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Lanesborough OKs Articles at 'Socially Distanced' Town Meeting
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:08PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020

EMT Jen Weber takes lead custodian Glen Storie's temperature. All attendees could have their temperatures taken before entering the building and they wore masks while inside. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters spent nearly five hours at Lanesborough Elementary School on Tuesday night to pass all 22 articles on the annual town meeting warrant.    The gymnasium was set up to meet all current social distancing guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.    Town Moderator Chris Dodig kicked off the meeting by explaining the town's thought process in deciding to have the meeting at all despite the novel cooronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc

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Bishop Rozanski Named Archbishop of St. Louis
10:51AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski has been named as the archbishop of St. Louis.    Pope Francis made the announcement on Wednesday morning that Rozanski, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, will replace the retiring Robert J. Carlson in St. Louis.   A press conference is being held Wednesday in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to introduce the archbishop-to-be.   Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Baltimore when he was named the 9th bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in 2014. The diocese encompasses the Roman Catholic parishes of Berkshire County, of which St. Joseph's in Pittsfield is the "Mother

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Pittsfield Council to Meet Remotely Through July
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council does not plan to meet in person until August.   At the end of Tuesday night's virtual meeting, City Council President Peter Marchetti said he plans to hold all meetings remotely until August.   "We are trying to keep up with the executive order of the governor and make everything work," he said. "Meeting remotely and giving people access ... I think is the only legal way we can do things."   Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell asked why wait until August when City Hall is slated to open back up to the public on July 20.   "Why are we waiting?" he said. "We are going to be past Phase 3 and

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Berkshire HorseWorks Reopens With COVID-19 Precautions
04:10PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020

CAPTION HERE RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks is reopened its facility to the public on Monday and implemented new "COVID Clean" restrictions while allowing clients to receive mental health treatment and engage in fun outdoor activities safely.    Specializing in Eagala's Model Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine-Assisted Team Building, the nonprofit ranch will make programs available while implementing social distancing, the use of masks and hand-sanitizer, and the sanitizing of facilities before and after appointments.   "Everyone is hurting on so many levels. We would be remiss if we hadn't found a way to offer our services and

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Nearing Retirement? What Questions Should You Ask?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:00AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020

The recent market volatility has affected just about everybody's financial and investment situations. So, if you were planning to retire soon, will it still be possible?

Of course, the answer depends somewhat on your employment situation. With so many people's jobs being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, your retirement plans may also have been thrown into confusion. But assuming your employment is still stable, what adjustments in your financial and investment strategies might you need to make for your retirement?

Here are a few areas to consider, and some questions to ask yourself:

• Retirement goals: Now is a good time to review your retirement goals and assess your

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Lanesborough Town Meeting Tuesday
Staff Reports,
03:18AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is going ahead with its annual town meeting on Tuesday but with plenty of precautions in place.    The meeting is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the elementary school and doors will open at 5 to allow everyone to be safely seated.    Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there will be a line to register with everyone standing 6-feet apart and masks should be worn in line and when social distancing is not possible. Emergency medical technicians will taking temperatures with a noninvasive device and town officials are encouraging everyone attending to have their temperature taken.    Those who can't wear a mask for

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Pittsfield to Expedite Restaurant Outdoor Expansion
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Tuesday, June 09, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In congruence with the governor's order to expedite the reopening of restaurants with social distancing guidelines, the Licensing Board agreed to streamline its one process locally.   The board voted unanimously Monday to give Chairman Thomas Campoli the ability independently act upon applications to expand restaurant service outdoors.   "The idea is to get to as many of these that are in order as soon as possible," Campoli said. "If they are in order, I am ready to act on them."    Campoli referred to the governor's order that would allow restaurants that provide seated food service prepared on-site, and who have an

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Tourism Destinations to Rely on Visitors' Compliance for Successful Reopening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:46PM / Monday, June 08, 2020

1Berkshire's Ben Lamb, top left, moderatesa virtual town hall with, clockwise from top right: Canyon Ranch Managing Director Mindi Morin, Norman Rockwell Museum CEO Laurie Norton Moffat and Trustees of Reservations Southern Berkshires Director Brian Cruey. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Museum-goers are used to signs reminding them not to touch the exhibits.   This summer, they may see reminders not to touch their own faces.    If the commonwealth progress through the phased reopening announced by Gov. Charlie Baker last month, museums could be allowed to open as early as July. Recently, the director of Stockbridge's Norman Rockwell Museum and the Southern

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Small Classes, Plenty of PPE Advised School Reopenings
04:02PM / Monday, June 08, 2020
BOSTON — Schools planning to reopen in the fall will have to reduce their class sizes to no more than 10 students and keep students 6 feet apart as much as possible.    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Friday on required sanitation supplies and safety for reopening schools this fall.    The memorandum covers the first 12 weeks of school and includes social distancing protocols based on the understanding of COVID-19 at the present.    That includes smaller classes at 10 and no more than two staff in a classroom at time. Whenever possible, the students should be isolated in smaller groups with a "consistently

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Pittsfield Firm Aiming for Lever-Led COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Monday, June 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ask Josh Levin about his company's foray into producing personal protective equipment, and he will be quick to clarify what his product is and what it is not.   "The fabric face mask is personal protection, but it's not a medical product," the CEO of LympheDivas said recently.   "What we normally manufacture are true medical devices. But the masks are not something like an N95 medical mask. This is more something people can do to reduce the risk, but, at least in my personal assessment, I don't see fabric masks as a true surgical mask or a true PPE."   In fact, fairly early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Levin looked

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Berkshire Running Center Hosting Virtual Races
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Monday, June 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Since the Pandemic hit, Berkshire Running Center has hosted a series of virtual races keeping the competitive spirit alive in the Berkshire County running community.   Runners don’t ask for much: the right pair of shoes, an open road with mindful drivers, and maybe even the wind at their backs but one thing most certainly missing during the COVID-19 outbreak is the thrill of race day.   "Given the global pandemic, we felt it was the only option to continue to provide that motivation to our runners," Berkshire Running Center owner Kent Lemme said. "When we saw all the big races canceling so far in advance we knew it was going to be

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Taconic High Grads Have 'Strength to Meet Any Challenge'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:51PM / Sunday, June 07, 2020

Salutatorian Mohammed Ahmed exhorts his classmates to be brave as they head into the future.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Taconic High class of 2020 has had an interesting four years.    It started at the old Taconic, which had its charms when it wasn't falling apart, said valedictorian Alexander Currie.    "We spent two years there, long enough to get to know the place inside and out, then everything got turned on its head," he said. "We got a brand-new building, brand-new schedule and a largely new administration to boot."   They thought they'd have two years there — until a pandemic arrived.   "Despite what

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