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Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants
10:37AM / Monday, December 18, 2023
Berkshires Awarded Fair Share Amendment Grants    BOSTON - The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that it is delivering a total of $100 million to the state's 351 cities and towns to support local infrastructure.    The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment.     In Berkshire County:   Adams: $164,272  Becket: $152,417  Cheshire: $122,439  Clarksburg: $44,745  Dalton: $120,797 Egremont: $97,200   Florida: $106,215 Great Barrington: $229,932 Hancock: $41,765  Hinsdale: $97,435 Lanesborough: $132,353 Lee: $162,458  Lenox: $154,189 Monterey: $128,942  Mount Washington

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Bach at New Year's
08:00AM / Monday, December 18, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society (BBS) returns with Bach at New Year's—A Very Baroque Celebration and nine-time Grammy Award winner Eugene Drucker leading the Berkshire Bach Ensemble in three holiday concerts of Baroque masterworks: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 7pm at the Academy of Music (Northampton, MA), co-presented with New England Public Media; Sunday, December 31 at 6pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington); and Monday, January 1 at 3pm at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY), co-presented with WMHT.     Tickets for the performances are available through the box office at each venue.    "Bach at New

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Grant Supports Berkshires Ecological Restoration, Climate Resilience
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12:13PM / Saturday, December 16, 2023
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) recently received a grant to support healthy aquatic systems and address climate change in the Berkshires.?   Funds were awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) through its Regional Restoration Partnerships Program, which helps nonprofits and Regional Planning Agencies build capacity and advance ecological and aquatic restoration work.     The nearly $200,000 grant will further support the Berkshire Clean, Cold, and Connected (BCCC) Restoration Partnership, a network of key stakeholders in Berkshire County working to keep the Hoosic,

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Becket Guardrail Repair Operations
10:53AM / Friday, December 15, 2023
BECKET, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be conducting guardrail repair operations on I-90 westbound in Blandford and Becket, on Sunday, Dec. 17.    Work will take place on I-90 westbound at mile marker 30.0 in Blandford, with a right lane closure in place, and at mile marker 17.0 in Becket, with a shoulder closure in place. Work will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, and conclude by 5:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18.   Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.?  ?  All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency.? 

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West Stockbridge Broadband Survey
08:00AM / Friday, December 15, 2023
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Click here to complete a survey on Broadband in the area.     The State will use this information to assist us in receiving better and faster broadband in West Stockbridge.  The more completed surveys, the better the State will be able to assist    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Representative, Robert Ireland at )413) 442-1521 x 28.   Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is committed to bring affordable, reliable high-speed internet to every home in the Commonwealth.  

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Market 32 Plush Chickens Support Double H Ranch
11:05AM / Thursday, December 14, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three new plush chickens are available to purchase for $10 at local Price Choppers and Market 32 stores with proceeds supporting Double H Ranch.   Double H Ranch provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Its purpose is to enrich the lives of those it serves and to provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe, and medically sound.   The three newest members of the Price Chopper/Market 32 plush family, Alfredo, Noodle, and Nugget, each have unique backstories and personalities they bring to the table.    According to a

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The Triplex Cinema Announces 'Bernstein on Film' Speaker Series
11:47AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Triplex Cinema, Inc., announced that, in conjunction with "Maestro", Bradley Cooper's new Netflix film about Leonard Bernstein, which opens at the Triplex on Dec. 15, the Triplex will begin the "Bernstein on Film" series revolving around Bernstein's life and film work.    The series will include three additional films featuring Bernstein's music, to be shown in repertory, as well as speakers offering personal insights about the films and the artist.   The first talk, following the 1 pm screening of "Maestro" on Dec. 17, will feature Nina Bernstein Simmons, the younger daughter of Bernstein, in an

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MassDOT Secures Funds for Enhanced Boston-Albany Passenger Rail
10:52AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2023
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that up to $500,000 has been awarded to the Rail and Transit Division through the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Corridor Identification and Development Program (Corridor ID) to support planning for additional train service connecting Boston and Albany, New York through Springfield.    This corridor would provide up to eight daily round-trip passenger trains on an existing alignment owned by CSX Transportation. Currently, the only passenger service on this corridor is Amtrak's once-daily long-distance Lake Shore Limited. Development of this corridor is part of the Healey-Driscoll

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The Triplex Cinema: Bring Back the Movies Holiday Edition
08:07AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Triplex Cinema, Inc. announced that it will mount a new holiday version of its fundraiser "Bring Back the Movies" on Saturday, Dec. 16.    The Triplex's "Bring Back the Movies" events offer live readings of scenes from iconic movies or the plays on which they're based. The Holiday Edition will include scenes from both old favorites, such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol," as well as newer classics, such as "Home Alone," "Love Actually" and "Elf."   As in the earlier August edition of "Bring Back the Movies," these scenes will be

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2023
11:55AM / Monday, December 11, 2023

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, the holidays are approaching artisans and craft enthusiasts know what that means. It's craft fair and bazaar season! This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

Note that some craft fairs may run two days; those extra days are in bold. 

   

Saturday, Dec. 16

Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market   The South County market is being held at the Housy Dome, 1064 Main St., Housatonic, from 10 to 2. Features locally grown and produced foods.    Admission is free and mask-wearing is encouraged. More

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South County Construction Operations
10:57AM / Monday, December 11, 2023
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be conducting daytime and overnight hour guardrail and bridge operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Becket, Blandford, Russell, Lee, West Stockbridge, and Stockbridge.     The work will be conducted at various times and locations from Sunday, Dec. 10, through Friday, Dec. 15   Lane closures will be in place during the construction operations and travel will be allowed through the work zones.  The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:     Becket Bridge repair operations will be conducted at the mile marker 17.4 bridge

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Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield Tackles Inflated Utility Rates
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, December 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A legislative hearing was held at the Berkshire Innovation Center last week to address rate increases in electricity, gas, and oil with representatives from the Healey-Driscoll administration and utility companies.   In the last two years, electricity rates have increased by an average of 12 percent and natural gas prices by 1 percent and Western Mass. communities feel that they are experiencing the brunt of it.   The session began with a panel discussion between legislators and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper, Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Elizabeth Mahoney, and Chair of the

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