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Arbor Day and Earth Day In Sheffield
12:37PM / Thursday, April 29, 2021
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, and in appreciation for the Sheffield community, the Sheffield Tree Project and Sheffield Land Trust are partnering with the Bushnell-Sage Library and Sheffield Recycling Coordinator to offer a series of free activities for the public.    On Saturday, May 1, There will be a native tree and shrub give-away, a demonstration on how and why to mulch trees and an opportunity to learn more about composting.     There will also be a battery and clothing/textile collection and information on the Sheffield Transfer station and the next Hazardous Waste collection. Events take place in the center of Sheffield,

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1Berkshire and BRPC Launch Business Needs Survey
08:05AM / Thursday, April 29, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission have launched a survey to ask businesses about the technical assistance they would benefit from in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and building resiliency for the future. 

All businesses and non-profits in the Berkshires are encouraged to provide their feedback to this short survey, which will help inform a comprehensive technical assistance program being organized by the two agencies.    Businesses should share their feedback by completing the survey as soon as possible. It can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BERPsurvey2   This program will in turn identify subject

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Wet, Stormy Weather Midweek as T-Storms Roll Across Berkshires
Staff Reports,
03:44PM / Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Thunderstorms and heavy rain can be expected late Wednesday throughout Berkshire County.   This afternoon and evening, thunder and lightning will roll across the region.   In North County, expect clouds and temperatures in the 70s. A thunderstorm is expected around 7 p.m. Accuweather warns that the storm could bring hail and damaging winds. Storms are expected to continue sporadically throughout the night.   Central and South County can also expect some weather around the same time. WTEN Meteorologist Steve Caporizzo said to "Watch for showers-Heavier T'storm tomorrow afternoon-Evening. More Widespread Showers for Thursday Huge temp contrast Wednesday....Low 60s

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BCC To Hold Admissions Virtual Info Sessions
04:06PM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer three free Virtual General Information Sessions in the month of May 2021: Tuesday, May 4 at 5 pm, Thursday, May 20 at 12 pm, and Wednesday, May 26 at 5 pm.   The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.   Virtual General Information Session participants can:   Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register, and choose classes Learn about BCC's affordability and its financial aid options Hear from staff about quality programs and student support

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Pandemic Limits Being Lifted: Summer of Parades, Dancing, Ballparks Ahead
01:49PM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Because of the extraordinary progress we’ve made in the fight against COVID-19, the CDC made a big announcement today: If you are fully vaccinated — and if you are outdoors and not in a large crowd — you no longer need to wear a mask.

— President Biden (@POTUS) April 27, 2021 BOSTON — Gathering and occupancy limits will be loosened this summer, starting May 10, for ballparks, arenas, road races, tournaments, nightclubs and parades.   The Baker-Polito administration announced on Tuesday the next phases in the state's reopening based on public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction. Since moving to Step 1 of Phase IV of the

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Clark Art Summer 2021 Exhibitions
12:07PM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute announced its summer 2021 exhibition schedule featuring exhibitions ranging from the work of one of Norway's most revered artists to  contemporary projects.    "This will be an exciting summer at the Clark, full of new discoveries and wonderful opportunities to enjoy art both in our galleries and on our grounds," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "From the fantastical objects created by sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne to the lively paintings and prints of Nikolai Astrup, we will be introducing audiences to artists who may not be familiar, but whose work is sure to

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Great Barrington Police To Hold Open House
08:05AM / Tuesday, April 27, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Police Department will hold two open houses in May.   The first open house will be scheduled for Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A second one will be scheduled for Sunday, May 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.   According to a press release, the open houses will allow residents to meet police officers, tour the police cruisers, see the inside of the police department, and meet the department's comfort dog Beko.   Ice cream will also be available from SoCo Creamery.   The press release also noted that the department is also collecting non-perishable items to stock local food pantries. They welcome donations.   

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Massachusetts Population Grows by Half-Million
Staff Reports,
06:54PM / Monday, April 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Bay State's population has topped 7 million, according to the first 2020 numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday.   Massachusetts saw an increase of 482,288 residents since 2010, or 7.4 percent, for a total of 7,029,917. That ranks the state at No. 15 for numerical change and 21 for percent change. The 2010 number was 6,547,629.   The state neither gained nor lost a congressional seat this time around. In 2010, Massachusetts lost one of its 10 districts when the 1st was merged with part of the 2nd Mass District, the first time it had lost a seat since 1992. Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, representing the 1st Mass, retired after the

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Three BCC Students to be Celebrated During Phi Theta Kappa Recognition Week
12:17PM / Monday, April 26, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC) will honor Community College scholars for their induction to the 2021 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Massachusetts Academic Team through a virtual "PTK Community College Excellence Week."    Berkshire Community College students Monica Bliss, Molly Gingras, and Ginger Zani will be recognized.   Running on its social media pages from Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30, MACC will highlight the student members of the All-Massachusetts Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievement and exemplary student service.   "The Phi Theta Kappa community at Berkshire

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UMass Releases Reopening Plan for Fall 2021.
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Sunday, April 25, 2021

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts released its reopening plan for the fall 2021 semester earlier last week.

In an email sent to students, faculty and other UMass community members, Chancellor Kumble Subaswammy announced that the UMass administrators are "prepar[ing] for a return to normal campus operations for the next academic year."

This, he said, "will include face-to-face instruction, full residence halls, and a complement of student events and activities." Students will be required to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus in the fall. Faculty members are encouraged to be vaccinated, as well, but Subaswammy stops short of mandating

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Truck Driver Facing Motor Vehicle Homicide Charge in Fatal Crash
09:21PM / Sunday, April 25, 2021
: Stanley Kardys, 67, of West Granby, Conn., is facing a single count of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation related to a collision on the Massachusetts Turnpike on Friday evening.   Kardys allegedly failed to brake properly when approaching slower traffic around the 14.8-mile mark in Becket at approximately 4:35 p.m. The tractor-trailer he was operating collided with the rear of a Toyota Camry driven by 69-year-old Gary Litwin, of Ludlow.   Litwin's vehicle subsequently collided with the rear of a Toyota Sienna, driven by Marinalva Silva, 39, of Springfield. EMS transported Litwin and his wife, Diane Litwin, 66, to Baystate Medical Center, where Gary Litwin

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Great Barrington Force Mourns K-9 Titan's Passing
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Saturday, April 24, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department said goodbye to a four-legged member of the force this week and plans to continue his legacy.     K-9 Titan, the partner of Officer Tim Ullrich, was euthanized on Wednesday because an untreatable mass discovered on his chest.   "It is with profound sadness that the Great Barrington Police Department announces the untimely passing of K9 officer Titan," the department wrote in a Facebook post. "A few days ago K-9 Titan fell ill and a mass was discovered in his chest. It was determined to not be treatable and the difficult decision was made to end his suffering. K-9 Titan faithfully served his partner,

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