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Flexible Studio Space Opens at Beaver Mill
By Jenn Richard, iBerkshires Correspondent
06:16PM / Saturday, December 19, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Michael Eagle sees so much potential in Berkshire County that the native New Yorker is not only moving his online music business here, he's expanding space opportunities for other artists as well.    Eagle has opened The Studio at the Beaver Mill, and he's eager to share the many possibilities for the space with the community.   A music educator and manager, he's toured worldwide as a professional percussionist. When he began dating his partner Allison, he grew fond of Berkshire County during his many visits to the area. As things changed in the country and the world because of the pandemic, he was spending most of his time here rather

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North Adams First-Responders Distribute Christmas Cheer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:47PM / Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Police Department's MaryAnn King said the first-responder group collected enough toys for 151 children on Saturday. In combination with other efforts, she believed they had reached about 250 children total.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Flashing lights and Christmas music accompanied Santa Claus as he greeted families arriving for gifts at the Armory on Saturday.    The annual Emergency Services Toy Drive was donating gifts for 151 children this holiday season.    MaryAnn King, one of the organizers, said there was concern in the beginning that volunteer effort wouldn't be able to collect enough gifts. Normally, personnel from the city's Police

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
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The Retired Investor: Oil's Comeback
By Bill Schmick,
01:55PM / Friday, December 18, 2020
Earlier this year, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil slumped into negative territory for the first time in history. Oil traded at a negative $37.63. Today, that same barrel of oil is changing hands at $47.48. What changed?   More than any other sector, the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the global oil and gas industry. Declining consumer demand in the first quarter of the year in combination with high levels of energy production threatened to exceed worldwide oil storage capacity. OPEC plus, the oil cartel, took action on April 12 by cutting oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day, but by then it was too late. By April 20-22, you couldn't give away a

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End of Life Visitation Update for BMC
10:50AM / Friday, December 18, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced it has revised its visitation guidance for families of patients with COVID-19 who are nearing end of life.   In order to help families and loved ones to be present when end of life is approaching, the following visitation guideline is now in effect:   COVID-19 positive patients nearing the end of life can have one loved one visit for a half hour. The visit should be arranged with patient's clinical provider and the BMC Patient Experience Department. The identified visitor will be informed of the risks of visitation and the need to quarantine afterward. They will be screened for symptoms of COVID upon entering the

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Zogics Offering Products at Cost to Berkshire Organizations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:46PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020

Zogics headquarters in Lenox. LENOX, Mass. — Zogics knows cleaning. It's been helping keep everything from Navy ships to elementary schools safe and sanitary for more than a decade.   Now, after witnessing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the cleaning and disinfectant retailer wants to give back to Berkshire County in a time where many businesses are struggling.   Zogics is offering its most popular novel coronavirus-combatting products to Berkshire businesses and nonprofits at cost and is making its facility experts available at no charge to help the community develop plans and protocols to operate as safely as possible during the pandemic.   "Our aim

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EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Fall Cohort
12:18PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — EforAll Berkshire County marked the culmination of 12 weeks of business training for its 2020 Fall Accelerator Program with a virtual event with prizes.   The dozen individuals representing 11 local businesses participated virtually in classroom learning with specialists and working weekly with their volunteer mentors.     Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-represented individuals  start and grow a business through  business training, mentorship and an extended professional support network.   At the online event, state Sen. Adam Hinds gave

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Rest of the River Cleanup Expected to Take 15 Years
12:03PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020
BOSTON — After years of studies and negotiations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to oversee a $576 million cleanup of the Housatonic River over the next 15 years.    A "Revised Final Permit" for the Rest of River cleanup plan has been issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act spells out the required cleanup measures to be followed by General Electric Co. to remove contamination caused by polychlorinated biphenyls used in the manufacture of transformers at its former Pittsfield plant.   The final permit updates EPA's 2016 cleanup plan for the river, its floodplains and other surrounding areas.   The permit requires GE to

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North Adams Planners OK Urgent Care Center, Head Start Move
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Thursday, December 17, 2020

Evergreen was retroactively approved for the post-and-beam structures it added to the former Friendly's building.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An urgent care company with operations in Vermont and New Hampshire was approved for space at the Stop & Shop Plaza.    The Planning Board on Monday approved the change of use for 856 and 858 State Road, with members Chairman Michael Leary and Lawrence Taft abstaining.   Brent Johnson of Midland General Contractors Inc. based in Rockford, Ill., said ClearChoice is a retail medical office that does "everything from sprains, full on-site X-rays, bruises, stitches, cold, coughs, everything you would see in an urgent

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Begins Vaccinating Staff for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Nurse Patricia Johnson receives the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.   BENNINGTON, Vt. — After getting her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning, Dr. Anne Marie Swann got a Band-Aid, a sticker, a round of applause and a place in local history.   The hospitalist from Williamstown, Mass., was the first member of the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as the region officially began the next stage of society's battle against the global pandemic.   But moments later, Swann was quick to point out that the battle is far from over.   "Having this as a protective layer is encouraging and exciting

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Communities Issue Snow Emergencies as Storm Bears Down
01:03PM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Communities are calling pre-emptive snow emergencies throughout the county in preparation for a possible foot of snow to drop in the region.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is now predicting a foot or more of snow to fall over the Berkshires and Southern Vermont overnight. A winter storm warning for the region is effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. on Thursday.    Snowfall is expected to start late Wednesday afternoon with rates of 1-2 inches per hour at times. Gusty winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow at times, especially from around the Capital District in New York and points south and east. Travel will become difficult to impossible,

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State Firefighting Academy Graduates Berkshire County Firefighters
08:15AM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— The State Firefighting Academy graduated 27, 6 of who represent Berkshire County departments   State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) Director David C. Evans announced the graduation of 27 members of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class #88.    Among these graduates are Tanelle Ciempa of the Adams Fire Department, Trevor DeRis of the Great Barrington Fire department, Charllee Sanchez-Rios of the North Adams Fire Department and William Graves, William Kipp, and Jamieson Williams all of the Hancock Fire Department.   "First responders are on the frontlines protecting their

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Clarksburg Anticipates Property Tax Rate to Drop by $2
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Property owners got an early Christmas present this week in the form of unanticipated state revenues that are expected to significantly drop the tax rate.   The new numbers from the state Department of Revenue were received just hours before Tuesday afternoon's tax classification hearing.   Assessor Ross Vivori said the numbers should translate to about a $2 drop on the tax rate.    "A lot of information for whatever reason seems to be coming out late — state budget numbers, state aid numbers, so forth and so on," he told the Select Board. "And so just literally earlier today, we got some revised numbers which change the

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