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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, and New Year's Day on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.  Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the
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Baker Issues New Mask 'Advisory,' Stops Short of Mandate
BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday announced that the state is “encouraging” residents to wear face coverings indoors regardless of their vaccination status for COVID-19 but balked at the idea of a statewide mask mandate.   “We are saying more people should be masking, but people in Massachusetts know at
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Officers, Methuselah Staff Commended for Handling Impaired Patron
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board on Monday dismissed a complaint against Methuselah Bar & Lounge and continued another one against Crossroads Cafe into January.    The show cause hearing for Methuselah was related to an incident in November when a patron had to be taken to Berkshire Medical Center after
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Lanesborough School Presents Budget Requests to School Committee
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lanesborough Elementary School is looking to add staffing for the 2022-23 school year, though one of the increases may not be a permanent addition.   Principal Nolan Pratt was before the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee recently to lay out the budget requests that have been approved by
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RSVP's Wheels for Wellness Seeks More Volunteers
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A rather new volunteer community car ride service operated by the Berkshire County Retired Senior Volunteer Program has been well received and needs more drivers to support its mission. Wheels for Wellness has given 468 rides to 176 local individuals since its launch in June. Volunteers have driven more than 13,000
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State Extends and Expands WiFi and Connectivity Programs in Berkshire County
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) at MassTech Collaborative announced the extension of several digital equity programs launched through the "Partnerships for Recovery" efforts earlier this year.   Supported with $9.2 million in economic recovery funds, the MBI launched public wireless
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@theMarket: Markets Keep Churning
As most investors expected, the Federal Open Market Committee announced the start of their tapering effort but doubled the pace of the monthly taper to $30 billion a month until March 2022 when the effort will conclude. In addition, FOMC members see three, 25-basis-point increases in the Fed Funds interest rate next year, and more in
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BHS COVID-19 Testing Centers Holiday Hours
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The testing centers in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington will be open for regular hours most of the holiday season.    Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) has been testing over 600 people each day at its three COVID-19 testing centers in Pittsfield, North Adams, and Great Barrington, and the
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The Berkshires Can Expect a Few Inches of Snow Saturday
The unseasonably warm weather will give way to something more in-season Saturday, and there is a winter weather advisory in place for Berkshire County from 7 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.   According to the National Weather Service, Berkshire communities can expect mixed precipitation, total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches,
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The Retired Investor: Has Labor Found Its Mojo?
Workers in America are rethinking who they are and what they want. For the first time in decades, the stars have aligned to give the labor movement a much-needed lift. Will this prove to be a flash in the pan or something more lasting?   The share of American workers who claim union membership has been declining for years. There is
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