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@theMarket: Week of Surprises Keeps Investors Hopping
By Bill Schmick,
04:49PM / Friday, July 09, 2021
There were plenty of reasons why the stock market was a bit jumpy this week. Let's go through them.   Two weeks ago, I wrote that I was worried "that we could suddenly see a spike in new Delta variant cases that impacts economic growth. Remember that less than half of all Americans are fully vaccinated. President Biden, his chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci, and the Fed are all sounding warnings over this risk, yet the markets are ignoring it."   Investors finally caught on this week and began to realize the risk presented by the Delta variant and its impact on the re-opening of the U.S. economy. It is impossible, in my opinion, to maintain the economic pace of

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Lipton Energy Adds Propane Division
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:18PM / Friday, July 09, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lipton Energy has added a propane division to the business and welcomed more than 250 new customers over the last nine months.

The company opened its doors to this new venture last August and has been in the process of installing two 30,000-gallon liquid propane storage tanks at the Pittsfield facility.

Vice President of Operations Cameron Winter said this is only the beginning in terms of the business's future and they are very excited to announce the new division.

"Between the oil, the diesel, the HVAC service, and now the propane and the gas stations we have they all kind of flow together," he said. "So we use them to promote each

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Mount Greylock School Committee Commits to Athletic Field Improvements
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Friday, July 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday voted to accept the low bid for a contract to make gender equity and accessibility improvements to the middle-high school playing fields after the bidder agreed to trim the project by $93,500.   Last week, the school district opened two bids for work to bring the school's ball fields into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and Title IX. But the School Committee balked at a bottom line that was 22 percent above the architect's estimate.   Art Eddy of Traverse Landscape Architects and administrators of the school spent the last few days looking for ways to scale back the

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Berkshire Lightscapes Illuminates Colonial Theatre
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:56AM / Friday, July 09, 2021

Mayor Linda Tyer presents Eric Hammerling with a certificate in honor of his father, the late Elie Hammerling, who founded Berkshire Lightscape and contributed much to the city.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Colonial Theatre was bathed in multiple hues on Wednesday night, as about 80 people gathered to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the public art installation by Berkshire Lightscapes.   The LED lights on the front facade of the theater were accompanied by video projections made by featured artist Joe Wheaton on the south-facing wall of the building.   The outdoor light scenes have been installed on several other downtown buildings including City Hall and

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The Retired Investor: China's Red Hand of Regulation
By Bill Schmick,
04:21PM / Thursday, July 08, 2021
Over the past several decades, investors, investing in China, have gotten used to the dichotomy of China's Communist-run, centralized government and its free-for-all stock market. That situation appears to be ending.   The latest (and most controversial) sign of China's increased interest in regulating and extending control of its largest companies came over the weekend. Fresh off the heels of a global $4.4 billion initial public offering, Didi, China's ride-hailing giant, was ordered to cease accepting new users, and to close down its app by China's internet regulators.   By midweek, the newly, U.S.-listed share price of Didi fell by well over 20 percent. But Didi

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Berkshire Briefs: Food Drive, Grants Available
12:08PM / Thursday, July 08, 2021
Community Recreation Association to Hold Food Drive   As part of the effort of "Staying Connected to Our Community," the Dalton Community Recreation Association will be holding a food drive on Sunday, July 11, from 9 to noon to benefit neighbors in need. The drive will be held rain or shine.    Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes' and the United Methodist Church food banks and the First Congregational Church food bank in Hinsdale.   For more information, contact the CRA at 684-0260 or visit daltoncra.org.      Firefly Hike Set for Saturday   The annual Firefly Hike and Storytelling Campfire at the Sheep Hill

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Pittsfield Health Board Supports Peaker Plant's Switch to Clean Energy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Thursday, July 08, 2021

Dr. Henry Rose and Jane Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team give a presentation on local 'peaker' power plants to the Board of Health.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health on Wednesday voted to back local environmentalists' efforts in converting three so-called "peaker" power plants in Berkshire County to green energy.

The panel unanimously agreed to support a professional statement written by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team in support of the transfer from fossil fuels and to promote engagement with plant owners.

This will include facilitating conversation with Hull Street Energy, owners of Pittsfield Generating plant, who have not

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Little League District Tourney Sets One Title Game Matchup
Community submission,
09:47AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American League and Dalton-Hinsdale have advanced to the title game of the Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8-to-10-year-old championships at Olympian Meadows.   The Pittsfield AL earned the top seed after a four-team round-robin with a record of 3-0. It will face Dalton-Hinsdale (2-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the title.   On Tuesday, Dalton-Hinsdale earned its spot in the finals with a 4-2 win over the Pittsfield National League, which finished 0-3 in the round robin. Host Great Barrington ended up with a record of 1-2.   Also on Tuesday, Great Barrington’s 12-year-old team defeated the Pittsfield NL, 4-2. Earlier this

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MassDevelopment Funds Art & Programming in Downtown Pittsfield Parklets
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:17AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassDevelopment anticipates funding Downtown Pittsfield Inc. with $39,000 in grants to enhance up to 10 parklets with art and programming throughout the downtown corridor.

The finance agency has so far awarded DPI with a $10,000 grant. Over the summer, DPI will crowdfund for the project and if the organization reaches its $29,000 goal, MassDevelopment will contribute a matching grant of an additional $29,000.

"Here is where we actually have a couple of different commonwealth and MassDevelopment resources working together,"  Laura Christopher, the agency's real estate innovation officer, said.

"The parklets themselves, the structure,

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Berkshire Business: Hospitality Took a Hit During COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:36AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
 
Help wanted signs have been ubiquitous around the county for both small and large food service concerns.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Businesses throughout the county have felt different degrees of pressure over the past year as the novel coronavirus continued to tighten its grip. While some industries focused on adaptation, others were focused on survival.   In the food and service industry, this grip felt more like strangulation.     "I've been doing this for 17 years now, I've been in food for 17 years," Luke Marion, owner of Otto's Kitchen and Comfort said. "Yeah. And that's like almost a bragging point for people in

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Walk-in Vaccine Clinics Scheduled at Wahconah Park
08:17PM / Tuesday, July 06, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Health Department and Pittsfield Suns are teaming up on two COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinics at Wahconah Park.   The clinics will be held 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays, July 8 and Aug. 5. The clinics will be stationed in front of the gates to the ball park. Appointments are not required.   "We're excited to partner with the Pittsfield Suns on this initiative as we want to ensure everyone in our community has access to this life-saving vaccine," said Kayla Donnelly-Winters, a registered nurse and the city's public health nurse manager.    Donnelly-Winters will be attending the July 8 game and will be throwing out the

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Letter: Thrill for Taconic to Play State Championship at Wahconah
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, July 06, 2021

To the Editor:

As a high school coach, I cannot begin to describe the emotion and excitement that my players and coaches experienced on Monday during the MIAA D-III state championship at Wahconah Park. The thrill of being able to play the final game in our hometown, on the city-owned historic park, was amazing. To look up at the stands as they began to fill, and to see the faces of people of all ages painted along the fence and deep into the field, resonated with me throughout the day.

It is no small task to get to the state game, but it was an even greater task to perform the way that we did in front of our family, friends, teachers, neighbors, and residents. Truth be told, it was your

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