|Patrick Hosting 'Summer Conversation' in Lenox|
|Staff Reports, iBerkshires|
10:06AM / Friday, July 08, 2011
|Gov. Deval Patrick taking questions at Onota Lake in Pittsfield in 2009.|
LENOX, Mass. — Gov. Deval Patrick's series of "Summer Conversations" alights in Lilac Park on Main Street on Friday, July 15, at 5 p.m. The town-hall type meetings return after a year's absence.
The Lenox stop is the only one the governor will be making in the Berkshires out of the 10 scheduled across the state by him and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. Murray will be holding a conversation on the same day at Northampton City Hall Annex on Main Street, also at 5 p.m.
The governor, who has a home in Richmond, made some campaign stops in the region last year but the last time he hosted a town-hall type meeting here was at Onota Lake in Pittsfield in 2009. He launched the summer meetings in 2008 and held one in Great Barrington.
Both events drew large crowds that peppered the governor with questions about the economy, social services and health care.
"This is an opportunity to engage with government and make your voices heard," said Patrick in a statement. "Talking about the issues that are out there in the community – that affect your everyday life – helps us make well-informed decisions that build a better, stronger commonwealth."
In case of rain, the meeting will be held at Lenox Town Hall. The governor and his wife, Diane, will later host an early birthday party and fundraiser for the governor at their Sweet P Farm home. Patrick turns 55 on July 31.
The press release and full schedule for the "Summer Conversations" can be found here.