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Happy Thanksgiving from iBerkshires.com
12:19PM / Thursday, November 24, 2022

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Oh Be Thankful Pie Auction Raises Funds for Food Pantry, Humane Society
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00AM / Thursday, November 24, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It took a little time for the bidders at the Oh Be Thankful Pie & Dessert Auction on Tuesday to find their groove.   After all, it's been two years since the students and staff at Gabriel Abbott Memorial School in Florida have whipped up delectable desserts designed to entice community members to part with their dough.   But after a few desserts going for $10 or $15, the American Legion Hall was entertained with some serious and spirited bidding as Principal Martin McEvoy and Terry Culpepper-Rysz vied for a molasses spice cake.   Sitting on opposite sides of the room, the two bidders quickly eliminated the competition as auctioneer Chris

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Berkshire Humane: 100 Cats for the Holidays
04:44PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents of Berkshire County can get their cat spayed or neutered for a $50 registration fee, which includes surgery and a rabies vaccination, through a grant awarded to Berkshire Humane Society from Massachusetts Animal Coalition's license plate program.    This is the 9th year the shelter has received an award to support 100 Cats for the Holidays, a low-cost spay and neuter initiative.    Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. For requirements and registration, call Berkshire Humane Society at 413-447-7878, Ext. 124.    Berkshire Humane Society will schedule appointments for December and January. Owners will drop

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Warmer Temperatures Return for Thanksgiving
Staff Reports ,
12:09PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Temperatures this week will escape the 30s and break into the high 40s.   Accuweather reports that Wednesday, Nov. 23, will have a high of 46 with mostly sunny skies.   Wednesday night will be the coldest with a predicted low of 26. Expect overnight lows in the 30s for the rest of the week.   There will be similar conditions on Thursday, Thanksgiving with temperatures expected to reach the high 40s.   Expect a light rain on Black Friday with a high of 47.   Accuweather predicts a sunny Saturday with a high of 49. Sunday will be warm, with a high of 50 but rain is expected.   The weather for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will be a 9.5 out of

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North Adams City Council Narrowly OKs Lower Tax Shift
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

City Clerk Joshua Vallieres swears in new officers to the police force.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday split on the city's tax classification to vote to 5-4 to set a commercial shift of 1.715.   The compromise recommended at last week's Finance Committee meeting wasn't enough to convince Councilors Jennifer Barbeau, Marie T. Harpin and Peter Oleskiewicz, whose concern was the impact on residential property owners. Councilor Wayne Wilkinson joined them in a protest vote against raising the shift from last year's 1.68.    The vote means that the residential rate will be around $17.67 per $1,000 valuation and the commercial

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Former North Adams Dry Cleaning Building Demolished
Staff Reports,
05:42PM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The 1865 structure and its 1960s brick addition were demolished last Thursday.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former Sun Cleaners finally came down last week years after the city was first approached to take over the troubled structure.    The city took possession of the former dry cleaning shop in 2019 as part of a portfolio of properties transferred by the now-dissolved Housing Opportunities Inc. That process took several years because of site testing and over concerns of liabilities for cleanup.    Testing found high enough levels of contamination by solvents used in dry cleaning and some petroleum. A state Brownsfield grant is being used for the

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2022
04:15PM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Some events have been canceled or are being held virtually. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at info@iBerkshires.com. Reminder that many of these events and activities do require face coverings and social distancing. 

Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs and markets.

Christmas Tree Lightings Adams: Tree lighting and a visit from Santa at the annual Holly Days on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree will be lit at 5; rides,

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2022
11:55AM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

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, Nov. 5

Harvest Bazaar, Bennington, Vt.

Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church, 283 Main St., Bennington, holds its annual Harvest Bazaar from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

More information here.    Berkshire South Regional Community Center Craft Fair   The community center at 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, hosts

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Is a Donor-advised Fund Right for You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:17AM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
You can find many ways to support charitable organizations. One method that's gained popularity over the past few years is called a donor-advised fund. Should you consider it?   The answer depends on your individual situation, because donor-advised funds are not appropriate for everyone. However, if you're in a position to make larger charitable gifts, you might at least want to see what this strategy has to offer.   Here's how it works: Contribute to the fund. You can contribute to your donor-advised fund with cash or marketable securities, which are assets that can be converted to cash quickly. If your contribution is tax deductible, you'll get the deduction in

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State Fire Marshal: Cooking Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
08:14AM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
STOW, Mass. — State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is urging residents to make fire safety a priority in the kitchen as we approach Thanksgiving Day, the number one day for home fires in Massachusetts.   "Each year, we see about twice as many fires on Thanksgiving as on the next-closest day," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "Don't let a fire ruin this special time with your family and loved ones.  Practice fire safety when cooking and heating your home, and be sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that can alert you to danger."   Cooking Safety Tips There were 678 Thanksgiving Day fires in Massachusetts from 2017 to 2021, and

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Berkshire Food Project Thanksgiving Dinner Returns In-Person
Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Monday, November 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Food Project held an in-person Thanksgiving dinner meal for the first time since 2019.    "It's great to have people back in here dining. This is what the program originally started as in 1987," Berkshire Food Project  Executive Director Mark Rondeau said Monday, Nov 21, at the first seating. "It started to fight hunger but also social isolation."   The Berkshire Food Project has not held an in-person Thanksgiving meal since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. Rondeau said the meal is more than sustenance but a chance to break bread together.   "You know, the great genius of this program is

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Monday, November 21, 2022

Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via SeePlymouth.com.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 24. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Patuxet continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate. 

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a national holiday until 1941, when President

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