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Pittsfield ConCom Gives Approval to Fix Brattle Brook Road
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:09AM / Thursday, July 16, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Conservation Commission gave the city approval to fix up the road through Brattle Brook Park.   Resident Alexander Bertelli has been asking the city to fix the road, which has massive ruts making it nearly impassable and washes out when it rains.   "I tried everything to get that road fixed," Bertelli said. "It's the worst I've ever seen it. It's a safety issue. It's bad."   Commissioner of Public Services Bruce Collingwood, however, said the property is under the Conservation Commission's jurisdiction. Collingwood said city workers couldn't do anything to that road without the commission detailing what

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Rattlesnakes: Disparaged Denizens of the Berkshires
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
09:13PM / Sunday, May 31, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Colorful, venomous, and increasingly rare — rattlesnakes have had an interesting history among the residents of the Berkshire hills, one that has left its mark on the lives, literature, and general cultural psyche of its more recently arrived neighbors.

"No other snake in Western Massachusetts has the history, lore, fiction, and fascination as the timber rattlesnake," according to local naturalist Tom Tyning, who has spent many years studying these creatures.

These reptiles were found in comparative abundance when settlers first arrived throughout this part of New England, but over time have shrunk to a meager fraction of their previous

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Downtown Pittsfield Farmer's Market Expects 20 percent Increase This Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, May 29, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — So far, the farmer's market is seeing a 15 to 20 percent increase in foot traffic by moving to the First Street Common.   Downtown Farmer's Market Manager Jessica Conzo said the weekly event, now in its third season, has attracted thousands of shoppers and is on solid financial footing. The city provided $10,000 in seed money to get the market going for its first summer in 2013.   "We saw 10,000 people come through last year," Conzo told the City Council on Tuesday.   For the first two years, the market was being held in the parking lot across the street from the Common. The park was still in the midst of a massive renovation, which

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