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Pittsfield Recreational History Now Digitized On Berkshire Athenaeum Website
07:41AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The Pittsfield Parks Department scrapbooks have been digitized and, information can now be viewed through a link on the library's website, pittsfieldlibrary.org.   The content reflects 62 scrapbooks spanning materials from 1943 to 2007. Compiled by city staff, and totaling over 8,700 pages, included items reflect news clippings, documents and programs with names and photos of local sports teams, parades, Winter Carnival Queen contests, diaper derbies, easter egg hunts, local playground events and a host of other significant happenings in Pittsfield's history.   The scrapbooks were given to the athenaeum by Jim McGrath, the city's park,

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Designer Consigner Offers Upscale Consignment Shopping in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Amy Kotski moved her consignment shop to the Allendale Underground last year for more space and access to parking for customers. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local upscale consignment shop is coming up on its fifth year in business and one year in a new location.

Designer Consigner, owned by Pittsfield resident Amy Kotski, has provided stylish, sustainable, and affordable shopping since 2017. In March of last year, her shop moved from East Street to an expanded space in the Allendale Underground at 5 Cheshire Road.

"I felt there was a need for a women's consignment, and junior's, and so I just started small," she said about her business.

"I had small

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Fans Supporting Animal Shelters & Organizations for Betty White
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shelters and rescue organizations across the country are being supported on Monday through the Betty White Challenge.    Monday would have been beloved television star Betty White's 100th birthday. The "Golden Girl" actor died at age 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, and fans within days had come up with a way to honor her memory by helping animals.    White was a strong advocate for animals during her lifetime in supporting numerous organizations and foundations dedicated to both wildlife and domesticated animals and received the American Humane Society's National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award.   The internet-driven fund

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BMC Awarded Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification
02:52PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.    The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.   The certification, in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, focuses on the pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to the intraoperative, hospitalization or ambulatory surgical center admission, rehabilitation activities, and follow-up visit with the orthopedic

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New Funding Round for Shared Streets and Spaces Program
11:56AM / Monday, January 17, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), on behalf of the Baker-Polito Administration, and in partnership with the Barr Foundation, announced applications are now being accepted from municipalities and Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) for the Shared Streets and Spaces Program.    Since the program’s start in June of 2020, a total of $33 million dollars in grant funding has been provided to Massachusetts cities and towns to facilitate 310 projects.    Building on the success of the program first launched as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program continues to be a funding source for communities as they address ongoing

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Explore Allyship in the Workplace
08:14AM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Join a conversation on The Fundamentals of Allyship: Is It Active in Your Workplace? at the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) Culture Chat virtual program on Jan. 21starting at noon.    Subject matter expert Meg Bossong of Williams College will lead a moderated and honest discussion about building strong relationships in any organization.    As Director of Intimate Violence Prevention & Response and Health Education at Williams College in Williamstown, Bossong has developed and implemented an array of advocacy programs with the goal of building just and equitable organizations.    Regarded as "a strategic mechanism" for

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Shire Donuts to Open Second Location in Dalton
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Monday, January 17, 2022

DALTON, Mass. — The popular Shire Donuts is opening a second location in Dalton this spring.

Jeff and Heather King opened their doughnut shop in Adams more than a year ago. Now they're expanding their operation to central Berkshire County because of its popularity.

After observing that more than a few of their customers were driving from southerly locations for their customized doughnuts, the Kings decided to bring them closer. Their new shop will open on Dalton Division Road in the spring.

"We've noticed since we've been open in Adams that we get a lot of traffic from Pittsfield, Dalton, Lanesborough, and South County," Jeff King said last week.

"I guess

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An absolute pleasure this month to interview Lance English, from the class of 1980 at Drury High School.   English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.   After graduating from Drury he attended Norwich University in Vermont, where he majored in military studies and government and was a member of ROTC, Reserve Officers' Training Corps.    "Norwich University shaped my life. My son went there as well and is a graduate of the class of 2020 (he

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Winter Storm Warning for Berkshires as Nor'easter Brings Up to Foot of Snow
Staff Reports,
01:35PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Berkshires are in for a double whammy this week — a Nor'easter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow and ice overnight followed by another Arctic blast that will keep temperatures in the freezer zone.    A winter storm warning is now in effect beginning Sunday at 10 p.m. and through Monday at the same time. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting 5 to 11 inches of snow and ice accumulations of up to a 10th of an inch. Winds could gust to 40 mph.   Adams, Clarksburg, North Adams (starting at 10 p.m.) and Pittsfield have so far declared snow emergencies and other communities may before the afternoon is over. Snow emergencies mean motor

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@theMarket: Beware the Hikes of March
By Bill Schmick,
03:08PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
There is a more than an even chance that the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates at least 25 basis points by the end of March 2022. Several analysts expect another three hikes by the end of the year. As an equity investor, this should concern you.   This week, both the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the Producer Price Index (PPI) came in as expected. But "expected" does not mean anything like good on the inflation front. On a year-over-year basis CPI was up 7 percent, while PPI hit 9.7 percent for all of 2021.   And while economists debate whether inflation and economic growth will subside over the course of this year, the Omicron variant is throwing a big kink

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Cold Blast to Start the Weekend, Snow Expected to End It
12:14PM / Friday, January 14, 2022

Wind chill advisories and warnings up region-wide heading into tonight/tomorrow morning. Wind chills will range from 10 to 40 below! 🥶 pic.twitter.com/9jjzzQhbay

— Alyssa Caroprese (@CBS6Alyssa) January 14, 2022 The Berkshires will be under a wind chill warning until Saturday afternoon and as temperatures creep back up through the afternoon and Sunday, 6 to 10 inches of snow are expected to fall.     There is a wind chill warning in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until noon on Saturday. During the day in North Adams, temperatures will inch up to 30 degrees then will quickly drop as the evening rolls in.    There will be a low of minus-4 but with the wind,

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Berkshire Art Association Extends Application Deadline for Festival
08:28AM / Friday, January 14, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Art Association is seeking donations of original artwork for our annual 10x10 RAP (Real Art Party) show and fundraiser raffle.   In collaboration with the Berkshire Museum and the city of Pittsfield's 10x10 Festival in February, the BAA welcomes submissions from artists from the Berkshires and beyond. All artwork will be included in a raffle to benefit art students of Berkshire County. The raffle and Real Art Party (RAP) will be a free, live and in-person event hosted by the Berkshire Museum on ​Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.    A $25 ticket purchase guarantees a 10x10 work of art.    All visitors to Berkshire Museum 18

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