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Williams Libraries Receives Collections from Celebrated Poet, Scholar
01:39AM / Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Scurlock Studios, courtesy Williams College Archives

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams Libraries has received collections of books, manuscripts and record albums documenting the life and work of one of America' most influential poets and scholars: Sterling Allen Brown, a Class of 1922 graduate of Williams College.

Brown's family made the donation to the Williams College Archives, where the materials will be preserved, cataloged and made accessible to researchers in Special Collections. The gift includes Brown's personal library, manuscripts, photographs and sound recordings, providing deeper insight into his legacy, especially his devotion to the development of a

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Pittsfield's Plastic Bag Ban Begins With the New Year
01:44PM / Monday, December 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Single-use plastics will be in short supply beginning New Year's Day.    The City Council back in March passed an ordinance that bans use of thin-film plastic bags within the city effective Jan. 1.    Pittsfield retail establishments will have to utilize reusable checkout bags, recyclable paper bags, or compostable plastic bags. Thin-film, single-use plastic bags are defined as bags with a thickness of 3 mils or less; those that are thicker are considered reuseable.    The ban had been proposed in 2013 through a petition by local attorney Rinaldo Del Gallo and had been working its way through the City Council process for years. It

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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

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Boys and Girls Club 5/6 Girls Go 4-0 at Albany Tourney
07:57AM / Monday, December 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires fifth and sixth grade girls basketball team competed in and won the Championship at the Albany Lady Falcons Basketball Club Snowball Classic, in Albany N.Y., Dec. 28 and 29.   The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires team played in and won four games.   Team members include: Harolyn Castillo, Giselle Cormier, Bre’Jai Ellerbee, Chantel Evans, Lorelei Hoskeer, Elizabeth Klepetar, Shay Kozlowski, Amalia Lamb-Gardiner, Alivia Mauer, Evaniece O’Neil, Madison Stetz, and Kyana Summers.   For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires, contact Dan Joslyn at 448-8258, ext. 15 or

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Rain, Sleet Will Make Icy Mess and Difficult Travel for Monday
03:29PM / Sunday, December 29, 2019
A messy mix of rain, sleet and snow is about to fall over the Berkshires, covering the last days of 2019 in an icy sheet that may make travel "impossible," according to the National Weather Service.    The NWS office in Albany, N.Y., has posted an ice storm warning for the Berkshires and northern Connecticut from 5 p.m. Sunday into 7 a.m. Tuesday.    Significant icing is expected from freezing rain, especially after midnight Sunday night. This icing may cause power outages from tree damage and travel "could be impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact the Monday morning and evening commutes," according to the NWS.    The freezing rain

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@theMarket: Will This Year Be Like the Last One for Stocks?
By Bill Schmick,
03:58PM / Friday, December 27, 2019
It is that time of the year when fortune telling becomes a popular past time in the financial markets. Every Wall Street strategist releases their projections for the economy, the markets, and earnings for the New Year. What strikes me about 2020's crop of predictions is their similarity.   My own informal survey of analyst's forecasts seems to converge around a 1.8 percent-2.0 percent prediction for economic growth in the U.S. Earnings, for the most part, hover around the unchanged mark, or slightly better. These professional forecasters are looking for no more than average gains in the rate of return (ROR) for stocks based on the equity benchmark index, the S&P 500. What

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Ventfort Hall Plans Trip to See Sargent Charcoals
03:41PM / Friday, December 27, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is offering a day trip to New York for an exclusive viewing of the exhibit titled "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal" at the Morgan Library & Museum slated for Wednesday, Jan. 8.

This is a rare opportunity to view with an art specialist 53 charcoal portraits by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), America's greatest portrait painter of his time. These drawn works of art represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice – they number more than 750 in total - and demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological insight and mastery of light and shade that animate

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Pittsfield ZBA Approves Marijuana Retailer Plan Changes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, December 27, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals has approved some changes to a proposed marijuana retail and cultivation facility on West Street.   Pure Botanicals LLC plans presented plans last week to build a two-story structure at 239 West St. to facilitate retail, storage, and office space.   "Good luck and this is a difficult process for all those involved but we will work through this," Chairman Albert Ingegni III said.   The board already approved a site plan that focused the operation in an existing structure on the property. The company planned to use 7,000 square feet of a 13,000-square-foot existing structure. The front of the building is currently

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The Independent Investor: Investors Ignore Impeachment
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Thursday, December 26, 2019
Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress; these are accusations that ordinarily evoke sharp emotions among Americans. Yet, the financial markets have barely blinked, if they have paid attention at all. Why?   The short answer is that investors have done the numbers and calculated that Donald Trump has less than a snowball's chance in hell of being impeached by the U.S. Senate. For those who don't follow the actual political process of impeachment, once the Congress voted to impeach the president, the next step is up to the Senate. They are required to hold a trial to decide whether to remove him from office. A two-thirds majority is required to convict and then remove the

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Lenox Woman Wins Pittsfield Photo Challenge
03:35PM / Thursday, December 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Lenox woman's photograph of this summer’s Tanglewood in the City at the Pittsfield Common won the Downtown Pittsfield photo challenge.

The challenge, held this past fall, asked photographers to capture why downtown Pittsfield is the "Heart of the Berkshires". Entrants were encouraged to capture photos that showcased the beauty and personality of downtown Pittsfield.

The first-place winner, as determined by a panel of local judges, was Susan Geller of Lenox. Geller won a prize package donated by local downtown businesses, and her photo will be featured in Pittsfield’s 2020 Downtown Guide and a Downtown Pittsfield, Inc., social

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Pittsfield's St. Joseph Cemetery Undergoing $1.2M Repair Project
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01:57AM / Thursday, December 26, 2019

St. Joseph's Cemetery is the resting place for nearly 40,000.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A $1.2 million drainage and road project at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Peck's Road commenced this past fall.    The St. Joseph Cemetery Commission, in conjunction with the four Catholic parishes in Pittsfield — St. Joseph, St. Mark, St. Charles and Sacred Heart — joined together to launch a capital campaign in mid-2018 to raise $1.2 million to make much-needed repairs at the 160-year-old cemetery.    Through the generosity of Catholic parishioners and friends, and a large gift from the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, a total of $1.218 million has

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Merry Christmas from iBerkshires
07:46AM / Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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Guest Column: Jesus Brought Hope to the Forgotten
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04:25AM / Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski   Isaiah 9: 1-6 Titus 2: 11-14 Luke 2: 1-14 During these past few months, I have noticed a very clever television commercial that has been running in the shopping preparation for Christmas. A little girl tells her parents that she wants to be a princess. The parents go out and search for all sorts of toys that will satisfy the girl's wishes. After they finish all that shopping, the girl then tells her parents that she wants to be a movie producer!   The store that is advertising implies that they have all the toys to make every child's wish come true. As I viewed that commercial a few times, I reflected on the message that

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