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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Letter: Democracy In quarantine: Vote, and Vote Safely
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To the Editor:

Never has it been so dangerous to cast our vote; yet, more so than ever, we need to. This upcoming national election will determine the course of our country, our town, our family, and our life. Together, we can navigate this unprecedented crisis and sail across troubled seas, but only if every voice is heard — and that includes yours.

That in-person elections in Adams and Cheshire proceeded without problems should give us hope, but it should not be a reason for complacency. In fact, there are many reasons to be concerned: New voter registration has dropped since the COVID-related lockdown. In-person elections saw a decrease and absentee ballots were not made


Mount Everett Scholarships & Awards for 2020
06:08PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The following Mount Everett Regional School scholarships and awards for the class of 2020 were announced at graduation on Friday, June 12.   Albert Trocchi Scholarship: Madeleine Soudant, Sarah Markham   Alice Coon Shanley Memorial: Madeleine Soudant   American Legion: Madeleine Soudant   Amy Gillette Memorial: Nicholas Boardman   Arthur Batacchi Sr. Memorial: David Bautista:Cruz   Barbara Rhoades Memorial: Elisabeth Enoch   Chang-Chavkin Scholarship: Jeremiah Tomascak   Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship: Jeremiah Tomascak   CTSB-TV Scholarship: Carly Duval, Sarah Markham, Madeleine Soudant   Diana Seavey


Lenox Memorial High School Scholarships & Awards for 2020
05:12PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships for the Lenox Memorial High School class of 2020 were announced at graduation on June 14.

Valedictorian: Nora Mathews

Salutatorian: Alexandra Hochfelder

Academy Garden Club of Lenox Scholarship: Maxime Léger

Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Kayanna Black

Allen R. & Lois H. Sykes Scholarship: Elena Crane Cuerda

Austen Riggs/Erikson Institute Scholarship: Karla Calvo 

Berkshire Organization of Language Teachers: Maxime Léger

Big Y Scholarship: Julianna Monteleone

Burger King Scholarship: Maxime Léger, Spencer Villinski

Coach Joseph Michaelski Award: Maxime Léger, Katherine Nichols



Return of Youth Baseball Seen as 'Good First Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dalton-Hinsdale held tryouts this past weekend; Pittsfield's leagues are holding them Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.   Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.   That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And


Two Area Residents Being Charged in Alleged Fraud Ring
By Tammy Daniels,
06:13PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

District Attorney Andrea Harrington announces the arrest of two people in a multistate fraud ring.

Law enforcement in Albany, N.Y., arrested Parth "Peter" Chaudhari, 23, of Adams on Wednesday afternoon without incident. Albany officials are holding Chaudhari without the right to bail on a charge of fugitive from justice, based on a warrant issued in Massachusetts for charges associated with a fraud investigation.

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District attorney's office and the Adams Police Department filed for an arrest warrant for Chaudhari on Wednesday.   He is alleged to be involved in a fraud ring with Ajaykumar Chaudhari and


COVID-19 Testing Available for Anyone Who Was at Large Gathering
04:38PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
BOSTON — Anyone who's been at a large gathering in recent weeks can be tested free for COVID-19.   The governor's office made the announcement on Monday that 50 pop-up sites would be offering the confidential tests on Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18.    "Obviously, there's been a significant increase in the number of people participating in demonstrations across Massachusetts and around the country," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "Thousands of people have been congregating in large groups over the past several weeks to exercise their First Amendment rights in the wake of the George Floyd murder.   "These gatherings are coinciding


Berkshires Beat: First Day School Students Donate Funds to SVHC
10:38AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
SVHC donation

In mid-May, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation received a letter and donation from the First Day School of the Bennington Friends Meeting, a local group of the Religious Society of Friends, known more commonly as Quakers. The letter was written by 11-year-old Thea Newbold of North Bennington. She wrote on behalf of the other children of The First Day School, the Quaker equivalent of Sunday school, according to Amy Newbold, Thea’s mother.

In the letter, Thea explained that the adults had provided the children with funds to give to the charity or charities of their choice and that the children had chosen to send a third of the funds to the hospital. "We


Big Y Appoints New CFO
09:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Big Y Foods has appointed Theresa A. Jasmin as CFO following the recent retirement of William T. Mahoney. 

Jasmin is responsible for the company's strategic planning, finance, accounting, treasury and tax functions. As a senior member of the executive team, she reports to Charles L. D'Amour, president and CEO, along with Big Y's board of directors. And, she represents the first woman to be appointed to the c-suite for the company.

Jasmin has more than 25 years of experience in the food industry. She began her career at Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, where she held senior management positions in both Treasury and


Can You Invest for Retirement and Education?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:42AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. 

And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education, whether that be college or trade school. At the same time, though, you're moving ever closer to retirement. Can you save for your kids' education and a comfortable retirement for yourself at the same time?

It is indeed possible, although you may need to prioritize somewhat. Specifically, you may not want to put off saving for retirement in favor of


Summer Jazz Camp & Music Academy Open for Enrollment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Berkshires Summer Jazz Camp plans to open this August with the inaugural semester a new music academy following in September.   Applications for the jazz camp are now being accepted and Richard Boulger, executive director and co-founder of the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies, or BAAMS, said he and his colleagues are excited to be able to offer the free camp for the third year.   "My musical philosophy is that your musical instrument is an amplifier of what you are hearing, thinking, and feeling," Boulger said. "As one develops this approach to playing and composing music, one's own life experiences are

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Pittsfield Chief, Citizens Make Commitment to Social Change
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:24PM / Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Rev. Sloan Letman IV describes the efforts for systemic change as part marathon, part marriage: both require years of commitment and mutual support. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When asked if Pittsfield Police were committed to the process of engaging in the hard work of building an equitable society, the simple answer of Police Chief Michael Wynn is "yes."   His response capped a rally and procession on Sunday afternoon, "Together We Breathe," organized by Berkshire Interfaith Organizing to honor Black Lives Matter, from City Hall to Durant Park where the procession also answered in the affirmative to be a partner with police in

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Lenox Memorial Graduates Emerging Into a New World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Sunday, June 14, 2020

Valedictorian Nora Mathews says the class of 2020 will have the opportunity to better the world. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High's graduation on a sunny Sunday was more like an evening at the drive-in.    The class of 2020 and their families gathered one final time in the school's parking lot for a graduation ceremony that was certainly memorable.    "Boy, after looking at his empty parking lot for three months I think it is outstanding to see parents, grandparents, family, friends, and the Lenox community sharing this beautiful day," Principal Michael Knybel said. "We are very lucky."   The ceremony


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