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The first Fall Foliage Festival marathon in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. The course will begin at Brodie Mountain ski area in New Ashford and proceed through Williamstown to North Adams, to Adams, and back to North Adams, where it will end at Noel Field.

Applications are available at the Northern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce office in North Adams or by writing to Fall Foliage Marathon, Box 1138, North Adams, Mass. 01247.

A runners clinic is planned the evening before the marathon at the North Adams Inn. The program will feature John Demick of Brattleboro, Vt., one of the leading US marathon runners.

The marathon is the highlight of the week-long foilage festival, which will include a ball to open the festival, a craft fair, a pancake breakfast, pony pull, and swing band concert.

As the need for more hotel space continues to grow in New York, one of the city's oldest hotels, the New York Statler, is undergoing a four-year, $25 million restoration. The 61-year-old hotel is being totally restored to its "Neo-Renaissance" feeling.

Five hundred of the 1,800 guest rooms are being renovated, and Sico beds, which fold up into the wall and disappear to allow rooms to double as conference rooms, have been installed in 70 of the rooms.

The work is expected to be completed in 1984, coincident with the opening of the New York Exposition and Convention Center, under construction nearby.

Latest reports on Vermont's autumn foliage can be obtained by calling a fall-foliage hot line from Sept. 8 to Oct. 19. The number is (802) 828-3239.

Foliage conditions will be reported twice a week from weather bureau stations , county foresters, and air spotters throughout Vermont. The best color starts in northernmost counties, then advances southerly through the state during the six-week period.

The following will be used to describe foliage conditions: color starting to appear, 0-40 percent; halfway to full color, 40-60 percent; almost to full color , 60-90 percent; full color, brilliant, 100 percent.

Braniff International has special new advance purchase discount fares available on flights within Texas and to other cities in the West and Midwest.

A new $19 one-way fare is being offered on flights between Dallas-Fort Worth and Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Tulsa, as well as between Houston and New Orleans.

A new $29 one-way fare is available between Dallas-Fort Worth and Brownsville , Denver, Kansas City and Omaha, with a $39 one-way Houston-Denver discount fare and a $59 one-way price between Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

For these discount fares, reservations must be made the tickets issued at least 14 days prior to travel. Reservations cannot be changed and tickets are nonrefundable.

Braniff International will begin its first service to Canada on November 30 with the start of flights from Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth to Toronto and Montreal.

The service will provide a daily Boeing 727-200 flight originating in Houston at 11:05 a.m. and departing Dallas-Fort Worth non-stop for Toronto at 12:45 p.m.

Arrivals will be in toronto at 4:25 p.m. and Montreal at 5:55 p.m.

A daily return flight will leave Montreal at 7 a.m. and Toronto at 8:35 a.m., arriving in Dallas-Forth Worth at 10:40 a.m. and Houston at 12:05 p.m.

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