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Adams Community Bank Receives an Outstanding CRA Rating
03:00PM / Saturday, December 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announced they received a rating of "Outstanding" from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in their recently completed evaluation.   The bank was among four of 66 financial institutions evaluated to be rated the highest outstanding rating.    The CRA is a law established to encourage insured depository institutions to help meet the local credit needs of the communities in which they are chartered, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations.   Bank President, Charles O'Brien, noted the Bank did well

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Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Returns
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:24PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The community's beloved recreation of the Norman Rockwell painting "Home for Christmas" returns after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.    "We're looking forward to having it back. We've had had two year hiatus because of COVID. So it's very exciting that we're going to have the tradition continuing considering it's our 33rd year," Stockbridge Chamber Executive Director Barbara J. Zanetti said.   Stockbridge is offering a variety of family activities to replicate the cozy, holiday cheer that was depicted in the painting from Friday, Dec. 2, until Sunday, Dec. 4.   "We're recreating what

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New Staff and Board at Nonprofit Center
12:00PM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) has a new staff member and two new board members.   Sarah Blexrud of South Egremont joins the NPC in the senior position of Director of Operations. Blexrud will oversee finance, membership, marketing, and administration, and assist with strategy and program development. She reports to founder and Executive Director Liana Toscanini. Blexrud previously served as Administrative Director at Berkshire Waldorf High School and Communications Specialist at Canyon Ranch.   "The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has grown considerably since its founding in 2016, and especially since COVID, which resulted in

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Berkshire County Officials to Work Friday Game at Gillette Stadium
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11:15AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A crew of eight Berkshire County high school football officials will take the field on Friday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to officiate the Division 7 State Championship Game.   Referee John Wellspeak will lead a crew that includes umpire Michael Lyon, line judge Marc Field, head linesman Mark Pompi, field judge Matt Conant, side judge John Ciliberti and back judge Gary Pemble. Peter Ochs will serve as the game's clock operator.   The Berkshire County officials will be in charge when West Boylston, which eliminated Wahconah in the state quarter-finals, takes on St. Bernard's for the D7 crown, one of eight state title games to be contested over the

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Great Barrington Arts Delightful & Delectable Holiday Market
08:16AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Arts Market (GBAM) returns to Saint James Place on Main Street in Great Barrington after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.    GBAM offers market goers a chance to shop in person and support the local artist community at the same time. GBAM's mission is to provide revenue for Berkshire based/local artists and offer locally made products to consumers in a holiday market venue.   The market is Dec. 3 from 10 am to 4 pm and Dec. 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Entry is free.   "This year's vendor list is amazing," said Market managers Kristen Kanter. "We were able to curate a wonderful line up of local

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South County Nighttime Bridge and Guardrail Repair
11:25AM / Monday, November 28, 2022
LEE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will be conducting nighttime bridge and guardrail repair operations on I-90 eastbound and westbound in Lee, Becket, Blandford, Montgomery, and Russell.    The work will be conducted at different times and locations from 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, through 5:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.  Lane closures will be in place during repair operations.    The schedule for the work and lane closures will be as follows:   Lee Bridge repair work will be conducted on I-90 eastbound at mile marker 8.5 from 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, to 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.   Becket Guardrail repair

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Berkshires In Normal Drought Conditions
12:00PM / Saturday, November 26, 2022
BOSTON — While the Commonwealth experienced an increase in precipitation over the previous month, there are regions of the state that continue to be impacted by long term drought conditions.   Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Beth Card announced that Western Mass remains in a level 0 normal drought condition.    Card also announced the following drought declarations: the Central and Southeast Regions have upgraded and will join the Western Region at Level 0-Normal Conditions; the Northeast and Cape Cod Regions have been upgraded and will join the Connecticut River Valley Region at Level 1-Mild Drought; and, the Islands Region will remain at Level

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
08:08AM / Friday, November 25, 2022
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends Vermonters wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "Winter bird feeding is a good way to attract birds arriving from Canada, including evening grosbeaks and purple finches, as well as resident birds including northern cardinals and black-capped chickadees," said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader.  "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds.  Adding other seeds or suet can help to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming

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The Berkshire Bach Society Messiah Community Sing
12:05PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society announced the return of the Messiah Sing   The free community event will be held for the first time in three years on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 at 4pm at the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington.    Choral conductor James Bagwell invites any singers who want to participate in popular choruses from Handel's oratorio Messiah, including Hallelujah!, accompanied by The Berkshire Bach Players.     Participants should bring their own score, buy, or borrow one.

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South County Towns Receive Habitat Management Grants
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11:12AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington and Stockbridge were both awarded MassWildlife Habitat Management grants.   The Baker-Polito Administration announced it has awarded $483,922 in state grant funds to thirteen organizations and municipalities to improve wildlife habitat on 514 acres of land within the Commonwealth.    The Berkshire Natural Resources Council in Great Barrington has been awarded $33,875 to control invasive species in the Housatonic River watershed.   The Stockbridge Bowl Association has been awarded $11,885 to conduct hardy kiwi invasive species control at Bullard's Woods.   Now in its ninth year, the MassWildlife Habitat Management

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Shakespeare & Company Presents Kevin Bartini & Friends
08:19AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company and the Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival present Kevin Bartini & Friends, an evening of comedy featuring Bartini as Master of Ceremonies and two other headlining acts: comedians Jim Mendrinos and Carole Montgomery.   A comedian, actor, and writer, Bartini has been seen most recently as the recurring character Billy Jones in The "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and has appeared on NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "What Would You Do," Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab," and NBC's "Saturday Night Live," among many other credits.   With more than two dozen television credits to her

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2022
04:15PM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Some events have been canceled or are being held virtually. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at info@iBerkshires.com. Reminder that many of these events and activities do require face coverings and social distancing. 

Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs and markets.

Christmas Tree Lightings Adams: Tree lighting and a visit from Santa at the annual Holly Days on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree will be lit at 5; rides,

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