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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Becket Installs First of Its Kind EV-Charging Stations
By Jeff Snoonian, Special to iBerkshires
02:37AM / Thursday, February 13, 2020

Selectmen Michael Lavery, left, Christopher Swindlehurst, and William Elovirta at Wednesday's event rolling out the town's new charging stations. BECKET, Mass. — A crowd of about 25 people showed up to a grand opening Wednesday at Town Hall to celebrate Becket becoming the first community in Berkshire County to offer municipally-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.    The town and its utility provider, Eversource Energy, have been working in lockstep for a year to achieve the goal of giving residents, especially the small yet loyal number of EV owners, an alternative to traditional fossil fuels.   Selectman Michael Lavery was a driving force


Snow, Sleet Incoming for Berkshire Region; Prepare for Messy Commute
04:04PM / Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Wednesday will be precipitation free then snow moves in after midnight. Delays and a few snow days expected on Thursday.

— Greylock Snow Day (@GreylockSnowDa1) February 12, 2020 More snow and sleet is on the way for the Berkshires and it could cause morning delays.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a winter weather advisory beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday through 1 p.m. Thursday with a forecast of 2 to 5 inches of snow and ice accumulations of a 10th of an inch. Plan on slippery and possibly hazardous road conditions Thursday morning. Snowfall rates could reach half an inch to an inch per hour are between 3 and 8


Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 17.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as


Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
04:03PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Hoosac Valley

The Hoosac Valley Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year olds on March 16 and 17 at the


BTG PLAYS presents 'Magic Tree House' Musical
03:09PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will present the BTG PLAYS 2019-2020 Touring Show, "Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon," based on the book "Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon" by Mary Pope Osborne, at The Colonial Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., as part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

There will be a book signing with Mary Pope Osborne from 1 to 1:45 p.m. in The Colonial Theatre lobby prior to the performance. Books will be available for purchase, provided by The Bookstore in Lenox.

This musical features a book by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne, lyrics by Randy Courts and Will Osborne and music by Randy Courts, with direction by Travis


Berkshire United Way Names Director of Volunteer Engagement
12:03PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way has welcomed Brenda Petell back to Berkshire County to join the staff as the new director of volunteer engagement.

Petell has demonstrated leadership and recruitment success in various roles with GE Plastics and SABIC, in Pittsfield, and most recently with General Dynamics Electric Boat and The Compass Group. Petell looks forward to being back in the Berkshires and serving the community in this new role.

"I am excited to join a team that is dedicated to improving the lives of Berkshire County residents. Having grown up in Hinsdale and spent most of my professional career in Pittsfield, I am excited to utilize my experience and


WAM Theatre Appoints Two New Board Members
11:27AM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre has appointed two new board members.

Erica Barreto and Toni Buckley join board President Wendy Healey, Vice President Arwen Lowbridge, Carolyn Butler, Margaret Fluhr, Ellen Ring, Diane Scott, and WAM Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven as the Berkshire-based company starts its second decade.

"We are excited to welcome these two passionate new advocates to our board," van Ginhoven said. "We look forward to continuing to strategically expand our board as we build deeper relationships with people across a range of perspectives who are interested in helping WAM’s work of creating brave spaces of civic dialogue


Ten Days of Play Encourages Learning Through Play at Berkshire Museum
11:17AM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ten Days of Play will return to Berkshire Museum with nearly 40 hours of indoor playtime plus special performances and activities Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 23.

First launched in 2012, this annual festival features hands-on activities throughout the museum for children of all ages that are designed to encourage learning through play. This year's event features new programs including The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons Animation Station and Bubble Trouble with Jeff Boyer, and free regular admission for children under 18. Ten Days of Play is part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival.

Activities will kick off during the after-school


EforAll Pitch Competition Brings Out Innovative Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:57PM / Monday, February 10, 2020

Deborah Gallant of EforAll welcomes the attendees at Wednesday's pitch competition. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local business pitch competition was proof positive that great ideas know no boundaries — or age.    More than 150 people turned out on Wednesday at The Green on Main Street for the event hosted by EforAll to see products from 14 businesses and 2 1/2 minute pitches from eight of them.    The winner of the $1,000 first prize as well as $500 fan favorite bonus was a group of Williams College students who are developing Lifestack Supplements, a health-oriented coffee creamer supplement. Coming in second was Aaron Johnson of Monterey for his


Crash in Stockbridge Leaves Wales Man Dead
08:07PM / Sunday, February 09, 2020
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The driver of a logging truck was killed Sunday morning after his truck veered off the Massachusetts Turnpike and into a gully.   State troopers from the Lee and Westfield barracks responded at about 7:32 a.m. to reports of a logging truck crash on I-90 Westbound at the 5.6 mile-marker in Stockbridge.   Upon arrival, troopers located the truck off the left side of the highway, where it had crashed into the gully in the median. The driver was identified as Roger F. Tetreault, 73, of Wales and was determined to be deceased at the scene.   The left lane was closed until approximately 2:52 p.m., after the truck was towed and crash reconstruction was


Pine Brook Pub Wants to Make New Memories in Adams
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
07:15AM / Sunday, February 09, 2020

The updated bar side of the establishment.  ADAMS, Mass. — Transforming one of Adams' most iconic watering holes is a daunting task but natives Tammie and Trent Shafer are off to a good start.   The new Pine Brook Pub in the former Chick's Bar & Grill is a hospitable, spotless, welcoming, family-friendly reboot of its predecessor. The space underwent extensive renovations before a soft opening in late November. The Shafers want it to be a destination spot again, just with a different goal for the customers.   "We want to be more family oriented, that's why we chose the word pub instead of bar or restaurant. Half the place is the bar area and

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@theMarket: Central Banks Stem Coronavirus Fallout
By Bill Schmick,
11:48AM / Saturday, February 08, 2020
Financial markets rebounded this week, despite the escalation of the number of coronavirus cases worldwide. The upturn may have surprised some, but their mistake was underestimating the power of central banks to support the markets.   The bear case last Sunday evening was that the Chinese stock market would crater upon opening after being closed for Golden Week, the traditional Chinese New Year. While Shanghai did open down 9 percent, it quickly reversed and spent the rest of the week climbing out of that hole.   The main reason for this rebound was the announcement by Chinese authorities that they were prepared to support their financial markets. Publicly, they announced a $22


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