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MassDEP Issues Lower Air Quality Warning
10:33AM / Tuesday, July 27, 2021
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a yellow-level air quality warning for Berkshire County until at least 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 27.   According to a press release:       A yellow alert, or moderate, represents acceptable air quality. However, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.   A red level, or unhealthy, warning was issued Monday. According to MassDEP a red alerts means everyone may begin to experience health effects. People in sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or

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Choose Your Subaru Raffle Benefiting Homeless Animals
04:03PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their 9th annual "Choose Your Subaru" car raffle.    One winner will have their choice of a 2022 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.   "Haddad Subaru is excited to partner with Berkshire Humane Society for the 9th annual Subaru Raffle. We love to help raise money for such a wonderful organization so they can continue the important work they do for our four-legged community. Haddad Subaru looks forward to growing the long-standing relationship we've built with Berkshire Humane Society over the years," said George

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County Cultural, Entertainment Venues Get $9M in SBA Grants
02:33PM / Monday, July 26, 2021

The @SBAgov's SVOG program was a major piece of the #AmericanRescuePlan designed to help economic drivers bounce back. The @Hoophall was one of 33 agencies in CD-1 that received this funding which totaled over $20million. More here: https://t.co/LaWXNVEmBp pic.twitter.com/0yfjyrK560

— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) July 26, 2021 NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County cultural venues were awarded more than $9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration funding to alleviate the impacts of having to close during the pandemic.   Grants ranged from $2.7 million for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and $1.5 million for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in

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Two Berkshire Residents Join CDCSB Board of Directors
01:37PM / Monday, July 26, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors.    Don Eaton, of Stockbridge, and Joe Grachmal, of Great Barrington, were elected to serve a three-year term this week on the nonprofit's Board of Directors.   Don Eaton is an account director at Toole Insurance Agency in Lee. Professionally, Eaton works with clients in the construction and other related sectors in Massachusetts and Eastern New York, and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor and Construction Risk Insurance Specialist designations. In his personal time, he has devoted many years to volunteerism and philanthropy

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Mass RMV Announces 2021 Low Plate Lottery
08:07AM / Monday, July 26, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that applications for the 2021 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at Mass.Gov/RMV using the Online Service Center.    Applicants must apply by Aug. 27, 2021, and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the virtual drawing takes place on Sept. 8, 2021.   This year, there are 200 plates available through the low plate lottery. Some of this year's low plate characters are 210, 2762, 1H, 24L, F1, J25 and X25. The complete list is online at Mass.Gov/RMV.   Applicants should note that there is no fee to apply. However, should the applicant be selected as

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Devoti Leads Liberty to Win in Dalton Tourney Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:35PM / Saturday, July 24, 2021
DALTON, Mass. -- Julia Devoti struck out six and scattered three hits Saturday to lead the Berkshire Liberty travel softball team to a 7-0 win over the Greylock Thunder Saturday in the first game of the 16-and-under division at the Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament.   The Liberty got all the offense it needed in the bottom of the second, when Emily Steurernagle drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a dropped third strike and scored on another dropped third strike to make it 1-0.   That set a tone for the game that saw the Liberty take advantage of pitches to the backstop and errors to score all of its runs.   Steuernagle sscored twice in the win. Katie Gappa and

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@theMarket: Wild Week for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
03:14PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
In just one week, the major averages have had a 3 percent swing from lows to highs. These gyrations go hand in hand with the high level of indecision investors are feeling right now. Can you blame them?   Last week, and into the end of the day on Monday, the S&P 500 Index registered a 3 percent decline. In the next few days, all of those losses were recouped and then some. While investors breathed a sigh of relief, I don't think we are out of the woods just yet.   Most strategists blame the decline in stocks on the free fall in yields. The U.S Treasury Ten-Year Bond (the "Tens") fell to 1.13 percent at its lowest point on Monday. At the same time, the U.S. dollar

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MountainOne Insurance Agency Appoints Commercial Insurance Account Executive
01:37PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thomas Nowlan has been appointed Commercial Insurance Account Executive, according to an announcement by Jonathan Denmark, MountainOne Insurance Agency's President and Chief Operating Officer.   "We are excited to have Tom join the team at MountainOne," said Denmark. "With his deep roots in Berkshire County and his sales and managerial experience, we are thrilled that our clients will be represented in a professional manner."    As Commercial Insurance Account Executive, Nowlan will be responsible for business development as well as maintaining current client relationships. He holds a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist

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Greylock Awards $14,500 in Scholarships
12:12PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union awarded two rounds of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.   Eighteen awards of $500 each were granted in Berkshire County and one in Columbia County, NY under the Credit Union's annual "Community Enrichment" scholarship program.    Five "Scholastic Achievement Awards" of $1,000 each were also awarded. These awards are available as a part of Greylock's employee benefit package. In total, 24 students were awarded $14,500 toward continuing education.    "Greylock is delighted to recognize our area's outstanding students with these scholarships," said

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BCC Announces Virtual Info Session
08:03AM / Friday, July 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session for its hospitality and culinary programs on Tuesday, August 10 at 12 pm.    Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and scrolling down to the "Program Info Sessions" section.   After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, BCC is relaunching its newly revised hospitality and culinary programs this fall. During the virtual information session, James Storey, BCC Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, Hospitality Management, will review various certification and degree offerings, describe some of the new

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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2021
03:25PM / Thursday, July 22, 2021

Two Berkshire County graduates have been accepted to Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the class of 2025. Gracie Towler of North Adams will be majoring in electrical engineering and Kate Kerwood of Pittsfield will be majoring in aeronautical engineering.

Michael Maruk of Pittsfield, a student at Lasell University in Newton, presented at the university's Spring Symposium research showcase "The Invention of Now." The Spring Connected Learning Symposium is one of two annual research symposia held at Lasell University.   He participated in a video presentation, "What Does Conscious Awareness Mean To Me?" as one of Lasell's resident

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Building Owner Charged with Arson in Great Barrington Fire
11:50AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Police and State Police arrested Harry Sano, 85, Wednesday night for arson of a dwelling house, presenting a false insurance claim, and burning a building to defraud an insurer in connection with the Stockbridge Road fire.   "Though the building was vacant, the act of setting fire to any structure poses a life and safety hazard to civilians and firefighters alike," said Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti. "I'd like to thank the investigative team for working so hard to identify the facts and circumstances surrounding what we allege was a deliberately-set fire."   The arrest is connected to the July 7

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