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Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Offer Training for New Officials
Community submission,
11:35AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires will offer an initial class for prospective candidates on Thursday, Feb. 3.   The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian American Club on Newell St.   The exam fee is $45. Prospective candidates should contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or rainier@bcn.net  

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Fans Supporting Animal Shelters & Organizations for Betty White
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shelters and rescue organizations across the country are being supported on Monday through the Betty White Challenge.    Monday would have been beloved television star Betty White's 100th birthday. The "Golden Girl" actor died at age 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, and fans within days had come up with a way to honor her memory by helping animals.    White was a strong advocate for animals during her lifetime in supporting numerous organizations and foundations dedicated to both wildlife and domesticated animals and received the American Humane Society's National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award.   The internet-driven fund

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Great Barrington 2022 Annual Town Census
08:06AM / Monday, January 17, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town urges all residents to "be counted" for the 2022 town census by returning a completed census form to Town Hall. Residents should have received a census form in their mail in mid-December.   State law mandates this annual street listing (town census) of residents as of Jan. 1 of each year.    Residents should return the form by mail, in person or at the Town Clerk's drop box outside Town Hall which is accessible 24/7. Anyone in need of assistance with the form is asked to contact the Town Clerk's Office, (413) 528-1619 ext. 2100. The form can also be scanned and emailed to jmessina@townofgb.org.   Anyone who may

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An absolute pleasure this month to interview Lance English, from the class of 1980 at Drury High School.   English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.   After graduating from Drury he attended Norwich University in Vermont, where he majored in military studies and government and was a member of ROTC, Reserve Officers' Training Corps.    "Norwich University shaped my life. My son went there as well and is a graduate of the class of 2020 (he

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Winter Storm Warning for Berkshires as Nor'easter Brings Up to Foot of Snow
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01:35PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Berkshires are in for a double whammy this week — a Nor'easter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow and ice overnight followed by another Arctic blast that will keep temperatures in the freezer zone.    A winter storm warning is now in effect beginning Sunday at 10 p.m. and through Monday at the same time. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting 5 to 11 inches of snow and ice accumulations of up to a 10th of an inch. Winds could gust to 40 mph.   Adams, Clarksburg, North Adams (starting at 10 p.m.) and Pittsfield have so far declared snow emergencies and other communities may before the afternoon is over. Snow emergencies mean motor

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@theMarket: Beware the Hikes of March
By Bill Schmick,
03:08PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
There is a more than an even chance that the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates at least 25 basis points by the end of March 2022. Several analysts expect another three hikes by the end of the year. As an equity investor, this should concern you.   This week, both the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the Producer Price Index (PPI) came in as expected. But "expected" does not mean anything like good on the inflation front. On a year-over-year basis CPI was up 7 percent, while PPI hit 9.7 percent for all of 2021.   And while economists debate whether inflation and economic growth will subside over the course of this year, the Omicron variant is throwing a big kink

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Great Barrington Working on Public WiFi Network
02:27PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The town is working with Fiber Connect to bring seamless, free public high-speed WiFi service to downtown Great Barrington.   "We will soon be able to offer free, basic fiber optic access throughout the downtown business district from Castle and Bridge Streets north to the Elm Street area," said Selectboard member Ed Abrahams.    Abrahams has been working on this project for several years with Fiber Connect, a local company offering high-speed fiber optic internet.   Fiber Connect is handling installation of routers and cabling for Public GB, the public Wifi network. The town is approaching about a dozen property owners to arrange

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Realty Agent Ranked No.1 in Sales for 2021
01:16PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty agent Tonia Scalise Ranked 2021's No. 1 Selling Agent in Central Berkshire County.   Tonia Scalise of the firm's Great Barrington and Lenox brokerages ranked as the top producing agent in 2021 by closed-dollar volume among all real estate agents in Central Berkshire County.    She also achieved No. 1 status by volume in Pittsfield, No. 8 in all of Berkshire County, and No. 1 by both unit sales and volume for 2021 in the company's two Berkshire brokerages. In the company's Lenox office, Scalise has maintained that position each year since it first opened in 2017.   As she approaches her

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Cold Blast to Start the Weekend, Snow Expected to End It
12:14PM / Friday, January 14, 2022

Wind chill advisories and warnings up region-wide heading into tonight/tomorrow morning. Wind chills will range from 10 to 40 below! 🥶 pic.twitter.com/9jjzzQhbay

— Alyssa Caroprese (@CBS6Alyssa) January 14, 2022 The Berkshires will be under a wind chill warning until Saturday afternoon and as temperatures creep back up through the afternoon and Sunday, 6 to 10 inches of snow are expected to fall.     There is a wind chill warning in effect from 7 p.m. Friday until noon on Saturday. During the day in North Adams, temperatures will inch up to 30 degrees then will quickly drop as the evening rolls in.    There will be a low of minus-4 but with the wind,

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CHP Hosts Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs
08:14AM / Friday, January 14, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Parents and caregivers of school-age children with special needs are invited to join a free, weekly online support group to talk about their experiences and to connect with other caregivers.   The meetings take place Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. via Zoom, and are facilitated by Rania Markham, social media intern with CHP Family Services. The group is open to any parents or caregivers in Berkshire County. Pre-registration is required.   "Raising a child with special needs can be challenging, even in the best of times," said Markham. "And especially during the pandemic, feelings of isolation have been overwhelming for many families. This

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Hinds Announce $ 7.5M in ARPA Funds for Summer Storm Damages
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:05PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022

State Sen. Jo Comerford, who represents the city of Northampton and 23 towns in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties, says the storms put pressure on already strained budgets in her communities. CHESTER, Mass. — Western Massachusetts communities will be eligible for funding from a $7.5 million American Rescue Fund Act bill to aid regions affected by the July 2021 storms.   State Sens. Adam Hinds and Jo Comerford, together representing the counties Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester, were at Chester Town Hall on Thursday morning to announce the availability of funds for Chester and 75 other areas that sustained significant damages from the storms.   The

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The Retired Investor: No-Shows Threaten Economy
By Bill Schmick,
04:18PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
Last week, economists calculated that almost 5 million workers failed to show up at their jobs. Given the present upsurge in cases of the Omnicom variant, that should come as no surprise. However, it clearly has Wall Street economists reducing their estimates of first quarter 2022 GDP.   Slower economic growth normally has a negative impact on everything from the stock and bond markets, interest rates and employment. How this will ultimately affect the economy in the months ahead is a question worrying every trader and portfolio manager in the financial markets.   The first warning sign that this wave of coronavirus infection was impacting business came during the holidays.

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