Picture Pittsfield is a new movement picking up steam in Pike County, designed to enhance overall community life while specifically targeting such areas as parks and recreation, business development and tourism.
Jessica Guthrie is president of the organization, which began its mission in the fourth quarter of 2018.
"We have a group of about 40 who are involved," Guthrie said. "It's a diverse group."
Those involved range in age from mid-20s to early 70s.
Among the goals of the group is better promotion of local retail businesses, dining establishments and other attractions in and around Pittsfield.
A calendar of events, plus retail and dining guides and maps will be included in an upcoming brochure that will provide easier access to destinations in and near Pittsfield.
Casey Beck, another member of the group, said, "We feel this brochure will be a quick reference for travelers looking to spend time and money in our town, as well as a reminder to community members. Getting our calendar of events into the hands of others is essential in getting people into our town."
Other ideas that have already been incorporated or are in the planning stages include specific attractions downtown, driving tours of Pittsfield and Pike County, a "Taste of Pittsfield" and "Art in the Park."
Picture Pittsfield is planning to reveal more at a town meeting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Crossroads Center, 125 Jefferson St.
Additional information is available on the Picture Pittsfield Facebook page and picturepittsfield.com.
They said it
º CNBC: "Nothing says victory like a coach getting dunked with Gatorade. A tradition that started in 1987, the Gatorade dunk has evolved into an iconic event that has put the PepsiCo's sport drink brand on center stage ... APEX Marketing Group estimates that Gatorade has received over $18 million worth of (free) publicity after appearing in 22 of (the last) 33 Super Bowls."
º U.S. News and World Report: "German police say around 800 people demonstrated in the city of Stuttgart against a new ban on driving older diesel cars. Stuttgart, a German auto industry center, on Jan. 1 became the first major German city to introduce a large-scale ban on driving older diesel cars with looser emissions standards. The move aims to fight air pollution, but critics say they don't have money to buy new cars."
º Fox News: "Walmart is likely to reach a deal in buying a majority stake in India's e-commerce giant Flipkart by the end of June, despite reports that Amazon was exploring a possible counter to snatch it up, according to a report. The deal would be the retail giant's biggest acquisition of an online business ever, Reuters said, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The acquisition would also further enflame the company's battle with Amazon – and now China's Alibaba – which are both aggressively targeting India, whose online market of 1.3 billion people (mostly millennials) is expected to grow to $200 billion in 2026, according to research from Morgan Stanley."
The top five
The five richest TV personalities, according to therichest.com:
1. Simon Cowell, $550 million net worth.
2. David Letterman, $425 million net worth.
3. Ellen DeGeneres, $400 million net worth.
4. Dr. Phil McGraw, $375 million net worth.
5. Ryan Seacrest, $350 million net worth.
Words of wisdom
º Bronze medal: "I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying." -- Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO Amazon.
º Silver medal: "When you find an idea that you just can't stop thinking about, that's probably a good one to pursue." -- Josh James, co-founder and CEO Omniture, founder and CEO Domo.
º Gold medal: "In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination." -- Steve Case, co-founder AOL