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Price Chopper/Market 32 Raises Funds For Food Banks
12:17PM / Monday, January 04, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — Price Chopper and Market 32 raised over $100,000 for 15 food banks located in the markets' six state footprint.

Check Out Hunger, an annual month-long fundraiser coordinated and promoted by Price Chopper/Market 32 in support of all the food banks in its marketing areas, raised $108,190, inclusive of the chain's $20,000 corporate match.    "This year's Check Out Hunger initiative is especially important as we see so many individuals and families struggling with food insecurity,"  Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32's vice president of public relations and consumer services said. "Food Banks play a crucial role in ensuring

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Mill City Productions Announces A Virtual Staged Reading
08:04AM / Monday, January 04, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mill City Productions (MCP) will hold a virtual staged reading of Jason Odell Williams's comedic drama "Church & State."   The live performance will take place on Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.    After a school shooting, a GOP politician in the heartland experiences a crisis of faith. As his political team scrambles to keep him on message, the story leaks out and forever changes his political career.   Details can be found on the Mill City Productions Facebook page or by visiting www.millcityproductions.org. Questions can be emailed to contact millcity@gmail.com   Formed in 2004, Mill City Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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Happy New Year From iBerkshires.com
iBerkshires Staff,
10:01AM / Friday, January 01, 2021

We are hoping all of our readers have had a happy holiday season. Thank you for making iBerkshires your go-to source for local news. We appreciate your support and will continue to provide you with the relevant information you need in your daily lives as we enter 2021.

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Rebelle Offers a New Kind of Cannabis Dispensary Experience
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, December 31, 2020

Rebelle says its committed to inclusivity and social equity. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The owners of cannabis dispensary Rebelle say they are bringing a normalized cannabis retail experience to the Berkshires while prioritizing social, racial, and environmental justice.     Rebelle — woman and minority-owned — sits across from Guido's Marketplace in a renovated townhouse that Wild Birds Country Store previously occupied.   Through its parent company Community Growth Partners, Rebelle is committed to the creation of internship and career opportunities with nonprofit partners. This includes recruiting a workforce from disproportionately impacted

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Nearly 100K COVID-19 Vaccinations Expected by Year's End
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Wednesday, December 30, 2020
BOSTON — More than 75,000 people have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and an estimated 20,000 more at long-term care facilities will be inoculated by the end of this year.    Vaccines have been shipped to nearly 400 medical and health-care locations and more than 50 vaccination clinics are expected to be operating at long-term care facilities this week. Clinics will continue to be launched on a rolling basis to distribute about 219,000 more doses of the vaccine to long-term care facilities over the next month.   Gov. Charlie Baker said this is a sign of "brighter days ahead" after one of the state's worst years but cautioned residents

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Great Barrington Structure Fire Destroys Family Residence
Community Submission,
12:42AM / Wednesday, December 30, 2020

No one was injured but the building suffered significant fire, water and smoke damage in some areas.  GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Tuesday morning structure fire severely damaged a home at 26 Berkshire Heights Road.   The Fire Department responded at about 7:30 a.m. and Chief Charles Burger, immediately requested the first alarm.   The first-arriving Great Barrington units found a large 7,500-square-foot single-family log cabin with fire rapidly spreading from the basement to the attic on the west side of the dwelling.   The residents stated everyone was out of the building.   Engine 3 stretched a hose line inside and rapidly knocked down multiple rooms

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Great Barrington Woman, 92, Killed in Motor Vehicle Accident
09:44AM / Tuesday, December 29, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A 92-year-old local woman, Ruth Houghton, was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Monday afternoon and another woman injured.   Houghton's name was released on Wednesday afternoon; the name of the other drive has not yet been released.   The two-vehicle crash occurred about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Stockbridge Road and Lover's Lane.   According to police, a 2008 Toyota Tundra being driven by a 28-year-old Monterey woman was traveling north when it collided with a 2008 Subaru Forrester driven by Houghton attempting to exit Lover's Lane.    The driver of the Subaru suffered serious injuries and died at the

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. McCarthy
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:37PM / Sunday, December 27, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An absolute pleasure to interview for this week's Veteran's Spotlight feature was Richard "Dick" McCarthy.   McCarthy served his country as a sergeant in the Army in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968.    His basic training was at Fort Dix, N.J., before he shipped out first to Alaska from McGuire Air Force Base.   "We were drinking at a bar and this civilian who was working on the pipeline was bombed and said he wanted to go with us to Vietnam," said McCarthy, than laughed. "We wrapped him in an overcoat and snuck him on the plane. ... The pilot said he didn't have to pay for his flight over but had to pay

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The Retired Investor: Where Have All the Christmas Trees Gone?
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
If you are one of those eleventh-hour holiday Christmas tree shoppers, you may be out of luck this year. Fresh balsam furs and other varieties of the traditional Yule symbol are hard to find.   Blame the pandemic on the scarcity, but at the same time, celebrate the fact that more families than ever before are getting together this holiday season.  And decorating that tree could be an intensely personal experience for the whole family.   My wife, Barbara, and I actually set up our tree on Thanksgiving weekend. Given our ages, we chose to forgo turkey day with our loved ones, who reside in Manhattan, and tried to fill that emotional hole with something else. We found that

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High Winds, Heavy Rains Usher in Christmas 2020
Staff Reports,
12:01PM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a high wind warning from 6 p.m. Thursday into the afternoon on Christmas Day.    The forecast is for damaging winds of up to 70 mph that could blow down trees and power lines. NWS is predicting widespread power outages and difficult travel conditions.   The storm will be accompanied by heavy rains that could cause flooding in low-lying areas. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is warning of 2 to 3 inches of rain between Thursday and Friday night.    The city of North Adams issued a Code Alert asking for residents to prepare for power outages by charging phones and other devices, bringing in

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Increased Home Fires Highlights Importance Of Prevention
10:46AM / Thursday, December 24, 2020

MEDFORD, Mass. — Over the past ten days Red Cross volunteers have responded to home fire across Massachusetts and assisted 84 people displaced or affected by 39 fires.

Daily, the Red Cross assists people affected by disaster with direct financial assistance, case work to ensure fire victims find new housing, and mental health counseling to ensure all family members can restart their lives and make progress toward recovery.   Home fires can affect anyone, and as weather turns colder, home fires surge. These safety guidelines can help keep you, your family and your home safe:   Cooking Safety "Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling

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Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration
10:35AM / Thursday, December 24, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires will be hosting its annual community Kwanzaa Celebration virtually at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

This year's event is being presented in collaboration with the Berkshire County branch of the NAACP, Berkshire Black Economic Council, Clinton Church Restoration, and Westside Legends.

Kwanzaa is a non-religious celebration held Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The holiday celebrates African and African-American culture, with an emphasis on seven principles geared towards uplift and empowerment.

This year's theme is Umoja, which means unity in Swahili. The event lineup will

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