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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

NAMI Berkshire County Hires New Executive Director
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County announced that Melissa Helm has joined the organization as Executive Director.    "Her passion for our mission along with her desire to grow and expand our organization made her the perfect fit to lead NAMI Berkshire County," said board president Ruth Healy. "The three tenets of NAMI's mission are to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are impacted by mental illness. Our niche is helping the family and loved ones of someone suffering from mental illness because they often don't know who to turn to for help in coping with their

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Frost, Cold Forecast for Berkshire Region
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The moderate fall weather we've had so far is about to take a sharp turn downward.   Frost and snowflakes are in the forecast for the Northeast with Accuweather cautioning that "people who have delayed making their winter preparations will want to expedite them sooner rather than later this week with many northeastern areas forecast to experience their lowest temperatures since April or March."   The temperatures have dipped on occasion over the past couple months but most days have been shirtsleeve or at least light jacket weather. Most of the region has seen temperatures averaging 3 to 6 degrees higher than normal.    Just a few weeks ago, the temperature

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CHP and Stockbridge Library Host Developmental Screening for Young Children
04:11PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP Family Services invites parents with young children to participate in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire(ASQ), a free developmental screening tool for children up to age 6.   The ASQ will be offered Nov. 18, 10:30-noon at the Stockbridge Library. To register, email chpplaygroups@chpberkshires.org, or call (413) 528-0457. A CHP playgroup leader will administer this brief questionnaire.   The questionnaire is tailored to a child's age and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The ASQ is offered in several languages, including Spanish.   The results can help parents understand their child's developmental progress, identify strengths

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Nightwood Returns To The Mount
12:27PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, presents its second year of NightWood, an outdoor sound and light experience inspired by The Mount's architecture and setting.    "Last year's run was a phenomenal success; we were sold-out," said Susan Wissler, The Mount's executive director. "Because of COVID restrictions and limits on gatherings, many people were not able to experience NightWood last year. This year we have greater capacity and are starting earlier. We hope to accommodate everyone who wants to experience the magic and wonder of NightWood."    This year's NightWood combines music, lighting, and theatrical

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Monterey Receives State Funds for Waterway Cleanup
12:15PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration awarded Monterey a $139,000 grant to address the stormwater runoff that is affecting Lake Garfield.   To advance local waterway pollution control efforts, the Baker-Polito Administration  announced more than $1.15 million in grants administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protect (MassDEP) to support eight projects targeting stormwater runoff and erosion across the Commonwealth.    "Addressing pollution from stormwater is critically important to reduce threats that directly impact the health of the Commonwealth’s rivers, lakes and wetland areas," said Governor Charlie Baker.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. John Brack
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:14PM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

Cpl. John Brack on duty in Afghanistan; below, with his wife.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John Brack bravely served his country in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013. He did his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and described it as "some parts were fun while others were extremely frustrating."    He was then sent to Camp Johnson in Jacksonville, N.C., for further training, then was assigned to Camp Lejeune. Here Cpl. Brack's duty was that of a mechanic, working on Humvees and other military apparatus. He would be deployed in January 2010 and serve seven months in Afghanistan in the Helman Province of Sistani, the southeastern

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Engaging With The Dead: Berkshirites & Spectral World Part 2: Gilded Age to Modern Para-Tourism
By Joe Durwin, Special to iBerkshires
01:37PM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

What's left of the Mallery residence in New Ashford, the site of a gruesome murder that led to tales of hauntings. It's interesting to me that some of the Gilded Age cottages that have come to be most associated with hauntings today — places like The Mount, Whistlers Inn, Ventfort Hall — weren't at all among the early reputed "haunted houses" of the Berkshires of that era.   Instead, you have places like Greenwood — aka the Captain Britton place in Pittsfield — or Fernbrook, in Lenox.   Greenwood was an interesting early example. Thomas Britton built it in the late 1840s, on a hill near where Route 20 meets Barker Road. It was

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Letter: Get Information About Dangers of Youth Vaping
Letter to the Editor,
11:35AM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

To the Editor:

The start of the school year and new routines brings new worries about teen vaping. These concerns are important, especially now, because smoking and vaping may put people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

One in three Massachusetts teens vape and talking with young people about the dangers of vaping can make a difference. Learn more and watch videos at GetOutraged.org, part of a public information campaign from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Get Outraged! aims to spread the word that vaping products contain nicotine, can damage a teen's developing brain, and are addictive. The campaign also shares tips on talking with kids about vaping and

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Roads to Mount Greylock Summit to Close Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The roads to the Mount Greylock State Reservation will be closed Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. to avoid Halloween vandalism.   Park Superintendent Travis Clairmont told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that, as in recent years, he plans to close down the mountain roads Saturday afternoon while he still has seasonal staff on hand.     Also to avoid Halloween, a night that always brings vandalism to the reservation    "There has been consistent vandalism on Halloween night so it is one more reason to close up," Clairmont said. "Last time we were open on Halloween, they smashed windows and burnt a kiosk.

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@theMarket: Good Earnings Support Markets
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
Third-quarter earnings have cheered investors, sending markets to new highs. The bullish wave of buying was so strong that investors ignored the disappointing third quarter read on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   Economists were looking for the economy to grow by 2.6 percent, but instead, GDP gained a mere 2 percent, which was the slowest rate in over a year. Economic activity was damaged by the Delta variant as well as continuing supply-side constraints. The market's reaction indicates that investors are looking through the weak number and expecting the economy to continue to grow.   It seems to be a question of demand versus supply. Yes, the economy slowed,

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Winter Parking Ban Announcements
02:00PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
For many communities in Berkshire County, seasonal parking bans come into effect in November.   Parking bans are put into place to keep streets clear for plowing and emergency vehicle access during snow events.   This list will be updated as more municipalities announce their parking bans.      Adams: The Town will reinstate the traditional winter overnight on-street parking restriction from Dec. 1 through March 31.   Historically, the parking restriction ran from Nov. 15 to April 15. Last season, as a test protocol, the restriction was implemented only when a snow emergency was declared.    In an effort to accommodate residents without off

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Great Barrington Invites Participants to Join Senior Tax Work-off Program
08:01AM / Friday, October 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington residents age 60 and older are invited to participate in the town's Senior Tax Work-off Program to earn up to $1,500 off their FY23 property tax bill.   Participants can work a few hours each week with the town in jobs such as office/clerical support, gardening, library help and other positions.   There are no income restrictions for participants in this program, and all resident property owners are welcome.   Work can be completed anytime during the period of September 2021-August 2022. Hours worked are tallied based on the state's minimum wage, and this amount is applied to the third and fourth quarter of the FY23

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