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BCC Virtual Open House
12:15PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its Spring 2021 Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 21 at 4 pm, followed by a financial aid session at 5 pm.    The open house takes place during most local high schools' spring break. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse or call (413) 236–1630.   Prospective students will get the opportunity to meet BCC faculty and staff and learn about the admissions process from the comfort of their home. After the open house, attendees can get help filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or they can explore the Fall 2021 course schedule with an academic

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Adams Community Bank Announces New Employees and Promotions
09:07AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Charles P. O'Brien, President, and CEO of Adams Community Bank, announced two new employees and a recent promotion.   Samantha Tanner joins as AVP, Branch Officer of the Williamstown branch. She will manage the Williamstown location and serve as the Digital Branch Manager, overseeing product profitability and deepening relationships.    Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Keene State College.   Julie Zdon joins as Branch Officer of the Cheshire branch. Julie previously managed the Elm Street location at Berkshire Bank. Julie brings over 15 years of banking experience to the team, along with a degree from Isenberg School of Management

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Trustees Rename Monument Mountain Trails to Honor Indigenous Peoples
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:28AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An organization known for preserving exceptional Berkshires — and beyond — destinations is taking steps toward preserving and honoring the history of indigenous peoples in the county.   On Thursday, The Trustees of Reservations announced that it has officially changed the names of its two Monument Mountain trails as a result of working with indigenous descendants of the Mohican Tribe who first settled in the Southern Berkshires nearly 300 years ago.     "We have worked for a long time with them, and have a relationship going pretty far back," Director of Southern Berkshires Properties Brian Cruey said in regard to the

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.   King grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and served his country from 1993 to 2015. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala.    "It was definitely a culture shock," he recalled. "I learned about biscuits and gravy from the mess hall, which I found delicious ... remember an obscene amount of heat and humidity."   King's first assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served in law enforcement as an military police officer. From there, King was

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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Pittsfield Police, Fire Respond to Man Found in Parking Garage
09:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 30-year-old Pittsfield man found unresponsive in the McKay Street Parking Garage on Saturday was later pronounced dead.   Police were requested for a well-being check on the individual at about 8:10 a.m. on Saturday. Responding units found the unresponsive man  lying on the ground on the west side of the parking deck and called for assistance from the Fire Department and Action Ambulance.   The individual, whose name was not released, was transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. This incident continues to be under investigation by members of the Pittsfield Police Detective Unit.

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SVMC: Medical Matters Features Hand Surgeon
01:56PM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson" features Dr. David Veltre on April 7.   Veltre is a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics. He discusses the most common conditions he sees in his practice and their treatments.   The weekly interactive medical-themed talk show hosted by Dr. Trey Dobson provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on health care, including topics like behavioral health, food insecurity, equitable care, and the opioid crisis.    The show is produced in partnership with Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and is broadcast on

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Public Health and Safety Panels Votes Against Pittsfield Mosquito Spraying
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:37AM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council's Public Health and Safety Subcommittee on Thursday voted against continuing the city's involvement in the mosquito spraying program.     The matter will be discussed in Monday's Board of Health meeting and then voted on by the City Council on Tuesday.   "I filed this petition because a lot of individuals from the community had great concern about the toxins that were found in the spraying program," Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio said.   "Just the point of when they come around your neighborhood, and they tell you to cover your garden, cover your air-conditioner vents, and close your windows.

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Berkshire County Experiencing Mild Drought Conditions
04:40PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared that Berkshire County is in a level 1 mild drought.   "In most regions across the Commonwealth, dry conditions have set in again, and it is important that we all take water conservation steps now to lessen its potential impacts on our environment and water supplies, and to take extra precautions when using an open flame or cooking on a grill to prevent wildfires," said EEA Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work closely with municipalities, local water suppliers and our federal partners to monitor and respond to the ongoing drought

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@theMarket: Stocks Grind Higher as Bond Yields Retreat
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
April is usually a good month for markets. Historically, it is one of the three best months of the year for equities. We all know what happens in May ("sell in May and go away") but we will worry about that later.   Over in the bond market, the bond vigilantes may have started to doubt their conviction that inflation is a fait accompli and so yields must go up. This week, yields declined a bit, which gave a boost to some sectors (gold and silver, for example), while banks pulled back a little. But Friday's Producer Price Index report for March reversed that. PPI was up 1 percent versus expectations that were only half that, which brings the year-over-year gain to 4.3

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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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Berkshire Organizations Receive Cultural Council Funding
11:53AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Humanities awarded over $25,000 to non-profit organizations in the Berkshires from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.   “These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities

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