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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

The Mount's 2021 Season
12:10PM / Friday, May 21, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home  announced its 2021 summer programs and events.    Highlights include a variety of outdoor performances, lectures, and the return of the SculptureNow outdoor sculpture exhibit. Additional details on all programs, including advanced registration, can be found at EdithWharon.org.   "We knew we wanted to do as much outdoors as possible," said Susan Wissler, executive director at The Mount. "We envisioned different locations throughout the estate as unique performance venues and tried to match the performances to the space, making each site-specific. We will be presenting live music on a newly built

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State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents about Safe Pool Chemical Handling
08:08AM / Friday, May 21, 2021
STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is reminding pool owners to make sure their chemicals are handled and stored properly.    "Pool chemicals can be dangerous when they become wet or are mixed with other chemicals," said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, "The two most important things to remember are: always mix pool chemicals outdoors; and powder in the water, never water in the powder."   "Make sure all chemicals are stored in a secure and dry area, and carefully follow all manufacturer's instructions when using them," Ostroskey added. "A few simple precautions can be the difference between enjoying a relaxing

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Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative Scaling Down Clinics
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, May 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the state reopens, Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative is shifting its vaccination model to make receiving the shot more convenient and accessible.     The collaborative has announced plans to scale down its three largest COVID-19 vaccine clinic sites in Great Barrington, North Adams and Pittsfield gradually over the next month and offer pop-up clinics and vaccination at testing sites.   "This is really the next phase vaccination, these large clinics were stood up so that we could quickly and efficiently vaccinate as many people as possible and they've been incredibly successful," Executive Director of Communications, Planning and

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The Retired Investor: Gold Regains Its Mojo
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
In inflationary environments, investors historically have hedged their bets by buying gold. However, this time around, the precious metal has languished as investors bought alternative investments. But times are changing.   The primary alternative to buying gold has been cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin and Ethereum, two of my 2021 buy recommendations (for those with a strong stomach) have enjoyed spectacular gains in 2021. Bitcoin, at one point in May, had gained almost 100 percent, while Ethereum saw gains of more than 400 percent.   In addition, other commodities held more interest than gold for most investors. In January 2021, I recommended investors focus on some specific

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BCC to Offer Food and Beverage Management Certificate
04:30PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of a Food and Beverage Management Certificate to its hospitality program.    Available in fall 2021, the Food and Beverage Management Certificate is a one-year, 28-credit program that prepares students for entry-level positions in the food and beverage industry. The program is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the hospitality field, food and beverage operations, personnel, and supervision principles, as well as foundations of budgeting, accounting, and cost controls.     The new program is designed for recent high school graduates seeking a vocational program

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Greylock Insurance Agency Announces Six Promotions
12:17PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Insurance Agency (GIA) has promoted six employees within the agency: Lori Goodell, Jay Marion, Julie Dieterich, Mary Benjamin, Nicole Sage and Hailey Lareau.    Michael Stoddard, Greylock Federal Credit Union's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer announced the promotions Friday morning.    Goodell has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Agency Manager. She will oversee all agency matters and will report directly to Stoddard. She joined GIA in March 2005 as an Insurance Services Officer. Goodell was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Sales Manager in 2009 and then to Vice President, Personal Lines in

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Arrowhead Announces 2021 Season
12:02PM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society (BCHS) at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead is now open for guided tours through October.     Throughout the summer special events and exhibitions will be presented in the newly renovated historic barn and on the grounds.    Tours are available Thursday through Monday beginning at 10 am, with the last tour beginning at 3 pm. Rates for guided tours of Melville’s house are: adults $16.00, seniors $14.00, students $10.00, children 12 and under, free. Members of the BCHS receive free admission. BCHS participates in the Card to Culture program extending free admission to EBT, WIC, and Connector Care

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Big Y Adds Vice President of Distribution & Logistics
08:50AM / Thursday, May 20, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors at Big Y Foods, Inc. appointed Stephen M. Creed to the new position of vice president of distribution and logistics.    Creed is responsible for leading Big Y’s distribution teams at their newly expanded 430,000 square foot Fresh & Local Distribution Center in Springfield. In addition, he will serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors. He reports to Michael P. D’Amour, executive vice president and COO.   Creed has over 40 years of experience in the distribution industry, mostly within the supermarket realm.    He began his career in 1979 with Stop & Shop, Inc. where he held various positions

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Great Barrington Will Expand Outdoor Dining Seating
11:56AM / Wednesday, May 19, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Expanded outdoor dining will return to Great Barrington beginning Memorial Day weekend.   The town will narrow Railroad Street every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening on holiday weekends, and on Fridays and Saturdays on non-holiday weekends to create an outdoor café experience for residents and visitors. The plan is subject to weather.   The town's outdoor dining setup will remain in place on weekends through the summer, with an expanded live entertainment program beginning in July.   The Taconic/Triplex parking lot will have designated outdoor seating in its parking area as well.   Main Street eateries will continue to have

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Sunny Weather Makes Way For Thunderstorms
11:25AM / Wednesday, May 19, 2021
It is starting to feel like summer in the Berkshires.   Temperatures are expected to breach the 80s today. According to Accuweather, temperatures are expected to top out around 82 degrees in North Adams and Pittsfield.   Steve Caporizzo agrees.   "The Next 48 Hours-Get ready for Summer....and the WARMEST Weather in over 8 months!" he wrote on Twitter.   At night temperatures should hit a low of 55 degrees.   There should be more of the like this week, however, there is a chance of thunderstorms Thursday and a 40 percent chance of rain (oh how we need it).   Accuweather reports that temperatures will max out at 85 degrees. The skies will be cloudy and

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Mill Town Appoint COO and President of Bousquet
01:05PM / Tuesday, May 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mill Town announced Tuesday  that it has hired Dennis Robinson as the Company's Chief Operating Officer and President of Bousquet Enterprises, a group of recreational and hospitality businesses based on the Berkshires.   Beginning immediately, Robinson will be responsible for the management, operations, and financial performance of the company's operating business portfolio. He will also oversee major capital projects related to these sites which includes: Bousquet Mountain Ski Area Bousquet Sport (formerly Berkshire West Athletic Club) The Camp by Bousquet (formerly the Lakeside Christian Camp) The Gateways Inn Mission Bar &

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Public Invited To Vote In EforAll Pitch Contest
12:24PM / Tuesday, May 18, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The public is welcome to watch and vote during the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County's Virtual Spring Pitch Contest on Thursday, May 20th at 6pm.      The event is co-sponsored by 1Berkshire and encourages would-be entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and compete for cash prizes.   Nine contestants will be pitching: Brian Pearson:  Adventure East:  Outdoor Adventures Justin Allen:  Beehive Media:  Berkshire Videos Eugene Carr:  Berkshire Busk!  Street Festival Marlee Tyska:  Berkshire GreenLeaf & Wellness:  Outdoor hikes Nicholas Russo:  Crosswalk Coffee: 

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