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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Conservation District Seeks Endowment of UMass Forestry Scholarship Fund
02:01PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adrian “Beau” Meyer UMass Forestry Scholarship fund was established in memory of the late district chairman in 2005 by Berkshire Conservation District.

The scholarship has been actively awarding scholarships of $750 annually since 2013 to a student from Berkshire County or Western Massachusetts enrolled in a forestry program at UMass Amherst. The district is currently seeking $6,000 in donations before the end of 2015 in a campaign to endow the fund so that it may continue in perpetuity.

The UMass Foundation has offered to donate the remaining funds necessary for endowment should the district reach this goal.

Donations of $100 or more will


Lanesborough Selectmen Reject Plan to Hire Cleaner for Police Station
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:41PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Selectmen rejected a proposal from Town Manager Paul Sieloff to hire a neighborhood woman to clean the police station.   Sieloff on Dec. 15 told the board that the Health Department found the station in need of significant cleaning. Sieloff then proposed hiring someone to clean up a few hours a week and be paid out of the Police Department's budget.   "We really do want our workplaces to be as clean as possible. I don't think you can compare the skills she has at keeping the place clean to that of a uniformed patrol officer," Sieloff said. "We do have a resource available who will do a really great job and eliminate issues of


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

Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 25-Jan. 7
12:27PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

We at the Office of Cultural Development want to wish all of you a very happy and healthy holiday

Here's to a wonderful


Berkshire County Arc Launches 2015 Annual Campaign to Buy Van
11:15AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has launched its third annual campaign, the purpose of which is to raise funds for an accessible van to expand the activities, volunteer opportunities and trainings in which the individuals in its residential and day habilitation programs can participate.

The campaign will run through Dec. 31.

The new accessible van will be similar to the van shown in the accompanying picture. Nearly half of the individuals served by the agency participate in residential and/or day habilitation programs. Berkshire County Arc operates day habilitation programs in Dalton, Lee and Pittsfield, serving more than 150 individuals. The programs provide participants


What to Look For From a Financial Adviser
10:53AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisers out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you?

You may have to interview several prospective financial advisers before deciding on one. When you talk to them, see if you can get a sense of how they might work with you. Specifically, try to answer the following questions:

Does this financial advisWhat to Look For From a Financial Advisoror …

… Understand you? Perhaps above all else, you want a financial advisor who will take the time to get to know you and your family, your goals and what’s important to you.


Capeless Launches Rx Lockbox Program To Reduce Stolen Opioids
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 300 area seniors will be given lock boxes to secure their prescription medicines.   District Attorney David Capeless announced the new program on Tuesday in which the office purchased 250 boxes to be distributed by Elder Services. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership, a program through the Berkshire United Way, provided funding to purchase an additional 40 boxes. Capeless said this is just the start of what he envisions to be a growing program to keep opioids out of the hands of abusers.   "We realized there was one very practical step to take to limit the flow of prescription pain medications and prevent them from going from helpful pain


Pittsfield Council Reaches Compromise On Vice President Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:55PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Move over councilors, let the clerks handle this.   After what totaled more than two hours of debate over a two-week period, the City Council ultimately figured out how the next council will choose a vice president. And it came from a suggestion to the councilors from outgoing City Clerk Linda Tyer and incoming City Clerk Jody Phillips.    "I love the compromise I think it is right where it needs to be," said Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo.   The question arose two weeks ago when outgoing Ward 5 Councilor Jonathan Lothrop petitioned to change the City Council's rules to change the vice president position that elected by a vote


Miss Hallís Students Chosen for Music Festival
10:13PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Five Miss Hall’s School musicians and vocalists, including a senior from Dalton, have successfully auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Western District Festival Concert to be held in January.

Natalia Soborski of Dalton was chosen to sing as a soprano in the festival’s District Chorus, where she will be joined by junior Tiffany Chen and senior Della Qin, both of whom sing alto and are from China. Chosen from Miss Hall’s to play violin in this year’s District Orchestra are juniors Meigue Mollaioli, of Italy, and Se Ri Park ’17, of South Korea.   This is the fourth time Natalia has been selected for


Baker, Polito Sign Compacts With 17 South County Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Lenox Board of Selectman Ed Lane signs the compact with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — It started with the six Southern Berkshire school districts.    School officials were looking at the cost of operating each district while noticing student population dropping. They realized they couldn't do it alone.   It started with the six school districts spanning three towns. Now a collaborative has grown to include all 17 South County towns and has funding from the state and private sector to increase the sharing of services.   "The community has really rallied around this thing and it is unprecedented," said state Rep. William


Baker Cheers, Challenges BArT Charter Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015
ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday congratulated the students of Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School on their accomplishments and challenged them to keep building for their futures.   "If we work it right, if we work hard and work smart and make good decisions, you wake up when you're 59 years old and think you're the luckiest man alive," Baker told an all-school assembly. "But those habits, those skills, those foundations are what you're building now.   "You guys are building a great foundation, the kind of foundation where students get to go to the great places like that list I just saw."   Baker was in


Berkshire Tidbits: Christmas Goodies, Year's End Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Charles H. Baldwin & Sons
Has Extracts Galore & Plenty More

When you are on tiny Center Street in tiny West Stockbridge, you cannot miss noticing that Charles H. Baldwin & Sons, aka Baldwin's Extracts, isdressed for Christmas. Even from outside.

Giant handmade pink and blue wreaths of oversize shiny-wrapped candies, ornaments, ribbons and flowers surround the two front windows, making spirits bright as soon as you see them. If you fade the nicely paved street and overhead wires, you could be back in the 19th century when Charles Baldwin opened.

After three previous generations had made extracts before them, Charles H. Baldwin and his father, H. M. Baldwin, started the


Attorney General: Pittsfield Council Violated Open Meeting Law
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Monday, December 21, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey's Office ruled that the City Council violated the open meeting law during budget discussions by not issuing an agenda.   The violation comes after a complaint from Terry Kinnas, who saw there was a committee of the whole meeting scheduled but there was no attached agenda. The Council held a series of meeting to discuss the budget issues in early June. The council released one posting scheduling the days of each hearing but not individual agendas for the meetings in the legal postings.    "There is no agenda and no information on who is covering what," Kinnas told the board at the June 2 meeting.


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