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Dalton Man Arraigned in Political Sign Arson
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:06PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A dangerousness hearing is being held for the defendant in the Holiday Brook Farm arson.    Lonnie Durfee, 49, of Dalton was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday on a charge of burning personal property.   Durfee was charged with setting fire on Friday evening to a political sign made up of nearly 20 plastic-covered hay bales that was near the roadway.     The Berkshire district attorney's office requested the court hold Durfee as a danger to the community. Judge Paul Smyth scheduled a dangerousness hearing for Friday.   "This is a sad reflection of the vast polarization in our country and in the


Pittsfield Cautions Benefits Events Not Sponsored by City
02:28PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City officials are cautioning residents about a recent mailing regarding an upcoming retirement benefits events scheduled for Oct. 27 and Oct. 29.   These information events are not sponsored by the city of Pittsfield.    The mailing bears the "City of Pittsfield" logo and accompanying tagline, "The Heart of the Berkshires" along with a personalized greeting.   Residents should know that the advertised event is entirely sponsored and hosted by the business mentioned in the mailing.


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Family Nurse Practitioner Joins CHP Lee Family Practice
02:11PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. Community Health Programs Lee Family Practice has added a new family nurse practitioner to its clinical team.   Janell Hostetler will see patients of all ages. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University in Illinois, and she is board-certified in family health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society of Nursing, the Golden Key International Honour Society and the American Nurses Association. She has also served as a volunteer with the ABCCM free clinic and women's shelter in North Carolina.   Hostetler worked


Now More Than Ever: Get Your Flu Shot
Submitted by Christopher Sprowl and Jacqueline Jon,
02:04PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With COVID-19 infections on the rise in many states, and with winter coming, we all need to roll up our sleeves for a flu shot.   COVID-19 and the flu are both respiratory infections, with similar symptoms. Each, if serious, can damage the lungs and pose deadly risks for people with underlying conditions. Each can be spread by an asymptomatic infected person exhaling droplets. None of us can afford to be infected with both viruses.   The difference: there's no vaccine against COVID-19 yet, but there is a vaccine for the flu. The data shows us over and over again that this preventive measure, which is widely available, can prevent flu or diminish


Baker-Polito Administration Launches Eviction Diversion Initiative
11:57AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration has launched a $171 million "Eviction Diversion Initiative" to keep tenants safely in their homes and to support the ongoing expenses of landlords once the commonwealth's pause of evictions and foreclosures expires on Saturday, Oct. 17.    This strategy was developed by a cross-agency team assembled by the administration in coordination with the Massachusetts Trial Court to manage the end of the moratorium on Oct. 17 and reflects input from a broad range of stakeholders.   "The pandemic has created financial challenges for many individuals and families who are struggling with rent payments, and today we are


Downtown Pittsfield Newsletter: Oct. 13
11:18AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Trick or Eat in Downtown Pittsfield!

Support our local restaurants on Halloween weekend and score some Halloween candy treats with your meal!


A Cheesy Classic.

The Mish Mush Burger: mushrooms, caramelized onions, manchego fondue

Mission Bar + Tapas
438 North St., Pittsfield
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Avoid Financial Mistakes During Retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:40AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
When you retire, you've learned a lot about all sorts of things, helping you avoid some of the mistakes you made earlier in life. However, you may still be susceptible to financial missteps specifically related to your retirement years. How can you dodge these errors?   Consider these suggestions: Manage your withdrawal rate carefully. You will likely need to tap into your retirement accounts – your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan. But you should establish an annual withdrawal rate that's appropriate for your situation. By withdrawing too much each year, especially in the early years of your retirement, you risk outliving your resources. You may want


Mount Greylock School Committee Debates Public Access to Meeting Packets
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday advised the School Committee to continue denying the public access to information lest the committee's work become part of the "public discourse."   Last month, the committee heard a public comment drafted by reporter Stephen Dravis that questioned why the body refuses to post supporting material for topics under discussion at public meetings prior to the meeting.   The district's past practice has been to post background material — like a district policy to be voted on in a meeting or a draft budget — after the meeting has


Downtown Pittsfield Announces 'Trick or Eat'
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:40AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dining in downtown Pittsfield will be a spooky occasion over the Halloween weekend.   Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will be holding a "Trick or Eat" event over Halloween, Friday, Oct. 30, to Sunday, Nov. 1.   Trick or Eat is sponsored by Downtown Pittsfield Inc. with candy sponsors: Big Y, Lee Bank, Market 32, and the Marketplace Café.   Any diners wearing a costume or a Halloween themed COVID-19 mask at participating restaurants will receive a handful of treats with the purchase of a dine-in or take-out meal.   Participating restaurants are:    Berkshire General Store    District Kitchen &

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PEDA Further Approves Cultivation Facility Project
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority board unanimously approved last week two motions to bring marijuana cultivators Berkshire Kind to the William Stanley Business Park.   One year ago, PEDA voted to support the project and authorize the program director to sign the option-to-purchase agreement.   PEDA first renewed Berkshire Kind's option agreement to purchase Lot 4 in the park. This agreement had expired on Oct. 1 and would require Berkshire Kind to put down a non-refundable $10,000 payment. This payment would apply to the purchase price of the lot.   The board also agreed on funding a site assessment grant for Berkshire Kind,

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Healthy Steps Announces Hepatitis C Pilot Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Sunday, October 11, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health System's harm reduction organization Healthy Steps announced a pilot program for the treatment of Hepatitis C at Tuesday's Board of Health meeting.

Healthy Steps is a harm reduction syringe exchange program out of Berkshire Medical Center that began in 2017.  It works primarily with active-injection drug users to discard used needles and provide them with sterile supplies in hopes of preventing the transfer of HIV and Hepatitis C.  

The Hepatitis C Pilot Program was developed in June by BMC's Infectious Disease Provider Rachel Picone.  Picone started the program because of the struggle that Hep C positive individuals

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Dalton Farm Finds Support After Political Sign Set on Fire
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:11PM / Saturday, October 10, 2020

Farm vegetable manager Kate Carney with her husband and daughter, Isla, with the smaller 'sign' to replace the one made of nearly 20 bales of hay that burned. DALTON, Mass. — A local man has been arrested in relation to a fire set on Friday night that destroyed a Biden/Harris sign made of nearly 20 bales of hay.    Lonnie Durfee, 49, was charged with burning personal property and is set to be arraigned on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.    The large sign comprised of about 20 bales of hay was put up at Holiday Farm on Thursday, according to Facebook posts by farm owner Dicken Crane. The installation had the last names of


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