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Three Berkshire Museums Set to Reopen July 11-12
03:31PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

Three of the largest museums in the Berkshires plan to reopen to visitors over the July 11-12 weekend, following Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement permitting museums and other cultural organizations to resume operations.

The reopening schedule is as follows:

• Mass MoCA will reopen on Saturday, July 11, with operating hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days per week, closed on Tuesdays. The Mass MoCA Store and Lickety Split cafe will be open during museum hours. Museum campus amenities, including a brewery, restaurants, take-out, and shopping are also available. Museum admission tickets are available on sale now. Performance tickets go on sale July 6. Visit the

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Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020
BOSTON — Fitness centers, movie theaters, museums and other enclosed venues will be able to reopen on Monday with restrictions and the number of people allowed in an indoor gathering is now raised to 25.    "We know that COVID-19 won't be taking any time off this summer. And we need to maintain vigilance if we wish to continue to move forward," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's announcement. "Today the public health data makes clear that Massachusetts is effectively bringing the fight to the virus as we've reopened. And thanks to all your efforts, Phase 3 will begin here in Massachusetts on Monday, July 6."   Dubbed

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Jacob's Pillow to Launch Virtual Festival
11:33AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow, home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, is set to launch a virtual festival with eight weeks of free programming running from July 7 to Aug. 29. 

Jacob's Pillow announced the cancellation of its 10-week festival for the first time in the organization’s 88-year history in March, due to the novel coronavirus. 

Weekly highlights feature streams of popular performances from the past 10 years, a series of new PillowTalks with leaders in the dance field, an online version of the beloved intergenerational movement class Families Dance together, and a new Master Class Series from The School at Jacob’s

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
08:01AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Because it falls on a Saturday this year, Friday is considered the federal holiday for purposes of employment and some closures. Call ahead if unsure of your destination's holiday schedule.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on

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The Retired Investor: Big Banks & Big Brother
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
It is an interesting time for bank stocks. In the aftermath of two federal regulatory actions last week, the money-center banks are becoming more public than private institutions.   First the good news. Federal banking regulators announced that they are relaxing provisions of the Volcker Rule, which was an important part of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Readers might recall that act was passed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. It was meant to prevent another "too big to fail" scenario within the nation's banking system.   A key provision of the act prevented banks from using their own funds to invest in risky assets such as derivatives, options, private equity,

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Nursing Graduates
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020

BCC, like many other schools, has been forced to be creative in recognizing its graduates during the pandemic. The graduates have often put their own spin on the unusual ceremonies. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Twenty-seven graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College and 57 associate degree in nursing graduates were recognized on Tuesday night for a combination drive-through and remote ceremony in order to observe social distancing protocols because to COVID-19.     Ann Tierney, a nursing adviser, retired nurse practitioner and professor of nursing, addressed the practical nursing students while Lynn Geldert,

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Massachusetts Lifting 14-Day Isolation for Certain Travelers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
BOSTON — The state is welcoming travelers from surrounding states that have controlled the spread of the novel coronavirus.    Beginning July 1, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey will not be expected to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine advisory put in place more than two months ago.    However, those arriving from other areas — including residents returning home to Massachusetts from them — are still being asked to continue the two-week isolation period.   Gov. Charlie Baker said at Tuesday's COVID-19 update that lifting these restrictions is based on data showing that

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Lenox Re-Elects Incumbents in Low Turnout Election
12:07PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — The town of Lenox has posted the unofficial results for Monday's annual town election. All incumbents were returned to their positions unchallenged. 

The turnout was extremely low with less than 3 percent, or 93, of the town's 3,693 voters casting ballots.    Re-elected were John J. McNinch as moderator with 72 votes; Warren E. Archey (68) and William David Roche Jr. (63) to the Board of Selectmen; John R. Kearns (75) to the Board of Health; Wayne W. Lemanski (77) as assesor; and Christine Mauro(62) and Robert D. Munch (61) to the School Committee.    Lauryn Franzoni Pederson garnered 63 votes running unopposed to the Planning Board.

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BTG to Host 'Sunset Cinema' Outside at Taconic High School
11:26AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will show family-friendly films at its newly established Sunset Cinema outside at Taconic High School on Valentine Road on July 10-11 and July 16-18.

The cinema will begin on Friday, July 10, with Disney’s "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!," a movie about an intrepid group of kids called the newsies in 1899, who fought corporate America and won. Winner of two Tony Awards, "Newsies" follows the real life story of Jack Kelly, who takes on the system that cheats them out of wages while raising prices at their expense.

"Newsies feels so right for this time and for our community, BTG Artistic Director and CEO Kate

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Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Names Treasurer, Trustee
10:29AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — W. Scott Rogers has joined the Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires as treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees. 

Rogers has more than 30 years of experience as a professional economist, including more than 20 years in senior roles at the International Monetary Fund. His expertise in both the government and corporate sectors covers fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policy, debt management, inflation risk management, and national energy planning. 

"Scott's extensive international experience will bring a new, broader perspective to our board," said Arthur M. Peisner, VIM's chairman of the board.  "At the same time, his

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2020 dean's list.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. 

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 138 students qualified for high honors:

Connecticut

Canaan: Kaitlynn Huften, Emily

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Berkshire County Arc Announces Scholarship Winners
10:03AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients for high school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services.

The winners are:

• Madison Tobin, Pittsfield High School graduate to attend Roger Williams University with a major in elementary education/special education.

• Viictoria Tynan, Taconic High School graduate to attend MCLA and major in social work.

• Jordyn Gagliardi, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Fitchburg State College to major in criminal justice. 

• Kate Mathews, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend University of New Hampshire's College of Health

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