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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

The Retired Investor: The Reflation Trade
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Over the past six months, an increasing number of investors have come to believe that a rise in the inflation rate is inevitable. That appears to be a sound bet from where I sit, even though the present data doesn't support that wager.

The argument for increased inflation centers around money. The world is awash in the stuff. Central banks have been printing money for years to stimulate their economies. Last year's pandemic only opened the monetary flood gates even further. And the trend is not over.

During the next few months, here in the U.S., the Biden Administration is proposing another $1.9 trillion in federal spending, which will then be followed by yet another


Baker Lifts Stay-at-Home Order, Business Curfew
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Public health restrictions implemented last month aimed to reduce mobility and gatherings. We're seeing modest improvements in public health data but we have more work to do.

Today we're extending lower capacity + gathering limits and rescinding our early business closure order.

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 21, 2021 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced that the commonwealth will start to ease up on some of its COVID-19 restrictions on business starting Monday in response to positive trends in the public health metrics.   Effective Monday at 5 a.m., the state is lifting an overnight stay-at-home advisory that


BWS Announces First Grade Teacher and Virtual Events
01:03PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers at Berkshire Waldorf School (formerly Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School) announced the appointment of Gary Osborne as first grade teacher for the 2021-22 school year.    Families whose children will be six by Sep. 1, 2021 and interested community members are invited to meet Mr. Osborne and BWS subject teachers at the school's Meet the First Grade Teachers event Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:30am. Parents and caregivers can register for this live, virtual event at   Mr. Osborne grew up outside Dallas, Texas, where he developed a love for the


Call For Entries: Land of Enchantment
12:54PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2021

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Norman Rockwell Museum invites artists to participate in a juried exhibition of contemporary sculpture and installation art. 

Artists working in all media are invited to submit proposals for "Land of Enchantment," an outdoor exhibition held in conjunction with the Museum's upcoming exhibition, "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Art," opening on June 12, 2021.   This outdoor installation will feature original works inspired by the exhibition's themes of classical and contemporary mythology, fairy tales, and fantastical heroes and villains.   Applications can be forwarded to Thomas Mesquita, Registrar Norman Rockwell


LitNet Launches Monthly Cable TV Show
12:09PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021

LEE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the launch of its new monthly cable TV show titled "Literacy Network of South Berkshire Presents…"

Co-hosted by LitNet's Executive Director Leigh Doherty and LitNet board member and local educator Dr. Roselle Chartock, each episode will delve into LitNet's past, present, and future by featuring learners, tutors, individuals significant to the organization's history and development, community leaders, educational professionals, and more.

"There are so many wonderful people and wonderful relationships within the LitNet community," Doherty said. "They are inspiring people


Update: Sheffield Fatal Fire Accidental
09:42AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
Sheffield Fire Chief David J. Ullrich, Sheffield Police Chief Eric R. Munson III, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of the Jan. 13, 2021 fatal fire at 1715 Hewins Street in Sheffield was accidental.    Investigators determined that a failure of the chimney and wood burning furnace caused the fire that took the lives of two residents. The Berkshire District Attorney's Office has identified the victims as 75-year-old James Boltrom and 66-year-old Dorene Boltrom.   "On behalf of our firefighters and the town of Sheffield, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims," Chief Ullrich said. "We're

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was


Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
04:25PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
There's a winter weather advisory in effect overnight Friday in the Berkshires and a chance of up to 5 inches of snow.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.    The snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour for a brief period in the morning and will be accompanied by winds up to 40 mph. There's also a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the mix.   Temperatures could reach a high of 40 in the Hudson River valley on Saturday and Sunday will be windy, with some gusts possibly reaching 35-45 mph across eastern New York and the

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Third Generation D’Amour Family Appointments at Big Y
12:19PM / Friday, January 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announced the promotion of the following 3rd generation D'Amour family members. 

Colin M. D'Amour has been named senior director of Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, and Christian P. D'Amour is director of e-commerce. Both appointments represent new and expanding divisions within the company.    Both D'Amours report to Richard D. Bossie, senior vice president of operations and customer experience.   Colin's responsibilities include oversight of store operations, sight selection, sight acquisition and day to day responsibility for product procurement including


BCC To Host Virtual Registration Day Saturday
08:11AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Registration Day event on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM via Zoom.

The event will allow students to apply, register, get assistance with financial aid, and become enrolled students, prior to the start of spring classes, which begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Offices that will be available via Zoom from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM for students to receive assistance in joining the College will be Admissions, Advising, Student Financial Services and Registrar.  The Follett Bookstore will be open for curbside pick-up.

The goal of this virtual registration day is show that it’s not too late to become a


BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and


Small Businesses Face Friday Deadline to Apply for State Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
BOSTON — State officials Thursday encouraged small businesses across the commonwealth to beat a Friday midnight deadline to apply for COVID-19 relief grants.   "Prospective applicants only have until midnight tomorrow, which is Friday, Jan. 15," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "So you have less than two days to submit your application for the current round. Like the first program, these grant awards will be up to $75,000 capped at three months of operating expenses. Grants can be used for things like payroll, employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent utilities and interest on other debt obligations.   "Visit to learn more. Or

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