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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 7-13
12:42PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
Dec. 7 is First Friday Artswalk, Festive Frolic & More!   Enjoy 16 different art shows featuring work by more than three dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk, and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.   Members of the First Fridays Artswalk committee will be collecting donations for the program at The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave.,

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team
12:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sarah E. Gaffey as a mortgage and business development officer based in the North Adams branch.

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

"Sarah is the perfect fit for the Greylock family," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, senior vice president and chief lending officer with Greylock. "She has a keen understanding of mortgage lending and is known throughout the community for her exceptional customer service. We are thrilled that Sarah has

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018
11:15AM / Friday, December 07, 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

The city of Pittsfield is offering free downtown parking for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28. There will also be a week of free parking starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. Parking is always free in the evenings and weekends.

 

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Thursday, Dec. 13

North Adams: Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night returns to North Adams in the historic village of Blackinton

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War?
By Bill Schmick,
10:51AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
There was a time, not long ago, when most Americans would answer that question in the affirmative without much thought. It was one of those "truisms" that we didn't give much thought. But today, many experts are debating that answer.   Back in the day, after World War II, our military prowess, (aided by the development of the atomic bomb) was unquestioned throughout the world. Growing up, it was never a question of spending on defense for me, it was simply how much. Republicans wanted more, Democrats wanted less. Today, not only is the amount of spending crucial but also its predictability and even more importantly, what those billions are spent on.   The

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Friday, December 07, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

Adams: The Adams Free Library Friends will host a Small Town Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the library. All FAFL clothing will be on sale at reduced prices.  Also available will be books, baked goods, Lottery Christmas Tree Raffle, 2019 Keepsake calendars, Christmas Cards and items from local vendors.

Pittsfield: Shire City Sanctuary hosts its annual Holiday Shindy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 artisan vendors,

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rural towns can have unique challenges apart from their urban counterparts. And now the state is taking a closer look at these issues.    In 2015, the Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into problems and situations that smaller towns are grappling with.   On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.   "It will be the first time Massachusetts has really focused on rural areas," said Linda Dunlavy, the Franklin County representative on the commission.    Dunlavy said Secretary of Housing and

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South County's Becker Pond Dam Makes Priority Project List
04:22PM / Thursday, December 06, 2018
MOUNT WASHINGTON, Mass. — Restoration of a mile of Schenob Brook and the removal of the Becker Pond Dam have been named as priority projects for the state.    The Baker-Polito administration made the designation on Thursday for Schenob Brook/Becker Pond Dam Removal Project along with 11 other river and wetland restoration projects across the commonwealth.   As priority projects through the Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration, they are now eligible for technical services, including data collection, engineering, design work, permitting, project management and grants.   "Ecological restoration is an important tool for local

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Two More Properties Added to Pittsfield's Demolition List
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:36PM / Thursday, December 06, 2018

The city secured the structure at 217 Robbins Ave. in 2017. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two more homes have been added to the demolition list.   The Board of Health issued orders of demolition for 33 Circular Ave. and 217 Robbins Ave. The two buildings were added to a list of homes the city demolishes because of unsafe conditions.   Senior Code Inspector Mark Blaisdell detailed each property to the Board of Health on Wednesday night. The two-family home on Circular Avenue has been vacant since 2011. It was still being maintained but that changed in 2016, he said, when it started to deteriorate.    The home dates back to the 1930s and Blaisdell said he had been in

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Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018

Schutz speaks to the young students about personal responsibility and the school climate. He says he's still acclimating to the new school.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Vice Principal Jacob Schutz welcomed the class of 2024 to the middle-high school on Wednesday, even as the Mount Greylock community continued to welcome Schutz back to the United States.   Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.   "I've been at Mount Greylock for five or six years," he told the 12- and 13-year-olds by way of

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Berkshire Medical Center Shows Off New Technology
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018

  The newer model allows for greater use. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is hoping to get people back to their everyday lives "quicker with the help of new technology.   The hospital recent upgraded its daVinci Robot to lessen the invasiveness of surgery and purchased a new EksoGT robotic exoskeleton to help patients who had strokes or spinal cord injuries learn to walk again.   On Wednesday, the hospital showed off the new equipment in its lobby, displaying all of the cool features the equipment has to offer.   The daVinci is a newer model of a piece of equipment the hospital purchased in 2010 and with which some 300 surgeries per year

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Letter: FCC Rule Endangers Existence of PCTV
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, December 05, 2018

To the Editor:

Over the last 30 years, Pittsfield Community Television has served a special role in our community, providing information, entertainment, sports, and access to cable subscribers in the area. These programs are not provided by any Albany or Springfield channels.

PCTV's unique programming includes coverage of local events such as the Fourth of July Parade, high school graduations and school concerts, School Committee meetings, City Council and dozens of other municipal meetings, press conferences, local high school sports events, Veterans Day parade and memorial service, programs by and for the elderly, faith-based programs, and a host of volunteer-driven programming

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