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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Sheffield Resident Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
06:14PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Sheffield resident was injured Wednesday afternoon after their vehicle crashed into the Dollar Tree Store in the Barrington Plaza.    According to police, the driver struck a sign, a parked vehicle, and then rolled over and crashed into the front of the store in their 2006 Subaru Forester.   The driver, who was not identified, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by Southern Berkshire EMS.   The Fire Department also responded to the accident at approximately 12:52 p.m.    The cause of the crash is under investigation by Officer Andres Huertas and Officer Sam  Stolzar.   Anyone who witnessed the incident

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Great Barrington Road-Stream Management Plan Available
09:22AM / Sunday, August 14, 2022

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA), in partnership with the town of Great Barrington, has produced a Road-Stream Crossing Management Plan that identifies the highest priority road-stream crossing replacement projects in Great Barrington. 

This document is a guide for how road infrastructure projects should be designed to alleviate stream flooding and to ensure aquatic wildlife corridors are improved. Project funding is provided by the Housatonic River NRD Trustees and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

HVA and the town invite public comment on this plan until Aug. 31. The drafts are available in hard copy only, at Town Hall in the

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Veteran Spotlight: Dr. Charles Parton
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:02PM / Saturday, August 13, 2022
NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Dr. Charles Parton served his country in World War II as a 2nd class pharmacist's mate for nearly four years.   At 97 years of age, his memory is still sharp as a tack. He went to naval training in Newport, R.I., and remembered "being the last group to go through there. It was great. I learned all the usual stuff, including the difference between and boat and a ship."   Dr. Parton's first assignment would keep him in Newport at the U.S. Naval Hospital, where he was involved in special technician training related to electrocardiograms, or ECGs.    "The head of Columbia Presbyterian would come once a week to work with

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W.E.B Du Bois Center to Host Elizabeth Freeman Roundtable
03:40PM / Friday, August 12, 2022

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Freedom and Democracy of Great Barrington will present a roundtable discussion on the life and legacy of Elizabeth Freeman, the first enslaved African American to successfully sue for her freedom in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The roundtable will take place Friday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. at Dewey Hall. A reception will follow the roundtable.

This the first in a series of events honoring Freeman's journey to freedom that will take place in Sheffield from Aug. 19-21. A full schedule of events can be found here.

In recent years, Freeman's life and legacy have been interpreted through exhibits at the Colonel

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Overnight Repair Operations on I-90 Week of Aug. 8
12:27PM / Friday, August 05, 2022

LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be conducting overnight guardrail and bridge repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee and Becket the week of Aug. 8.

The guardrail repairs will take place from mile marker 8.0 to mile marker 12.0 in Lee and Becket. The bridge repairs will take place at mile marker 8.5 in Lee.

The guardrail work will be conducted beginning Monday, Aug. 8, at 7:00 p.m. and concluding the next morning by 5:00 a.m. The overnight hour work continues each night through Friday morning, Aug.12.

The bridge repair work will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 8, and on Tuesday, Aug. 9, during overnight hours from 7:00 p.m.

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Pittsfield Soccer League Summer Final Set
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:05PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Maroons and the Crows survived Wednesday’s semi-finals in the Pittsfield Soccer League with a pair of 1-0 wins at Wahconah Park.   The second-seeded Crows used a first-half goal from James Pow to knock off Barcelona.   On an adjacent field, Matt Naventi scored a first-half goal to send the Maroons past the Vultures and into next Wednesday’s league championship game.   Eight teams began play this summer in the 10-year-old league.   PSL organizer Nigel Gayle said that about 130 players participated in the weekly seven-on-seven contests.   The 18-and-over co-ed league summer league is one of several adult leagues in

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State Auditor Candidate Diana DiZoglio Urges PILOT Reform
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022

LEE, Mass. — Diana DiZoglio says the state's payment in lieu of taxes program, or PILOT, should be fully funded, especially with the Bay State having a 2023 budget surplus totaling about $3.6 billion.

The Democratic candidate for state auditor visited October Mountain on Tuesday to speak on PILOT reform, which is a priority in her 17-Point Social Justice and Equity Audit Plan.

"Funding by the commonwealth for payments in lieu of taxes on state-owned lands began in 1910 under Massachusetts General Law chapter 58, Sections 13-17, but starting with the fiscal crisis of 1989, the law has been underfunded to the detriment of our municipalities and especially our rural towns,

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The Classical Beat: Tanglewood and Sevenars Showcase Diverse Music
by Stephen Dankner,
10:06AM / Wednesday, August 03, 2022
Tanglewood this week offers audiences a wide spectrum of programs and works by living composers, alongside a diverse lineup of performers offering their extraordinary artistry in this expansive summer season, presenting a wide diversity of music that’s both traditional and time-honored, and new, and everything in-between.                          Festival of Contemporary Music August 4-8   A festival within a festival, contemporary music aficionados will have five days (August 4-8) to delight within alternative musical worlds, and experience the varied sounds of newly composed works emanating from Ozawa Hall, as the

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LitNet Celebrates Keator Scholars and Thanks Donors
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:54AM / Monday, July 25, 2022

The event celebrated scholarship recipients who  have taken the advantage of tutoring in English and citizen test preparation.  Nineteen Keator scholarship recipients have become American citizens. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Literacy Network of South Berkshire hosted a celebration Thursday at the Norman Rockwell Museum to honor its scholar and new Americans and the educators who helped guide them down the path toward citizenship.   Recipients received financial support to help cover the cost of the federal naturalization application and to obtain legal services during the screening and application process.   They are also assigned a tutor from LitNet

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Agricultural Commissioner Visits Berkshire County Farms
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:57AM / Sunday, July 24, 2022
TYRINGHAM, Mass. — Agricultural Commissioner John Lebeaux visited three Berkshire County farms on Wednesday to learn about their diverse practices.   The tour began at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton, then went to Robinson Farm in Becket, and ended at Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham.   "We're always impressed with the diversity of [agriculture] in Berkshire County," Lebeaux said.   Nonprofit Berkshire Grown organizes the farm tour each year with the commissioner. Executive Director Margaret Moulton feels that it is crucial to help state government get a clear understanding of the challenges that Berkshire farmers face.   Lebeaux recognized that the farmers

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The Classical 'High Season' Approaches its Zenith
by Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
07:02AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
During late-July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues approaches its zenith, with both sure-fire and innovative programming. Offerings this week include Boston Symphony performances of both classic and rarely heard works by Berlioz, Chopin, Wagner, Brahms, Mahler and Rachmaninoff, as well as by two of today's prominent composers — Richard Danielpour and Pierre Jalbert.   Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams is continuing its ongoing three-week Summer Music Festival of new music, curated by renowned Bang on a Can (BOAC) composers Michael Gordon, David

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars Music Festival
Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
08:45AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2022
As Tanglewood enters its third week, massed stellar performances will take center stage in Ozawa Hall and in the Koussevitsky Shed. Why go? To experience world-class instrumental soloists, the Boston Symphony performs chamber and orchestral masterworks by iconic Czech masters Janacek, Dvorak, and to experience two landmark works: Mozart’s great operatic masterpiece “Don Giovanni” and Brahms’ resplendent choral magnum opus, “A German Requiem.”   If the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding chamber music performances to be enjoyed at the intimate and warm-spirited Sevenars Music Festival

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