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BRPC, County Selectmen Hear About Baker-Polito Plans for ARPA Funds
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:55AM / Saturday, October 02, 2021

Ashely Stolba, undersecretary for community development in the Executive Office for Housing and Economic Development, speaks to the annual meeting of the BRPC and Berkshire County Selectmen's Association.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State officials have been hearing the same refrain from small businesses and local officials across Massachusetts: lack of housing, high housing costs and labor shortages.   "I heard the same issues on the Cape as I did in the Berkshires, in the middle of the state in Lowell, in Salem," Undersecretary of Community Development Ashley Stolba told the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's annual meeting. "Everywhere we

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@theMarket: Markets Are on the Cusp
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
It was another tumultuous week in the markets. Volatility spiked as events in Washington and around the world injected an atmosphere of caution and indecision among investors. I expect more of the same.   Welcome to October. A month in which I see a continuation of the last few weeks of uncertainty. The political circus in Washington, D.C., is not helping, and is set to continue making headlines in the days ahead. The debt limit controversary is probably the largest challenge investors face this month. Simultaneously, the battle between progressive and moderate Democrats over the passage of two government spending programs, will continue to monopolize investor's

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Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Earns Star Performer Recognition for Osteoporotic Fracture Care Program
12:15PM / Friday, October 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates announced that it has received 2021 Star Performer recognition from The American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) Own the Bone program.    The orthopaedic practice with locations in Pittsfield, North Adams and Great Barrington has received Star Performer recognition each year since 2016.   "Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates is proud to be part of this national effort to aid our patients who suffer from osteoporotic fractures," said Anthony DeFelice, DO, the surgeon who leads the program for the Berkshire practice. "It's critical that our patients receive the many support services we provide so

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Lenox Students Art Show
10:25AM / Friday, October 01, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — The first annual Lenox Student Art Show is now on display in the Welles Gallery at the Lenox Library through Oct. 25.    The show was created by the Lenox Chamber of Commerce and The Wit Gallery as a way for students attending school within the Lenox Cultural District to participate in ArtWeek Berkshires, Sept 16-26.   Submissions were requested from Lenox students grades 6-12. The theme is "Belonging: Seeing Yourself and Others." Students were asked to represent artistically "What it means to be seen, heard, and valued."   Over 100 submissions were received. The senior submissions were juried and Chloe Inhelder received

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Renaissance Investment Group Moves To New Office
07:59AM / Friday, October 01, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Renaissance Investment Group, LLC is joining the business community in downtown Lenox with a new office at 45 Walker Street.    The group will be leaving their current building in the Lenox Commons and plans to move into the Walker Street space in November of this year.  Mill Town Capital is the new owner of the building, acquiring the property on Sept. 29, 2021.   "We are thrilled to bring life and energy to this property and be a part of Mill Town's revitalization efforts in the area," said Christopher Silipigno, CEO and Managing Director of Renaissance Investment Group. "We have viewed the downtown Lenox area as an extension of

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Berkshire Health Systems Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
06:18PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems will provide Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccination through its Testing Centers in Pittsfield and North Adams, and Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, beginning on Oct. 1.    Appointments are required and can be made by visiting or enrolling in the Berkshire Patient Portal, or by calling the BMC Link Line, 855-BMC-LINK (855-262-5465).   Due to supply chain delays, the number of appointments available each day is temporarily limited. Additional appointments will be added in the next two weeks with expected increased vaccine supply. Walk-in appointments for booster shots are not available at this time.   The booster is

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Some Parts of the Berkshires Could See First Fall Frost
05:13PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was hot and humid one week ago but it looks like September will end on a chilly note with the coldest day since Memorial Day.    Temperatures are expected to dip below 40 degrees Thursday night over most of the Berkshires and Accuweather is warning that the first fall frost may be upon us.    "Many locations from the northern mid-Atlantic to the Canadian border are forecast to bottom out 3-8 degrees below what is normal for the first morning of October," according to Accuweather, and meteorologist Adam Sadvary says, "Frost development will be most favorable for the mountains and higher elevations in the interior

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The Retired Investor: Out of Gas
By Bill Schmick,
04:19PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
Winter approaches and with it a potential natural gas crisis. Areas of Europe are already scrambling to find the energy required to heat homes and continue their economic rebound. Could the U.S. be next?   Over the last year, prices for European natural gas have jumped by almost 500 percent. Natural gas prices on this side of the pond have also spiked by more than 100 percent this year. But it isn't just countries in the Northern Hemisphere that are feeling the scarcity. Parts of Asia, which are importing liquified natural gas (LNG) at record prices, are being forced to switch to coal and heating oil as LNG shipments decline. Japan and Korea are somewhat protected so far, thanks to

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Fire Prevention Week Starts Oct. 3
04:15PM / Thursday, September 30, 2021
STOW, Mass. — National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 3-9, 2021, and this year's theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."    This year's theme will draw attention to the different sounds that modern smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms make and what actions we should take when we hear them.   "Every home is required to have working smoke alarms and most are also required to have CO alarms," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "When these alarms beep or chirp, it's time to take action. Make sure everyone in your home recognizes these sounds, understands what they mean, and knows how to respond."   Hear a beep? Get

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DA Harrington Creates Task Force Section to Tackle Violent Crime
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Thursday, September 30, 2021

Hinsdale Police Chief Susan Rathbun says the partnership will bring expertise and resources to the work local police do every day. HINSDALE, Mass. — Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington has expanded the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force to include a violent crime section.   This section will zero in on sexual assaults, high-risk domestic violence, and human trafficking cases by uniting county police departments to collaborate on investigating these crimes.   "I am honored to be the first female Berkshire district attorney, and I have made it my mission to use my position to lift women and girls up in our community," Harrington said during a press

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More Sun Expected This Week, Possibility of Rain On Parade Day
12:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Fall temperatures will be in full swing this week, and as of Wednesday around noon, temperatures are in the high 50s in North Adams.   Sunny skies can be expected for the rest of the day and there should be a high of 62 in North Adams, according to Accuweather.   The low tonight is 44 degrees.   Similar weather conditions are to be expected in Central and South County.   On Thursday there is a 40 percent chance of rain in North and Central County. Variable cloudiness and scattered showers can be expected. Temperatures should be in the high 50s.   In South County temperatures will be in the 60s. No rain is expected, according to Accuweather.     Partly

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Gibson Girl Hat Decorating Workshop at Ventfort Hall
11:14AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
LENOX, Mass.— To complement the exhibit "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon," Ventfort Hall is hosting a hat decorating workshop with Nancy Whelan, a graphic designer and decorative artist.    The workshop will take place Oct. 2 at noon.   From the opulent "Merry Widow" to the simple straw boater, participants will create their own fashionable Gibson Girl style hat. Ventfort Hall will provide hats and trims – silk flowers, feathers, ribbon and lace. Nancy, who is a staff member at Ventfort Hall, will guide the workshop and have samples and images from the era as inspiration.   Whelan has had a life-long passion for all things Gilded Age.

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