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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Leadership, Networking Program Maintains, Expands Ties During Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Friday, June 05, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For more than a decade, Linda Dulye has been on a mission to provide leadership development and networking opportunities for young professionals.   That mission did not end when a global pandemic turned those professionals' working lives upside down.   If anything, it intensified.   "COVID-19 had a silver lining," the founder of the Dulye Leadership Experience said recently. "I know that's an unusual thing to say.   "I was in paralysis when work from home and isolation happened because we were doing in-person programming. Then we had to move and improvise. A lot of amazing alumni and volunteers were there to help us.


The Retired Investor: Will Jobs Come Back Postpandemic?
By Bill Schmick,
09:14PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
As this week's job report looms ever closer, investors have become inured over data showing job losses in the multimillions. The present thinking among economists, strategists and politicians is that all these jobs will come back. The question is when.   Readers need to realize that prior to the onset of the pandemic, the unemployment rate at 3.5 percent was a historically low level. The spread of COVID-19 forced the country's economy to shut down. The first Americans to lose their jobs were those low-paid workers in the service industries, those that could not work from home. Fortunately, the government's response was to provide fiscal stimulus (in the form of extended and


Miss Hall's School Graduates 60 Students
12:45PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty students, including sixteen from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, May 31, during Miss Hall’s School's 2020 graduation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year was held online, with students and their families from around the globe joining via Zoom. The event, which was also live-streamed, included remarks from Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, MHS Class of 1973; Head of School Julia Heaton; Senior Class President Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; and School President Ayla Wallace of York, Pa. Actress Jayne Atkinson, selected by the class as its speaker, sent special words of wisdom to the


Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Launches Annual 'Choose Your Subaru' Raffle
12:18PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
Humane Society raffle

Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their eighth annual "Choose Your Subaru" car raffle. One lucky winner will have their choice of a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.  

Tickets are $40 each or three for $100 and can be purchased by credit card by calling the shelter at 413-447-7878, ext. 131. Berkshire Humane Society will send ticket stubs to purchasers. The raffle is limited to 2,400 tickets. If a minimum of 1,000 tickets are not sold, the raffle will convert to a 50/50 drawing of net proceeds. The winner will be drawn on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at the shelter at 214


UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
12:03PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.



Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31. Call the school office


Pittsfield Co-op Taps Vice President-Mortgage Advisor
11:44AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spring Burke has been appointed to the position of vice president-mortgage advisor for the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank's Lending Division. 

Burke, a seasoned veteran, joins the bank with many years of experience in the banking industry, working for Canaan National and Salisbury Bank for more than 20 years. A highly accomplished originator, she is skilled in every aspect of the loan process and has a wide range of mortgage product knowledge as well as bank policies and procedures.  

Burke also possesses an extensive background in leadership and has been recognized as a top producer and has received the 5 Star Award from Connecticut Magazine and was


Lenox Library Hosting 'Where the Wild Things Are' StoryWalk
11:36AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library will offer a StoryWalk, a safe, social distancing-friendly activity, for the community to enjoy from June 8-14.

Laminated pages from the Caldecott Award-winning children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, will be placed in storefront windows or attached to wooden stakes along an outdoor path throughout downtown Lenox. 

The StoryWalk will begin at the Lenox Community Center (65 Walker St.) and end at the Library (18 Main St). Participants are asked to pre-print or view the full route map online.

Participants also are advised to practice social distancing as they walk to the various stops


Red Lion Inn Appoints General Manager
11:20AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Max Scherff has been appointed general manager at The Red Lion Inn. 

In his new role, Scherff will oversee the historic hotel's operational strategy to ensure flawless execution of Main Street Hospitality's quality standards of service and hospitality.

As general manager, Scherff will be responsible for creating and maintaining a customer-driven hotel. He will also oversee and inspire employees to meet and exceed guest expectations by consistent delivery of both product quality and service excellence. Additional responsibilities include collaborating with Main Street's vice president of operations and director of finance on budget concepts for


Berkshire Museum's 'Art of the Hills' Will Open On Time, Online
11:01AM / Thursday, June 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Berkshire Museum’s featured summer exhibit, "Art of the Hills: Narrative," will open on its previously scheduled date, Saturday, June 6, with one major modification: Instead of hanging on the plaster walls of the community museum’s galleries each selected work will be displayed on the simulated walls of an immersive, high-resolution 3D rendering. 

Visitors to the virtual exhibit will feel as if they are touring the museum’s galleries thanks to a cutting-edge technique that combines a three-dimensional digital model with crisp, colorful images of the artists' work and user-friendly navigation.



State Releases Guidelines for Childcare, Starts Allowing Family Visits to Nursing Homes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
BOSTON — Child care is going to look different as facilities begin to reopen in the second phase of the commonwealth's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one element of elder care will start getting back to normal under guidelines released on Tuesday.   Commissioner of Early Education and Care Samantha Aigner-Treworgy and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders joined Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at his daily press availability.   Aigner-Treworgy laid out a number of the guidelines on child-care programs that were released on Monday.   Sudders explained the rules that will let assisted living facilities to start allowing family members to visit

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Nine Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford
10:07AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College at Oxford University, and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University. 

The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Tania Calle, Nicholas Goldrosen, Grace Kromm, Jake Rinaldi, Crispin Jay (CJ) Salapare, Suiyi Tang and Meklit Tesfaye. Joseph Moore was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship, and Emmie Hine was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Calle, a political science major from


Hancock Shaker Village Opening For Baby Animals, Outdoor Spaces
10:01AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village will hold a limited opening on Thursday, June 4, as part of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Phase 1 initiative. 

The Village will open only its outdoor spaces — including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas — to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3. 

Leaders of the iconic living history museum have been working for weeks on a reopening plan with new measures in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Such health and safety measures include online and timed


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