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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2022
12:40PM / Saturday, October 22, 2022

Halloween falls on Monday this year. Some communities may hold their trick-or-treating hours on the weekend. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing. 

If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Most COVID-19 precautions have been lifted but the virus is still present. It doesn't hurt to wear a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reduce physical contact between people as much as possible, hand out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags and clean hands frequently. 

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless

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More Sun in Store as the Berkshires Moves Further Into Fall
12:12PM / Saturday, October 22, 2022
We have enjoyed some mild fall weather these past few days and for the most part, that should continue into next week.   Today, Saturday, Oct. 22 expect a high of 65 with mostly sunny skies, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures will drop into the 30s overnight    On Sunday the temperature will peak in the low 60s with partly sunny skies. Temperatures will be warmer overnight with a low of 49.   The Weather Channel predicts the possibility of some showers.   On Monday expect some rain and cloudy skies. The high should be in the low 60s.    Then on Tuesday, Oct. 25 temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s with mostly sunny skies. The overnight low is

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Weekend Outlook: Pub Crawls, Festivals, and More!
By Sabrina Damms,
12:00PM / Friday, October 21, 2022
Berkshire County will be hosting a variety of events this cool cloudy weekend including Pub Crawls, festivals, and haunted hikes.   Downtown Pittsfield… It’s Alive!  Various Venues, Pittsfield    Downtown Pittsfield will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate the spooky season this Friday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m.    Various venues will be hosting events for people of all ages throughout the night including an outdoor movie night, a Kids’ Fun Zone, Kids’ Monster Hunt, a night market, live music, and more.    A complete list of participating locations and line-up here.    13th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl Various

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Welcomes Berkshires Firm Brockman Real Estate
04:02PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshires brokerage Brockman Real Estate has joined William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, the company announced.   Brockman Real Estate broker/owners Chapin Fish and Jared Kelly will now operate out of the real estate firm's Great Barrington, Mass., brokerage.   According to a press release, the new partnership combines the local expertise of Brockman Real Estate with the reputation and global reach of the Sotheby's International Realty brand, creating a new standard of excellence in the Berkshires.   Brockman Real Estate was founded 45 years ago and together, Fish and Kelly's experience has helped Brockman Real

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Simon's Rock to host Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion
12:17PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion, which is an annual program sponsored by the Council for Inclusive Community (CIC).    According to a press release, the event provides designated time and space for the Simon's Rock community to deconstruct barriers to action on important social justice issues — in the classroom and in day-to-day life, using a theme. This year the theme is "Healing."   This year's keynote speaker will be Lesley Martinez on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in The McConnell Theater, located in the Daniel Arts Center. Martinez's keynote address is

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Great Barrington Fixed-Rate Power Supply Program Agreement
08:00AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has finalized a 12-month, fixed-price electricity supply agreement through its municipal power-purchasing program.    This fixed rate, lower than a planned National Grid increase, is being passed on to local residents and businesses who can choose to opt into the program.   According to a press release, many residents are already enrolled in this program and do not need to do anything to receive the new fixed supply price. Electricity customers not already enrolled may opt in by returning a postcard they will receive in the mail from Colonial Power Supply. This postcard is being delivered to National Grid customers this week. The more

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Berkshire Libraries Fall Crawl
12:10PM / Monday, October 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One dozen Berkshire county libraries are hosting The Berkshire Libraries Fall Crawl from October 17 to October 22, 2022.   All are welcome to explore the Berkshires by visiting public libraries across the county. Participants can pick up a passport at the first library they visit and then drive from library to library, collecting passport stamps and small prizes.   Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at each library along the way and use the tag #BerkshireLibraryCrawl2022. Those who are unable to make the trip in person can participate in a virtual crawl at https://www.milnelibrary.org/fall-crawl-2022 to be entered into a prize

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Literacy Network of South Berkshire to Open Tutor Resource Center
04:23PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
LEE, Mass. The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the grand opening of the Susan Weintraub Tutor Resource Center at the LitNet headquarters on 32 Park St.   This new center will be a space for LitNet tutors and learners as well as the LitNet staff home base. A grand opening ceremony and gathering of Weintraub’s family, friends, and the LitNet staff and board will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM.    Susan Weintraub, who passed away on Feb. 19, 2022, was a longtime LitNet tutor and supporter as well as a board member for eleven years. Having received a master's degree from Columbia University in Speech Therapy, Weintraub brought

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Faculty Forum at Simon's Rock
12:02PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Faculty Forum series at Bard College at Simon's Rock returns for the fall semester and is open to the public, beginning on Monday, Oct. 17.   The Faculty Forum provides an opportunity to hear from Simon's Rock faculty about the scholarly and creative work they do outside the classroom.    In an informal setting that encourages discovery and dialogue, faculty will discuss their works-in-progress or their recently completed projects, according to a press release.   Faculty Forums will be held in-person at 4:15 p.m. on various Mondays during the fall semester and in various locations on campus at Bard College at Simon's

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31 New Americans Sworn in at Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:47AM / Thursday, October 13, 2022

Federal Magistrate Judge Katherine Robertson swears in the new citizens on Wednesday. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Thirty-one people from 26 countries took the oath of citizenship at Naumkeag on Wednesday.

The new American citizens waved their flags with a smile and were congratulated by family, friends, and the community.

The annual naturalization ceremony held by the Berkshire Immigrant Center included immigrants living in Berkshire County and from throughout the state.

"I've been working at the center for five years and every time that we close a ceremony and I go back home, my husband would ask me 'Did you cry?' to what I usually respond 'I

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Great Barrington to Host Housatonic Water Works Information Meeting
05:00PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Selectboard will hold a special meeting about ongoing issues with the Housatonic Water Works on Monday, Oct. 17 at 4:15 p.m.   The meeting will be open to the public via Zoom, and the meeting details will be posted on the town calendar on the town website on meeting day.   The meeting includes an informational conversation with Aquarion Water Company, which operates a nearby privately owned water supply in Sheffield.   The town has been reviewing potential options for addressing persistent water quality problems impacting a number of customers of Housatonic Water Works, a privately owned water company.    The Oct. 17 meeting is

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ThinkFood Conference at Simon's Rock
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the 9th annual ThinkFOOD conference, at Bard College at Simon's Rock on Oct. 15, 2022.    The theme of the 2022 ThinkFOOD conference, hosted by the Center for Food Studies, is "Regenerative" and will explore food practices and traditions that honor shared roots and empower the restoration of the food system, according to a press release.   The 2022 ThinkFOOD conference will be held at the Fisher Science and Academic Center at Simon's Rock with in-person and virtual workshops on Saturday, Oct. 15.   The conference is free for all students. Tickets are $25 for access to all

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