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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bell has been rung to start Round 2.    Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary.   Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to
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Guest Column: The Explosion of Vaping and Youth Use
To the Editor: Last spring, I was inundated with requests from curious and concerned parents and schools about vaping. Vaping among youth had skyrocketed. Particularly I heard questions about the use of one product, JUUL, and adults were trying to figure out how to respond. Many had no idea that vaping products contain nicotine that can
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Merlins Abide at Spruces Park
A closeup of a small merlin hawk.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Look aloft, for I hear wings stirring the air and the primeval cry of a falcon in the spruce!   Also known as pigeon hawk, a family of merlin falcons occupies a significant niche in the open meadow known for its tall Norway spruce, seeded when
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Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC Continues to Expand With New Doctor
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Margaret Gordon-Fogelson, an obstetrician/gynecologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC.  Dr. Gordon-Fogelson is accepting new patients in need of obstetrical and gynecologic care and is teamed with
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State Officials Mark Boat Ramp Upgrades in Tyringham, Great Barrington
The new boat ramp was welcomed by those who use the pond often. TYRINGHAM, Mass. — Hundreds of boats can take to the waters of Goose Pond on a weekend.   But in recent years, the boat access has been in poor condition.  It was all gravel, was filled with holes, and when it rained, it all washed out. It
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Biz Briefs: Three Local Businesses To Be Celebrated For Growth
Rural Small Business Initiative Berkshire County comprises 931 square miles, making it the second-largest county in Massachusetts. Census estimates a total population of 126,313, with approximately 135 residents per square mile within this large land mass - creating many economic challenges in a mostly rural county. On Wednesday, Sept.
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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Sets 20th Annual Harvest Supper for Sept. 24
Good meal Berkshire Grown’s 20th annual Harvest Supper puts local food at the center of the celebration on Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington. More than two dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on-hand. The chefs will be serving a wide selection of tastings - all
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Community Health Programs Names New Chief Communications Officer
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Elizabeth "Betsy" Strickler as chief communications officer for the CHP countywide health and medical network. In this role, she will lead strategic marketing, communication and fundraising initiatives for the organization. "Betsy is a great addition to the
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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new buzzword appeared repeatedly throughout the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday. That gathering, the first of the season, was the annual "needs assessment" forum, at which people can come throw out ideas for what future coalition meetings should focus on. In an effort to
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Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot.    She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and he and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And that is when a new business
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