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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 4. Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states


5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!
10:30AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

True pizza lovers like to change up our beloved pie into all kinds of different combinations. We have been unable to live life by pepperoni alone, even though we a lot of us are die-hard pepperoni fans. More than anything, I think we are guilty of just loving all the cheesy combinations a good pizza can provide.

The best thing about pizza, aside from automatically putting us in a better mood, is that there are endless ways to enjoy it. There is a saying that goes We totally agree!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.



Woman Seeks to Reunite Artwork with Subject's Family
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The memorial for Laughlin that was found with the bust. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Gail King needs your help.   When the North Carolina resident and New England expatriate returned to the area this summer to help clean out the home of the recently deceased Jean Ann King, Gail found among her things a bust sculpted by Jean's daughter, Ruth Ellen King, who died in 2013.   With it was a newspaper clipping with a memorial for the sculpture's apparent subject, Keith W. Laughlin.    And that is where the trail goes cold.   The clipping is not an obituary, which would list survivors, but a poem that only references Laughlin's "Mom, Step Dad,


Police Detect 'Large Scale' Credit Fraud Through Gas Pump Skimmers
Staff Reports,
04:42PM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Images of a card receiver, left, and one with a skimmer, right, from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A "large scale" credit card fraud operation was detected in the city.   Police say skimming devices were found inside two local gas pumps, at both Lipton Marts at 580 North St. and 460 South St. Police said it is not known how long the devices had been in place nor how much credit card information was stolen.   Police say the number of locations with such devices could increase as authorities worked to inspect gas pumps throughout the city.   The devices take credit card information when the cards are scanned and pass it along to


Williamstown Artist Creates Replica of Roman Sculpture Panel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A colorized, completed image of the 'Spoils' panel of the Arch of Titus created by Donald Sanders of Williamstown is projected onto the replica created by Williamstown artist Lindsay Neathawk.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Technology from the 21st century has brought a piece of artwork from the first century back to life.

Using a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine, Williamstown artist Lindsay Neathawk recently completed a replica of the "Spoils" panel of the Arch of Titus. The arch is located in Rome and was constructed around the year 82 by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus, to commemorate Titus' victories, including the


Berkshire Education Task Force Sets Strategy for Outreach
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nathan Levenson and Karla Brooks Baehr of District Management Group facilitate Saturday's meeting at Nessacus Middle School. DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on a strategy for reporting its findings and getting feedback from town and school officials and the general public.   At a meeting on Saturday facilitated by the task force's consultants from Boston's District Management Group, the panel hammered out the language it will use to guide task force members as they make presentations to select boards, city councils and school committees throughout the county this fall.   The first presentation will come in the form of a


Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners To Be Displayed
03:05PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

Wiliam Mulvihill of Stockbridge's 'Mahkeenac Boating Club from Stockbridge Bowl' was another one of the winning photos.

The winners are...: The Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust selected 10 winning submissions and 10 honorable mentions in their second annual photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

Fifty-four photographers submitted a total of 270 photos. The winning photos were taken by Emilija Baksys of Quincy, Mass.; Glenna Blackwell of Great Barrington, Mass.; Shirley Blanchard of Stockbridge, Mass.; Candy Childrey of Coral Springs, Fla.; Olivia


Biz Briefs: Bousquet Hosts Customer Appreciation Day
02:36PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

Thank you: Bousquet will be holding a customer appreciation event on Monday, Sept. 4, as a way of thanking the community for its support. Whether it's riding down the slides in the summer or hitting the trails in the winter, Bousquet welcomes everyone to take part in the fun-filled day.

The event will feature live music by License to Groove, $2 hot dogs, $4 burgers and $10 waterslides. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In honor of: The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Mary White of Barnbrook Realty as its Business Person of the Year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The cost is $50 per person;


Business Bootcamp Seeking Entrepreneurs With Great Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:49PM / Monday, August 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Getting a great idea or service to market can be challenging, even for those with business savvy.    That's why 1Berkshire and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are building on last year's Business Bootcamp to create a free program aimed at "fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Berkshires."   "One of the challenges we face here in Berkshire County is we have more entrepreneurs than what we think we do and they need support," said David Curtis, economic development specialist with 1Berkshire. "They don't know that the help is there simply for the asking."   Business Bootcamp, part of

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Joint Reconstruction Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
01:15PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Daniel R. Sage, a fellowship-trained joint reconstruction specialist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems.

Dr. Sage is accepting new patients in need of orthopaedic care and joint replacement surgery and is teamed with Drs. Mahlon Bradley, Jeffrey Cella, Anthony DeFelice, David Grygier, Kevin Mitts and Mark Sprague at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.

Sage comes to the Berkshires from Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was the medical director of the hospital's Joint Center for the past


Twilight in the Afternoon: A Total Eclipse Experience
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, August 26, 2017

Savanna Mabey and Noelle Dravis, both 11 and from Williamstown, look at the total solar eclipse at an event at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., on Monday, Aug. 21.

I had imagined night coming like a warm blanket on a cold night, slowly cocooning me in coziness until all the remained exposed to the chill were my eyes and nose.

Instead, it was more like that warm blanket being ripped off.

That's what experiencing the recent Great American Solar Eclipse felt like from within the path of totality. I had underestimated the strength of the sun.

Here in the Berkshires, the sun only was covered around 70 percent during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Not content with that after a


Nashville Sound Comes to the Berkshires This September
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Saturday, August 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Dust off your cowboy hat and boots because a taste of the Music City is coming to Bowe Field.   Five bands will hit the stage at Bowe Field on Saturday, Sept. 9, for the inaugural Nashville In the Berkshires Music Festival hosted by the Adams-Anthony Center for Political, Economic & Social Discourse.   "My wife and I took a trip to Nashville and on one street, there might be 300 acts going on every night and you go into a building and there might be five bands in a building at each level," organizer Michael Mach said. "So I just said to myself,, 'this would be a great fundraiser when I get home.'"   The bands are mostly


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