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Ventfort Hall Reopens for Public Tours
09:37AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall is opening the museum to the public again as of Thursday, July 16. 

The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesdays.

Self-guided tours are by prepaid reservation only at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. The mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, Mass.

Admission is $18 adults, $17 seniors 65 and over, $10 students with ID and $7 children 5-17. Call 413-637-3206 to reserve a tour.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an important partner of the Lenox Cultural District, one of the

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Pittsfield to Review Alternate Side Parking Ordinance
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinance and Rules subcommittee will review a new ordinance that will implement alternate side parking in the city.   Although there was some discussion among the City Councilors on Tuesday, they ultimately voted to send the proposed ordinance first to be reviewed.   "I am not against putting more eyes on a change of this stature but I don't think I want to put it before another subcommittee when there is not a plan in place yet," Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon said.   Alternate side parking came before the City Council earlier this year through a petition. It was sent to the Traffic Commission, which referred to the public services

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First-Responder Profiles: Paramedic Christine Isca
06:00PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Christine Isca, front, with colleagues at the COVID-19 test site. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Paramedic Christine Isca has been working in emergency medical services for two decades and is currently the training supervisor and instructor coordinator for County Ambulance Service. She tells us about the

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Pittsfield City Council Recognizes Environmentalist
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council honored local environmentalist Jane Winn as one of the commonwealth's Unsung Heroines   Before breaking into the evening's business Tuesday, the council took a moment to recognize the executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.   "In regular times, before the world has turned upside down ... I would be with you probably with a full audience to celebrate as we do every year," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who nominated Winn. "I am really pleased to present to you Pittsfield's 2020 Unsung Heroine Jane Winn."   The Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update July 14
03:26PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Mezze Restaurant Group Names Two New Co-Owners
10:19AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mezze Restaurant Group added two new individuals to its ownership structure on July 6. 

In recognition of their many years of service and their importance to the future of the business, co-owners Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody have announced Linda Stripp and Nicholas Moulton will become new co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group.

"I am incredibly excited to welcome Nick and Linda as co-owners of Mezze Restaurant Group. Their contributions to date and their roles in our continued expansion are critical," Peabody said. "Linda's leadership of our events business – our fastest-growing category – has been extraordinary, while Nick's

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Berkshire County Arc Elects New Board Chair
10:13AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Ferry has been elected Berkshire County Arc's chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been serving as the board's treasurer for 16 years.

Ferry brings to the position more than 30 years with Berkshire Bank, most recently as senior vice president, commercial regional president, for Berkshire County and Vermont regions.

"I look forward to working with the board and BCArc's staff to ensure the continued delivery of services to our individuals and families, while maintaining the financial stability of the agency into the future," Ferry saud. "There will always be new challenges, new regulations, a changing economy, and leadership.

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St. Stan's Announces Fourth Period Honor Roll
10:02AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams has announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2019-20 school year.

A student merits high honors for an average of 93 or higher. A student merits honors for an average between 85 and 92.

Grade Eight

High honors: Maggie Little, Joseph Roy, Athena Shafer

Honors: Ty Barrett, Nikolai Mendel

Grade Seven

High honors: Colin Daly, Logan Driscoll, Jacinta Felix, Mary Haight, Cole Maxwell, Noah McGrath, Joshua Touponce

Honors: Samuel McGrath

Grade Six

High honors: Gabrielle Driscoll, Timothy Kupiec, Andrew Meaney

Honors: Manuel Dupras, Ian Militello, Grace Perreault, Aidan Tremblay.

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Berkshire County Historical Society Taps Two New Writers in Residence
09:44AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead has appointed two new writers-in-residence for the remainder of this year. 

Robin Catalano will be the summer writer, and Kevin O'Hara will take over in the fall. 

Catalano has an extensive background in writing, having written for magazines, books, blogs, websites and having published more than 75 articles and 1,000 blog posts. Her work has appeared in publications such as Travel +Leisure, the Boston Globe, Gourmet, Travel Awaits, Berkshire Living, and Berkshire HomeStyle. She is also a three-time speaker at the Women in Travel Summit. 

A resident of nearby

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
09:33AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 56 local students among the 166 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, which ended May 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Ella Biancolo, Pittsfield; Emily Carmel, Pittsfield; Angela Guachione, Pittsfield;

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Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:23AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It's unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest "industries" has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you will want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.

For starters, just how widespread is financial fraud? Consider this: In 2019, more than 3.2 million fraud cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission, with identity theft being the most common type of fraud, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall cases. And fraudulent new accounts (mortgages, student loans, car loans and credit cards) amounted to about $3.4 billion in 2018, according to a study by Javelin Strategy

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Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing lmgymfest@aol.com.   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are

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