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Pittsfield's A.J. Enchill Appointed to Healey-Driscoll Transition Committee
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:04AM / Saturday, November 26, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County will have representation on the Healey-Driscoll administration's transition committee that deals with the workforce and economy.

Last week, it was announced that Pittsfield native A.J. Enchill,  who is president and executive director of the Berkshire Black Economic Council, is serving as co-chair of the "jobs and a flourishing economy for all" policy committee.

"I'm grateful for that," he said earlier this week about the appointment. "Because it means that not only do we get to represent Berkshire County, but we get to represent our organization and our values and I get to bring my own personal skills,

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Berkshire Holiday Retail, Craft Market Set Saturday
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:49PM / Friday, November 25, 2022

DALTON, Mass. — A new holiday market is coming to town this weekend for Small Business Saturday.

On Saturday, the first annual Berkshire Holiday Retail and Craft Market will take place at the Stationery Factory on 63 Flansburg Ave.

"The driver is to get out there, get off Amazon, get off of Walmart.com and big-box stores and go support the local community," organizer Randy Cormier said.

"These are your neighbors, these are your neighbors' businesses that are going to be here."

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free. There will be more than 30 vendors, including artisans and local retailers, food, drinks, and live holiday music

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Series of Unexpected Moments: Making of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Life has a lot of winding roads that lead to the unexpected. Sometimes little moments all come together to make a future that even you did not see coming. This is the case with the creation of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.    The folk rock band is made up of Western Massachusetts songwriters Tory Hanna, Billy Keane, Chris Merenda, and Greg Daniel Smith and David Tanklefsky of Cambridge.   The collaborative singer-songwriter band is founded on mutual appreciation and expression of gratitude for each other's leadership, say the band.    Each member has their own independent project but come together to make music from various genres

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The Retired Investor: Time to Rebuild the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
By Bill Schmick,
03:19PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
The nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SRP) has been reduced by more than 25 percent over the last year. That is the lowest level in 40 years. Oil had dropped below $80 a barrel mark this week, causing some critics to argue that it might be time to start building the SRP back up. I disagree.   My reasoning centers on a handful of geopolitical events that could send oil prices soaring in the first week of December. To understand how important the SRP might be in that case, one needs to know more about the Biden administration's use of the SRP since 2021.   A year ago this month, on Nov. 23, 2021, President Joe Biden announced the release of oil from the Strategic

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Early Childhood Education Gets $21M From FEMA
02:00PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $21 million to reimburse the state's Department of Early Childhood Education and Care for personal protective equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $21,435,775 public assistance grant will reimburse the department for purchasing and distributing PPE and cleaning/sanitizing supplies to more than 6,100 child-care providers at no cost so they could remain open during the pandemic.   Disinfection supplies distributed included 14,445 gallons of bleach and 28,802 cases of disinfectant wipes, while the PPE purchased included 235,600 KN95 face masks, 21,495,700 standard face masks,

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Passport to Downtown Pittsfield Seeks to Support Small Businesses
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Friday, November 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a "Passport to Downtown Pittsfield" event in an effort to support local businesses.    "For downtown Pittsfield Inc. it really is our goal right now to bring shoppers downtown and have them purchase things in the small businesses really that's what the day is about," Managing Director Rebecca Brien said.   This Saturday shoppers are encouraged to visit downtown Pittsfield to support small local businesses and for a chance to win a prize package. Collect one stamp from every participating business where you make a purchase.    Downtown Pittsfield

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Pittsfield COVID Rates Remain Low for Thanksgiving
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:36AM / Friday, November 25, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city for the most part remains on the downward trend from two fall COVID-19 surges as the region enters the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last week, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported to the City Council that Pittsfield is recovering from two fall surges.  He did remind the panel of last year's holiday surge that pushed the city into the red zone and said residents should always be thinking about protecting themselves.

Because other metrics don't include at-home tests, Cambi has indicated that the city's Biobot sewage testing is the truest way to gauge the virus's impact on the community.

The city on Sunday showed a virus

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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Berkshire Humane Society's Catwalk Boutique Reopens in Lenox
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:14AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — The Catwalk Boutique in Lenox opened on Nov. 17 in its newest location at 51 Church St. It's the third time this Berkshire Humane Society benefit store has opened since 2018.   The new space is on the main street so it has plenty of light unlike the previous location, 53 Church St., behind the new space, sales associate Mary Farrell said.    The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, continues to operate, as it has since 2014 near the society's cat-exclusive shelter Purradise.    The boutique raises funds for the Humane Society by selling gently used, affordable women's clothing that has

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U.S. Small Business Administration Asks Americans to Shop Small
02:18PM / Thursday, November 24, 2022
BOSTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov. 26, in support of local businesses and Main Street economies.     Prior to the day, SBA will host in-person events in downtown shopping districts to recognize the role that America's 33 million small businesses play in advancing the nation's economic recovery.   "Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities.  Shopping small and dining local, helps our job creators, boosts our local economies, and enriches our neighborhoods every day," said Mike Vlacich, SBA New England Regional Administrator. "I'm honored to

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Berkshire Humane: 100 Cats for the Holidays
04:44PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents of Berkshire County can get their cat spayed or neutered for a $50 registration fee, which includes surgery and a rabies vaccination, through a grant awarded to Berkshire Humane Society from Massachusetts Animal Coalition's license plate program.    This is the 9th year the shelter has received an award to support 100 Cats for the Holidays, a low-cost spay and neuter initiative.    Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. For requirements and registration, call Berkshire Humane Society at 413-447-7878, Ext. 124.    Berkshire Humane Society will schedule appointments for December and January. Owners will drop

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Berkshire County Sees a Flock of Thanksgiving Eve Events
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:48PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — While some may be busy preparing turkeys and sides for Thursday's big feast, others may want to go out on the town and connect with old friends the night before.

The night before Thanksgiving, has become a popular bar night for adults largely because people are home for the holiday.

Last year, BeerBoard reported an more than 62 percent rise in on-premise alcohol sales the night before Thanksgiving compared to the previous Wednesday.

Urban Dictionary describes the unofficial holiday as "one of the biggest party nights of the year since this is the start of Thanksgiving weekend and most people are home for the holidays at this time."

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