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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Preview: Winterlights Returns to Illuminate Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Monday, November 29, 2021

The Trustees' Brian Cruey says the mansion's gardens are illuminated by more than 150,000 LED lights.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations' Winterlights is returning to Naumkeag for its fourth year.  The show is running from November 26 to January 9 and is currently 90 percent sold out.

The 48-acre property is illuminated with more than 150,000 LED bulbs and features themed displays such as Rainbow Road, Laser Light Forest, and the hallmark Blue Steps.

This year, guests can once again experience the Chinese Garden decorated for New Year's and the Evergreen Garden. The late 1800s home is also part of Winterlights for 2021, featuring a pianist,

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Eric Rogers
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:29PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eric Rogers served his country in the Army as a specialist from 2010 to 2014.    He joined the service one week before his 21st birthday and did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.    "It wasn't as bad as it was annoying. There's a big gap between guys that were 18 and 21. I kept getting in trouble for stupid things the younger guys did," he said.    After basic, Rogers was sent to Army School in Huntsville, Ala., where he spent a few months, then to the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Navy-controlled program is extremely long and expensive and

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MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:51PM / Friday, November 26, 2021

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined

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Small Business Saturday in the Berkshires
By Jack Guerino & Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, November 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shop local on Small Business Saturday.   Communities throughout the county are elevating their small businesses on Small Business Saturday with holiday markets and other special events.   The national effort occurs on Nov. 27, one day after Black Friday when people typically flock to big box stores for holiday shopping. (Some local businesses are getting a head start with "Plaid Friday," a new movement that focuses on local and independent stores.)   Downtown Pittsfield will be celebrating the plethora of locally owned shops, eateries, and businesses it has to offer during Small Business

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Winter Weather Advisory for Northern Berkshire; Snow on the Way
10:48AM / Friday, November 26, 2021
Friday morning's cold and rainy weather is expected to give way to the first significant snow of the season later in the day.    The region could get 2 to 6 inches with up to 10 inches in the higher elevations. Rate of snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour late in the afternoon and this evening.    Or, we could just get slushy rain.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter weather advisory for eastern Rensselaer County in New York, Northern Berkshire until 7 a.m. on Saturday. A winter storm warning has been issued for much of Southern Vermont.   Drivers are urged to use caution — it seems takes us at least one

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The Retired Investor: Thanksgiving Post-Pandemic
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
Consumers are making up for last year's subdued Thanksgiving holiday. Air travel has jumped. Traffic on the roads is expected to be heavy. Grocery stores are crowded, and families are getting back together again all over the country. Hurrah!   As most readers know, last year's holiday was a bit of a dud largely because of the pandemic. Fewer people travelled. Instead, many of us decided to play it safe. Across the nation, family members decided to remain home, avoid the possibility of contagion, and postpone celebrating together until this year. That was a smart decision. In the meantime, the coronavirus cases have declined, vaccinations rates have risen, and America has

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Berkshire Money Management opens Great Barrington office
12:54PM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management announced that they have opened an office in Great Barrington.   Now in our 20th year as a wealth management firm, Berkshire Money Management (BMM) have opened an office at the corner of Castle and Main Street right in the downtown.   "BMM has clients all over the country. Since the advent of the telephone, there's been no reason a financial advisor couldn't provide real-time service to a client residing anywhere from Tyringham to Timbuktu," said BMM founder and CEO, Allen Harris. "However, people often like to start their relationships in person. More and more people from South County have been

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarteners on 'How to Cook a Turkey'
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11:24AM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
  ADAMS, Mass. — There are many ways to cook a turkey, and the kindergarten classes at Hoosac Valley Elementary School annually send iBerkshires their own ideas on how much turkeys weigh, who cooks them and how long it takes, along with their own somewhat exotic recipes.    Their Thanksgiving recipes are always amusing and sometimes enlightening, particularly the choices of stuffing, but we must strongly caution against following any of their directions as a matter of public health. Please note, these recipes are only for your reading pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!   Teacher Robin Poirot started this fun project some years ago so we start off with what her

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Great Barrington Names Assistant Town Treasurer
08:44AM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town has promoted Jackie Dawson to the position of assistant town treasurer.   She has been working in the office of the town Department of Public Works since 2017 as an administrative assistant.   Dawson has a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York at Albany and lives in Hillsdale, N.Y.   She will now report to Town Collector/Treasurer Alicia Dulin, who joined the Town Hall staff earlier this year.   "We thank Jackie for her years of service helping to run the DPW office in town and look forward to working with her in this new position in Town Hall," Town Manager Mark Pruhenski

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Big Y Sack Hunger Helps Others This Holiday Season
04:01PM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger provides funds for the four food banks within their 2-state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100-member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, a customer can support Sack Hunger from any register at Big Y's 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors from Nov. 4 to Dec. 15. Customers can donate online at

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Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2021
03:11PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
With the holiday's around the corner communities throughout the county are holding craft and holiday markets. This list will be updated as more markets are announced.      Monday, Nov. 22-Monday, Nov. 29

Heart & Soil Collective, a nonprofit based in Lanesborough, is hosting a virtual vendor market through 32 Auctions here. The market features 15 local artists and markers and proceeds from sales go back to them and donations benefit Heart & Soil's food security programming. Some items may be eligible for shipping. Market ends on Nov. 29. 

Friday, Nov. 26 North Adams: Holiday Market at 77 Main from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to utilize market

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via SeePlymouth.com.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 25. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Patuxet continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate. This year will include COVID-19 restrictions.

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a

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