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Social Justice Club Explores Mohican History in Stockbridge
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:57AM / Monday, November 30, 2020

The bust above the entrance of Town Hall, the former Plain School, is believed to be Chief Konkapot, who had approved the Christian mission. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Nearly 300 years ago, what would become Stockbridge was formed by a gathering of Mohican sachems or chiefs.     These chiefs grappled with accepting a missionary by the name of John Sergeant. They took four days of debate and then exchanged a wampum belt and agreed that the Mohican Nation would now be centered in "Indian Town" instead of the principal homelands in Hudson Valley.   The history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community was explored Saturday during a walking tour of Main Street by

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@theMarket: Market Cyclicals Take the Lead
By Bill Schmick,
04:37PM / Friday, November 27, 2020
It was a good week for investors, which is not surprising since Thanksgiving week has been kind to investors in the past. The question is, will December fulfill its role as one of the year's best months for stocks?   The short answer is yes, I don't see why not. My recent target for the S&P 500 Index is 3,800, but it is possible that I may be too conservative. An additional spike up to the 4,000 level might be in the cards sometime early next year, but one week at a time. What is the bull case for those lofty predictions?   I have long argued that a coronavirus vaccine was key to the economy and the market's future performance. We now have at least three vaccines

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State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms
03:29PM / Friday, November 27, 2020
UXBRIDGE, Mass. — The Baker-Polito administration has declared Friday, Nov. 27, as "Green Friday" to encourage people across the commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs.   To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to

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The Retired Investor: Pandemic Has Been Good to Pet Industry
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Thursday, November 26, 2020
Sales are increasing wherever you look in the pet sector. Toys, beds, grooming products, leashes, day care, you name it; the pet industry is experiencing double-digit increases in revenue. Better yet, there are few signs that consumer spending in this area will slow down anytime soon.   As readers are aware, the retail sector has been one of the hardest hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The pet care industry is an exception to that rule. In the past, I have written extensively about how recession-proof the pet industry can be.  In both the 2001 and 2008 recessions, pet care sales grew between 5-7 percent. Consumer spending on pets has grown 36 percent in the past 10

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How Do You Cook a Turkey?: From the Mouths of 5-year-olds
By Mrs. Poirot's Kindergarten Class, Guest Column
12:15PM / Thursday, November 26, 2020

Kindergarteners at Hoosac Valley Elementary working diligently at home to share their Thanksgiving recipes. 

ADAMS, Mass. — Each year, the kindergartners in Robin Poirot's class at Hoosac Valley Elementary School offer their estimations on how long it takes to cook a turkey — in sizes ranging from three to 100 pounds.

  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.   Addison Columbus Well, first you would have to go to the store and grab a 10-pound turkey. After I bring it home in a bag, I

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Greenagers Offers Youth Nature-Based Work Amidst Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Thursday, November 26, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local youth environment community group has not let COVID-19 halt its stride.

Greenagers has continued its commitment to outdoor programming amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic to offer teenagers and young adults nature-based work and socially distant connections.

Executive Director Will Conklin and Conservation Director Elia Del Molino felt it was appropriate to extend this programming into the fall and winter this year so that members will continue to have meaningful and safe work and connections.

"We are so grateful for companies and organizations that utilize our services and give us work to teach and learn about the importance of our natural

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
06:30PM / Monday, November 23, 2020

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. 26. 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 Pawtuxet 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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Biz Briefs: Big Y Closing Stores for Thanksgiving Holiday
05:59PM / Monday, November 23, 2020
Big Y Giving Workers Two Days Off Big Y has issued a reminder that it will close all stores including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, as well as Friday Nov. 27. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.   Big Y officials say this two-day closing is to thank the thousands of employees for their continued hard work and tenacious efforts throughout the challenges of being an essential service throughout the pandemic and so their employees can rest and spend more time with their families. In addition, the closure will allow time for extra cleaning, restocking and

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SVHC Fundraiser Features Virtual Grand Raffle & Drawings
04:24PM / Monday, November 23, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Jingle Bell Express, a virtual holiday-themed fundraising event to benefit Southwestern Vermont Health Care, kicked off on Friday, Nov. 20.   The centerpiece of the event is a grand raffle. It includes 10 packages worth $1,300 to $5,000 each. Prizes include $5,000 cash and a vacation in the French Riviera, with no expiration date, along with packages including dining at 13 restaurants, a diamond bracelet, golf at 10 courses, and much more.   Tickets are $100 each, and only 500 will be sold. One ticket offers a one-in-50 chance to win prizes valued at a total of more than $20,000. Ticket sales close on Monday, Dec. 14. The drawing will take place during

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Commonwealth Urges Residents to Do What It Takes to 'Get Back'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53PM / Monday, November 23, 2020

Today we're launching #GetBackMass, a new public awareness campaign to urge people to keep doing the things we know work to fight #COVID19MA - so we can "get back" to the things we love to do.

😷 #MaskUpMA
↔️ Keep our distance
⚕️ Get tested

Learn more: https://t.co/mndvD9lnCb pic.twitter.com/IXIy7ZUWLb

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) November 23, 2020 BOSTON — The Baker administration on Monday announced a new COVID-19 advertising campaign statewide and a targeted effort to reach residents through community groups.   The hashtag "GetBackMass" is part of the latest public awareness campaign launched by the

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Nov. 23
01:20PM / Monday, November 23, 2020
  November 20, 2020   Teaming Up for This Next

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Community Thanksgiving Meals Turn to Takeout, Continue Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Monday, November 23, 2020

Berkshire Food Project's communal meal will be pickup on Monday this year.  ADAMS, Mass. — After spearheading an inaugural community Thanksgiving dinner last fall, there were times this year when Brian and Ann Grande thought there would not be a second annual meal.   But while they know this year will look very different, they could not let a pandemic stop them from plating up turkey and the fixings for those in need.   "We want to show the town of Adams that First Congregational Church cares about its neighbors," Brian Grande said last week. "It's a small church. We might have maybe 90 members, but we have a good family there. We do a lot

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