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Weekend Outlook: Jan. 19-22
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, hikes, and more.  Thursday, Jan. 19 Vinyl Night with DJ Pup Daddy  Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield   Start your weekend early this week with mixes by Pup Daddy at the Methuselah Bar and Lounge from 8 until 11 p.m.   The event will feature vinyl samples of artist’s and group’s earlier recordings followed by one of their bigger hits.    More information here.    Friday, Jan. 20 Live Music at the Methuselah Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Pittsfield   The Methuselah is hosting a performance by Providence-R.I.-based singer and songwriter Beth Killian from

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The Retired Investor: The Billionaire Lottery
By Bill Schmick,
03:59PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
On the surface, you would think that inflation has hit the lottery. Billionaire-dollar jackpots were infrequent until recently. But lately, the total winnings in the Mega Millions lottery have hit close to or over that magical mark several times. Is it inflation, or something else that has moved these jackpots to a whole new level?   There was a time when winning a million dollars in one of the nation's weekly lotteries was a big deal. Today, million-dollar winnings are no more than consolation prizes for those who picked a couple of winning numbers, but not the whole enchilada. As of today, there have been only a few times that the U.S. lottery has surpassed $1 billion. I

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Egremont Man Died From Self-Immolation
03:24PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
EGREMONT, Mass. — Officials have determined that an Egremont man died from intentionally setting himself on fire, according to a press release from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.    Brian Levy-Sadhana was found severely burned at the scene of a chicken coop fire on Wednesday morning. He later succumbed to his injuries.    The Fire Department responded to a call made by a passer-by about a chicken coop fire at about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday on Mount Washington Road.    The State Police Detective Unit attached to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office found no detectable evidence of foul play by third parties. A K9 unit alerted to numerous

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Incoming Storm to Bring Snow And Ice to the Berkshires
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12:13PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory for Berkshire County beginning Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11 am to Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm.   Accuweather predicts that snow should begin around 5 pm on Thursday, and it will continue throughout the day Saturday. Snow is predicted to continue through the weekend into Monday, Jan. 23.   Expect mixed precipitation with a total snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Ice accumulation could be up to an inch.   Plan for slippery roads and hazardous conditions.   The state Department of Transportation has issued a winter storm advisory advising motorists to practice caution.   Drivers should allow extra travel

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Berkshire County Historical Society Virtual Lecture
12:03PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) is presenting John Dickson's virtual lecture "Why Here? The Rise of Berkshire County Industry" on Wednesday, Jan. 25.   The virtual lecture will take place at 5:30 pm. To receive the zoom link, contact BCHS at melville@berkshirehistory.org or call 413-442-1793.   According to a press release:   Drive around the county, and it's hard to miss the large, brick building on the corner, behind the trees, or down the street. These massive factories were in almost every town, over 500 of them in the Berkshires by the end of the 1800s - producing glass, cloth, iron, paper, shoes, rakes, or

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Gastroenterologist Joins BHS Provider Practice
11:31AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) announced the appointment of Mark J. Sterling, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Gastroenterologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and the provider staff of Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.    Dr. Sterling is accepting new patients in need of endoscopic and gastroenterology care and is partnered with Drs. Jason Bratcher, Ketisha De Roche and Jeffrey St. John at Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.   Dr. Sterling's clinical interests include diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, pancreas, and liver; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy and

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Infectious Disease Specialist Joins Berkshire Internists of BMC
11:01AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) announced the appointment of Yagya Tiwari, MD, a board certified and fellowship trained Infectious Disease specialist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and the provider staff of Berkshire Internists of BMC.    Dr. Tiwari is accepting new patients in need of Infectious Disease care and joins Drs. Arun Bansal, Rebecca Caine, Sangeetha Gummalla, Areej Khan, Jason Kittler and Gregory Malanoski in providing care at Berkshire Internists of BMC.   Dr. Tiwari comes to the Berkshires from New Bedford Community Health Center, where he served as an Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine provider since

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'Nick De Candia: A Retrospective' at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
08:44AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Nick De Candia:  A Retrospective" will be on view at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from Jan. 11-28.     The photographer passed away last year just shy of his 90th birthday.     De Candia had a photography exhibit scheduled for this year at the Lichtenstein.  In light of his passing, his family is hosting this retrospective show of his work.     The black and white photographs in the exhibit were taken over the course of Mr. De Candia's 50-year career and demonstrate the wide-ranging subject matter that interested him, as well as several experimental techniques that captured his

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1Berkshire Accepting Applications for Best Foot Forward Facade Improvement Micro-Grants
08:38AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, thanks to a one-time grant award, announced that they are accepting applications for a second year of the Best Foot Forward Facade Improvement Micro-Grant program.   In 2022, this program provided 31 small businesses and organizations across the Berkshires with facade improvement grants of up to $1,000, helping not only to improve individual storefronts, but to improve the aesthetics of our downtown commercial districts in the region.   In 2023, this program returns and is expanded. A minimum of 47 grants of between $500-$1000 will be made available on a rolling basis to small businesses and organizations with first-floor store fronts. A

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Pittsfield Senior Center Supportive Day Program Offers Opportunities
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:15AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Council on Aging is hoping to spark interest in the Senior Center’s supportive day program with billboards that better advertise its benefits.    The program, also referred to as "The Happy Club," has been a life-saver to many families giving seniors a chance to enhance their social, physical, and cognitive skills while also providing caregivers respite care at a cost-effective price.   The previous design of the billboard did not reflect the benefits of the program and had nothing to grab the attention of the drivers, council member Lisa Lungo said at Wednesday's meeting.    The locations considered for a new

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Pittsfield Cable Panel Maps Out Work Before Spectrum Talks
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:54PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At its second meeting, the reconstituted Cable Advisory Committee looked ahead to its hiring of outside counsel and ascertainment process for negotiating a new contract with Spectrum. 

An attorney is being considered to guide the process with a price tag ranging from $7,000 to $14,000 and a subcommittee was created to make an ascertainment schedule for the next nine months.    "It's an important process for the stakeholders in the community to have their say and to have varied and diverse communities to be able to hear from them," said member Shawn Serre, who is the executivedirector of Pittsfield Community Television.   "And

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Berkshire Athenaeum to host 'Digital Literacy for All' Series
03:17PM / Wednesday, January 18, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, will be hosting the "Digital Literacy for All" course series starting Jan. 23 and continuing through March.    All sessions will be held in the Athenaeum Room on the library's second floor.   The courses are free, and registration is not required. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptops, but a computer is not necessary to attend. Two attendees at each session will win a Chromebook, and all attendees will receive tech-related takeaways.   The courses include the following:   • Intro to email: 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 • Intro to the internet: 10 a.m.

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