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Volunteer Activities in North Adams & Pittsfield for MLK Jr. Day
04:45PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Both Berkshire County's cities will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with service-oriented activities.    The Northern Berkshire Day of Service will be will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Venable Hall gym on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus. Sponsored by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, volunteer activities will run from 9 to noon followed by a celebratory lunch at 12:30 in Venable gym.   In Pittsfield, the day will start off with a breakfast and keynote speech by Charles Redd, Berkshire Health System's diversity, equity and inclusion officer and a BCC alum, from 8 to 9 at First United Methodist


'Full Belly' Eatery in North Adams OK'd for Alcohol License
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former Desperados is preparing to reopen as Full Belly Tex-Mex BBQ with the same management team that took over the restaurant last fall.    B&B Restaurant Associates LLC was approved for a pouring license on Tuesday by the License Commission with Sandra Lopez as manager. Lopez and Linda Bonnivier are the partners of the LLC and hold the lease to 23 Eagle St. and Bonnivier and her husband, local chef Chris Bonnivier, are providing the capital.    Lopez and Joseph Bevilacqua began running the eatery in September after owner Peter Oleskiewicz stepped away to focus on his Miss Adams Diner. Desperados closed two weeks ago citing financial


MCLA to Offer National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinics
Community submission,
11:12AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. –- The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Athletic Department will host two events on Feb. 4 to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day – an initiative that dates back to 1987 to encourage the participation of girls and women in sports. Clinic registration is open until Jan. 29.     The day will include a pickleball clinic and tournament for women from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium and a sports clinic for girls in grades 3-8 from 12 to 4 at the gym.   The sports clinic for girls will offer instruction in softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball.   Advanced registration and payment


Are you ready to 'unretire'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:48AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Have you recently retired but are now thinking of going back to work? If so, you aren't alone, as many people are choosing to "unretire." But if you do reenter the workforce in some capacity, what opportunities might be available to you? And how will your renewed employment affect your financial outlook?   For starters, though, what reasons might motivate you to go back to work? For many people, the primary cause has been inflation, which has presented a huge challenge to retirees living on a fixed income. In addition, the volatile financial market of 2022 caused many people's investment portfolios to decline in value — a real problem for retirees who needed to


Berkshire Green Drinks: Land Stewardship in a Changing Environment
02:00PM / Monday, January 09, 2023

PITTSFIELD, Mass. Robin Sears, the executive director of Williamstown Rural Lands, will speak at Berkshire Environmental Action Team's monthly Berkshire Green Drinks gathering on Wednesday, Jan.11, at 6 PM via Zoom.

Robin will discuss the mission, activities, and duties of local land trusts, outline how our natural environment and local demographics are changing, and consider management options for land stewards to respond to and anticipate the needs for ecosystem resilience. 

Pre-registration is required to attend the virtual gathering. Register at

Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust. It


Cloudy Skies, Some Precipitation Later this Week
Staff Reports ,
12:07PM / Monday, January 09, 2023
Berkshire County should stay out of the freezer this week with temperatures anticipated to be above 30 for the entire week.   Today, Monday, Jan. 9, expect a high of 35 with cloudy skies. There will be similar weather conditions Tuesday but expect a low of 17 overnight, according to Accuweather.   On Wednesday, Jan 11, expect more clouds with some sun. There will be a high of 35.   Accuweather predicts a morning rain or snow shower on Thursday, Jan. 12. There should be a drizzle throughout the afternoon. There will be a high of 40 degrees.   Friday will be warmer with a high of 50. Expect cloudy skies and some rain.   Temperatures will drop this weekend. Expect


SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan. 6
08:23AM / Monday, January 09, 2023

January 6, 2023

#7 in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge

ExpressCare Nurse Lita Taylor shares the seventh challenge in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge. Get a fresh goal every Friday through January 13, and share your progress on social media with


BCC and BRPC Offer Free 'Choke Saver' Training Certification
08:12AM / Monday, January 09, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) will offer a free Choke Saver Training class offered on various dates in several locations throughout Berkshire County.     The 75-minute class provides participants with a two-year certification.    Local businesses, such as restaurants, that are required to have Choke Safe certified individuals on site are particularly encouraged to participate. Space is limited; each class can accept up to 30 students.    Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:15–11:30 am on the following dates: Jan. 9 at the Great Barrington Fire Station, 67 State Road,


M&T Bank Contributes to SVHC's Vision 2020 Campaign
04:19PM / Saturday, January 07, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation accepted a $25,000 donation from the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation last week.    The contribution will help fund Vision 2020, A Decade of Transformation Capital Campaign, the hospital's largest project in more than 30 years. The funds will help enhance the emergency and cancer care services available to residents regionwide.   "Southwestern Vermont Health Care is more than a medical and health resource in southwestern Vermont," said M & T Senior Vice President John A. Conlon, CFA, CFP.  "It is part of the heart and soul of the community."   The Vision 2020


Vermont Watershed Grant Program Accepting Applications
08:09AM / Saturday, January 07, 2023
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The 2023 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for projects that protect, restore and enhance the state's lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, including Vermonters' ability to understand and enjoy these treasures.     Applications are due no later than Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023.   Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups.  Projects that seek to directly protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitat are strongly encouraged.     Examples of past funded projects include


Clarksburg Boards Discuss School Renovation Needs
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Friday, January 06, 2023

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — In a joint meeting with the Select Board and the Americans with Disabilities Act Commission, the School Committee discussed building renovation needs. 


The most significant upcoming renovation is the installation of a chair lift, for ADA compliance. The lift will allow access from the main floor to the lower level of the split-level school, including the cafeteria, gymnasium and playground. 


"We haven't sat down all together. So, before we go and spend this money, let's make sure we're all in agreement and it sounds like we all are, so that's great," said Superintendent John Franzoni. "Thank you very much,


Moving Pictures: Video Highlights of 2022 Sports,
10:08AM / Thursday, January 05, 2023
It was a busy year for athletes throughout Berkshire County, and was lucky enough to capture some of their many accomplishments on video.   Here is a look back at just some of the high points:   January Drury’s Owen Taylor scores in the last second to give his team a 3-2 win at Wahconah.   February Taconic’s Noah Poirier gets a pin to win an individual Western Mass title and help the Thunder earn a team sectional crown.   The first wave of boys heads out at the state Nordic Ski Championships, where Mount Greylock defended its team title.   Maya Duhamel rolls a strike to help Taconic win the Berkshire County


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