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Great Barrington Gets AAA Bond Rating
08:00AM / Friday, November 10, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Town of Great Barrington has received a AAA bond rating, which affords the town the most favorable terms for borrowing.    "This designation reflects the work of the town Finance Committee and Selectboard, and is ultimately a benefit to our town taxpayers," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.   Pruhenski also credited Town Accountant Allie Crespo and Treasurer/Collector Alicia Dulin for their work in managing town finances. As a result of this favorable bond rating, Dulin earned a 3.805 percent interest rate for a 20-year bond issue that will finance various capital projects in town. UBS Financial Services Inc. was the winning

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Lee Elementary School Honors Veterans
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Friday, November 10, 2023

State Rep. Smitty Pignatelli spoke about his father's service during World War II and encouraged students to learn about world conflicts. LEE, Mass. — Lee Elementary School honored veterans for their sacrifices and service at a gathering attended by community veterans, public officials, and students on Thursday morning.    "[Veterans Day is] a day when we come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, protecting our freedom and our way of life," Superintendent Michael Richard wrote in a letter read by first grade teacher Lori Curtin.     "[This assembly] is a wonderful opportunity for us to

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Harpsichord Festival Part II
04:00PM / Thursday, November 09, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society continues its 34th season on Sunday, Nov. 12, 4pm, with the second concert in its Harpsichord Festival—The Ensemble Harpsichord with Elliot Figg and Caitlyn Koester.     The duo plays works by scions of the dominant keyboard dynasties in the Baroque era, J.S. & W.F. Bach and Louis & François Couperin.  The event is a preview of the concert they will present on Nov. 30 at St. Malachy's Church in New York City, sponsored by Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc.   "We're delighted to welcome two new harpsichordists to the Berkshire Bach family," said Terrill McDade, Interim

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Triplex Cinema to Re-Open This Month
10:40AM / Thursday, November 09, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. – Triplex Cinema, Inc., has announced that two of the four theaters at the Triplex Cinema will be re-opening on Nov. 17, with showings of Director Alexander Payne's "The Holdovers" and DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls Band Together."   "It has been a marathon sprint, if that makes sense, to get the theaters open a mere seven months after forming our non-profit company and a mere four and a half months after purchasing the building from former owner Richard Stanley," Nicki Wilson, President of the Board of Directors of the non-profit company, said. "Our board has been working flat out to make this happen, and the

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Simon's Rock Theater Program Presents 'The Moors'
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. The Bard College at Simon's Rock Theater program presents "The Moors," an anachronistic dark comedy by contemporary playwright, novelist, poet, and screenwriter Jen Silverman.   According to a press release:   Set in the 1840s(ish), The Moors follows spinster sisters Agatha and Hudley, their overworked scullery maid Marjoy, and their despondent Mastiff as they all live out their monotonous lives on the bleak "English" moors and dream of love and power. When Emilie, a hapless governess, is summoned under false pretenses and a moor-hen falls from the sky, all become entwined in a strange and elusive game.    Simultaneously

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Great Barrington Applications for HWW Customer Reimbursement
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Housatonic Water Works (HWW) customers who have paid for the purchase/installation of water filtration systems, bottled water and laundry-related expenses may now apply for a reimbursement of up to $300 per household.   The state has set aside $250,000 for this reimbursement fund, to be administered by the town. The application can be found here.   To receive reimbursement (one per household) HWW customers must provide:   Documentation of eligible costs, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Completed application paperwork must be dropped off at the Selectboard office at Town Hall.   If after six months funding remains available, the Selectboard

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
09:01AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2023

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will also be observed Friday, Nov. 10, as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

The Veterans Day National Committee choses

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Bash Bish Falls Parking Lot Work
08:32AM / Monday, November 06, 2023
MOUNT WASHINGTON, Mass. — Beginning on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, and continuing through Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the Falls Road parking lot at Bash Bish Falls State Park in the Town of Mount Washington to complete parking lot construction work.   Due to the construction, the Massachusetts portion of Falls trail and the vista will be inaccessible. Parking is not permitted on Falls Road. Alternate parking can be found at Taconic State Park, off N.Y. Route 344 in Copake Falls, N.Y.   

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BRTA Holding Public Sessions for More Bus Service
08:00AM / Monday, November 06, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is proposing to add new evening bus service to additional weekday and Saturday fixed routes.    At the October 26, 2023 meeting, the BRTA Advisory Board voted to proceed with a public comment period to gather customer feedback on the proposed additional service. Visit https://berkshirerta.com/2023/10/31/brta-new- evening-service/  to view the proposed new evening service and provide input.   BRTA will be hosting 3 in-person informational public sessions to review the proposal, receive comments, and answer any questions from attendees. Each session will be 90 minutes and held in different locations

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NBSA, Saboteurs Win Fall League Titles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:54PM / Sunday, November 05, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Northern Berkshire Sports Academy and the Saboteurs Sunday took home the A and B Division titles in the NBSA Fall Basketball League.   Chris Brown scored the final four points of the game at the foul line to give NBSA a 71-68 win over Giardina and Bressett PC in the A Division final at Drury High School.   Brown, who went 12-for-13 at the line in the game, finished with a team-high 28 points in the win.   Scott McGuire scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half, when NBSA built a 41-37 lead.   It then opened the second half on a 12-4 run that ended in a Khalil Paul 3-pointer to push the lead to 53-41.   But Hayden Bird scored in the

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Berkshire Delegation Commends Advocacy Of Constituents for Rural School Aid Program
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08:02AM / Sunday, November 05, 2023
BOSTON — State Senator Paul Mark, on behalf of the Berkshire Delegation, announced that funding for the Rural School Aid grant program has been raised to $15 million for Fiscal Year 2024, resulting in increases ranging from 30-210 percent for schools in the Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire District.    The program provides financial assistance to the Commonwealth's most rural school districts.   "Making sure that students throughout our region can access a high-quality education, equal to their counterparts around the state, is extremely important to me and our regional delegation," said Senator Mark. "Tripling the amount of Rural School Aid

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Senator Mark Announces November Office Hours
04:04PM / Saturday, November 04, 2023
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in November.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency or to share ideas on current or potential state legislation.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, November 13, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, November 6, and Monday,

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