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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

District Attorney Candidates Meet in Final Debate
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — With one week to go until the Democratic primary, incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue participated in the final debate for Berkshire County district attorney at The Mount on Tuesday.    Berkshire Democratic Brigades sponsored the debate and BDB Chair Michael Wise moderated.   Shugrue began by arguing that he has more experience as a former assistant district attorney and 36 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He described himself as a "smart progressive ... who advocates for and actually achieves progress."    He said he wants to hold people accountable for breaking the law and argued that

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MassDOT Reopening Route 20 Eastbound On-ramp
10:50AM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be reopening the Route 20 eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 90 at exit 10 in Lee on Tuesday, Aug. 30.  

The on-ramp is scheduled to be reopened during afternoon hours after detour restrictions have been removed. The ramp was closed in May 2022 to allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct bridge deck, joint, and facia repair operations.

Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

All scheduled

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Fall Foliage 5K, Berkshire Half Marathon Set for Oct. 8-9
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10:24AM / Monday, August 29, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- One finisher of the inaugural Berkshire Half Marathon will win a  brand new 2023 Subaru.   The half marathon will be part of a two-race weekend that kicks off with the first Fall Foliage 5K on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 13.1-mile race will be Sunday.   Berkshire Running Center owners Kent and Shiobbean Lemme; Race Directors of the MountainOne Steel Rail Races; have once again brought another weekend of running events to the Berkshires and the newly expanded Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.     The event is co-sponsored by Haddad Subaru, MountainOne, John’s Ace Hardware and UNICO. The races will be newly structured renditions of the

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Barbalunga, Harrington Talk Racial Justice at South County Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — District Attorney candidate Andrea Harrington and Sheriff candidate Alf Barbalunga discussed racial justice at a forum held by the Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education, known as BRIDGE.

On Monday, the candidates discussed equity from independent and office-wide standpoints at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

"We really want to keep the conversation going in the sense of accountability, really to historical and current issues and law enforcement and public safety in Berkshire County," BRIDGE founder and CEO Gwendolyn VanSant said. 

She clarified that DA candidate Timothy Shugrue and

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Norman Rockwell Museum Releases Fall Schedule
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:06PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. —The Norman Rockwell Museum released it's schedule for the months of September through November.   Exhibits:   In addition to the "Imprinted: Illustrating Race" and "In Our Lifetime: Paintings from the Pandemic" exhibits which will be on view until Oct. 31, the museum is introducing two more.   Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914-1976  On view Sept. 10, 2022, through Jan. 7, 2023   A new exhibition featuring rarely seen Norman Rockwell drawings and preliminary studies from his six-decade career.    The exhibit coincides with the release of a new book of the same title that will become available in early

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Letter: Re-Elect Andrea Harrington
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, August 22, 2022

To the Editor:

Unlike previous district attorneys, Andrea Harrington has brought an unwavering sense of kindness and compassion to her office, which has enhanced the way the Berkshire court system operates.

Hopefully, when someone actually pays attention to her office's accomplishments, they will want to help her build upon the momentum of change she has created.

Andrea was elected four years ago because we wanted change. Let's keep that momentum going.

Change is not an overnight process, but much progress has been made in the past four years. For example, she is working to end unfair racial disparities in the courts, and to build a culture of inclusion in our county. She is

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Elizabeth Freeman Monument Unveiled on Her Freedom Anniversary
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, August 22, 2022

Akilah Edgerton sings 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' at the dedication of the Freeman monument on Sunday. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Community and civic leaders, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, gathered at Old Parish Church on Sunday afternoon for the unveiling of a monument to civil rights pioneer Elizabeth Freeman exactly 241 years to the day that she won her freedom in court.   Freeman's story may be well-known in the Berkshires but not so much elsewhere. She was, wrote former President Barack Obama, an "American hero whose story has not been told enough."   Now a full-size bronze of Freeman by sculptor Brian Hanlon stands in front of the church at

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Sheffield's Harden Garners Medals
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07:33PM / Sunday, August 21, 2022
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sheffield resident John-Michael Harden this month earned a gold medal at the DuPage Open figure skating tournament.   Harden finished on top of a five-competitor field in the novice men combined division.   He posted a score of 39.67 with a one-point decduction after a program that included a triple lutz and a triple salchow with a triple toeloop.   Harden, who skates for the Connecticut-based Charter Oak Figure Skating Club, also took home a bronze medal in a 10-skater field in the novice men combined at the Cranberry Open in Norwood, Mass., this month.   Harden is ranked third in New England and seventh in the nation in his class by U.S. Figure

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Sheffield Resident Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
06:14PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Sheffield resident was injured Wednesday afternoon after their vehicle crashed into the Dollar Tree Store in the Barrington Plaza.    According to police, the driver struck a sign, a parked vehicle, and then rolled over and crashed into the front of the store in their 2006 Subaru Forester.   The driver, who was not identified, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by Southern Berkshire EMS.   The Fire Department also responded to the accident at approximately 12:52 p.m.    The cause of the crash is under investigation by Officer Andres Huertas and Officer Sam  Stolzar.   Anyone who witnessed the incident

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Great Barrington Road-Stream Management Plan Available
09:22AM / Sunday, August 14, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), in partnership with the town of Great Barrington, has produced a Road-Stream Crossing Management Plan that identifies the highest priority road-stream crossing replacement projects in Great Barrington. 

This document is a guide for how road infrastructure projects should be designed to alleviate stream flooding and to ensure aquatic wildlife corridors are improved. Project funding is provided by the Housatonic River NRD Trustees and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

HVA and the town invite public comment on this plan until Aug. 31. The drafts are available in hard copy only, at Town Hall in the

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Veteran Spotlight: Dr. Charles Parton
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:02PM / Saturday, August 13, 2022
NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Dr. Charles Parton served his country in World War II as a 2nd class pharmacist's mate for nearly four years.   At 97 years of age, his memory is still sharp as a tack. He went to naval training in Newport, R.I., and remembered "being the last group to go through there. It was great. I learned all the usual stuff, including the difference between and boat and a ship."   Dr. Parton's first assignment would keep him in Newport at the U.S. Naval Hospital, where he was involved in special technician training related to electrocardiograms, or ECGs.    "The head of Columbia Presbyterian would come once a week to work with

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W.E.B Du Bois Center to Host Elizabeth Freeman Roundtable
03:40PM / Friday, August 12, 2022

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy of Great Barrington will present a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of Elizabeth Freeman, the first enslaved African American to successfully sue for her freedom in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The roundtable will take place Friday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. at Dewey Hall. A reception will follow the roundtable.

This the first in a series of events honoring Freeman's journey to freedom that will take place in Sheffield from Aug. 19-21. A full schedule of events can be found here.

In recent years, Freeman's life and legacy have been interpreted through exhibits at the Colonel

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