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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

No New Drunk Driving Victims Added to 2021 MADD Vigil
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, December 06, 2021

The annual vigil is held in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No county residents fell victim to the deadly consequences of drunk driving this year but that doesn't discount all who have been lost in the past.

On Sunday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office held its annual candlelit vigil at First United Methodist Church to remember victims of impaired driving in cooperation with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD.)

The event honored 53 county residents while raising awareness in hopes of preventing further tragedies.

District Attorney Andrea Harrington


Vaccine Collaborative Schedules Booster Clinic Dec. 18
02:28PM / Sunday, December 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative has scheduled a community COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Community College Paterson Field House.    The booster clinic is open to anyone 18 and older who wants to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which helps to prevent contracting COVID-19 or prevents serious illness in those with breakthrough cases of the virus.   Both Pfizer and Moderna third doses will be provided at the community clinic, as well as first and second doses for those 15 and older who have not yet received their initial doses.   Registration


Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Saturday, December 04, 2021

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers


The Retired Investor: The Hawks Return
By Bill Schmick,
11:47AM / Friday, December 03, 2021
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, during testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve bank, did an about face on monetary policy. Powell appeared to take on a new mantle, that of the nation's chief inflation fighter, casting aside his former dovish stance towards continued easing of monetary stimulus. Investors are asking "what changed?"   "We're now looking at an economy that's very strong and inflationary pressures that are high," Powell said. He went on to say that it might be "appropriate to wrap up our purchases a few months earlier."   Powell was referring to the planned tapering of the


BMC Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition
11:38AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center registered nurse Michaela LaPlante has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.    LaPlante, who serves on 4 East in the hospital, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.    "You could tell from the moment that Michaela walked in the room that she has a passion for nursing and the care that was to be provided. She was knowledgeable, swift and precise in her care," said a relative of the patient. "She


Baker, Polito Won't Run in 2022
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
BOSTON — After months of speculation on whether Charlie Baker or Karyn Polito would run for governor next year, both have pulled out of the race.    In a statement Wednesday morning -- following the publication of an article quoting Baker allies in The Boston Globe -- the Baker-Polito campaign announced "we have decided not to seek re-election in 2022."   "This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We love the work, and we especially respect and admire the people of this wonderful Commonwealth. Serving as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been the most challenging and fulfilling jobs we’ve ever had. We will forever be


Support iBerkshires, Support Local News on Giving Tuesday
03:15PM / Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Dear Readers,, like many small local businesses, struggled through the pandemic. We understood that the local businesses that supported us with advertising through the years were having their own problems. And we knew that our readers were dealing with disruptions as well. 

During that time, we did our best to keep everyone updated on the course of the pandemic, its affect on schools and the community, and to provide a place for local business to keep their customers apprised of their hours and policies for free. 

Our goal for the past two decades has been to keep our community informed about the important events happening in the Berkshires. That has meant keeping


Briefs Around the County: Talks, Music, Books & More
04:05PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
'Mohican Nation in Williamstown' Williamstown Rural Lands is hosting a Zoom panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. on the "Mohican Nation in Williamstown" with panelists Stockbridge-Munsee Community Historic Preservation Manager Bonney Hartley, Williams College professors Christine DeLucia and Margaux Kristjansson, and Williams College sophomores Gwyn Chilcoat, Hikaru Hayakawa, and Jayden Jogweo who will discuss the results of their independent study on Mohican Nation past, present, and future in Williamstown.   Visit to register for the Zoom link. This panel discussion is one of a series of Talks on the Hill produced by WRL. A


Springfield Diocese Adds New Name to Allegations Listing
03:09PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has issued a quarterly update to the online listing of "Finding of Credibility of Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor."   The update is part of the diocese's commitment to provide regular communications regarding safe environment efforts.   Effective Monday, Nov. 29,  the name of the late Rev. Joseph P. Quinlan has been added to the online list based on a credible finding by the diocesan Review Board. Quinlan was ordained in 1971 and died in 1989. The abuse reported in this allegation dates back to 1974 and involved a minor.   Quinlan’s full assignment listing can be found here.


Preview: Winterlights Returns to Illuminate Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Monday, November 29, 2021

The Trustees' Brian Cruey says the mansion's gardens are illuminated by more than 150,000 LED lights.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations' Winterlights is returning to Naumkeag for its fourth year.  The show is running from November 26 to January 9 and is currently 90 percent sold out.

The 48-acre property is illuminated with more than 150,000 LED bulbs and features themed displays such as Rainbow Road, Laser Light Forest, and the hallmark Blue Steps.

This year, guests can once again experience the Chinese Garden decorated for New Year's and the Evergreen Garden. The late 1800s home is also part of Winterlights for 2021, featuring a pianist,


Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Eric Rogers
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:29PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eric Rogers served his country in the Army as a specialist from 2010 to 2014.    He joined the service one week before his 21st birthday and did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.    "It wasn't as bad as it was annoying. There's a big gap between guys that were 18 and 21. I kept getting in trouble for stupid things the younger guys did," he said.    After basic, Rogers was sent to Army School in Huntsville, Ala., where he spent a few months, then to the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Navy-controlled program is extremely long and expensive and


MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:51PM / Friday, November 26, 2021

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined

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