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ServiceNet Cuts Ribbon on Vocational Farm to 'Sow Seeds of Hope'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:30AM / Saturday, May 18, 2024

Lori Carnute plants flowers at the farm and enjoys seeing her friends. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Smiles were all around as farmers, human service workers, and officials cut the ribbon Friday on ServiceNet's new vocational farm on Crane Avenue.

Whether it is planting flowers or growing fresh produce, the program is for "sowing seeds of hope" for those with developmental disabilities.

"What Prospect Meadow Farm is about is changing lives," Vice President of Vocational Services Shawn Robinson said.

"Giving people something meaningful to do, a community to belong to, a place to go every day and to make a paycheck, and again, I am seeing that

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Lanesborough to Vote on 34 Articles at ATM
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Friday, May 17, 2024

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters will decide 34 warrant articles at the annual town meeting on June 11.

The Select Board endorsed a long list of articles during its regular meeting on Monday, most without discussion. 

A $11,846,607 spending plan has been proposed for fiscal year 2025, a 4.3 percent increase from the this year. The budget includes a net increase of $237,129 in education costs for the Mount Greylock Regional School District and McCann Technical School, less than the $271,478 increase in FY24. 

Three articles are related to short-term rentals, or Airbnbs: To impose a local excise tax of up to 6 percent of the total amount of rent for each occupancy, a 3

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Greylock Federal Welcomes Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
04:01PM / Friday, May 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following an extensive search, Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the hiring of Michael A. King, CPA, as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer.    King brings extensive banking and finance experience in budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting and analysis, capital and liquidity management, plus team development and management.   "We are excited to have a person with Mike's skills and background join the Greylock family," said President and CEO John L. Bissell. "His experience and depth of knowledge make him a welcome addition to our leadership team."   As a member of the senior management team, King

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@theMarket: Have Odds Improved for a Fed Rate Cut?
By Bill Schmick,
03:50PM / Friday, May 17, 2024
This week's inflation data heartened investors. Equities and commodities rose while bond yields and the dollar fell. The question is whether the data will convince the Fed to relent on keeping interest rates higher for longer.   If we take a long-term view, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) change was minuscule. For April, inflation gains slowed from 3.5 percent to 3.4 percent, while core inflation increased over the last 12 months by 3.4 percent compared to 3.5 percent in March. That's no big deal, and yet, the numbers did break the trend of warmer CPIs over the last three months.   The cooler inflation announcement caught investors by surprise since most observers were

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Flushing of Pittsfield's Water System: Phase 4
03:36PM / Friday, May 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monday, May 20 marks the final phase for the flushing of the City of Pittsfield's water system.   Water mains throughout the city will be flushed through hydrants to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products. Mains will be flushed Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from May 20 to May 24.   The upcoming flushing for this week may be expected to affect the following areas: Cascade and Churchill streets. West Street from Fort Hill Avenue west including Meadow Ridge Drive, Lillybrook Road, and Westbrook Terrace. Although flushing may cause localized discolored water and reduced service pressure conditions in and

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BCC Offers Summer Classes
11:04AM / Friday, May 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College (BCC) encourages prospective students to enroll for summer 2024 classes in advance of the fall semester, which begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2024.   By completing one or more pre-requisite classes over the summer, students can focus on their desired area of study on the fall — or simply experiment with a course or two that piques their interest.   Students ages 25 and older may qualify for free tuition through the Commonwealth’s MassReconnect program, providing they are Massachusetts residents who have not previously earned a college degree and who enroll in at least six credits per semester.   A variety of

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The Zonta Club of Berkshire County Scholarship
08:00AM / Friday, May 17, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is awarded to college students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in business management.     Applicants should be in their second year of college.  Deadline for applications is June 15, 2024.  The $1,000 winner is also eligible for an additional $5,000 award at the Zonta International level.   Apply here.

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Pittsfield Says 'Thank You' to Veterans with Free Parking
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Friday, May 17, 2024

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials have decided to thank veterans for their service with free parking starting June 1.

The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance allowing veterans to park in municipal lots and spaces at no charge. This was brought forward by Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren, Ward 4 Councilor James Conant, and Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey.

The original proposal was for veterans with designated plates but to ensure equity, it was amended to allow veterans with regular plates to register with the city for free parking. Warren came to the meeting with an amended proposal after suggestions were made during a subcommittee meeting last month.

"This is

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Pittsfield Man Sentenced On Multiple Rape, Indecent Assault Charges
03:58PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Wednesday, May 15 Douglas Agyeh, age 44 ofPittsfield, pleaded guilty to 23 charges.    Agyeh pleaded guilty to: 5 counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Over 14 9 counts of Rape of a Child with Force 9 counts of Rape of a Child, Aggravated by Age The Defendant was sentenced to 10 to 12 years for the charges of rape and 3 to 5 years concurrent for the charges of indecent assault and battery. The Defendant will serve his sentence in state prison.   According to a report, in 2021 Agyeh was employed at a residential school for youth. Over a period of several weeks Agyeh was responsible for monitoring a student's safety as they

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Berkshire County Historical Society Awarded Grants
02:47PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has received a $10,000 historic preservation grant from Preservation Massachusetts in association with the 1772 Foundation.    In addition, BCHS has received a $15,000 grant from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust.    These grants will be used to replace lost historic louvered shutters to Herman Melville's historic home Arrowhead. Restoring these important architectural elements is in keeping with BCHS's mission to preserve and interpret Arrowhead returning the house to its Melville-era (1850s-1860s) appearance.   This project has grown out of information learned from a Historic Structure

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PCTV to Host Eatza Pizza Fundraiser
10:56AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television is holding "Eatza Pizza" at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m.    The event will feature nine of the best pizza restaurants in the Berkshires.   The event is a fundraiser for the non-profit television station and sister radio station 89.7 WTBR-FM.    The event will feature pizza from Berkshire Mantiques, Dalton HD Pizza, KJ Nosh Catering, the Locker Room, Papa Joe's, Papa John's, Pizza Trails Wood-Fired Pizza Trailer, PortaVia, and Zucco's Family Restaurant, as well as music.   Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pizza in several

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
08:00AM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2024-2025 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.   All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Central Berkshire Regional School District

Kindergarten registration and preschool screening is now open and available online. To register for

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