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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield Picks Veteran Employees as ARPA Fund Managers
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:36PM / Monday, November 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two familiar faces will be serving as the city's special projects managers for the $41 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the


Pittsfield & PCTV Team Up for Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony
04:42PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television has teamed up with Pittsfield's Recreation Program to air a Virtual 2021 Holiday Tree Lighting.   "The holiday tree lighting is one of our most beloved and memorable occasions in the city of Pittsfield. Traditionally, it's the time of the year when we all gather today and reflect on the beauty of the season. Though I'm disappointed that we won't be able to gather this year, the tree stands as a reminder of the many good things that are still around us.  It's my hope that each of us will find a way to recognize and cherish those special things in our lives," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "Thank


Briefs Around the County: Talks, Music, Books & More
04:05PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
'Mohican Nation in Williamstown' Williamstown Rural Lands is hosting a Zoom panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on the "Mohican Nation in Williamstown" with panelists Stockbridge-Munsee Community Historic Preservation Manager Bonney Hartley, Williams College professors Christine DeLucia and Margaux Kristjansson, and Williams College sophomores Gwyn Chilcoat, Hikaru Hayakawa, and Jayden Jogweo who will discuss the results of their independent study on Mohican Nation past, present, and future in Williamstown.   Visit to register for the Zoom link. This panel discussion is one of a series of Talks on the Hill produced by WRL. A


Springfield Diocese Adds New Name to Allegations Listing
03:09PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has issued a quarterly update to the online listing of "Finding of Credibility of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor."   The update is part of the diocese's commitment to provide regular communications regarding safe environment efforts.   Effective Monday, Nov. 29,  the name of the late Rev. Joseph P. Quinlan has been added to the online list based on a credible finding by the diocesan Review Board. Quinlan was ordained in 1971 and died in 1989. The abuse reported in this allegation dates back to 1974 and involved a minor.   Quinlan’s full assignment listing can be found here.


Former NYC Counsel Joins Cain Hibbard & Myers
02:00PM / Monday, November 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cain Hibbard & Myers PC has hired attorney Brian T. Horan, a former counsel for New York City.  

At Cain Hibbard, Horan will leverage his experience to benefit the firm's clients in commercial and employment disputes, government investigations, and other matters. 

"Brian is an expert litigator and respected counselor who will help Cain Hibbard grow its thriving litigation and business counseling practice, including in the construction, health law, insurance, and intellectual property fields," Managing Partner Lucy Prashker said.

Horan worked in New York City's Office of the Corporation Counsel, where he established himself


Preview: Winterlights Returns to Illuminate Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Monday, November 29, 2021

The Trustees' Brian Cruey says the mansion's gardens are illuminated by more than 150,000 LED lights.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations' Winterlights is returning to Naumkeag for its fourth year.  The show is running from November 26 to January 9 and is currently 90 percent sold out.

The 48-acre property is illuminated with more than 150,000 LED bulbs and features themed displays such as Rainbow Road, Laser Light Forest, and the hallmark Blue Steps.

This year, guests can once again experience the Chinese Garden decorated for New Year's and the Evergreen Garden. The late 1800s home is also part of Winterlights for 2021, featuring a pianist,


Pittsfield Council Rejects Eversource Pole Request for Unpaid Taxes
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Monday, November 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council last week rejected a request for a new jointly owned utility pole from NSTAR doing business as Eversource and Verizon New England because of the electric company's unpaid taxes.

Eversource has been challenging its personal property bill since 2018 and only paying about half. The company owes $3.6 million plus $1 million in interest and fees, totaling about $4.6 million in debts to the city.

A representative from Verizon said the request — made by Eversource — was to place the poles, wires, cables, and related fixtures on the north side of East Housatonic Street about 145 feet west from the centerline of Deming Street.

The pole is


Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Eric Rogers
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:29PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eric Rogers served his country in the Army as a specialist from 2010 to 2014.    He joined the service one week before his 21st birthday and did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.    "It wasn't as bad as it was annoying. There's a big gap between guys that were 18 and 21. I kept getting in trouble for stupid things the younger guys did," he said.    After basic, Rogers was sent to Army School in Huntsville, Ala., where he spent a few months, then to the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Navy-controlled program is extremely long and expensive and


A New Bousquet Ready for Winter Opening
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:08PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After receiving an extensive makeover, Ski Bousquet will open this winter with many new — and some old — features.

The most obvious renovation is the modern 15,000-square-foot lodge that greets visitors from Dan Fox Drive.  

A far cry from the original, more than 50-year-old facility, it features a gathering space, expanded dining options, a full bar, and plenty of outdoor seating. The building was designed by Allegrone Construction.

Skiers and snowboarders can still frequent their favorite trails such as Drifter, Russell, Parker, Main Street, and the intimidating Icicles if they dare.

The chairlifts will also maintain their original titles as


Fire Cider Featured in Amazon Holiday Gift Guide
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:17AM / Sunday, November 28, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local wellness company is being featured nationally by the biggest shopping name in the game.

Shire City Herbals' product Fire Cider, was selected to be featured on an Amazon small-business gift guide this holiday season.

The guide, which is part of the "Meet me on Amazon" campaign, is comprised of almost 2 million small and medium-sized businesses that are women, Black, and military-owned.

It launched last week and will continue until the new year.

"I think the additional exposure is going to definitely create a lift in sales and perhaps have some additional out of stocks, we will see," CEO Kim Allardyce said.

"But most


MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:51PM / Friday, November 26, 2021

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined

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Small Business Saturday in the Berkshires
By Jack Guerino & Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, November 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shop local on Small Business Saturday.   Communities throughout the county are elevating their small businesses on Small Business Saturday with holiday markets and other special events.   The national effort occurs on Nov. 27, one day after Black Friday when people typically flock to big box stores for holiday shopping. (Some local businesses are getting a head start with "Plaid Friday," a new movement that focuses on local and independent stores.)   Downtown Pittsfield will be celebrating the plethora of locally owned shops, eateries, and businesses it has to offer during Small Business

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