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BRPC Kicks Off Road Safety Action Plan with Public Information Sessions
10:30AM / Tuesday, June 18, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) federal funding program is bringing resources to Berkshire County to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our roads, with the goal of reaching zero.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is kicking off this effort under the banner of their STEPS Initiative: the Safe Travel and Equity Plan for our Streets, and will soon begin the data gathering process.

To help answer the question of how we prevent more people from experiencing traffic crashes in the future, BRPC is inviting residents of Berkshire County to share their experiences that might not be found in a statewide database.

Input will help shape

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Dalton Traffic Commission Advises on Senior Center Voting
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:41AM / Tuesday, June 18, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — The Traffic Commission will be sending the Select Board a letter with recommendations on ways to improve voting at the Senior Center.    During its meeting on Wednesday, Traffic Commission Chair William Drosehn informed everyone that the Select Board has requested they draft a letter about how voting at the Senior Center has been going thus far.    Last August, the Select Board voted to relocate the town's polling station to the Senior Center to improve accessibility for voters with mobility impairments.    There have been two elections at the new location so far: the primary and local elections. Based on their observations of these

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Heat Index Could Break 100 Degrees This Week
07:26PM / Monday, June 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The next few days are going to be a scorcher for New England.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a heat advisory from noon to Tuesday to 8 p.m. on Thursday.   Temperatures are expected in the low 90s but the high humidity could spike the heat index to 105 degrees.    Numerous agencies and meteorologists are offering guidance on staying cool and out of the sun. Local cooling centers include libraries and senior centers.    Misting fans will be located at Persip Park and the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center during daytime hours Tuesday through Friday; the senior center will open from 8 to 4 but closed for the

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Two Contested Races in Lanesborough Election
iBerkshires Staff,
06:52PM / Monday, June 17, 2024

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters will choose a new Select Board member through a contested race in Tuesday's town election.

Polls open at noon in the Town Hall community room and will close at 8 p.m.

Longtime Planning Board member Joseph Trybus and Deborah Maynard, also on the board, are running for the three-year term.

John Goerlach declined to run again after serving Lanesborough for 18 years, being first elected in 2006.

When prompted for closing words at the last meeting, Goerlach thanked the townspeople for their support and said it has been a pleasure to serve them.

Timothy Sorrell has another year on his term and Michael Murphy was re-elected last year for a three-year

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Post 68 Juniors Blank North Adams
05:15PM / Monday, June 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Gavin O'Donnell went 2-for-3 at the plate and threw two innings of relief on Sunday to help the Pittsfield Post 68 Juniors an 11-0 win over North Adams Post 128 in Americna Legion Baseball action.   Matt Egan threw four innings to earn the win on the mound. Egan struck out four, walked three and scattered three hits.   Devin Reynolds went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, and Simon Mele doubled in a seven-hit attack for Pittsfield.   Mason Canata, J.J. Prenguber and Chase Cooke each singled for Post 125 (1-1), which got 2 and one-third innings of scoreless relief from Leif Johnson.   Pittsfield Post 68 (2-1) goes to Greenfield Post 81 for a

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Lanesborough Coffeeshop Opens in Honor of Jacob Galliher
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:22PM / Monday, June 17, 2024

Ivy Galliher thanks the community and her late husband's family and friends for their support in welcoming her and in achieving the dream she and her late husband had.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bittersweet tears were shed on Saturday morning as community members surrounded the family and friends of fallen Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob Galliher at the opening of Jake's Java coffee shop.    The coffee shop, located at 20 Williamstown Road, was opened in honor of Galliher and will stand as a monument to him and his memory.    Galliher, 24, was killed on Nov. 29 when the CV-22 Osprey he was on crashed off the coast of Japan during a joint military

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Pittsfield Youth Lacrosse Team Finishes Spring Season
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10:48AM / Monday, June 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield girls lacrosse juniors placed third in the Western Massachusetts Girls Youth Lacrosse B Civision recently.   The team is made up of girls in grades 5 and 6.

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Hires Cash Management Officer
08:00AM / Monday, June 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Cooperative Bank (Coop Bank) announced the hiring of Joshua Burgos as its new Business Development and Cash Management Officer.    In this role, Burgos will oversee the multitude of cash transactions for the institution's commercial customers as well as manage business deposits, real estate and non-real estate loans.   Burgos joins Coop Bank after working most recently at Canyon Ranch as a senior accountant. He has ten years of experience working in financial services, having served in positions at MassMutual and Greylock Federal Credit Union.   Burgos has an Associate of Science in Business Administration from Cambridge College,

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BCC Announces Summer Swimming Pool Hours
08:00AM / Monday, June 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College (BCC), located in Paterson Field House, opens for the summer season on Saturday, June 22 and remains open to the public until Saturday, Aug. 31.    Hours of operation for public use are Monday-Friday, 9 am-6:45 pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-5:45 pm. The pool will be closed in observation of Independence Day on Thursday, July 4.    On weekdays from 11 am-noon and 1-1:15 pm, the pool is shared with the YMCA Day Camp. There are always a minimum of two lanes open to the public.    Daily rates are $7 for individuals and $25 for families of four to six members. Seasonal rates are $135 for

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Dalton Select Board Approves Eversource Special Permit
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Monday, June 17, 2024
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board approved Eversource's request for a special permit to upgrade the utility's infrastructure on Barton Hill Road.   During the public hearing last week, abutting residents expressed that they were satisfied with the updated plans.    Eversource line worker apprentice Brandon Owen and other representatives have been communicating with the affected residents to find an ideal location for everyone in the splice pit.   With this approval, Eversources civil contractor, Dan Burke Construction, will begin the trenching portion of the project almost immediately because that is what takes the longest, Eversource Senior Account

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Franky's Liquor Store and Market Holds Grand Opening
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Monday, June 17, 2024

Frank Goncalves saw opportunity in a vacant mill building and a way to serve a local community and improve the entrance into the city.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An abandoned building that had been sitting vacant for four years has been transformed into a mini-market featuring a diverse array of goods.   Franky's Liquor Store Latin Market & More, located at 1220 North St., held a grand opening celebration last week after being open for three months.    The owner, Frank Goncalves, would drive by the building every day, saw the rough condition it was in, and made it into an opportunity to make the area look better and more welcoming.    Prior to the

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BCC Faculty Members Win HIM Team Excellence Award
12:23PM / Sunday, June 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Laurie Vilord and Marsha Estabrook-Adams, two Berkshire Community College (BCC) adjunct faculty members in the Business & Computer Information Systems department, have been awarded a the Health Information Management (HIM) Team Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA).     Vilord and Estabrook-Adams, along with Advisory Board President Ann Marie Perry, will be officially recognized at the MaHIMA Annual Conference on Monday, June 17, 2024 at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.    HIM Team Excellence Awards recognize outstanding efforts by a department or team in meeting the challenges

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