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Chesterwood Grounds to Open on July 2
11:40AM / Thursday, June 25, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Chesterwood will open its 51st season on July 2, through online, pre-paid, timed parking passes, Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Two-hour passes can be reserved online for 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per car and visitors can download maps and self-guided tours of the formal gardens, landscape, hiking trails and woodland walk, which currently features the contemporary sculpture of Rick and Laura Brown. All current Friends of Chesterwood can reserve their free parking passes through the online booking system as well.

Picnics on the grounds are encouraged with a carry in, carry out policy. Chesterwood will follow all the safety

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Southern Section to Reopen; Northern Section to Close
09:48AM / Thursday, June 25, 2020

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The southern section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will be re-opened to the public beginning on Saturday, June 27, which includes access to the Berkshire Mall Connector Road parking lots.  

Meanwhile, on Monday, June 29, the northern section of the trail will temporary close to the public in order to facilitate Phase II of the resurfacing project that is upgrading an 11-mile section of the trail. The closure of the northern section is anticipated to be in place through October 2020. During the closure, there will be no public access to the northern section or travel allowed from Church Street in Cheshire north to the Visitors Center in Adams.

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

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Child Care Leader Recognized by State Women's Commission
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Thursday, June 25, 2020

Jane Winn, seen in this file photo, was also nominated as a Commonwealth Heroine for her environmental efforts.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic presented unheard of challenges for non-profit service agencies.   North Adams-based Child Care of the Berkshires faced more issues than many. But it had a leader who was more than up to the task.   "It is one thing to handle an $1.8 million construction project but to do it during a pandemic with a staff working remotely … it's been remarkable the way she has been able to keep up the morale, keep up the energy and keep the contact with some of the most vulnerable people in the county,"

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Clarksburg Town Meeting Passes $4.6M Budget, OKs Truck Purchase
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:13PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Select Board member Allen M. Arnold is sworn into office by Jeanne Moulthrop, voted temporary town clerk for the meeting. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A sparse town meeting burned through a 19-article warrant on Wednesday night under sunny skies.    The meeting, held on the lawn of the Senior Center because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, swiftly approved a town budget of $4,565,710 and the purchase of a new Department of Public Works truck for $250,000.   Based on the financial articles passed on Wednesday, including a transfer of $98,000 from free cash to reduce the tax rate, the property tax rate is estimated at $17.86 per $1,000 valuation, three cents lower than

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State Guidance on Start of School Year Expected Thursday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials across the commonwealth are anticipating a Thursday announcement of state directives regarding the 2020-21 school year.   But they have been disappointed before.   "We were hopeful we would have the [education] commissioner's guidance," Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the School Committee's Education Subcommittee on Tuesday. "We were supposed to have it the week of the 15th, now we're in the week of the 22nd. We were hoping it would be released this morning. We received notice five minutes before the governor went on [Tuesday morning] that we weren't going to be receiving an update until

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Report Finds 'Utterly Shameful' Conditions at Holyoke Soldiers' Home
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:08PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020
BOSTON — An independent report on the outbreak COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that cost the lives of 76 veterans is "gut wrenching" to read and "utterly shameful," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday.    "Today the loss of life is difficult to even think or speak about. The events that took place at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in March, are truly horrific, and tragic," Baker said at a press conference on Wednesday. "COVID-19, as we all know, has claimed the lives of thousands of people in Massachusetts, and has been particularly devastating for long-term care facilities. ...   "But as this report reveals errors

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Clarksburg Voters to See Reduced Budget at Town Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, June 24, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters at town meeting on Wednesday will see a revised budget for fiscal 2021 that would reduce it overall by about $50,000 and raise the estimated tax rate by a much lower figure.   That's if the voters approve both the budget and the purchase of a new truck for no more than $250,000.   Select Board Chairman Ronald Boucher had been against considering the truck and adding $50,000-plus in debt annually for the next five years.   However, after consultations with Northern Berkshire School Union Business Administrator Jennifer Macksey, he believes that the purchase is now within reach.   "So, we're able to purchase a truck," he

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Clarksburg Town Meeting to Decide Budget, Truck Purchase
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will be asked to approve a $4.6 million fiscal 2021 budget at the annual town meeting.    Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 712 West Cross Road. The meeting will be set up in the parking lot and there will be provisions for keep people separate because of the pandemic; voters are encouraged to bring their own chairs and umbrellas.   The warrant is posted in the rear entry to Town Hall and on the town website here.   The $4,618,835 spending plan for fiscal 2021 includes an operating budget of $1,740,022, a school budget of $2,507,086, and a McCann Technical School assessment of $371,727.

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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Opens New Mahanna Cobble Trail
11:10AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Mahanna Cobble access

Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Mill Town have teamed up to create improved public access to Mahanna Cobble, a conservation reserve owned and operated by BNRC. Mahanna Cobble is free and open to the public, and rests atop the south-facing side of Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield.

Mill Town, which recently purchased the Bousquet ski resort, is focused on expanding outdoor recreation opportunities at Bousquet and around the Berkshires, including hiking activities. Together, BNRC and Mill Town have placed temporary signage at Bousquet to highlight an access route for hikers from the mountain's base lodge and parking area, up a ski hill, to BNRC's new

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Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?
By Linda Moro,
10:33AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Unusual stress or depression. Anxiety about leaving the house or getting sick. Increased use of alcohol or drugs while isolated at home. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors getting worse. Difficulty creating daily structure for self or family. Trouble concentrating, anger, tearfulness. Suicidal thoughts. 

For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered. Or, mental health issues you have been managing well may be harder to handle. If you have children at home and must leave home for your job, your

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State's Sales Tax-Free Holiday Set for Aug. 29-30
10:24AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020
BOSTON — The annual sales tax-free weekend will still be held this year despite the anticipated drop in state tax revenue because of the novel coronavirus.   The Baker-Polito administration said the tax-free weekend will take place Aug. 29-30. This marks the second sales tax holiday held under the new law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018 that made the weekend an annual occurrence.   "The annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity for us to support small businesses and consumers, and this year, it's a great way to support our economy that's been impacted by COVID-19," said Baker in a statement. "This pandemic has created enormous challenges for the

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Ensure You Are Properly Insured
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 23, 2020

There's certainly been plenty of volatility and uncertainty the past few months, but one aspect of your financial picture has probably remained stable: your need for insurance. And since National Insurance Awareness Day is observed on June 28, now is a good time to review your overall insurance coverage to determine if you and your loved ones are well-protected.

You might be surprised at the lack of protection among your fellow citizens. Less than 60 percent of Americans have life insurance, and just about half of those with insurance are underinsured, according to LIMRA, a research organization. 

Of course, you might think the reason so many people don't have insurance is

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