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Berkshire Hydroponics Expanding Into Cannabis Retail
02:51PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Hydroponics is fully integrated and the gardening supplier has not only expanded into marijuana cultivation but now is working to open up a dispensary.   "We have been very fortunate to be able to keep on growing," owner Tim Mack said. "Everything is coming to fruition."   Mack started with Berkshire Hydroponics, an indoor/outdoor gardening supplier focusing on GMO-free, organic gardening, about seven years ago.   The well-stocked store has shelves of soils, nutrients, teas, and whatever else a beginner or experienced gardener may need.   Mack said over the years, they have served a loyal customer base well but

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Dr. Kryskow Joins BMC Surgical Services
01:34PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems announced the appointment of Mark A. Kryskow, DO, a Trauma, Critical

Care and General Surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and to the provider staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.    Dr. Kryskow is accepting new patients in need of general surgery or chest wall injury services and is partnered with Drs. Adam Bowling, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez-Padilla, Andrew Lederman and Clayton Peterson at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.   Dr. Kryskow received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, completed his residency in General

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Seven Berkshire County Organizations Receive SHARP Grants
12:50PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Mass Humanities has announced grants to 90 organizations across Massachusetts to support the response and recovery of the cultural sector from the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus.    "The SHARP grants are another significant step in the journey to sustain the humanities at the local level," said Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. "As we continue to combat COVID-19, these funds will save jobs, build capacity, and allow organizations to develop new programs to serve their communities."    Berkshire County recipients include: Norman Rockwell Museum: $15,000 Clinton Church Restoration:

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BCC Receives Nearly $870,000 From the Commonwealth's SUCCESS Fund
12:11PM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received an allocation of $869,377 from the state legislature as part of a $16 million fund distributed to all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth.    The allocation is earmarked for the Supporting Urgent Community College Equity through Student Services (SUCCESS) Fund, which focuses on vulnerable populations. The funding, which was requested through the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), covers the period through June 30, 2022, but will likely be renewed if the program proves successful.    The majority of BCC's SUCCESS funding will be spent on staffing, including hiring

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MCLA to Hold In-Person and Virtual Admission Events
07:56AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Office of Admission at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting in-person tours and events, including open houses on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13.    Prospective students and their families are welcome to register for open houses, Saturday tours, and virtual events that offer information and perspective about academics, student life, financial aid, scholarships, and more.     "It's exciting that we have prospective students on campus for tours and open houses again," said MCLA Director of Admission Kayla Hollins. "And it's great to see our student ambassadors go back to what they enjoy doing, which is giving tours

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Eight Candidates Seeking Six Seats on Pittsfield School Committee
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Tuesday, October 12, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are eight candidates looking to fill the six seats on the School Committee this year.

Two other candidates, Nyanna Slaughter and Kate Lauzon, have indicated that they will no longer be running but their names will be on the ballot because the deadline has passed to withdraw.

Of the eight candidates still running, half of them are incumbents seeking re-election: William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Alison McGee, and Daniel Elias.

The ballot list is as follows: Cameron, Brazeau, Vicky Smith, Lauzon, Slaughter, McGee, Sara Hathaway, Karen Reis Kaveney Murray, Elias, and William Tyer.

Candidates were asked to send a campaign statement to iBerkshires. This is a summary

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Pittsfield Street Improvement Project Schedule: Oct. 12-15
08:00AM / Monday, October 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The following work is scheduled for Oct. 12-15, as part of the City of Pittsfield's 2021 Street Improvement Project.   The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Oct. 12: Pave top on driveway aprons Dillon and Dexter streets (residents shouldn't park in driveways if they need to get out, as the top course needs time to set and cool). Wednesday, Oct. 13: Excavation of aprons on Buel Street. Thursday, Oct. 14: Excavation of remaining sidewalks on Hawthorne Avenue. Friday, Oct. 15: Repave sidewalks on Hawthorne Avenue.   On-street parking is prohibited during this work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day. As a reminder, for the work

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Mill Town Moves Forward With Overhauls of Three Recreational Facilities
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:05AM / Monday, October 11, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mill Town Capital is moving forward with its overhauls of Bousquet Ski Area, the former Berkshire West, and the former Lakeside Christian Camp.

Managing Director Caroline Holland stood in front of the Conservation Commission on Thursday with a notice of intent application for improvements to the camp located at 195 Cloverdale St.

The investment firm is proposing to create and update a variety of athletic fields that fall within the inland bank and regular buffer zones, warranting ConCom approval.

The commission agreed to continue the application and schedule a public site visit on Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. after abutters attended the meeting with questions about the

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Just for Kicks Soccer Tourney Draws 48 Teams in Dalton
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09:27PM / Sunday, October 10, 2021
DALTON, Mass. -- The Williamstown Soccer Club earned three titles at this weekend's 24th annual Just for Kicks Soccer Tournament.   The two-day tourney contested on fields at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Middle School attracted 48 teams from throughout Western Massachusetts.   Williamstown's under-12 girls, the Flash, won their title game, 4-2, over the Pittsfield Soccer Club Tigers.   Williamstown also picked up a pair of boys titles.   The Williamstown U12 Vipers beat Gateway, 2-0, in the title game. The Williamstown U14 squad beat Berkshire Hills, 4-2, to claim the crown.   Host Dalton earned championships in two age groups.   In the

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Pittsfield Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Extension 80 Percent Complete
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:04PM / Sunday, October 10, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paving began last week on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail's extension into Pittsfield.  It was paved in the week and the project is said to be about 80 percent completed.

The state has given a formal completion date of May 2022.

"The project is well underway, final paving actually happened earlier this week on the trail, so we are nearing completion," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath told the Conservation Commission on Thursday.

"The completion date that has been established by the state is in May of 2022. But substantial components of the project have been completed."

The 1.56-mile extension will

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Pittsfield Panel Rejects Petition for Lawn Signs on City Property
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Saturday, October 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Ordinances and Rules Subcommittee voted earlier this week to not allow lawn signs on the public right of way    Councilor at Large Pete White submitted the petition to rescind Section 4.9 of the City Code Chapter 25, which relates to poster signs.   Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio and Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo voted against the petition, making White the only supporter.   Councilor at Large Earl Persip III and Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey were absent from Monday's meeting.   Because residents are required to mow the treeline of city-owned land between the street and private property, White believes that as a freedom of

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Farley-Bouvier Cites Pittsfield Cell Tower in State Legislative Hearing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:26AM / Saturday, October 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local resident's fight against the installation of a 115-foot cell tower off South Street was referenced on Beacon Hill on Monday during testimony on two bills relating to health and wireless transmissions.    State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Pittsfield resident Courtney Gilardi, among others, testified at the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure's hearing about two related bills sponsored by state Sen. Julian Cyr of Hyannis: S.186, which would create a commission to research the impact of electromagnetic (EMR) and radiofrequency (RFR) radiation, and S.187, which would require RFR warnings on the use of cell

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