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BCC to host Virtual Open House on Saturday
08:01AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer options from BCC to hundreds of four-year schools.

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Reid Civics Class Holds Virtual Town Hall With Senator Hinds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reid Middle School students got a chance to quiz their state senator on Tuesday to kick off a student-led civics project.   The eighth-grade class prepared the questions for state Sen. Adam Hinds that were then vetted and chosen by the student civics leaders who represent each civics class.   Questions ranged from hate crime legislation, the First Amendment, the vaccination rollout, and getting back to a "new normal."   Principal Michael Henault said it was the changes made in 2018 to the state's history and social science curriculum framework that led to the virtual town hall with the senator. The core priority of the curriculum change

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BArT Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:17PM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 - 10 is Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. To apply visit https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form.   More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org. Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and learning continues at BART and enrollment is moving forward as usual.

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Dalton COVID Numbers Droppings, Schools Reopened
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021

DALTON, Mass. — Over the past two weeks, the town of Dalton has only seen five new cases of COVID-19 and the Board of Health on Monday said case counts are going in a positive direction.

"I think because we are organized with the three large scale vaccination sites for the county, and the public health infrastructure and the health care community collaborated on it, we have been able to get a leg up on other parts of the commonwealth," Berkshire Health Systems Dr. Daniel Doyle reported.

Twenty percent of Berkshire County's population has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of Thursday and around 8 percent have received the second dose. There

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Pittsfield To Host Virtual Spring Art Contest
04:25PM / Monday, March 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield will hold a virtual spring art contest open to city youth and adults.    The contest is being held in lieu of the city’s annual Eggstravaganza Egg Scramble which will not be held this year due to ongoing COVID-19 health and safety protocols.   The contest features a coloring category with two separate submissions for youth in Pre-K and K-2 grades. The contest will also accept original art submissions in the following three categories: grades 3-6, teens, and adults (18 and older).    Entries for each contest will be accepted now through Sunday, March 28.   Each winner will receive a cash prize and will be

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Pittsfield Schools Transition to Hybrid Learning with Caution
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:45PM / Monday, March 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield students are returning to their physical classrooms for a full week for the first time since November.   Interim Superintendent Joseph Curtis on outlined the ways that the school community will be protected from COVID-19 to the School Committee on Wednesday.   "Amazingly enough, we're 17 days away from, I'll use the term 'anniversary' although I don't think it's anything to celebrate, from that March 13, 2020, when we had a series of very intense days with [former] Superintendent [Jason] McCandless and representatives, and certainly our mayor, and we made the decision ahead of our governor to close our

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Baker: State Told Johnson & Johnson Ramping Up Vaccine Production
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46PM / Monday, March 01, 2021
MATTAPAN, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said the commonwealth has been told to expect a "lot more" of the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month.   In the meantime, he stressed that all vaccines are safe and effective and encouraged residents to get whichever vaccine they can as soon as they are eligible and can make an appointment.   "The information on the J&J vaccine in terms of volume is a little up in the air," Baker said Monday morning. "What I'd say is it is likely we will get, for next week, a shipment. That shipment will probably be distributed pretty evenly across what we think of as the

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NAACP Berkshire President Recognized At Black Excellence on the Hill Event
08:22AM / Monday, March 01, 2021
BOSTON — Dennis Powell, the President of the NAACP-Berkshire County Branch, was nominated for the "Black Excellence on the Hill'" event, hosted annually by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.     The event is described by the organizers as an "Event to commemorate Black community leaders and trailblazers that are moving the needle forward in their respective communities. Our 2021 nominees are activists, teachers, musicians, chocolatiers, and more -- demonstrating that the excellence inherent to Blackness emulates from how expansive it is."    Senator Adam G. Hinds nominated Powell.    "Dennis is the

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Pittsfield's Thistle & Mirth Expands as Ramen Restaurant
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 01, 2021

The noodle soup offerings will be accompanied by related fare.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A downtown bar known for its impressive tap list, chalkboard walls, and "paint a pint" events is expanding to survive the pandemic.   The currently closed Thistle and Mirth pub is reopening as a spacious ramen restaurant and bar by taking over the abutting space that formerly housed Berkshire Print Shop on West Street   Beginning in spring, it will be ladling up the noodle soup, similarly themed menu items, and drinks Tuesday through Saturday for dinner service, takeout, and eventually lunch.   Co-owner Austin Oliver said it is important to him to maintain the glory

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Lenox Students Planting Trees to Offset Paper Use
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, March 01, 2021

The school is partnering with Tree-plenish, which started at Mansfield High School. Here Mansfield students Peter Oldow, Will Giffen, and Cam Eddy are ready to plant last year. LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High School students want to plant 100 trees as a way to replace one million sheets of paper.   And they're looking for help from the community to purchase the saplings and plant them on April 24.     "Basically we're trying to offset our school's paper usage by getting people to buy trees and then getting volunteers to come with us to go plant them in their homes," said student Sabrina Lewis. "I'm really excited, but also,

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Burning Crosses Across the Berkshires: KKK Thrived Locally 100 Years Ago
By Joe Durwin, Special to iBerkshires
07:20AM / Sunday, February 28, 2021
PITTSFIELD , Mass. — Over a thousand men, most of them hooded, gathered around a burning cross.  Some 200 were new recruits, there to be inducted into the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan. The year was 1927.   The place was a farm 15 miles from Pittsfield.     The first arc of the Ku Klux Klan following the Civil War seems to have permeated very little into New England, in terms of formal organization. The requisite attitudes were certainly present in the Berkshires by then; the same month that Berkshire volunteers were mustering with the 27th Infantry to fight in that conflict, at least eight innocent men of color were arrested following the September 1861 slaying

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@theMarket: Higher Interest Rates Clobber Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
11:42AM / Saturday, February 27, 2021
In the grand scheme of things, a small, upward blip in the yield of the U.S. 10-year Treasury bond should be of little concern to equity investors. But sometimes, when the conditions are ripe, even the tiniest spark can cause a conflagration within a speculative stock market.   As readers are aware, interest rates have been trading at historically low levels for some time. The onset of the coronavirus forced our Federal Reserve Bank to pin them even lower. Essentially, it is why the stock market has been having such a great run. Investors have been conditioned to just assume that, if anything, interest rates might trend even lower but not higher. However, during the last few weeks, the

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