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Public Comments Sought on Human Service Needs in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City of Pittsfield, through its Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), is asking the public to comment on the human service needs in Pittsfield.   The Human Services Advisory Council is an 11-member advisory committee that provides funding recommendations to the mayor on how the city should allocate
Pittsfield COVID-19 Numbers Higher Than Ever Before
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The number of people being tested daily for COVID-19 by Berkshire Health Systems has almost doubled as the omicron variant surges through the state.   "We have increased our testing capacity and are continuing to adapt to meet the demand during this surge. Earlier in the fall, we were testing an
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County Protests Counter Christian Nationalism, Support Democracy
Organizers Betsy Burris, left, and Sherwood Guernsey address the crowd at Williamstown's First Congregational Church. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The events of Jan. 6, 2021, spurred a local conversation about Christian nationalism.   But the roots of the issue go deeper than
Snow Expected Friday Morning; North Adams Schools Close
 The Berkshires can expect 2 to 5 inches of snow overnight into Friday morning.    A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight through noon on Friday.  A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is also possible late Saturday night into Sunday, which could result in slippery travel conditions, according
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The Retired Investor: My Dog's Medical Bills Are Higher Than Mine
On the surface, it was a good year if you were in the veterinary business. Year-over-year sales grew by 9.1 percent, while patient visits increased by 3 percent. For pet owners, however, not so much.   Owners found that the cost of keeping their pets healthy jumped by about 10 percent. Some of that price increase was due to higher
Pittsfield Closes Taconic, Reid Because of Staff Shortages
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School and Reid Middle School will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, because the schools do not have enough staff to open. Both schools are anticipated to reopen on Monday but families will be notified by Sunday. Superintendent Joseph Curtis had cautioned on Wednesday that school
Hinsdale Select Board Member James Sullivan Dies of COVID-19
HINSDALE, Mass. — The community is mourning the loss of Select Board member James Sullivan, who died Dec. 31 from complications from COVID-19. Town Administrator Bob Graves said he was a '"dedicated member of our community who attended everything and got involved in the town." Sullivan served his town in many
Berkshire Health Systems Updates Visitation Policies
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the most recent COVID-19 surge continues and following guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Berkshire Health Systems has updated its Visitation Policies for Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital and BMC and Fairview Physician Practices, effective Thursday, Jan. 6,
Lee Bank Fourth Quarter Community Funding
LEE, Mass. — Lee Bank Foundation has awarded $68,560 to twelve Berkshire area organizations in its fourth-round of 2021 community grant awards.    Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to support their local programming. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and
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State Police Investigating Death At Jiminy Peak
HANCOCK, Mass. — The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office is investigating an apparent accidental death at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.   Detectives responded to the Hancock resort on Tuesday following a snow groomer and a snowmobile collision.   Kimberlee
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