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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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Pittsfield Police Investigating Discharged Weapon Incident
03:53PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are currently investigating a weapon discharge on Onota Street and are seeking information.    On Thursday, Jan. 14 at approximately 7:45pm, Pittsfield Police Department personnel responded to the area of Onota Street for a ShotSpotter activation indicating multiple rounds.   Neighbors in the area also reported hearing gunfire. Responding officers located several spent shell casings in the area and a home that had been struck by at least one round.    No injuries were reported. This incident is currently under investigation; anyone with information is asked to contact the PPD detective bureau at 413-448-9705.

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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

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Berkshires Beat: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
11:55AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will look different this year throughout the county with COVID-19 altering annual cleanups and gatherings.   In North County, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, along with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Williams College, will host the annual Community Day of Service on Jan. 18 from 9 am to 1 pm.   Activities will be socially distanced or virtual and include a canned food drive, mittens/socks/hats drive, a letter drive and card-making.   The Peacemaker Award Ceremony will be virtual.   Those interested in participating or volunteering can call the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at 413-663-7588 or

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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

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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

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Continues Hearings on Methuselah
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city health official pushed for the suspension of Methuselah Bar and Lounge's license on Thursday, saying owner Yuki Cohen was being uncooperative and failed to provide requested documents. 

Cohen, a city councilor at large, had been warned and fined $1,000 for noncompliance with the state's COVID-19 regulations. Cohen has denied violating the pandemic rules and appealed the fine.

"We need to suspend this license," Senior Sanitarian Andy Cambi told the Licensing Board in regard to Methuselah's liquor license. "At this point, I feel that all the authority that we have has been contested back to us and we've not been able

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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 empoweringsmallbusiness.org 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
  Graduations Alissa Rosier of Pittsfield earned a master of education degree from Concordia University in Seward, Neb., in the fall 2020.   Academic Lists & Awards Curry College in Milton named local students Madison Vigna of Adams, Julia O'Connor of Dalton and Jonah Alemany of Pittsfield to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester.   Castleton, Vt., University named the following students to the fall 2020 honors lists:   Haley Adelt, Jacob Halverson and Sarah Rattigan, all of Adams; Brooke Gates of Dalton, and Quintin Demarsico of Readsboro, Vt.   Ashlee Meczywor of Adams, Aubrey Tetlow of Williamstown, and Jamie Boyle of Pownal, Vt.   Brandon

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Lipton Energy Approved for Storage of 60K Gallons of Propane
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:48AM / Thursday, January 14, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lipton Energy was approved to amend an application to store inflammable fluids at 36 Industrial Drive at Tuesday's City Council meeting,

The purpose of this amendment was to change the fuel storage type on Lipton's existing land license from oil to propane. A land license is issued to a site for the storage of materials for fluids such as oil or propane storage.

Attorney Jeffrey Lynch of Lynch Scrimo Attorneys spoke on Lipton's behalf and explained that 36 Industrial Drive has been used for bulk storage of petroleum oil since the 1920s when Lipton was first involved with the site.

"We're certainly viewing this application as a

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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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