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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

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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

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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.

The

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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

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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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Sticking to Budget Can Boost Your Emergency Fund
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:22AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, our health concerns – for ourselves and our loved ones – have been at the top of our minds. But financial worries have been there, too, both for people whose employment has been affected and for investors anxious about the volatile financial markets. 

And one aspect of every individual's total financial picture has become quite clear – the importance of an emergency fund.

In normal times, it's a good idea for you to keep three to six months' worth of living expenses in a liquid, low-risk account. Having an emergency fund available can help you cope with those large, unexpected costs, such as a major car repair or a costly

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DPH Changes COVID-19 Reporting; Child Care, Camp Criteria Released
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:02PM / Monday, June 01, 2020
BOSTON — The number of confirmed COVID-19 in the state crossed the 100,000 mark and Berkshire County's jumped by 23 after several static days.    The number of deaths is also expected to rise with changes in the reporting of confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Public Health.    In a statement at the top of the daily COVID-19 dashboard, the DPH says this change is in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to include probable cases in collection efforts.    "This change will increase the number of cases and deaths reported in Massachusetts. Today's newly reported

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Baker: President's Remarks 'Incendiary,' Calls for Compassionate Leadership
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Monday, June 01, 2020

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— miguel (@miguellpz17) June 1, 2020 BOSTON — The governor on Monday rejected the president's calls for "dominating and fighting" protestors who have engaged in violent acts, including burning and looting in downtown Boston on Sunday night.    "I know I should be surprised when I hear incendiary words like this from him, but I'm not. At so many times during these past several weeks, when the country needed compassionate leadership the most. It was simply nowhere to be found," Gov. Charlie Baker said about comments the

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State Releases Guidelines for Opening Hotels, Restaurants in Phase 2
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:44AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
BOSTON — The commonwealth Friday issued guidance for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, an event that could happen as soon as early June.   Lodging establishments will be allowed to reopen to general business when Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of the reopening, provided they adhere to a stringent set of cleaning protocols outlined on Friday.   Restaurants will be allowed to serve diners at outdoor tables only at the outset of Phase 2. Indoor table service will be allowed later in the phase, with restaurants making a number of accommodations, including a minimum of 6 feet between tables.   "This plan was put together with input from a variety of associations,

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Hundreds Gather in North Adams to Protest Police Violence
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:45AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
 
Ray Moore reads off the names.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ray Moore says he's not just teaching his 14 children how to live, but also how to survive in a world where the color of their skin can make them a target.    "My daughter is 17 years old, I've started teaching how to put her hands on the steering wheel if  she's pulled over," he said. "I teach my boys how to survive if a cop pulls you over. ...    "Being black is difficult in this world right now."   That was made clear on Sunday afternoon as he read off a list of 100 African-Americans who have died because of police or vigilante violence, with

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Cultural Institutions Open Grounds, Look to Appeal to Area Residents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 01, 2020

The Norman Rockwell Museum is one of seven county cultural institutions that will be joining the Clark Art Institute in opening their grounds to the public. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The museum doors remain closed, but the great outdoors offer opportunities for area residents and visitors alike to connect with culture.   "We really believe people are going to have a pent-up desire to be outdoors after being in the home for eight, nine, 10 weeks," Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffat said on Friday morning. "Now, with the beautiful season upon us that can be so short-lived here in the Berkshires, we know we're all eager to have some sunshine

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