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Lanesborough Elects Former Police Chief Sorrell to Select Board
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
09:33AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town's retired police chief, Timothy Sorrell, has been elected to a three-year term on the Select Board after winning Tuesday's annual town election. 

Sorrell won 407-253 over incumbent Gordon Hubbard. Sorrell, who served the department for 28 years before spending another six as chief, is also a member of the Police Station Building Committee and was recently appointed as a special police officer in Adams.    The Select Board race was the only contested seat on the ballot, with all other positions running unopposed. There were 664 ballots cast total.    Voters elected Incumbent Ronald Tinkham and Regina M. DiLego to

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Dalton Select Board 'Taps Brakes' on Town Hall Renovation
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
09:02AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
DALTON, Mass. — The Select Board has decided to reduce spending on the Town Hall renovation project and "revision" what it should look like.    The board voted Tuesday to postpone Article 2 on next week's special town meeting warrant that would have authorized an additional $100,000 be added to the $500,000 Town Hall budget. The funds had been to accommodate the unexpected expenses.   "I'll move we make a motion that we minimize the scope of the Town Hall renovation to the asbestos removal required, and the closure of the third floor until future notice and engage in a visioning session down the road for what the future Town Hall may look

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Appleton Ave. Fire Caused by Candle, Aquarium
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters responded to a minor fire at 124-126 Appleton Ave that caused fire and smoke damage in a first-floor apartment.   Firefighters responded to the fire on Monday, June 22 at 12:30 am on. The caller reported that the two-story, four-family home was filling up with smoke.   Upon arrival, the inhabitants were actively evacuating. Firefighters were directed to a downstairs apartment to find a resident who was not answering pleas to evacuate.   When firefighters entered the apartment they found the resident trying to extinguish a fire with black smoke form floor to ceiling.   The resident was immediately taken to safety, and it was

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BCC Student Honored with 29 Who Shine Award
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:22AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Martha Escobar with her daughter, Deisy, who does a Spanish-English radio show with her on Pittsfield Community Radio. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College student Martha Escobar has been honored with this year's 29 Who Shine Award for her work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and with the immigrant community.

Escobar recently graduated from BCC with an associate degree in psychology and will go on to study social work at Elms College in Chicopee. On top of her studies, she works at the Elizabeth Freeman Center as a bilingual counselor and hosts a weekly show called "Mundo Latino" on Pittsfield Community Radio.

She founded the

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Pittsfield Schools Celebrate Carter LaCasse's Return Home
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Carter has to stay safely distanced for now because he is immunocompromised.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High and Allendale Elementary schools rallied in support of Carter LaCasse on Tuesday.     The 8-year-old boy was recently cleared of cancer after a more than six-month battle with a rare form of leukemia   As a second-grade student of Allendale and the son of a PHS teacher, the schools saw no better way to welcome him home than with a celebration at both.   Carter traveled by both schools in his mother's car escorted by first responders and paused in front of each to be recognized.  He smiled from the back seat while students and

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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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West Branch Housatonic River Cleanup on Saturday
08:16AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday, June 25, from 9 am – 1 pm, volunteers are invited to help clean up the West Branch of the Housatonic River.    Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) said cleanups make a considerable difference in the health of the Housatonic River and the wildlife that depends on it. Over the years, BEAT and Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) have collected an array of debris — including mattresses, shopping carts, inflatable pools, bicycles, televisions, tires, construction materials, metal barrels, and all kinds of everyday trash. Once, they even found an empty ATM. Since beginning annual cleanups, their efforts have made a noticeable

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Pittsfield Celebrates Freedom on Juneteenth
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:58AM / Monday, June 20, 2022

Dre Finley gives a spoken word performance. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Durant Park was alive with the city's first official Juneteenth celebration on Sunday.

"This was our Independence Day because we know that July 4th didn't include everybody," Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell said.

"And so that's why we celebrate."

The event was a collaborative effort between various Black organizations in Berkshire County. It included around 20 booths offering food, hand-crafted items, and children's games. This was accompanied by performances throughout the day.

Juneteenth was recognized as a local, state, and national holiday for the

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Berkshire Workforce Board Honors Area Businesses, Elects Officers
12:01PM / Sunday, June 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board (BWB) held its annual meeting on June 9, 2022 virtually via zoom.    As a state certified High Performing Workforce Board, the BWB highlighted accomplishments during the meeting including career readiness programming; training in manufacturing, healthcare & hospitality; employer assistance, rapid reengagement activities, and more collaborative efforts in meeting the demand for more highly skilled workers.      During FY2022 the BWB leveraged over $3.5 million which assisted 800 employers, 2800 job seekers, and 2500 youth with their workforce needs.     The Board convened the

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Public Bike Repair Stations Installed in Pittsfield
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:15AM / Sunday, June 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents may notice a couple of purple bike repair stations in the downtown area.     They are called Fix It stations, and are part of the city's Bicycle Facilities Master Plan that aims to make the streets of Pittsfield multimodal.   They are located on Wendell Avenue in front of the Berkshire Antheneum and on North Street in front of the Funky Pheonix.   Bike riders can simply walk up to the public utility and fix a number of issues including flat tires and loose bolts with an air pump and tools attached to wires.   "It's part of the growing need in infrastructure for people on the road moving with a bicycle being able

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Pittsfield Boy Injured in Friday Night Shooting
Staff Reports,
06:33PM / Saturday, June 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say a boy was shot on Friday at about 10:09 p.m. in the 400 block of Tyer Street.    The juvenile, a resident of Pittsfield, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment. His wounds were not considered life-threatening.    According to police, they responded to a ShotSpotter activation that indicated multiple rounds had een fired. Officers located a victim and recovered ballistic evidence.   The report does not say where the victm was found or details about his injuries.    Police are seeking information on the incident; contact Detective Michael Murphy at 413-448-9700, Ext. 582, or contact the tip line at

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Rotary Club of Pittsfield Awards
02:18PM / Saturday, June 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — John Murphy, president of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield announced the following award recipients for the Pittsfield Club.    Kelly Marion is the 46th recipient to be awarded as a Pittsfield Paul Harris Fellow.  This is the Club's most prestigious award and is given to a Pittsfield Rotary Club member who exemplifies the spirit and ideals of Rotary in service, involvement, and contribution to both the Club and the Community, according to a press release. The Rotarian is selected by the former recipients of the award who make up the Club's Paul Harris Committee. The recipient receives their fellowship award with the Club contributing $1,000 to

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