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Great Barrington Historical Commission To Host Book Launch, Signing Party
08:54AM / Thursday, December 09, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town's Historical Commission will host a book launch and book signing party on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Saint James Place featuring Local historian Bernard A. Drew's new book "Great Barrington Here & Gone."   The Great Barrington Historical Commission commissioned and published the book, which is "chock full of history and memories for long-term residents, new residents and visitors with an interest in the town's historical assets and historic preservation," said Historical Commission Chair Malcolm Fick. "It's a great holiday gift for just about anyone who lives in or visits our town, and a great read

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BRTA Service Planning Survey
12:10PM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is asking for public opinion on what riders would like to see at the BRTA.    The BRTA is seeking input from customers and community members about current and future bus services. Users are asked to share candid input about what the BRTA should prioritize in the coming years.   Answers will guide the BRTA planning principles, as the region emerges from the pandemic. To take the survey, go to https://bit.ly/brta-survey-2021.   All individual responses will remain anonymous, while the overall information and results will be shared publicly and with BRTA stakeholders.    Particpants can add

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Berkshire County Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative
08:30AM / Wednesday, December 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Conservation District received grant funding to address the decline of native pollinators and their host plants across all landscapes.   The funding comes from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures. The funds will help the district continue its commitment to conservation and sustainability in the community.     This funding will enable the district to launch a new program to support habitats, including pollinator plantings and to increase the number of Berkshire communities adopting

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Local Veterans Mark 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:22PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Pittsfield Veterans Service Officer John Herrera speaks at the ceremony on Tuesday morning. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu that sparked the nation's entrance into World War II.

About 80 servicemen from Berkshire County were stationed at or near Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, including more than 40 from Dalton and Pittsfield.
 
Two of them were killed in action during the surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski and Army Air Forces 1st Sgt. Edward Burns.  

The 18-year-old Sadlowski from Pittsfield was an

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BRTA Route 14 To Resume Full Service
12:25PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)'s bus route 14 will resume back to its full- service schedule starting at 7 A.M. on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.   The reduced service schedule will continue on BRTA bus routes 4, 5, 11, 15, and 16. The reduced service schedule is in place in response to a staffing shortage.   BRTA is and has been striving to hire additional drivers through a multifaceted approach.    Those interested in becoming a BRTA operator, visit https://berkshirerta.com/about/employment-opportunities/   Call the BRTA at (413) 499-2782 #1 with any questions about these service changes or employment opportunities.

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No New Drunk Driving Victims Added to 2021 MADD Vigil
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, December 06, 2021

The annual vigil is held in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No county residents fell victim to the deadly consequences of drunk driving this year but that doesn't discount all who have been lost in the past.

On Sunday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office held its annual candlelit vigil at First United Methodist Church to remember victims of impaired driving in cooperation with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD.)

The event honored 53 county residents while raising awareness in hopes of preventing further tragedies.

District Attorney Andrea Harrington

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Vaccine Collaborative Schedules Booster Clinic Dec. 18
02:28PM / Sunday, December 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative has scheduled a community COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Community College Paterson Field House.    The booster clinic is open to anyone 18 and older who wants to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which helps to prevent contracting COVID-19 or prevents serious illness in those with breakthrough cases of the virus.   Both Pfizer and Moderna third doses will be provided at the community clinic, as well as first and second doses for those 15 and older who have not yet received their initial doses.   Registration

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Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Saturday, December 04, 2021

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers

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The Retired Investor: The Hawks Return
By Bill Schmick,
11:47AM / Friday, December 03, 2021
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, during testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Jerome Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserve bank, did an about face on monetary policy. Powell appeared to take on a new mantle, that of the nation's chief inflation fighter, casting aside his former dovish stance towards continued easing of monetary stimulus. Investors are asking "what changed?"   "We're now looking at an economy that's very strong and inflationary pressures that are high," Powell said. He went on to say that it might be "appropriate to wrap up our purchases a few months earlier."   Powell was referring to the planned tapering of the

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BMC Nurse Earns DAISY Award Recognition
11:38AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center registered nurse Michaela LaPlante has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.    LaPlante, who serves on 4 East in the hospital, received a glowing nomination for her care of a patient in her final days.    "You could tell from the moment that Michaela walked in the room that she has a passion for nursing and the care that was to be provided. She was knowledgeable, swift and precise in her care," said a relative of the patient. "She

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Baker, Polito Won't Run in 2022
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Wednesday, December 01, 2021
BOSTON — After months of speculation on whether Charlie Baker or Karyn Polito would run for governor next year, both have pulled out of the race.    In a statement Wednesday morning -- following the publication of an article quoting Baker allies in The Boston Globe -- the Baker-Polito campaign announced "we have decided not to seek re-election in 2022."   "This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We love the work, and we especially respect and admire the people of this wonderful Commonwealth. Serving as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts has been the most challenging and fulfilling jobs we’ve ever had. We will forever be

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Support iBerkshires, Support Local News on Giving Tuesday
03:15PM / Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Dear Readers,

iBerkshires.com, like many small local businesses, struggled through the pandemic. We understood that the local businesses that supported us with advertising through the years were having their own problems. And we knew that our readers were dealing with disruptions as well. 

During that time, we did our best to keep everyone updated on the course of the pandemic, its affect on schools and the community, and to provide a place for local business to keep their customers apprised of their hours and policies for free. 

Our goal for the past two decades has been to keep our community informed about the important events happening in the Berkshires. That has meant keeping

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