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Pignatelli Stepping Down After 22 Years as Representative
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
12:13PM / Tuesday, February 06, 2024

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli speaks with students at DuBois Middle School. The legislator has also served as a selectman, county commissioner and planning board member.  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli will not run for re-election this fall.   The dean of the Berkshire delegation has served in office for 22 years representing the citizens of Central and South Berkshire County.   Pignatelli made his announcement on Tuesday, saying it came with mixed emotions.   "Driven by a deep desire to make our community better and fueled by the support and love of family,friends, constituents, and 'Team Smitty' through the

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Wheatleigh Going Up for Sale
01:25PM / Monday, February 05, 2024
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — One of the county's most exclusive hotels is not completely closing this Valentine's Day.    But the owners of Wheatleigh, L. Linfield and Susan Simon, did confirm to The Berkshire Eagle that they will on putting the 1893 Italian-style villa up for sale later this year.   It will close as a hotel but will be open for private rentals and for weddings and events that were booked through the summer.    iBerkshires and other media posted an announcement made Monday on the hotel's Facebook page:    "It is with great sadness, we bid you all a fond farewell. The Wheatleigh ownership has made the difficult decision to

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Dewey Hall's Celestial Ball
12:00PM / Monday, February 05, 2024
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall is Celebrating the final night of its Reaching for the Stars annual fundraising campaign with a Celestial Ball on Lunar New Year.    The ball will be held on Feb. 10 from 7 pm to 10 pm. It will be held at Dewey Memorial Hall located on 91 Main St in Sheffield.   This event is a fundraiser for Dewey Memorial Hall.   According to a press release:   Attendees are encouraged to dress to shimmer, shimmy, and shine in sequins, sparkles, and glitter and come prepared to dance the night away to DJ BFG (or sip sparkling beverages and munch on treats) in a magical, shining hall. There will be music for dancing, hors ‘d'oeuvres by

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Transit Survey Seeks Feedback on TriTown Connector
11:27AM / Friday, February 02, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The TriTown Connector, in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, asks South County residents, students, employers and employees to complete a brief survey of the TriTown Connector transit service in South County.   Survey participants can choose to enter into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to local businesses, including Big Y.   Researchers aim to learn how the TriTown Connector (TTC) has altered the travel patterns of its riders since the program began in May 2023, and also to obtain a baseline for what travel patterns may look like in rural neighboring communities that don't have a similar "call-for-service"

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GBPT Adds Development Director
03:45PM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Now entering its sixth season, Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) announced the inclusion of Serena Johnson as Development Director.     She brings accomplished fundraising, community outreach, audience engagement and non-profit management skills to the company.    A graduate of Cal State, Northridge, and an experienced performer herself, Johnson was a key player in the establishment of fundraising processes and infrastructure for the community-based Glendale Arts, 18th Street Arts Center, and was on the development team that managed the successful capital campaign for the newly constructed permanent theater for the Antaeus

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Great Barrington Fire Department Responds to Manville Street Fire
10:31AM / Thursday, February 01, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — At approximately 8:51 p.m. Tuesday evening the Great Barrington Fire Department (GBFD) was dispatched for a 911 call reporting a person yelling "fire" at 4 Manville St.   Police cruisers arrived on the scene and found fire in a wall and below the floor of an apartment above a storage garage. Officers evacuated the building as Great Barrington Engine 3 was arriving.  Fire units found smoke in the garage space, and apartment, and coming from the eves of the multifamily apartment building.   Great Barrington Car 2 requested a first alarm. Great Barrington's Engine 3 crew quickly located the origin of the fire in a soffit in the

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Alleged Drug Dealer Charged in Great Barrington
03:52PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Great Barrington Police Department and the Berkshire County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for 47 Grove Street in Great Barrington and Jonah Christianson.    Upon execution, law enforcement recovered approximately 146 grams of cocaine that was located within the residence and approximately $1,868.   The combined worth of the street value of the drugs and cash and credit recovered from the residence totals $16,618.   All subjects involved in the execution of the investigation were detained in the Great Barrington Police Department.   Jonah Christianson was held on $50,000 bail. Additionally, his

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County Residents Earn Bay State Games Skating Medals
02:12PM / Monday, January 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Dozens of local figure skaters competed in Bay State Games USFS Figure Skating Competitions over the weekend at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Nine athletes took home gold medals in their groups at the competition.   Among the local residents competing in the event were:   Basic 2 Girls Group A Samantha Anderson, Lanesborough, Christmas Brook, bronze   Aspire 3 Girls Free Skate Group C Amelia Art, Williamstown, Christmas Brook, bronze   Basic 3 Boys Lukas Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Excel Preliminary Girls Free Skate Group D Madlyn Benson, Adams, Christmas Brook, gold   Basic 4 Girls  Group B Ava

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Berkshire Organizations Awarded MassWildlife Habitat Grants
04:00PM / Friday, January 26, 2024
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced over $365,000 to restore 234 acres of wildlife habitat across Massachusetts.    The Department of Fish and Game's (DFG) Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is awarding MassWildlife Habitat Management grants to five organizations and two municipalities. The MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program (MHMGP), provides crucial financial assistance to private and municipal owners of conserved lands to improve habitat for wildlife, steward biodiversity, enhance climate resiliency, and promote public recreational opportunities. Since 2015, MassWildlife has funded 112 projects that have restored over

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Great Barrington Pedestrian Killed on Route 7
02:46PM / Thursday, January 25, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Great Barrington man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Route 7.    The victim was identified as Niall Nordoff, 41. According to his Facebook page, he attended Mount Everett Region School and worked in landscape design.    Police reported that they had received two calls early Thursday -- one at 5:55 a.m. reporting a man wearing dark clothing walking in the middle of the roadway and another that he had been struck by a pickup as officers were responding.    Officers arrived on scene moments later and discovered a man on the southbound shoulder of the roadway. Medical treatment was immediately

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Free Composting Drop Now Offered at Great Barrington Transfer Station
10:21AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — In collaboration with Berkshire Compost, the town Transfer Station will now accept composted food waste from residents of Great Barrington and Housatonic.    The program is free.   Compost is food waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill: scraps leftover from cooking or meals, cardboard and certain paper products.    Composting food waste significantly reduces the garbage that heads to the landfill. Compost is filled with nutrients used in farming and agriculture to fertilize soil.   "Composting is a natural, sustainable way to recycle food waste, it is used to build healthy soil for gardening and agriculture,"

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North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, January 22, 2024

ADAMS, Mass.— Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District (NBSWMD) were intrigued by a plan by Local Power to work towards community-wide decarbonization through a waste hydrogen facility in Western Massachusetts. 

In a presentation on Jan. 11,  Local Power President Paul Fenn told the district members that Local Power helps local governments set up community-wide decarbonization with a focus on localization "as a core strategy in an industry defined by centralized energy and capital sources." 

He said the community choice aggregation firm helped usher in community choice power supply programs to many towns and cities in Berkshire

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