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Polling Stations in Berkshire County
11:30AM / Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Polls are open in Massachusetts from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for state & federal elections, including primaries; municipal election times vary.

Where to vote:

Adams: Memorial Building, Valley Street
Becket: Town Hall, Main Street
Cheshire: Cheshire School cafeteria, 191 Church St. 
Clarksburg: Community Center, Cross Road
Dalton: Community Center, Main Street
Egremont: Fire station, Egremont Plain Road
Florida: Town Office, 379 Mohawk Trail
Great Barrington:

Precincts A, C, D: Fire Station, 37 State Road Precinct B: Housatonic Community Center, Main Street

Hancock: Hancock School, Route 43
Hinsdale: Town Hall, South Street
Lanesborough: Town Hall, 83 North Main St.
Lee:

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W.E.B. Du Bois Honored on 59th Anniversary of His Death
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:04PM / Sunday, September 04, 2022

Clinton AME Zion Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is being renovated to become a cultural hub on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community members last week celebrated W.E.B. Du Bois' legacy on the 59-year anniversary of his passing.

The Saturday, Aug. 27, event, "W.E.B Du Bois: I've Known Rivers," included readings, music, and history at the River Park named after the late sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist.

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was born in Great Barrington in 1868. He would go on to attend the University of Berlin, become the first African American

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Body Found in Lee Believed to Be Missing School Teacher
12:00PM / Friday, September 02, 2022
LEE, Mass. — Investigators located and recovered human remains presumed to be of 42-year-old Meghan Marohn, who was reported missing on March 29, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.   On Thursday evening, a civilian discovered the remains in a heavily wooded area near Fox Drive in Lee. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of the remains to make a positive identification.   Investigators are still actively canvassing the area, and the evidence collected thus far indicates a high likelihood that the remains are that of Marohn.   Marohn's family reported her missing on March 29, and Lee Police located her black 2017 Subaru

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Guild of Berkshire Artists Holds Exhibit in its First Brick-and-Mortar Building
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:49AM / Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bruce Shickmanter                            WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Guild of Berkshire Artists has leased its first brick-and-mortar building for the next year to provide artists with the opportunity to curate a show and present their work while also contributing to the vibrancy of downtown West Stockbridge.    In the past, the guild would rent out spaces from organizations to host group shows. This new space, located at 38 Main St., makes it easier for artists to receive feedback on their work due to there being fewer artists apart of the exhibit.   "It was really up to the artists

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District Attorney Candidates Meet in Final Debate
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — With one week to go until the Democratic primary, incumbent Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue participated in the final debate for Berkshire County district attorney at The Mount on Tuesday.    Berkshire Democratic Brigades sponsored the debate and BDB Chair Michael Wise moderated.   Shugrue began by arguing that he has more experience as a former assistant district attorney and 36 years of experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He described himself as a "smart progressive ... who advocates for and actually achieves progress."    He said he wants to hold people accountable for breaking the law and argued that

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MassDOT Reopening Route 20 Eastbound On-ramp
10:50AM / Tuesday, August 30, 2022

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be reopening the Route 20 eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 90 at exit 10 in Lee on Tuesday, Aug. 30.  

The on-ramp is scheduled to be reopened during afternoon hours after detour restrictions have been removed. The ramp was closed in May 2022 to allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct bridge deck, joint, and facia repair operations.

Appropriate signage, law enforcement details, and messaging will be in place to guide drivers through the work area.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

All scheduled

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Fall Foliage 5K, Berkshire Half Marathon Set for Oct. 8-9
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10:24AM / Monday, August 29, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- One finisher of the inaugural Berkshire Half Marathon will win a  brand new 2023 Subaru.   The half marathon will be part of a two-race weekend that kicks off with the first Fall Foliage 5K on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 13.1-mile race will be Sunday.   Berkshire Running Center owners Kent and Shiobbean Lemme; Race Directors of the MountainOne Steel Rail Races; have once again brought another weekend of running events to the Berkshires and the newly expanded Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.     The event is co-sponsored by Haddad Subaru, MountainOne, John’s Ace Hardware and UNICO. The races will be newly structured renditions of the

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Barbalunga, Harrington Talk Racial Justice at South County Forum
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — District Attorney candidate Andrea Harrington and Sheriff candidate Alf Barbalunga discussed racial justice at a forum held by the Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education, known as BRIDGE.

On Monday, the candidates discussed equity from independent and office-wide standpoints at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

"We really want to keep the conversation going in the sense of accountability, really to historical and current issues and law enforcement and public safety in Berkshire County," BRIDGE founder and CEO Gwendolyn VanSant said. 

She clarified that DA candidate Timothy Shugrue and

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Norman Rockwell Museum Releases Fall Schedule
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
01:06PM / Tuesday, August 23, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. —The Norman Rockwell Museum released it's schedule for the months of September through November.   Exhibits:   In addition to the "Imprinted: Illustrating Race" and "In Our Lifetime: Paintings from the Pandemic" exhibits which will be on view until Oct. 31, the museum is introducing two more.   Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914-1976  On view Sept. 10, 2022, through Jan. 7, 2023   A new exhibition featuring rarely seen Norman Rockwell drawings and preliminary studies from his six-decade career.    The exhibit coincides with the release of a new book of the same title that will become available in early

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Letter: Re-Elect Andrea Harrington
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, August 22, 2022

To the Editor:

Unlike previous district attorneys, Andrea Harrington has brought an unwavering sense of kindness and compassion to her office, which has enhanced the way the Berkshire court system operates.

Hopefully, when someone actually pays attention to her office's accomplishments, they will want to help her build upon the momentum of change she has created.

Andrea was elected four years ago because we wanted change. Let's keep that momentum going.

Change is not an overnight process, but much progress has been made in the past four years. For example, she is working to end unfair racial disparities in the courts, and to build a culture of inclusion in our county. She is

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Elizabeth Freeman Monument Unveiled on Her Freedom Anniversary
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, August 22, 2022

Akilah Edgerton sings 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' at the dedication of the Freeman monument on Sunday. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Community and civic leaders, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, gathered at Old Parish Church on Sunday afternoon for the unveiling of a monument to civil rights pioneer Elizabeth Freeman exactly 241 years to the day that she won her freedom in court.   Freeman's story may be well-known in the Berkshires but not so much elsewhere. She was, wrote former President Barack Obama, an "American hero whose story has not been told enough."   Now a full-size bronze of Freeman by sculptor Brian Hanlon stands in front of the church at

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Sheffield's Harden Garners Medals
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07:33PM / Sunday, August 21, 2022
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sheffield resident John-Michael Harden this month earned a gold medal at the DuPage Open figure skating tournament.   Harden finished on top of a five-competitor field in the novice men combined division.   He posted a score of 39.67 with a one-point decduction after a program that included a triple lutz and a triple salchow with a triple toeloop.   Harden, who skates for the Connecticut-based Charter Oak Figure Skating Club, also took home a bronze medal in a 10-skater field in the novice men combined at the Cranberry Open in Norwood, Mass., this month.   Harden is ranked third in New England and seventh in the nation in his class by U.S. Figure

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