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Smoking Materials Believed Cause of Pittsfield Fire
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
09:25PM / Sunday, September 20, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters rescued several pets from a house fire on Sunday afternoon..    Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said the report of a structure fire at 46 Brenton Terrace came in at 3:30 p.m.    "Upon arrival, Engine 1 found heavy fire showing on the front porch beginning to extend to the inside of the three-story, wood frame, single-family dwelling," Garner wrote in his report. "All occupants were accounted for and fire personnel rescued two dogs and one cat during operations."   The response included the Engine 1 crew extinguishing the fire, Engine 3 providing the water supply, Tower 1 ventilating the building, Engine 6

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Q&A: Pothier Tickled Pink To Still Be Wearing Blue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
DALTON, Mass. — After 3,000 games and tens of thousands of judgment calls, Rich Pothier is a fixture on Berkshire County baseball diamonds and a walking advertisement for the recruitment of young umpires.   Moments before stepping behind the plate for his milestone 3,000th career game on Saturday, Pothier sounded as enthusiastic as ever and not the least surprised that career has lasted this long.   "Strangely enough, yes," Pothier said when asked whether he thought he would be umpiring well into his fifth decade. "Because I've loved it right from the first day I did it. I could envision myself doing it.   "I didn't have any talent as a

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Pittsfield COVID-19 Cases Trending Down
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:21PM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 cases in Pittsfield are trending downward to rates that have not been seen since the middle of March.   Mayor Linda Tyer said during her regular update Friday on Pittsfield Community Television that the city's positivity rate has dropped to 0.44 percent in the past 14 days.   "This is certainly excellent news, and it reflects our effort in keeping each other safe," Tyer said. "Although we think we may have conquered COVID, we know better. We cannot let our guard down and reverse course."   In Tyer's last address earlier this month, she said rates were increasing toward levels seen in early

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Soares' Celebrity Golf Event to Benefit Veterans Grows in Second Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:22AM / Saturday, September 19, 2020
MASHPEE, Mass. — With more sponsors, more celebrities, more than double the number of golfers and a bigger venue, the second annual Wayne Soares Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Homeless & Disabled Veterans promises to build on the success it enjoyed in year one.   But there is one thing Soares will miss from 2019's inaugural event.   "We won't be having a post-tournament reception," Soares said, noting one of the concessions that organizers have made to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'm really bummed out because last year, we recognized two World War II vets, and they received a thunderous ovation for two or three minutes.   "Gen.

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@theMarket: Investors Face a Rollercoaster Ride
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Friday, September 18, 2020
Volatility returned to the stock market this week as the level of uncertainty increased on several fronts. Unfortunately, there won't be any definitive answers to what concerns investors for at least two months.   It is September, after all, and this month is notorious for inflicting pain on investors. Historically, October is not much better, and in a presidential election year it can be worse. While the financial media will provide their thoughts on just why stocks drop or rise on any given day, it is not much use to you.   The real reason for "why" will only be known after the fact. This week, the excuse for Thursday's and Friday's decline had to do with

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Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity Raffling Off Shed
03:25PM / Friday, September 18, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is raffling off an 8 by 10-foot shed to raise funds toward building its next affordable home.   The shed is now built and can be seen at 762 Main St..    Tickets can be purchased online or at the Habitat office at 61 Main St., North Adams, Suite 246, from Monday through Friday, 9 to noon.   Prices are one ticket for $10, five tickets for $25, and 10 tickets for $40. Tickets will be on sale until Oct. 26. The drawing will be on Thursday, Oct. 29.  

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Community Recreation Association to Hold Food Drive
01:30PM / Friday, September 18, 2020
DALTON, Mass. — The Community Recreation Association is holding a food drive to benefit neighbors in need.    As part of the effort of "Staying Connected to Our Community," the Community Recreation Association (CRA) is holding a Food Drive on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 9 am to 12 pm to benefit neighbors in need.    Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes and the United Methodist Church Food Banks in Dalton and The First Congregational Church Food Bank in Hinsdale.   For safety, canned goods or non-perishable food items should be left on the curb in front of the Community House at 400 Main St. Dalton. A member of the CRA team will

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BCArc Names New Director of Employment Services
12:30PM / Friday, September 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc named Shaun Hall the new Director of Employment Services.    Hall will oversee community-based Employment Services, which include more than 120 Berkshire employers, and the expanding School-to-Career transition services.   The program provides individualized employment services that help people with a wide range of disabilities succeed at work. In turn, employers throughout the Berkshires are afforded a cost-effective way to hire and retain reliable employees.   Hall has led the agency's training department for the past ten years as Director of Staff Development and Training.   Berkshire County Arc provides a broad

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Massdevelopment Announces Funding For Fifth Round of Site Readiness Program
10:10AM / Friday, September 18, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment announced the availability of $3 million in funding through the fifth round of the Site Readiness Program.   The Site Readiness Program provides resources to cities, towns, and other entities to help overcome obstacles to developing otherwise prime sites. Municipalities, nonprofit economic development entities, and private-sector businesses can apply for grants to finance land acquisition, feasibility studies, master planning, environmental permitting, site improvements, and other related work.   “The Site Readiness Program is an important part of the state toolkit available to cities and towns, as

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The Retired Investor: Bicycles Sales Are Booming
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
In the age of the pandemic, some industries have thrived. Take the bicycle industry, for example; sales have more than doubled this year, and the only impediment to further growth seems to be the availability of product. Thanks to COVID-19, biking has become a global phenomenon.   The real growth is centered in the metropolitan areas where much of public transportation has been curtailed due to the infectious nature of the virus. In April alone, bicycle industry sales grew by 75 percent to $1 billion year-over-year, according to bike manufacturer, Huffy. Leisure bikes, those that sell for under $200, jumped 203 percent, while mountain bike sales increased 150 percent.   The reason

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Pittsfield Native Promoted to Air force Brigadier General
02:25PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield native Jeannine M. Ryder was promoted to the rank of Air Force brigadier general.   Ryder, a graduate of the Pittsfield High School class of 1987, was promoted to the rank of Air Force brigadier general where she will command the 711th Human Performance Wing.     "I am humbled and honored to be provided the opportunity of this promotion and the ability of continued service in the Air Force," Ryder said during her promotion ceremony. "I am fortunate to work with great airmen and medics and care for the most deserving patients in the world."   Ryder will command the 711th Human Performance Wing. Its mission is

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Baker: Getting a Flu Shot Shows Support for Health Care Workers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
ROSLINDALE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged Massachusetts residents to get vaccinated for seasonal influenza, and talked about why he trusts the process that will lead to a COVID-19 vaccine — however long that process takes.   Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders visited a CVS pharmacy to receive their flu shots and encourage their fellow Bay Staters to follow suit.   The governor said it is a matter of doing the right thing by the medical professionals who sacrificed to keep Massachusetts safe at the height of the pandemic in March and April.   "I would just say to all of those folks in

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