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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Update: Sheffield Fatal Fire Accidental
09:42AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
Sheffield Fire Chief David J. Ullrich, Sheffield Police Chief Eric R. Munson III, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of the Jan. 13, 2021 fatal fire at 1715 Hewins Street in Sheffield was accidental.    Investigators determined that a failure of the chimney and wood burning furnace caused the fire that took the lives of two residents. The Berkshire District Attorney's Office has identified the victims as 75-year-old James Boltrom and 66-year-old Dorene Boltrom.   "On behalf of our firefighters and the town of Sheffield, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims," Chief Ullrich said. "We're

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was


Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
04:25PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
There's a winter weather advisory in effect overnight Friday in the Berkshires and a chance of up to 5 inches of snow.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.    The snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour for a brief period in the morning and will be accompanied by winds up to 40 mph. There's also a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the mix.   Temperatures could reach a high of 40 in the Hudson River valley on Saturday and Sunday will be windy, with some gusts possibly reaching 35-45 mph across eastern New York and the

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Third Generation D’Amour Family Appointments at Big Y
12:19PM / Friday, January 15, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Big Y Foods, Inc. announced the promotion of the following 3rd generation D'Amour family members. 

Colin M. D'Amour has been named senior director of Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, and Christian P. D'Amour is director of e-commerce. Both appointments represent new and expanding divisions within the company.    Both D'Amours report to Richard D. Bossie, senior vice president of operations and customer experience.   Colin's responsibilities include oversight of store operations, sight selection, sight acquisition and day to day responsibility for product procurement including


BCC To Host Virtual Registration Day Saturday
08:11AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Registration Day event on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM via Zoom.

The event will allow students to apply, register, get assistance with financial aid, and become enrolled students, prior to the start of spring classes, which begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Offices that will be available via Zoom from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM for students to receive assistance in joining the College will be Admissions, Advising, Student Financial Services and Registrar.  The Follett Bookstore will be open for curbside pick-up.

The goal of this virtual registration day is show that it’s not too late to become a


BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and


Small Businesses Face Friday Deadline to Apply for State Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
BOSTON — State officials Thursday encouraged small businesses across the commonwealth to beat a Friday midnight deadline to apply for COVID-19 relief grants.   "Prospective applicants only have until midnight tomorrow, which is Friday, Jan. 15," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "So you have less than two days to submit your application for the current round. Like the first program, these grant awards will be up to $75,000 capped at three months of operating expenses. Grants can be used for things like payroll, employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent utilities and interest on other debt obligations.   "Visit to learn more. Or

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Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge Finalists
04:04PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four companies working on innovations with health applications have been chosen for Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (BMIC).

The winner will receive a $25,000 award to advance their business at the final virtual pitch competition in February 2021. 

Over the next month, leaders from each participating company will work with Lever to refine their business plans, network with leaders in the manufacturing and medical industries, and attend virtual workshops to help them accelerate their business. 


"We received a record number of applications this year; selecting four from this pool was a tough choice," said

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College Notes: Winter 2021
02:55PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

Lasell University in Newton. Elizabeth Bona, a Lasell University student from North Adams, presented at the Newton university's Fall Career Readiness Symposium in December.   Bona shared a presentation on an original concept developed for a course on food and beverage management in hospitality called "Tipsy Traveler."   The December 2020 event showcased the work of Bona and more than 150 other students in a digital format. The annual event was reimagined to celebrate and showcase the ties between career preparedness and Connected Learning, thanks to a three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.   All symposium presentations

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MountainOne Awards FHLB Covid Recovery Grant
12:15PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) has been awarded a COVID Recovery Grant for $12,500 by MountainOne from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLB-B) Jobs for New England Recovery Grant pool.

The grant was awarded to nine nonprofits and agencies in the Berkshires and the South Shore.

"MountainOne's leadership team took special care to nominate organizations that are in need of funding to continue their important work, but that also have solid management, excellent reputations, and meaningful partnerships with us and our communities," MountainOne Vice President of Community Engagement Kelli Kozak said. "We are so pleased to award

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Mildred Elley Building Business In The Berkshires Scholarship
08:14AM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mildred Elley Pittsfield, announced today that applications for the Building Business in the Berkshires Scholarship are now being accepted.

Two eligible incoming students enrolling in the Business Technologies Specialist program for the upcoming Spring I term will receive a full scholarship, and five incoming Business students will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward an unfunded balance. 

"Mildred Elley has been providing career education in the Berkshire region for nearly 30 years," said Matt Martin, Director of Admissions. "We are proud to work with our local community to assist in helping Berkshire residents pursue an education and

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Baker Defends Phased Approach to Vaccine Distribution
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The focus will be on at-risk populations getting the vaccine, the governor said. c BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday defended his administration's strategy of taking a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.   "I really hope — and I know this isn't popular — but I really hope that, early on, we are able with the vaccine that is available, to hit the populations for whom life is most at risk and on whom the health-care system relies on and depends to provide care," Baker said.   On the day that he announced the start next week of statewide distribution to residents and staff at congregate care facilities, Baker pushed back


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