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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire County Arc Opens New Home for Individuals with Brain Injuries
07:32AM / Sunday, December 22, 2019

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc received two grants totaling $635,000 that helped build a new home in Lanesborough to give new lives to four men with brain injuries.

Funding for $435,000 came from the State Facilities Consolidation Fund and $200,000 came from from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

"This is part of a larger, statewide effort to move people with brain injuries out of nursing homes into communities to live more engaged and meaningful lives," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc president and CEO. "Already one of the individuals goes to a program during the day, and the other three are learning skills to do the same. They are also living closer to their


$100,000 Matching Gift Offered to Local Nonprofit Berkshire South
12:47PM / Saturday, December 21, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bob and Mary Ann Norris want to help you prove that the power of community is infinite: They have offered local nonprofit Berkshire South Regional Community Center a $100,000 match for the center's current year-end fundraising campaign.

"We want to help others know how much their participation is needed," Bob Norris said. "Nothing could be more inspiring than to see Berkshire South flourish. We want this place to thrive forever."

Bob Norris has been involved with Berkshire South since its inception.

"The extent of services provided by Berkshire South was not provided 20 years ago," he said. "We developed a worthy


Local Author Releasing New Children's Book
04:29PM / Friday, December 20, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local author Dan Sadlowski will hold an official release celebration for his new children's book, "The Universe Is Rooting for You," from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Hubbard Ave.

In "The Universe Is Rooting for You," a little boy surprisingly discovers everything in the universe and in nature is truly rooting for him - the sun, moon, stars, leaves, trees, and more. This children's book aims to inspire readers everywhere to appreciate the natural world around them, connect with nature and give back.

Four local artists worked collaboratively to complete this children’s book. In addition to author and art


@theMarket: Market Melt-Up
By Bill Schmick,
04:05PM / Friday, December 20, 2019
Officially, the Santa Claus rally has not even begun. And yet, almost every day over the last two weeks stocks have climbed higher. Unlike last year, there appears to be nothing stopping the market from continuing to make new highs at least into January.   Historically, the Santa rally begins on the day after Christmas and stretches through to the second day of January. The fact that last year he failed to make an appearance might mean that the jolly old elf could be making up for lost time by coming in early.   The markets action is especially impressive since this is the time of the year when investors usually sell their losers in order to establish a tax loss for the year.


'Richard Jewell': All That Sparkles
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:45PM / Friday, December 20, 2019
"Richard Jewell," director Clint Eastwood's skillfully told account of how a hero was turned into a scapegoat following the murderous bombing at the 1996 Olympics, stokes that greatest fear upon which our judicial system is based: that an innocent soul might be convicted of a crime.   It is everything in a true democracy to protect against arbitrary and random indictment, much to the vexation of today's unscrupulously authoritative voices in America who would sweep due process under the rug in the name of greedy motivations benefiting rich benefactors.   Eastwood, a national treasure by virtue of his probing forays into the American scene, once again makes a


Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's
01:02PM / Friday, December 20, 2019

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's. Christmas falls on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, and New Year's Day on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. 

Christmas is now a state holiday but it wasn't always. The General Court under the control of the Puritans outlawed the holiday in 1659.

There was too much eating, drinking, wassailing and other festiveness for the colony's righteous rulers. Even after the ban was lifted, Christmas was treated as a regular day until its popularization during the Victorian era. Thank goodness. Can you imagine Norman Rockwell not painting Stockbridge at

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The Independent Investor: Business of Santa Claus
By Bill Schmick,
05:29PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
As we approach that most joyous of holidays, the image of Santa Claus greets us in every nook and cranny. From television commercials to internet greeting cards, "Jolly Old St. Nick" is a ubiquitous figure. What you probably didn't know is without American business there probably wouldn't be the Santa Claus of today.   Santa and business go back a long way, but before you ask, the answer is no, Coca-Cola did not invent Santa Claus, although they will celebrate their 100-year anniversary in 2020. This modern-day, cherry-cheeked, fat elf of a figure has been best buds with the owners of many U.S. enterprises. Montgomery Ward, Macy's, F.W. Woolworth, General Electric


The Berkshire 4-H Program Holds Annual Awards & Recognition Event
04:20PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 4-H members, volunteers, parents, and supporters gathered at St. Stephen's Church in Pittsfield earlier this month to recognize everyone's hard work and accomplishments for the last 4-H year.

Volunteers were recognized for milestone years of service: one year, Amanda Brooks-Clemeno, Worthington, and Beth Hiam, Williamstown; five years, Dave & Donna Motta of North Adams and Curt Petricca of Pittsfield; 10 years, Elaine Caligiuri of Lenox and Larry Heyman of North Adams; and 15 years, Adrianne Epe and Sherry Mangiardi, both of Pittsfield.

The Friend of 4-H award went to Glenda Matos-Carter of Williamstown; she was nominated for her consistent support


BFAIR Celebrates 25 Years with Success at First Signature Event
03:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass — BFAIR held its first signature event, a masquerade gala, on Oct. 25 at the Proprietor’s Lodge.

The event celebrated BFAIR's milestone 25th anniversary while raising more than  $110,000.

Adams Community Bank was the underwriter of the event, followed by MountainOne Bank as a Diamond Level Sponsor and Gold Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Health New England.

A silent auction, raffle, and live auction were among many activities of the night, but the true passion of the evening was shown during the speech given by Brittany Dorwin, who receives employment services from BFAIR. Brittany’s pride in all that she accomplished was felt by


Barr Foundation Funds 'Portrait of a Graduate' Project for Five Berkshire County High Schools
02:05PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Barr Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the Berkshire County Education Task Force and Berkshire Tomorrows, an arm of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, to enable five County high schools to develop "a portrait of a graduate."

The participating schools are the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Drury High School, Lee Middle and High School, Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

The Barr Foundation describes "A Portrait of a Graduate" as "a collective vision of what all high school students will know and be able to do by graduation. To create a portrait of a graduate educators, parents, students,


Berkshire Theatre Group Seeks Young Actors For 'Little Mermaid Jr.'
12:54PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group seeks child actors who are currently in third through ninth grade for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Junior."

The roles are open to members of the Berkshire community. This production will be directed by Travis Daly, with music direction by Erin M. White and choreography by Kathy Jo Grover, and will run April 24-27 at The Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield).

Auditions will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Colonial Theatre. Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition time slot, call 413-448-8084, ext. 23.

Students should arrive ready to learn a


Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Thursday, December 19, 2019

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at


Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 20

Pittsfield: Whitney Center for the Arts presents Berkshire and New York Favorite Monk Schane-Lydon, as he inhabits every role in "This Wonderful Life" by Steve Murray, a hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a


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