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Winterlights Returns to Naumkeag
08:00AM / Friday, November 17, 2023
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The event known as Winterlights will have three Trustees of Reservations' properties awash in holiday light displays starting Nov. 24.    Tickets are now available to purchase online.   This year, Winterlights returns to Stevens-Coolidge House and Gardens in North Andover, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, and the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton.    The immersive holiday light displays also feature festive music and seasonal treats. In 2020, Winterlights was named a top 10 Public Holiday Light Display in the country by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Winterlights landed at number six on the list, which includes holiday

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Berkshire Communities Get Community Transit Grants
02:32PM / Thursday, November 16, 2023
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced a total of more than $4.7 million in funding awards to 43 organizations for 55 projects in the Community Transit Grant Program.     This annual competitive grant program, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), supports operating and mobility management projects for Regional Transit Authorities, municipalities, and nonprofits to expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities.    "Public transportation investments connect people with destinations, giving people access to jobs, housing, and community, and supporting overall economic vitality," said MassDOT

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Haddad Subaru Wins National Love Promise Award
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Wednesday, November 15, 2023

General manager Chris Kramek, Strong Little Souls founder Madison Quinn and Haddad Marketing Director Beth Maturevich with national award presented to the dealership by Subaru.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Haddad Auto Group has become an integral part of the community through more than 90 years of donations and initiatives.    Haddad Subaru's most recent collaboration was a family day with local non-profit for pediatric cancer Strong Little Souls, which earned it a National Love Promise award. This is the first time this dealership has won the national recognition given by Subaru of America.    Subaru of America awards two out of its 630 retailers in the

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Sandisfield Fire Chief Resigns
10:35PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2023
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — The Sandisfield Times is reporting the town's public safety chiefs are out.   According to a special report of the newsletter Tuesday night, Fire Chief Ralph Morrison resigned at Monday's Select Board meeting and his brother, Police Chief Michael Morrison, is expected to be sacked.    The chiefs' leadership have been have been questioned since a fire tanker truck was wrecked in September while being driven to a fire by the police chief.    The fire chief had the tanker towed to his auto garage in Tolland, hampering an investigation, and it became known the truck hadn't been properly inspected in years.    The

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Lee Bank Elects Four New Corporators
04:09PM / Monday, November 13, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The board of trustees of Lee Bank have elected four new corporators all of whom have accepted their roles.   New corporators, nominated by the board's governance committee, include:   Juan Carlos Gonzalez who worked in the banking industry in Colombia. Since moving to the Berkshires he has been focused on empowering the Latin-X community through resources for financial mobility and stability.   Jeffrey R. Minkler is a long-time resident of Stockbridge. He is a co-owner of Arcadian Shop in Lenox and enjoys spending time hiking, paddling, and biking around the Berkshires.   Baljit "Jesse" Singh has years of business and entrepreneurial

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Simon's Rock Annual Founder's Day Lecture
08:16AM / Monday, November 13, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The second annual Founder's Day Lecture will be held at Simon's Rock on Nov. 16, 2023, at 7 p.m. with speaker Friba Rezayee.    The lecture will occur in the McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.    Founder's Day at Simon's Rock is held every year on November 16 to honor and recognize the birthday of founder Elizabeth "Betty" Blodgett Hall. Betty Hall changed education with the radical idea that curious and independent adolescents deserve a new path to college in a fast-changing world. The birth and legacy of this remarkable educator is celebrated with

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Lee Pavement Marking Operations Tonight
02:53PM / Friday, November 10, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced pavement marking operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee, between mile marker 7.4 and 14.6.    Work will start at 9:00 p.m. tonight and will continue until 5:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11.  During the duration of the work, lane closures will be in effect.   Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work areas.    Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.     All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without

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Great Barrington Gets AAA Bond Rating
08:00AM / Friday, November 10, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Town of Great Barrington has received a AAA bond rating, which affords the town the most favorable terms for borrowing.    "This designation reflects the work of the town Finance Committee and Selectboard, and is ultimately a benefit to our town taxpayers," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.   Pruhenski also credited Town Accountant Allie Crespo and Treasurer/Collector Alicia Dulin for their work in managing town finances. As a result of this favorable bond rating, Dulin earned a 3.805 percent interest rate for a 20-year bond issue that will finance various capital projects in town. UBS Financial Services Inc. was the winning

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Lee Elementary School Honors Veterans
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Friday, November 10, 2023

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli spoke about his father's service during World War II and encouraged students to learn about world conflicts. LEE, Mass. — Lee Elementary School honored veterans for their sacrifices and service at a gathering attended by community veterans, public officials, and students on Thursday morning.    "[Veterans Day is] a day when we come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, protecting our freedom and our way of life," Superintendent Michael Richard wrote in a letter read by first grade teacher Lori Curtin.     "[This assembly] is a wonderful opportunity for us to

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Harpsichord Festival Part II
04:00PM / Thursday, November 09, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its 34th season on Sunday, Nov. 12, 4pm, with the second concert in its Harpsichord Festival—The Ensemble Harpsichord with Elliot Figg and Caitlyn Koester.     The duo plays works by scions of the dominant keyboard dynasties in the Baroque era, J.S. & W.F. Bach and Louis & François Couperin.  The event is a preview of the concert they will present on Nov. 30 at St. Malachy's Church in New York City, sponsored by Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc.   "We're delighted to welcome two new harpsichordists to the Berkshire Bach family," said Terrill McDade, Interim

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Triplex Cinema to Re-Open This Month
10:40AM / Thursday, November 09, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Triplex Cinema, Inc., has announced that two of the four theaters at the Triplex Cinema will be re-opening on Nov. 17, with showings of Director Alexander Payne's "The Holdovers" and DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls Band Together."   "It has been a marathon sprint, if that makes sense, to get the theaters open a mere seven months after forming our non-profit company and a mere four and a half months after purchasing the building from former owner Richard Stanley," Nicki Wilson, President of the Board of Directors of the non-profit company, said. "Our board has been working flat out to make this happen, and the

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Great Barrington Applications for HWW Customer Reimbursement
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Housatonic Water Works (HWW) customers who have paid for the purchase/installation of water filtration systems, bottled water and laundry-related expenses may now apply for a reimbursement of up to $300 per household.   The state has set aside $250,000 for this reimbursement fund, to be administered by the town. The application can be found here.   To receive reimbursement (one per household) HWW customers must provide:   Documentation of eligible costs, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Completed application paperwork must be dropped off at the Selectboard office at Town Hall.   If after six months funding remains available, the Selectboard

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