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MassDOT Secures Funds for Enhanced Boston-Albany Passenger Rail
10:52AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2023
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that up to $500,000 has been awarded to the Rail and Transit Division through the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Corridor Identification and Development Program (Corridor ID) to support planning for additional train service connecting Boston and Albany, New York through Springfield.    This corridor would provide up to eight daily round-trip passenger trains on an existing alignment owned by CSX Transportation. Currently, the only passenger service on this corridor is Amtrak's once-daily long-distance Lake Shore Limited. Development of this corridor is part of the Healey-Driscoll

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North Adams To Close Eagle St. Tuesday for Repairs
02:39PM / Monday, December 11, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city announced that Eagle Street will be closed between Center Street and Main Street on Tuesday, Dec. 12.   Due to a water leak, the street will be closed from 8 am until repairs are completed.  

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2023
11:55AM / Monday, December 11, 2023

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, the holidays are approaching artisans and craft enthusiasts know what that means. It's craft fair and bazaar season! This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

Note that some craft fairs may run two days; those extra days are in bold. 

   

Saturday, Dec. 16

Berkshire Grown Winter Farmers Market   The South County market is being held at the Housy Dome, 1064 Main St., Housatonic, from 10 to 2. Features locally grown and produced foods.    Admission is free and mask-wearing is encouraged. More

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Legislative Hearing in Pittsfield Tackles Inflated Utility Rates
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:50AM / Monday, December 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A legislative hearing was held at the Berkshire Innovation Center last week to address rate increases in electricity, gas, and oil with representatives from the Healey-Driscoll administration and utility companies.   In the last two years, electricity rates have increased by an average of 12 percent and natural gas prices by 1 percent and Western Mass. communities feel that they are experiencing the brunt of it.   The session began with a panel discussion between legislators and the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rebecca Tepper, Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Elizabeth Mahoney, and Chair of the

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Snow, Slush in the Forecast for Monday
05:14PM / Sunday, December 10, 2023
Sunday's downpours could well turn to snow before dawn on Monday.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Berkshire County through 1 p.m. on Monday.    The higher elevations could get 3 to 8 inches and wind gusts of up to 40 mph — with the possibility of a thunderstorm before 4 a.m.!   The morning commute could be a slushy and slippery mess with reduced visibility. Precipitation Monday morning could be heavy with rain or wet snow.    Heavy wet snow could also mean downed tree limbs and power lines causing power outages.    The conditions will be worse to the north. Parts of

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North Adams Youth Group Making an Impact
By Kim McMann, iBerkshires correspondent
07:20AM / Sunday, December 10, 2023

Serving up hot cocoa at a tree lighting event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There has been a community of young people building a safe place at the First Baptist Church over the past decade.    It's a place where kids can be themselves, experience no judgement and get along with others from a wide range of backgrounds. Not only do they feel part of the community there, but they also spend time doing good work for the community.    "The best times in my life as a kid was being in youth group," said Leah LeFebvre, who was a member until she aged out.    But found she really missed the fellowship and within a couple of years, she was back

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Zator Leads MCLA Women's Basketball in Road Win
11:16PM / Saturday, December 09, 2023
BOSTON -- Kristie Zator scored 16 points Saturday to lead the MCLA women's basketball team to a 41-40 win over Wentworth.   Zator's lay-up with 3 minutes, 40 seconds to play gave the Trailblazers a 41-36 lead, and MCLA's defense held off Wentworth's comeback bid down the stretch.   Zator led the defense with five steals.   Hailey Peabody scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.   MCLA (2-8) hosts St. Joseph of Connecticut on Monday.   Men's Basketball PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- SUNY Plattsburgh held off a comeback bid by MCLA to secure a 68-66 win.   The Cardinals took a 68-59 lead with 3:07 remaining.   The Trailblazers battled back and

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North Adams Menorah Symbol of Perseverance, Hope
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Friday, December 08, 2023

The menorah seen from outside City Hall. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The first "candle" on the city's menorah was lighted on Thursday night marking the beginning of the eight nights of Hanukkah.    The "Festival of Lights" marks the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. There was enough oil to light the menorah for one day but it miraculously lasted eight.    The holiday "celebrates light in the darkness, the persistence of hope, and the persistence of us," said Rabbi Rachel Barenblat of Congregation Beth Israel, who had arrived at City Hall after attending the menorah lighting in Williamstown.   "This means a

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North Adams Holiday Music Tour on Chase Hill
By Kim McMann,
02:00PM / Friday, December 08, 2023

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Holiday Music Tour on Sunday, Dec.10 includes a celebration of Hanukkah at The Floating Tower on Chase Hill. 

The entire event is free. 

Located at 1 Chase Hill, the property is a five-minute walk from downtown North Adams via Houghton Street

From 12 -1 PM, Chanan Ben Simone will lead the musical celebration.  He is a composer and vocalist of Jewish Moroccan descent known in the mainstream pop music world as Ben Simone.  This performance is made possible by the free artists' residencies offered to refugees and immigrants on site.

Floating Tower on Chase Hill features a giant, communal, oven called the "oyven,"

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CHP Berkshires Welcomes New Clinicians
12:00PM / Thursday, December 07, 2023
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP Berkshires has expanded its clinical team with the addition of three new providers in Pittsfield, Lee and the CHP Mobile Health team.    Marina Hoag, family nurse practitioner, has joined the primary care team at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield. Previously a registered nurse at CHP North Adams Family Medical, she recently completed her doctorate of nursing at Elms College. She earned her B.S. in nursing at the University of Phoenix and received her associate degree in nursing at Berkshire Community College. She has previously worked at Berkshire Medical Center in the emergency department and Mcgee Substance Abuse and Center for

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Local Recovery Documentary to Premiere
11:04AM / Thursday, December 07, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public is invited to "Blueprint: Building the Foundation for Recovery," a new documentary featuring real stories of recovery in the Berkshires.    The film is followed by a community conversation led by local experts including Dr. Jennifer Michaels from The Brien Center, Sarah DeJesus from BHS's Berkshire Harm Reduction, community members from the education field, emergency management, and individuals with lived experience.    The two film premieres are the capstone events for the HEALing Communities Study (HCS). Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:00 pm at the MCLA Church Street Center in North Adams and Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7:00 pm at

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Three Projects Could See Revitalization Across North Adams
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:49AM / Thursday, December 07, 2023

An illustration by designers Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects of the pathway of the proposed North Adams Adventure Trail bike and pedestrian path.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Representatives from three different community initiatives are collaborating to better connect to the community and improve the effects of urban revitalization.    The city has three major projects in the works that would improve connectivity in the community, relieve traffic confusion and congestion, and create more recreation opportunities.    Residents learned about the history, hopes, and timeline of three projects: North Adams Adventure Trail, Hoosic River Revival, and

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