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FEMA Awards Over $5M to Mass National Guard for COVID-19 Response
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $5 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the Massachusetts National Guard for the costs of medical operations and logistical support during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $5,080,750 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the
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Pittsfield's A.J. Enchill Appointed to Healey-Driscoll Transition Committee
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County will have representation on the Healey-Driscoll administration's transition committee that deals with the workforce and economy. Last week, it was announced that Pittsfield native A.J. Enchill,  who is president and executive director of the Berkshire Black Economic Council, is serving as
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Berkshire Holiday Retail, Craft Market Set Saturday
DALTON, Mass. — A new holiday market is coming to town this weekend for Small Business Saturday. On Saturday, the first annual Berkshire Holiday Retail and Craft Market will take place at the Stationery Factory on 63 Flansburg Ave. "The driver is to get out there, get off Amazon, get off of Walmart.com and big-box stores and
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Series of Unexpected Moments: Making of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Life has a lot of winding roads that lead to the unexpected. Sometimes little moments all come together to make a future that even you did not see coming. This is the case with the creation of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow.    The folk rock band is made up of Western Massachusetts songwriters Tory
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The Retired Investor: Time to Rebuild the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
The nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SRP) has been reduced by more than 25 percent over the last year. That is the lowest level in 40 years. Oil had dropped below $80 a barrel mark this week, causing some critics to argue that it might be time to start building the SRP back up. I disagree.   My reasoning centers on a
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Early Childhood Education Gets $21M From FEMA
BOSTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $21 million to reimburse the state's Department of Early Childhood Education and Care for personal protective equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The $21,435,775 public assistance grant will reimburse the department for
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Passport to Downtown Pittsfield Seeks to Support Small Businesses
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is celebrating Small Business Saturday with a "Passport to Downtown Pittsfield" event in an effort to support local businesses.    "For downtown Pittsfield Inc. it really is our goal right now to bring shoppers downtown and have them purchase things in the small
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Pittsfield COVID Rates Remain Low for Thanksgiving
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city for the most part remains on the downward trend from two fall COVID-19 surges as the region enters the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Last week, Director of Public Health Andy Cambi reported to the City Council that Pittsfield is recovering from two fall surges.  He did remind the panel of last
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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and
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Berkshire Humane Society's Catwalk Boutique Reopens in Lenox
LENOX, Mass. — The Catwalk Boutique in Lenox opened on Nov. 17 in its newest location at 51 Church St. It's the third time this Berkshire Humane Society benefit store has opened since 2018.   The new space is on the main street so it has plenty of light unlike the previous location, 53 Church St., behind the new
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