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Spring Snowstorm Could Drop 1-3 Inches on North County
10:55AM / Thursday, April 09, 2020
Northern Berkshire may be in for an April snowstorm as an Alberta Clipper moves across the Midwest and into northern New England.   The tip of the storm reaching into North County and Southern Vermont could mean 3 inches or more in the higher elevations and sudden drop in temperatures within 24 hours.    According to Accuweather, the storm could turn into a "bomb cyclone" from Thursday to Friday.    "A bomb cyclone is a storm that strengthens so rapidly that the central barometric pressure plummets to 0.71 of an inch of mercury or more in 24 hours," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.   Even if the storm doesn't

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Hancock Shaker Village to Live Stream Baby Animals
10:50AM / Thursday, April 09, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village announces plans to stream live on Facebook this Sunday, April 12, at 1 p.m. 

Bill Mangiardi, director of farm and facilities, will lead a virtual tour of the Round Stone Barn, the iconic centerpiece of the village's campus that houses sheep, goats, calves, pigs, chickens and donkeys. 

Several animals have recently been born, while others are expected shortly. The Easter Sunday tour will be streamed live to the village's Facebook account and will be posted later in the day to the village's Instagram and YouTube accounts, as well as to the website.

Mangiardi, who has worked at the Village for more than 15 years, will

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Williamstown Author's Book is a Massachusetts Book Awards 'Must Read'
10:41AM / Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced the "Must Read" long lists in the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards.

The awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for adults and young readers written by Massachusetts authors and published during the preceding calendar year.  

This year's long list for Middle Grade/Young Adult books includes "The Next Great Paulie Fink" (Little, Brown), by Williamstown resident Ali Benjamin. The book is a funny and touching story about being thrust into the spotlight as a new kid and outsider in a small rural middle school.

"What a lucky group our state's tween and teenage readers

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Berkshire Money Management Names New Administration Specialist
10:22AM / Thursday, April 09, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management has added Tammy Gaherty to its fast-growing team. 

Gaherty is the second hire for 2020 and will be handling scheduling for advisors, managing content distribution, and helping with the flow of operations throughout the firm. Prior to joining BMM, she worked for nearly two decades as an administrative assistant with the Dalton Housing Authority. 

Gaherty comes to BMM during an unprecedented time locally, nationally and globally.

"Everyone is going through a difficult time right now," BMM President Barbara Schmick said. "We are hiring in order to better service our clients now and in the future.  We are getting

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YouTube, You Pray: Ministers Find Opportunities to Connect With Faithful
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, April 09, 2020

St. Agnes' Church in Dalton has been livestreaming Masses. In all the despair and isolation and anxiety that has come with the COVID-19 pandemic, one small ray of hope has emerged.   And it comes from the change of perspective necessitated by social distancing.   "Most who Zoom with us on Sunday morning look well and comfortable in their homes and enjoy coming to church with a cup of coffee," the Rev. Cara Davis of Pittsfield's First Church of Christ said of the video conferencing service employed by her congregation. "They particularly like seeing each others' faces instead of the backs of heads — which is what you see when sitting in

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Officials Optimistic Efforts May Be 'Flattening Curve' of COVID-19 Cases
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:19PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020

BOSTON — State officials are "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to test and social distance may be flattening the curve even as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. 

"We're continually reviewing the modeling, but right now we see evidence that we're still on the upward slope of this pandemic," said Gov. Charlie Baker at Wednesday's daily briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak. "For example, the average new coronavirus test in Massachusetts has been rising steadily for three weeks, the percent of people testing positive continues to rise and reach the new high on Monday. ...   "At the same time we've not seen the same steep

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Boston Pops Cancels Spring Season; Tanglewood Decision Set for May
03:54PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Pops has canceled its spring season and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's return to its summer home at Tanglewood is yet unknown.    The Pops' spring season from mid-May to June was to have celebrated Keith Lockhart's 25th anniversary season has been postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   BSO officials say they are in daily conversations to assess the advisability of proceeding with upcoming programming over the next few months, including the 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and the 2020 Tanglewood season, in connection with the spread of COVID-19.    The cancellation of the upcoming season is the

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April 8 COVID-19 Briefs: Big Y Closures; BRTA Advisories
02:35PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Big Y Supermarkets Close for Easter, Monday All Big Y stores will be closed Easter Sunday, April 12, and Monday, April 13, and all Big Y Express gas stations will be closed Easter Sunday.    "We want to thank all of our retail heroes," said Charles D'Amour, president and CEO of Big Y Foods, Inc. "We hope that this break will allow our employees to spend more time with their loved ones and give them much-needed rest."   During the break, all stores will continue to be restocked and cleaned in preparation for reopening on Tuesday, April 14. Store hours will remain the same, including reserved hours of 7 to 8 a.m. for customers who are 60 and older or

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Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Casualties Rise
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:42AM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit Williamstown Commons hard, with a total of 12 deaths reported as of Tuesday.   The total number of deaths in the state jumped to 356 with 96 new deaths reported from over the weekend and Monday. The total for Berkshire County is now 18, two-thirds of those from Williamstown Commons.   The numbers have risen sharply since the first death reported at the long-term care and rehabilitation center on March 29. Thirty-three residents have now tested positive. A second facility in the Berkshire Healthcare family, Fairview Commons in Great Barrington, also has turned up five COVID-19 positive cases.    The

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North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are doing a "soft opening" this week of remote learning plans that will get students through the end of the school year.    Berkshire County schools closed on March 13 for a presumed two weeks but that's been extended to May 4 by the state as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   The district has already been connecting with students from the early days of the closure through online platforms reading stories, providing resources and materials for Advanced Placement, calling students and offering music lessons through Google hangouts.    Once guidance came from the Department of

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Caring for Those Who Provide Care: Frontline Workers Receive, Need Support
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:46AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Any death in a facility like the Williamstown Commons nursing home hits home for the caregivers who make the facility possible.   The 10 recent deaths in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly painful.   "For folks who work in nursing homes, this is where [the patients live]," said Lisa Gaudet, a spokesperson for Berkshire Health Systems, which operates the 180-bed facility. "These staffs have a lot of relationships with these people. They know their families. They know their histories.   "It's also very hard for the families who can't go in and be with their loved ones."   And when deaths

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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
09:54AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Ella Biancolo, Emily Carmel and Angela Guachione, Pittsfield; Meredith (Mere) Hall, Adams; Ria Kedia,

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