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Early Morning Fire Damages Pittsfield Home

An early Sunday morning fire in Pittsfield sent two residents to Berkshire Medical Center for smoke inhalation. Just after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to 90 Turner Ave. for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found the rear porch and exterior wall involved with fire.
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Monday Forecast: Severe T-Storms, Damaging Winds

Thunderstorms expected over central New York this afternoon are now expected to impact Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued an alert for most of Western New England for the risk of severe thunderstorms starting later Monday afternoon and into the evening. The...
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Beautiful Mama Bear and Three Adorable Cubs on Parade in the Berkshires

Nobody can argue that the spring of 2021 has been big season for bear sightings in the Berkshires and that trend will continue into the summer months. The amount of Berkshire bear sightings is astounding. It seems like every week or couple of days for that matter, people are posting video and photos of bears in their backyards. Sometimes it's not just a single bear either, sometimes it's a mama with a couple of cubs.

BUSINESS MONDAY: The fight to save filmmaking in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts film tax credit program is in jeopardy, and is threatening a burgeoning industry in Berkshire County. Effective since January 2006, the credits grant production companies making films, television series, videos, digital media and streaming projects, and commercials with in-state spending budgets over $50,000 a 25 percent tax credit on payroll and production, as well as a sales tax exemption.
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Jeanne Madden Cibroski service announcement

A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Jeanne Madden Cibroski, who died May 5, 2020, will be held on Friday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa of Calcutta/Corpus Christi Church in Housatonic. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery.

Speak Little Forest: Lessons in listening from a local wanderer

RICHMOND — A voracious curiosity about the world around her has driven Meghan St. John for as long as she can remember. It led her from Richmond, the tiny town of her upbringing, to the only slightly larger Middlebury, Vermont where she attended college. It pulled her to various domestic locales, from Sun Valley, Idaho (where she wrote for a now defunct art magazine) to Washington, DC (where she landed a gig at Nat Geo). This curiosity-fueled wanderlust took St. John to Paris and London, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, sprawling cities where she lived, in total, for a decade. Today, after a dozen years teaching English at Monument Mountain Regional High School (her alma mater), curiosity has led her to the curation and production of podcasts, much to the delight of local listeners.

I Publius: To sell or not to sell

Our Berkshire homes are now worth a great deal of money. A lot of people want to live here. Folks are arriving in the Berkshires from all over the place. There are many reasons for this state of affairs. Some folks are transplants from New York and other big cities. You have to wonder if all the newcomers will stay. Some will — they keep telling us they like it here. Because of our technological advances, there is really no reason to go back to the office.
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Newberry Delivers Walkoff Win for Mount Greylock

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Emma Newberry hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh to give the Mount Greylock softball team a 4-3, walkoff win over Smith Academy in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 tournament on Friday. Mia Alpi started the winning rally by drawing...

Pittsfield's Nda Wins 100; County Squads Sweep D2 Mile Relays

Pittsfield's Emmanuel Nda broke a meet record and helped the Generals break into the top 10 at Saturday's Central/Western Massachusetts Division 1 Championships at Westfield State University. In Division 2, the Mount Greylock girls notched the best team finish among Berkshire County teams, and the Lenox girls and Monument Mountain...
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Mount Greylock Girls Win Big in Tourney Debut

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Carolyn Jones scored seven goals Friday to lead the Mount Greylock girls lacrosse team to a 16-2 win over St. Bernard’s in the opening round of the Central/Western Massachusetts Division 2 tournament. Sarah Polumbo scored four times and set up two more goals, and Emma Stevens had...
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Berkshire Grown: Buy your dairy in the Berkshires

A cold glass of milk. Yogurt for your morning granola. A cheese platter shared with friends. Oh, and ice cream … This month, Berkshire Grown is celebrating everything dairy. And if those examples had you thinking of cow’s milk, don’t forget the many products that can be made with goat and sheep milk, too (mmm, chevre). As part of National Dairy Month, we’re exploring the spectrum of dairy products and dairy farms in the Berkshire region.
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North Adams Vaccine Clinic Concludes After 25,000 Doses

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire regional vaccination center opened on Jan. 11 to a capacity crowd; on June 17, the very last person to be inoculated walked out the door at 7:06 p.m. In between those five to six months, the collaborative held 40 clinics and administered 24,913...
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Outdoor Movie Nights & Live Concerts Are coming Back To Adams

Town Administrator Jay Green reported that Adams has lifted the state of emergency that was put in place for the pandemic. This originally went into effect in March 2020, and was lifted by the town to bring Adams into line with other local communities and the state of Massachusetts, which ended the public health emergency on June 15.