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Dalton Mulling Raises, New Positions in Future Budgets
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:39AM / Friday, November 11, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — Town Manager Tom Hutcheson told the Finance Committee on Wednesday that he is proposing a hike employee wages as a retention tool and add new positions.   "We did what we could with what we got [so far]. We provided modest raises and a progressive plan for future compensation with annual steps [cost of living adjustment,]" he said. "So in one way, we sort of traded off the immediate boost for a longer-term plan for substantial growth over time, which we think will help retain employees."   The proposal would increase the accountant and treasurers' salaries one step to $66,231 in fiscal 2024, up from $65,089, plus an additional step

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Governor-Elect Healey Pledges Advocacy for Western Mass
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:48PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022

Berkshire Theatre Festival's CEO and Artistic Director Kate Maguire at the Colonial Theatre.   

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two days after her election day victory, governor-elect Maura Healey visited the Colonial Theatre to detail how she will advocate for the region on Beacon Hill.  

"[Lt. gov-elect] Kim Driscoll and I have promised that we will be an administration that has a strong presence around the state," she said.

"And especially in places that far too long have not felt the love, so to speak, in terms of the money and the resources."

Healey disclosed that this Thursday stop, which occurred less than 48 hours after she was elected,

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The Retired Investor: Inflation Hits COVID Dog Owners
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
More than 23 million Americans purchased or adopted pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, these new pet owners are discovering that the costs of caring for these pets are climbing higher and higher as inflation takes its toll.   The annual inflation rate over 12 months ending in June 2022 was 9.1 percent. We all know what this has done to food prices, rents, energy, etc. One subset of the population that has been especially hard hit by rising inflation is pet owners, according to a recent study by Veterinarians.org. Their Special Reports Team surveyed 1,000 U.S. pet owners to find out how they were coping with inflation. The results are not encouraging.   Half of those

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Pittsfield Green Drinks: The Green Mountains to Hudson Highlands Linkage
03:58PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Laura Marx, a Climate Solutions Scientist from The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, will speak at the November Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:00 PM on Zoom.    Marx will be talking about The Staying Connected Initiative and the cross-border effort to protect and connect wildlife habitat across the Canadian Acadian Mountains and the Northern Appalachian Mountains of New England.    Since 2013, various partners in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and Connecticut have been working on a portion of this regional wildlife corridor – the Green Mountains to Hudson Highlands (or Berkshire Wildlife) Linkage. Join

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County Educators Learn Strategies for Job-Related Stress
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
12:46PM / Thursday, November 10, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 80 educators from across the county gathered at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to learn how to cope with job-related stress.

"It's about being aware of what you do every day and the impact that your work has, but also the impact the work has on you," said Michael Smith, who led the participants in the professional development workshop.

Smith, a therapist for Optimal Healing in North Adams, and Scott Balawander, the school adjustment councilor for Hoosac Valley Middle School, put the workshop together. It was one of more than 50 offered to the county's educators on Tuesday by Berkshire Educational Resources K12 (BERK12) for its

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Lenco Armored Vehicles to Host Community Open House
08:35AM / Thursday, November 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lenco Armored Vehicles is hosting a Community Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 16 th from 4pm to 7pm.   Lenco, founded in 1981, is located at 10 Betnr Industrial Drive in the Stearnsville Business Park off West Housatonic Street.   "We're really excited about the opportunity to share what Lenco does with the local community members who have always been so supportive of the company," said Kristin Light, General Manager at Lenco. "Since we're growing, we're hopeful some of [our guests] really like what they see and decide to join the team."   Attendees can expect guided tours of Lenco's primary fabrication, chassis

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Lenox Receives $180K State Grant to Assist Municipal Sewer Extension
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Select Board Chair Marybeth Mitts celebrates getting the grant.

LENOX, Mass. — The town has been allocated over $180,000 from the state's Rural and Small Town grant program toward a sewer extension and creation project.

It will support design and engineering costs to bring a municipal sewer system into north Lenox and serve a 65-unit mixed-income rental housing project, developable land, and existing businesses. 

The project, currently in a pre-design phase, will also connect to at least 100 homes on dated septic systems.

"The benefits of this infrastructure project will be transformative," Select Board Chair Marybeth Mitts said.

"This achieves many of

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PHS To Perform 'Twelfth Night'
04:08PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Pittsfield High School will present its first production of the year, "Twelfth Night," on Nov. 11 and 12.    "Twelfth Night," one of Shakespeare's most produced works tells a story of romance, shipwreck, trickery, and mistaken identity.    Performances will take place on Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm and Nov. 12 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm in the Pittsfield High School Theater located at 300 East Street, Pittsfield, MA.   Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at https://phstwelfthnight.bpt.me or upon arrival. (Please note that only cash or checks will be accepted at the door.)    

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Lanesborough EMS Receives New Ambulance
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
02:59PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022

The department's old ambulance is 12 years old and was beginning to have mechanical issues due to its age.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Nearly two years after originally placing an order for the vehicle, Lanesborough has a new blue ambulance, which went into service Tuesday night.

The town's Emergency Medical Services placed the order for the nearly $300,000 ambulance in June of 2021 after approval at annual town meeting. The ambulance, currently awaiting some final decals, arrived Monday night and was ready for use by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

"They were able to get the radios in yesterday, and the graphics guy did most of the things yesterday so that we were just ready to

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St. Stans First Quarter Honor Roll
01:24PM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Stanislaus Kostka School Quarter 1 Honor Roll for the 2022-2023 school year.   Grade 8 High Honors (93+) Elise Daly Avah DeBenedetto Danielle King Mark Kruzel Brandon Sinopoli   Honors (85-92.9) Hayden Barrett Benjamin Harris Grade 7 High Honors Kylie Krutiak Claire McGrath Abigail Meaney Anthony Trzcinski   Honors Jack Marlowe Chase Rinaldi William Shustack   Grade 6 High Honors Julia Daly Aiden Mendonca Audrey Potvin   Honors Marlene Eason Kailin Kareh

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Arrowhead Workshop Gives Opportunities for Local History in Education
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:51AM / Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Herman Melville's writing desk and the view that purportedly inspired a whale called Moby Dick. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A small group of educators explored ways to integrate local history into lesson plans at Arrowhead on Tuesday.

The "More Than Melville" workshop at author Herman Melville's home presented teachers with educational opportunities at local historical organizations, covering topics such as civics, artifact collections, and Native American history.

It was part of the countywide professional development day sponsored by Berkshire Educational Resources K12, which engaged more than 1,000 teachers in around 50 different daylong workshops.

The group of

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Paul Mark Set to Move to State Senate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:57PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Supporters ready to welcome state Senate winner Paul Mark at Patrick's Pub on Tuesday night. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paul Mark will move out of the House and down the hall to the state Senate this January. 

A six-term representative of the 2nd Berkshire District, the Democrat was leading his Republican opponent Brendan Phair of Pittsfield by nearly 60 percent with more than a third of precincts reporting on Tuesday night. 

Around 50 supporters rallied for Mark at Patrick's Pub on Tuesday night.

"I feel great. It feels amazing to have the support of people that you have had the chance to serve for the past 11 years, and then to have met so many people in 32

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