that is currently in the early planning stages. This will be the first Lyme Alliance event to occur since 2013. The event date has been scheduled for April 11th, 2015- no more details as this time.
The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires did not host any events in May and we want to apologize to anyone who may have been hoping to attend. We made a conscious decision to transplant our events to various points throughout this year instead of hosting them amid the frenzy of Lyme disease awareness month, when there are literally hundreds of events going on around the same time. We are still planning on holding an educational demonstration in Pittsfield, MA, however it likely won't be until September, when we will also likely have a speaker visiting as well. We are hoping to have an info table at Pittsfield's Third Thursday community festival at least once this summer as well. TBA! Group meetings have also changed date/time to make it easier for everyone to attend. Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Pittsfield Library at 1 Wendell Avenue in the 2nd Floor Conference Room in Pittsfield, MA. The new meeting format will remain as our ongoing way of scheduling.
As of right now no plans are set for sure, but we are in the beginning stages of planning an educational demonstration to take place in downtown Pittsfield, MA with a tentative date of one of the Saturdays during May. This demonstration will be a simple event, with participants lining the sidewalk holding up signs bearing educational slogans. We also hope to get permission to hand out educational materials as well. This event may be followed in the weeks after by either a speaker or a community screening of the award-winning Lyme documentary Under Our Skin. These plans are still to be determined. Starting the second or third week of April we hope to be able to start advertising. Updates will follow as they are available.
Upcoming support group meetings are Thursday February 27th, Saturday March 22nd, April 26th, May 17th, Noon to 3 PM at the Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield Library) at 1 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield, MA in the 2nd Floor Conference Room.
Due to a family crisis our November & December meetings were canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. However we're back on schedule now and will have dates posted for February through May real soon. Announcements about Lyme Disease Awareness Month events will likely be posted by mid-March as well. Happy New Year everyone!