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Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about


Lanesborough Town Manager Proposes $11.4 Million Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Manager Paul Sieloff has proposed an $11.4 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.   The budget is $196,635 more than last year, and that is mostly driven by the costs for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project. Sieloff had actually penciled in an increase of $154,576 for the Mount Greylock budget for the capital project but the preliminary district budget shows only a $92,489 increase.    "We don't change much year to year. We don't have new coming come in of any substance," Sieloff said.   If approved, this budget would raise taxes by about 3 percent — about 2 percent of that is attributed


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pittsfield Shakespeare Presents 'Twelfth Night'
02:15PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, announced that its fourth annual free outdoor production will be "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare's delightful comedy of misplaced passion and mistaken identities.

Directed by Artistic Director Enrico Spada, the production will feature actors, designers and technicians from the Berkshire County community, including many favorites from past Pittsfield Shakespeare productions.

One of Shakespeare's most loved comedies, "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of twins separated by a shipwreck, a countess surprised by her capacity for love, a servant who oversteps his place

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iBerkshire Storm Center: Weather Updates & Cancellations
02:04PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but cleanup from Tuesday's blizzard may take several days.    A number of schools systems in the Berkshire are closed and others on 2-hour delays. The courts are also on a 2-hour delay and will open at 10 a.m.

• List of School Closings

Motorists should continue to take precautions; many side roads still need plowing and roads may be narrow.    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said city crews have been working since 3 a.m. on Tuesday.    "It's been a battle to keep the mains open," she wrote on Facebook at about 7 p.m. "Neighborhood streets will


Miss Hall's School Announced First Semester Head's List, Honor Roll
01:46PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 40 local students among the 127 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 25.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Gabriela Keator, of Lenox; Sarah (Sally) Nason, Lee; Mackenzie (Mac) O’Brien, Windsor; and Jacquline Rich,


Pittsfield Councilor Lisa Tully Won't Seek Re-election
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 1 Councilor Lisa Tully has opted not to seek re-election this fall.   Tully is concluding two terms on the council after first being elected in 2013, when she ousted the incumbent Christine Yon. On Monday she released a statement saying she is foregoing a re-election bid to spend more time with family.   "It has been an honor to represent the residents of Ward 1 for two terms. While the experience is very rewarding, being a city councilor is also very time-consuming. At this moment in my life, I want to spend more time with my grandchildren while they are still young," Tully wrote.   "Although I will no longer be officially in


Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no


Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important


Pittsfield Seeking Consistency In Financing Taconic Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The needed cash flow to pay to build the new Taconic High School hits a peak in the coming months.   The Finance Department is closely monitoring the funding of the project, working to find ways to keep the city's total debt service payments level throughout the life of the bonds. Right now, the city has only gone to the market for long-term financing of $10 million of the anticipated $46 million the city will need to fund and is managing the cash flow as construction goes on.   "We estimate it will be no more than $46 million. Ultimately what we are responsible for will be the ineligible costs, meaning the ones the state will not pay. That


Engineers Looking To Increase Water Flow Below Cleveland Reservoir
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, March 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Engineers have gotten approval to try a new way to alleviate environmental concerns related to a maintenance project at the Cleveland Reservoir, the main source of the city's drinking water.   The project plan is to clean out the diversion pipes in both Cady and Windsor Brooks, which feed into the reservoir. The two inlets had been collecting sediment for decades, and that has then been flowing into the reservoir. In 2012 the project to clean out the aqueduct system was proposed. But, some concerns were raised about the creation of an access road, which would take away wetlands habitats for animals, and ongoing dredging of the river.   Doug Gove from

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'Roots Rising' To Provide Pittsfield Teens Work In Food Industry
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:09AM / Sunday, March 12, 2017
Johnny Campbell is one of the Pittsfield teens looking forward to the program. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For five weeks this summer 10 city teens won't just be learning about the food economy, they'll be living it.   Berkshire Botanical Gardens and Alchemy Initiative have teamed up to launch "Roots Rising," a program paying teenagers to work on farms, in food pantries, at markets, and learning everything it takes to go from farm to table.    "It's an agricultural based youth development program," Berkshire Botanical Garden's Director of Youth Outreach Education Jamie Samowitz said on Friday.   "They are doing what we call


State Holding Hearing On Eversource Rate Increase In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
04:45PM / Saturday, March 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eversource is seeking to raise rates by 10 percent.   The company submitted a proposal to the Department of Public Utilities for such an increase and a local public hearing on the manner is scheduled for April 10 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.   The company is seeking to increase revenues by $35.7 million with the increase. Another $60.2 million is sought with increases to NStar customers in eastern Massachusetts, which is achieved through a 7 percent rate increase.   "Eversource's request addresses increases in operating and maintenance costs and capital costs associated with investments in the electric network since the last decision by the


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