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BRTA Services Free From Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
02:11PM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) announced that beginning Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 2022, all BRTA bus and paratransit services will be free through the state's "Try Transit" initiative.   This Try Transit initiative is supported through the state budget and awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The state grant was awarded to all 15 Commonwealth regional transit authorities who worked together to submit a joint application and implementation plan.   In a press release, the Advisory Board of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority noted that they are enthusiastic about this opportunity to offer free transit

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CHP Health Insurance Team Accepting Appointments for Open Enrollment Assistance
09:35AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — It's time to renew health insurance coverage for 2023, and the Community Health Programs insurance team is available to help Berkshire region residents with updating their MA Health Connector insurance plan.   The Open Enrollment period runs Nov. 1, 2022-Jan. 23, 2023. Anyone wishing to make an appointment with a CHP Patient Navigator can call 413-854-2816 or email enrollment@chpberkshires.org. Appointments take place online or in person, and there is no cost.   Anyone can enroll or update their plan online with the MA Health Connector, but CHP's insurance team can often navigate this process more quickly and easily.   William Cruz,

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Berkshire Organizations Partner to Launch New Website to Help Grant Seekers
08:12AM / Tuesday, November 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Funding Focus (BFF), a new initiative established to support Berkshire County entities seeking federal and state funds for pandemic-related recovery and rebuilding, launched its website in November.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and several partner agencies joined to form BFF in response to a need for a clearinghouse focused on the investment of COVID-19 recovery dollars into the region, to improve the well-being of community members. The initiative provides support for four core groups of potential grant seekers: non-profits, municipalities, school districts, and entrepreneurs.   According to a press release, Berkshire County needs

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Rollerskiers Tackle Mount Greylock
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10:08PM / Sunday, November 06, 2022
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. – Fin Bailey and Alexandra Lawson were the top finishers on Sunday at the Mount Greylock Hill Climb.   The rollerski race was conducted at Mount Greylock Reservation under the auspices of the New England Nordic Ski Association.   More than 100 athletes took on the challenge of racing to the top of the commonwealth’s highest peak.   Bailey and Lawson were the first finishers in the long course division for men and women respectively.   The long course ran for 8 miles from the visitor’s center to the top of the 3,500 foot mountain.   Bailey of Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School won the men’s race in 48 minutes, 59.4

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State Fire Marshall: When You Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms
02:24PM / Thursday, November 03, 2022
STOW, Mass. —With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 6, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change the batteries when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are crucial home safety tools," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, be sure you have the best protection by putting fresh alkaline batteries in alarms that use them and replacing alarms that are out of date."   Today's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have the manufacturing date printed on the back of the device. Smoke alarms should be replaced

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World Class Guitar Player Performs at McConnell Theater
12:05PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. —On Friday, Nov. 4, guitar player Jason Vieaux will offer a varied recital of solo guitar music at the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center, at Bard College at Simon's Rock on the South Berkshire Concert Series.    The performance will begin at 7:30 pm and admission is free; mask-wearing is required.     The program will include arrangements of works by Bach and Scarlatti, as well as original guitar compositions by Leo Brouwer, Augustin Barrios, Jorge Morel, and Vieaux.  A highlight of the program will be "Four Paths of Light" by Pat Metheny, composed for and dedicated to Vieaux.  For further information, call

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Great Barrington Selectboard, Fire District to Discuss HWW Merger Option
08:23AM / Tuesday, November 01, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Selectboard will meet Monday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. with the Great Barrington Fire District to discuss a potential merger with the Housatonic Water Works (HWW) system.   The town has been exploring possible solutions to HWW water quality issues, and one includes a merger of the Great Barrington Fire District with HWW system. HWW serves more than 800 customers in Housatonic Village and some neighboring areas. The Fire District serves about 1,700 properties in other parts of town.   The two water systems are separated by about 900 feet and a connection would be required along with other infrastructure.   The Great Barrington Fire District's

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Kohl's Opens in Lenox, Grand Opening Friday
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Kohl's department store is opening one of its new small format stores on Nov. 4 in The Center at Lenox shopping mall, located at 489 Pittsfield Rd.   "We are excited to bring Kohl's to this community. I think this community really needs something like this," said an employee no authorized to speak on record. "...I used to work at the [Lee] Outlets and everyone is always looking for something."    The store held a soft opening Sunday, Oct. 30. They have planned a ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 4.   The national retailer plans to open 100 new small-format stores over the next four years. The average footprint of a Kohl's

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BArT First Quarter Honor Roll
04:00PM / Monday, October 31, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2022-2023 school year.     Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors".  Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.   Students in

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Functional Medicine Physician Joins CHP in Great Barrington
11:34AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Cornelia F. Lenherr, M.D., has joined the Community Health Programs (CHP) Health Center in Great Barrington as a family medicine physician.    With a certification in functional medicine, Lenherr most recently worked at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, where her patient care incorporated medicine, nutrition, exercise physiology, life management and spirituality. At CHP she will care for adults and children.   Lenherr previously operated her own private practice in Rochester, N.Y., caring for adults with chronic conditions such as fatigue, gastrointestinal conditions, anxiety and depression.   She was also a physician in student health centers at the

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South County Daytime and Overnight Guardrail and Bridge Repair
10:30AM / Sunday, October 30, 2022
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced it will be conducting daytime and overnight hour guardrail and bridge repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee, West Stockbridge, Becket, Montgomery and Russell.    The work will be conducted at different times and locations from 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.  Lane closures will be in place during repair operations.   The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:   Daytime work:   Lee/West Stockbridge Bridge repair work will be conducted daily on I-90 eastbound and westbound from mile marker 0.5 to mile

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Richmond, West Stockbridge Stormwater Survey
08:09AM / Sunday, October 30, 2022
WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — West Stockbridge and Richmond ask residents and property owners to provide input to help the town to develop a plan to reduce flooding, improve climate readiness, and address stormwater runoff impacts in Richmond and West Stockbridge.   The towns want feedback on any locations that see recurring flooding, strategies used to reduce flooding, and your priorities for future projects. This will help inform the selection of project locations and design of flood reduction solutions that will benefit the community.   This work is funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP)

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