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Local Feral Cat Program Merges with Berkshire Humane Society
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two animal welfare nonprofits have officially joined forces to best serve local felines. A volunteer organization that aids feral cats of Berkshire County, Animal DREAMS, is now a part of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) for shared administrative processes and streamlined operations.   Animal DREAMS is now
@theMarket: Markets Up on Thin Holiday Trading
The Santa Rally continued this week with the S&P 500 Index hitting a new record high. Most stocks that gained did so on little volume. Don't read too much into this week's gains, however.   There is an old, rarely used term called "painting the tape." It is a mild form of market manipulation where market
First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth
What to Do and Where to Shop in Downtown Pittsfield on New Years and Beyond
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unsure of what to do for New Years?  We consulted Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to get the insider info on sales and events that will end 2021 in the right way. "Come on out and enjoy New Years in Downtown Pittsfield," Downtown Pittsfield Executive Director Cheryl Mirer said. She added that
Pittsfield 2021 Year in Review
2021 was a year of transition for Pittsfield.  The city not only elected a new slate of City Councilors, but it, along with the rest of the commonwealth, shifted out of the state of emergency after COVID-19 vaccinations were deployed throughout the community. Election and Leadership The 2021 municipal election brought five new
Berkshire High School Athletics 2021: A Year In Review
"Normal" may still be a long way off.   But some of the usual suspects were back in their normal positions, at the top of the heap, during 2021's sports seasons.   The state's high school athletics governing body went 14 months without awarding a state championship. And once it did, a Berkshire County
The Retired Investor: Climate Change Is Costing Billions
In 2021, worldwide, the costs of the ten worst disasters caused by climate change totaled more than $170 billion. It was the fourth time in the last five years that we have suffered that level of damages. Scientists expect next year to be even worse.   Insurance companies, like Zurich-based Swiss Re, bear the brunt of the costs of
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BRTA Awarded Vehicles, Funds From MassDOT
BOSTON — Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will award the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) with five new vehicles and $8,414 in funding.   The Baker-Polito Administration announced that a total of $8.9 million for municipalities, Councils on Aging, nonprofit organizations and other entities to
Dr. Aaron Brothers Joins Urology Professional Services of BMC
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Aaron Brothers, a board-certified Urologist, has joined Urology Professional Services of Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) and is accepting new patients.   Dr. Brothers, a US Army veteran, provides comprehensive care for conditions affecting the kidneys, urinary system, bladder, adrenal glands,
Pittsfield COVID Cases Increase After Holiday
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases following the Christmas weekend. The average daily case rate per 100,000 people is 75.9 and the percent positivity rate is 6.4.  Pittsfield has remained in the red incidence rate since November. On Christmas, the positivity rate was 5.4 and has increased
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