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Colonial Power Aggregation Program Available in West Stockbridge
03:04PM / Thursday, January 26, 2023
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — There is electrical service available at a lower rate than National Grid for West Stockbridge residents.   The Town of West Stockbridge has an aggregation agreement through Colonial Power.     Most residents automatically opted into this program. Those who were not can "proactively" enroll rather than wait for the the next sweep mailing.    Anyone from West Stockbridge can proactively join at any time by completing the form on their website or by calling Colonial at 866-485-5858 or Dynegy at 866-220-5696.    Information about the program including the opt-in form can be found here:

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Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc. Welcomes to its Board Of Directors
12:39PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc. welcomed Susan Cohen, immigration attorney and author  and Jennifer Seelig, television producer and deputy director of media affairs for Jon Kasich's Presidential Campaign,  to its Board of Directors.   According to a press release:   Susan Cohen, a nationally recognized immigration lawyer who founded & chaired Mintz's Immigration practice, has played an instrumental role is shaping both federal and state regulation for over 30 years. Cohen recently became a best-selling author with the publication of "Journeys from There to Here". She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers

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William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Names Manager of the Year
08:43AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty announced that Stephanie McNair, manager of the Berkshire brokerages of William Pitt International Realty, has been named the company's 2022 Manager of the Year.   Chosen from among 17 managers company-wide, McNair earned the award in her first year in the role, which entails overseeing 36 agents and staff in the firm's Lenox and Great Barrington offices. It is also the first time in the firm's history that a Massachusetts brokerage manager has received the accolade.   "I am proud to announce Stephanie McNair as our Manager of the Year, an honor well deserved," said Paul Breunich,

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Adams Community Bank Promotes Nine Employees
04:00PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announced promotions for nine employees in its Operations Center.   Becky Crouse has been promoted to Vice President BSA Officer.    Becky joined the Bank 22 years ago as a teller. Throughout the years, she's earned various financial certificates and diplomas and has received multiple promotions. She is currently enrolled in the New England School for Financial Studies.   Renelle Moser has been promoted to Marketing and Communication Officer.   Renelle joined ACB six years ago as a Marketing Specialist and, in 2020, was promoted to Marketing Manager. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Massachusetts College of

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Berkshire County Braces for Another Winter Storm
03:39PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Guess what? More snow   The US National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Wednesday, Jan. 25, for Berkshire County.   The watch is in effect from 11 am to Thursday, Jan. 26 at 4 pm.   Expect heavy mixed precipitation with total snow accumulations of 4 to 9 inches. A light ice accumulation is also possible.    Snow will develop early Wednesday afternoon, becoming moderate to heavy through the evening with rates of .5 to 1 inch per hour. The snow will become a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain Wednesday night before temperatures rise above freezing and precipitation turns to rain.   Wind gusts could blow as high as 35 mph. Snow Emergency

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Adams Community Bank Donates to Local Nonprofits
04:04PM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) ended 2022 with a donation of $75,000  to local food pantries, food banks, and fuel assistance programs.   ACB's Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement Maureen Baran presented donations to several Berkshire County nonprofits.   Adams Community Bank began its December donation efforts by presenting BCAC's Fuel Assistance program with a $50,000 donation. This program is part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federally funded program to help low-income households with their energy costs. The program runs from Nov. 1 to April 30 each year and covers the cost of various

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1.5 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:00AM / Sunday, January 22, 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, daycare centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger at Big Y's 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support.   Big Y's Sack Hunger campaign started in

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Lee Bank Foundation Distributes Final Grant Funding Round of 2022
10:41AM / Friday, January 20, 2023
LEE, Mass. — Lee Bank Foundation has awarded $45,670 to ten Berkshire area organizations for their fourth-round of 2022 community funding.   Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to support their local programming. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and culture organizations to expand access to programming for underserved audiences.   The following organizations received funding from Lee Bank Foundation: 18 Degrees Berkshire Community Action Council Berkshire County Head Start Berkshire Grown Berkshire Immigrant Center Berkshire Pulse Business Professionals of America, Massachusetts Association Extra

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Incoming Storm to Bring Snow And Ice to the Berkshires
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12:13PM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
The National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory for Berkshire County beginning Thursday, Jan. 19, from 11 am to Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm.   Accuweather predicts that snow should begin around 5 pm on Thursday, and it will continue throughout the day Saturday. Snow is predicted to continue through the weekend into Monday, Jan. 23.   Expect mixed precipitation with a total snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Ice accumulation could be up to an inch.   Plan for slippery roads and hazardous conditions.   The state Department of Transportation has issued a winter storm advisory advising motorists to practice caution.   Drivers should allow extra travel

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1Berkshire Accepting Applications for Best Foot Forward Facade Improvement Micro-Grants
08:38AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, thanks to a one-time grant award, announced that they are accepting applications for a second year of the Best Foot Forward Facade Improvement Micro-Grant program.   In 2022, this program provided 31 small businesses and organizations across the Berkshires with facade improvement grants of up to $1,000, helping not only to improve individual storefronts, but to improve the aesthetics of our downtown commercial districts in the region.   In 2023, this program returns and is expanded. A minimum of 47 grants of between $500-$1000 will be made available on a rolling basis to small businesses and organizations with first-floor store fronts. A

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Next Generation to Lead Guido's Fresh Marketplace
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The future of Guido's Fresh Marketplace has been assured with a new generation preparing to take on the family business.   Chris and Matt Masiero started with a roadside produce stand in 1979 on Route 7 in Pittsfield with a $2,500 loan from their father — after whom the store is named — and shuttled fresh produce from Chelsea Market in Boston.    Forward 44 years and two grocery stores later, the brothers are looking at retirement and to handing off the enterprise they've built to their children Luke and Nick (Matt's sons) and Anna (Chris' daughter).   "I would say I'm excited to see what our minds

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Free Webinar with CHP and Rural Recovery
02:20PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHPBerkshires and Rural Recovery are partnering to present a free webinar conversation, "Sober Curious? Rethinking Drinking, Building Healthier Habits," on Thursday, Jan. 26, noon-1 pm.    More information and preregistration information can be completed here: chpberkshires.org/sober-curious    The conversation is open welcome to all but will focus mainly on alcohol use. People encouraged to attend are those questioning if their 'social drinking' has become habitual or is interfering with quality of life, health, family relationships and work, says a press release.   CHP Family Nurse Practitioner Terrance

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