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State Police Chase on MassPike Ends With Suspect in Custody
Staff Reports,
09:12AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Image from the Air Wing prior to the suspect's surrender. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — State Police shut down a section of the Massachusetts Turnpike on Wednesday in pursuit of a car allegedly stolen by an Illinois man.   The chase started at about 7:30 and ended with suspect is in custody as of 9:20 a.m.   Authorities tweeted out updates after closing the westbound lane and then the eastbound lane near Exit 3 around 8:30. Images from the State Police Air Wing showed numerous cruisers surrounding a vehicle. Negotiators were being brought in but the suspect exited the car and surrendered.    According a release, Kevin Oldaker, 48, of Poplar Grove, Ill., is being

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Old Time Fiddle by Ear Workshop at Dewey Hall
08:15AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — In this workshop Aaron Jonah Lewis will teach old time fiddle by ear on Friday April 22 with a workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and a concert at 7:30.    The old time fiddle styles of the Appalachian mountains are characterized by their syncopated bowing patterns and driving rhythms. The workshop will be spent discussing musical and technical aspects and learning a tune.    This workshop is for people who can already play their fiddle/violin, but will be taught by ear so you don't need to read music.   Tickets can be purchased here.   The event will take place at Dewey Hall at 91 Main St.   About the Aaron Jonah

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Peter Sykes plays the Roosevelt Organ In Great Barrington
04:07PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its season on April 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. with organist Peter Sykes playing the great Roosevelt Organ at the First Congregational Church.    This is the second of two organ recitals presented by Berkshire Bach this season that provide an opportunity to explore the capabilities of two historic Berkshires instruments: Johnson & Son organ from 1893 and the Roosevelt organ from 1883.   Peter Sykes presents compositions by Bach and his followers—Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Reger—that showcase the organ that at its installation was considered "the finest in America." 

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Seasonal Safety Reminder: Be Aware of Mulch Fire Hazards
03:59PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
STOW, Mass. —State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offered a fire safety reminder to homeowners and others who plan on using mulch in upcoming landscaping projects.   "Every spring, firefighters across Massachusetts respond to mulch fires on commercial and residential properties," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "These include fires that start with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Remember that mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire."   The hazard is especially significant around residential structures because fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early. By the time smoke and heat enter the building to

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Community Health Programs Names New Board Members
01:42PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Health Programs board of trustees has named two new members: Arlene D. Schiff and Katherine Westgate.   A resident of Lenox, Schiff is the national director of LIFE & LEGACY a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which assists organizations in building their endowment. For 12 years, Schiff was the executive director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and she previously worked as an administrator with the former Berkshire Children and Families (now 18 Degrees). She also led the North Adams Office of Community Development for seven years.    Schiff earned a master's degree from Harvard University and

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Violinist Francesca Anderegg To Play at South Berkshire Concert Series at Simon's Rock
12:33PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, Francesca Anderegg will return to the Berkshires and Simon's Rock for a recital of music for violin and piano by women composers in the McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center.     The concert is free and open to the public.    Reservations are recommended: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-berkshire-concert-francesca-anderegg-tickets-301498107957 and vaccination certificates and masks are required.    Anderegg, who grew up in the Berkshires and has performed here frequently, will be accompanied by pianist Matthew McCright. Their program will include works by Clara Schumann,

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Williamstown's Boyd 20th in Age Group at Boston Marathon
08:36PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
BOSTON, Mass. -- Williamstown's Stephanie Boyd placed 20th in her age group on Monday in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon.   Boyd covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 37 minutes, 40 seconds, maintaining a pace of 8:18 per mile to finished 20th in the women's 60-64 division.   The women's 60-64 age group had 450 finishers.   A pair of runners from Kenya won the event, which celebrated its return to the Patriots Day holiday for the first time since 2019.   Evans Chebet took the men's title in a time of 2:06:51. He was followed by countryman Lawrence Cherono (2:07:21) as Kenyan athletes took five of the top six places on the men's

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1Berkshire Welcomes Youth Leadership Class
08:07AM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire welcomes its 12th class into the updated and relaunched Berkshire Youth Leadership Program.   This group of 32 rising high school juniors from across the Berkshires were selected through a competitive application process to begin a year-long leadership development program that kicks off in June 2022 with a three-day, three-night retreat to be held at the newly-renovated Camp Arrow Wood retreat.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping students in the region develop and grow through career opportunity awareness, leadership skill development, and the design and completion of a 10-month-long collective-impact project focused

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Dream Away 'Glamping' Proposal Draws Vocal Opposition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Illustrations provided to the Planning Board on what the tents and cabins would look like. 

BECKET, Mass. — Nearly 150 people logged into a virtual public hearing on Wednesday to express their concerns about a proposed 48-acre glamping facility at Dream Away Lodge.

A Change.org petition has generated almost 500 signatures of people who are opposed to the development of the County Road property at this scale.

Citizens and Planning Board members expressed fears of negative effects on traffic and the environment, and even questioned if the plan could be considered camping at all.

"Pave paradise, put up a parking lot, is that what the world really needs right now?

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Mount Greylock Family Forest walk
04:17PM / Friday, April 15, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — There will be a Mountain Mindfulness: Family Forest Walk at the Mount Greylock State Reservation on April 16 as part of DCR's school vacation week state park programming.    The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will offer free and low-cost family-friendly programs during the upcoming April school vacation week.    "At DCR we know that the best way to celebrate spring is to get outside and enjoy nature, so the Baker-Polito Administration is especially pleased to be able to offer expanded programming across the state for the upcoming April school vacation week,"

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Monday, April 18, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Mass RMV Preparing for High Customer Volume During April Vacation
08:29AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is preparing for a high volume of in-person customer service transactions during school vacation week which is scheduled to take place the week of April 17, 2022.     The RMV traditionally sees a high volume of customers at its statewide Service Center locations during this annual vacation week, and encourages customers to schedule appointments for required in-person transactions and avoid unnecessary visits by using Mass.Gov/RMV to conduct more than 40 RMV online transactions.     Customers should also note that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including RMV Service Centers, will be closed on Monday,

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