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News and events in Pittsfield, Mass.

Bousquet Mountain Being Sold to Local Investment Firm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local private investment firm plans to buy Bousquet Mountain ski area.   Mill Town Capital announced Friday that it will partner with Charlemont's Berkshire East Mountain Resort to continue the Bousquet's 85-year legacy into the future.   "Bousquet is a pretty valuable outdoor recreational asset for the city of Pittsfield and we felt like we wanted to be part of that and continue that into the future," Tim Burke, Mill Town's CEO and managing director said.   Mill Town, which focuses on community impact in its investments, will purchase the resort from Tamarack Ski Nominee Trust and owners Sherry and PJ Roberts. The sale

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Tyer Cautions Public Health Data Will Inform Phase 2 Reopening
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:08PM / Sunday, May 31, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her weekly COVID-19 update on Friday, Mayor Linda Tyer asked residents to stay strong during the potential last week of Phase 1 of the reopening process.   She said as the state enters the third and potentially final week of Phase 1, residents need to continue to practice "safer at home" protocols.     "I am confident that the city will do what needs to be done as we always do because even in the toughest times our community pride finds a way to shine bright," Tyer said.    She reiterated that the beginning of the next phase will be guided by public health data and said the governor announced this week that the

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SVMC Creates Virtual Waiting Room to Encourage Distancing
11:27AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Beginning June 1, many people who need in-person appointments at Southwestern Vermont Health Care's hospital and clinics will no longer need to use traditional waiting rooms. A virtual system created by the hospital allows patients to call 802-447-5000 when they arrive in the parking lot and receive a text message when their provider is ready to see them.

SVMC's outpatient and inpatient surgeries and diagnostic services, like those for imaging and laboratory work, have resumed with enhanced safety protocols per the directive of Gov. Phil Scott. The health system's emergency department, ExpressCare, emergency surgical services, and most of its primary and

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.   COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing.    "The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate

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BHS Honors Employees With Donation to Berkshire COVID-19 Fund
05:19PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is giving $50,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Berkshire County, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest.  

The donation, which was made in honor of all BHS employees and medical staff, will be designated to support two major programs that provide reliable access to healthy food for residents of Berkshire County.  

"From restaurants and small businesses to physicians and hospitals, we are all hurting as a result of COVID-19. After learning about the significant increase in food pantry needs in recent

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@theMarket: The Market's Line in the Sand
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
Over the last two weeks, as Americans returned to work, the stock market climbed rapidly. It has now reached, and breached, an important historical technical indicator. If it can remain above it, investors will begin to believe that the worst is over.      The S&P 500 Index (as opposed to the Dow Jones Industrial Average) is what most professionals consider the benchmark index. This week, buyers pushed that index above the 3,000 level for the first time since the pandemic caused the markets to crash back in March. Why is that important?   That is the level that coincides with what is called the Two Hundred Day Moving Average (200 DMA). The 200 DMA is where investors

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BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
ADAMS,  Mass. — At a time when most are thinking of limitless potential and endless possibilities, BArT senior Will Schrade invited his classmates to embrace mediocrity.   Perhaps not forever, but at this particular moment, as the class of 2020 huddled around their computer screens in quarantine instead of gathering in a gymnasium bursting to capacity, the concept of "good enough" has a certain appeal, Schrade argued.   He was one of four Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School students to provide "senior reflections" during Saturday's hourlong graduation exercises, the first virtual high school graduation in Berkshire

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month
09:03AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning June 1, the Berkshire Immigrant Center invites the community to honor the more than 10,000 immigrants in the Berkshires and by joining the annual observance of national Immigrant Heritage Month and helping to launch a $10,000 fundraising campaign for the center.

"During Immigrant Heritage Month, we proudly honor the many ways immigrants make the Berkshires a better place," said BIC Executive Director Michelle Lopez. "This year we are especially grateful for the hundreds of foreign-born doctors, medical technicians, nurses and staff who are caring for people at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, and nursing homes, and for local

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 29-June 4
08:36AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

 

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring online classes, virtual events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!     TONIGHT: Berkshire COVID-19 Fund

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MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners
08:22AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although this year's MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists' pitches.

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

Granito’s "Detailing Dream" won first place, which came with a $7,500 award.

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BCC Graduates Recognized in Remote Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:03PM / Friday, May 29, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Any other year, the graduates of Berkshire Community College and their friends and families would be filling The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.

  But instead of taking the stage, speakers stood alone in front of a backdrop. And instead of being handed their certificates and diplomas, the more than 200 graduates' names were read as their pictures were shown.    What didn't change was the ceremony's broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television, allowing at least a virtual coming together of the BCC community to mark their significant accomplishments.   President Ellen Kennedy reminded those watching how commencement celebrates not just

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Crane Stationery Leaving North Adams for New York
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Friday, May 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane Stationery is pulling up stakes after more than 200 years making paper in the Berkshires.    In a statement released Friday afternoon, company officials said they had made the "difficult decision" to shift operations to parent company Mohawk Fine Papers in Cohoes, N.Y.   The news isn't a surprise: Crane announced a month ago it would be laying off nearly its entire workforce of more than 200 by June 19.   "For almost 220 years, Crane has made its home in the Berkshires. It's an indelible part of our history and our culture, and an enormous point of pride," said Thomas O'Connor, CEO of Mohawk in a statement.

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