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North Adams Schools Have Process for COVID-19 Exposures
Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday that there was a process administrators looked at when considering responses to any exposures to the novel coronavirus.

Williamstown Nonprofit Seeks CPA Funds for Agricultural Restriction
WRLF Executive Director David McGowan was before the Agricultural Commission last week to ask that body for a letter of support for the application he plans to bring to the Community Preservation Committee next month.

Pittsfield Board of Health OKs Indoor Dining
The Board of Health on Wednesday rescinded the ban imposed on Nov. 12 and issued new guidance that changes the maximum seating to six people per table from 10.

Bousquet Readying to Welcome Skiers Under New Ownership
Mill Town has made several improvements on the ski area. A new triple chairlift is in the process of being installed along with new water lines and snow-making cannons, a renovated and modernized pump house that will make better quality snow, and new snow grooming equipment to enhance skier experience.

Reconstructed Pittsfield Bridge to Reopen on Friday
The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.

Berkshire Helping Hands Fills 'Teen Gap' in Holiday Programs
The local nonprofit had been looking for people to help fill the gap in giving younger children are eligible for holiday programs offering toys and clothing but their older siblings were left out.

Tyer Offers Compromise That Would Restore Indoor Dining
A group of about 25 eatery owners pressed Mayor Linda Tyer to lift the ban on indoor dining instituted on Nov. 12 after a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, some of which could traced back to gatherings at several local restaurants.

Drury Senior Katie Booth Presented with Superintendent's Award
Booth, daughter of Eric and Laurie Booth of Clarksburg, holds the highest grade-point average in her class and has taken 13 Advanced Placement courses, two dual enrollment courses through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and a course through Berkshire Community College.

Williamstown Planning Board Hosts Wednesday Panel Discussion on Cannabis
As part of the board's yearlong effort to develop a zoning bylaw amendment that might pass at this spring's annual town meeting, it has scheduled a virtual event titled "Marijuana Cultivation: Issues and Opportunities," for 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

CSX Acquiring Pan Am Railways
The transaction will expand CSX's reach in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts while adding Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to its existing 23-state network.

Second Positive Test Sends Mount Greylock to Remote Learning
After a second positive COVID-19 test in a Mount Greylock Regional School student in as many days, the middle-high school is switching to remote learning through Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Baker: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to Begin This Month
The governor said he anticipated that the focus would be on high-risk individuals as the vaccines are rolled out in December and the first part of the year.

Lanesborough Sets Tax Rate for Fiscal 2021
The average homeowner will see their tax rate drop slightly but their tax bill will rise about $154 for fiscal 2021.

Pittsfield Restaurant Owners Want Dining Suspension Lifted
On Monday, Hot Dog Ranch owner Craig Benoit stood outside City Hall with the support of other restaurant owners to ask that Mayor Linda Tyer comes out and have a conversation about the ban enacted on Nov. 12 after a dramatic spike in novel coronavirus cases.

Some Brayton Students Switch to Remote After Positive Case
A letter from Superintendent Barbara Malkas said cleaning and disinfecting of exposed locations will be completed according to state and federal guidelines. All students and staff who were in contact with the infected individual have been notified through contact tracing.

Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2020
'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

North Adams Schools, Departments Hold Annual Food Drive
Donations may be dropped off at collection boxes in City Hall, the schools, the library, the Mary Spitzer Center and the Police and Fire departments.

Pittsfield Fire Victim Flown to Mass General With Severe Burns
A city man is in critical condition after being rescued by firefighters from a burning second-floor apartment on Monday.

City Council Asks Mayor Tyer for 75K to Assist the Homeless
The temporary shelter set up at the former St. Joseph's School to comply with pandemic restrictions was closed in July, leading to many of the shelter's occupants camping in Springside Park.   1 Comment

Social Justice Club Explores Mohican History in Stockbridge
The history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community was explored Saturday during a walking tour of Main Street by the Mount Everett Social Justice League.

Lever Seeks Applicants for Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge
Lever Inc. in North Adams is hosting the Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge, which offers a prize of $25,000 to the winner and guidance in developing a business plan to all who apply.

City Council Appropriates $500k For Tyer's Home Program
Mayor Linda Tyer pitched this program back in 2019 to help eligible residents improve their homes. This program would provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects in an effort to improve the housing stock in the city.

In Lanesborough, Williamstown Schools, 'We Over Me' Ethic Promotes Safety
Thompson, Pratt and Mount Greylock Regional School Principal Jacob Schutz each told the committee that the school year is going well and that students and staff have adjusted to the hybrid instruction model brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.   1 Comment

Adams Police Officer Commended for Life-Saving Actions
A letter of commendation from Police Sgt. Dylan Hicks to the Board of Selectmen was read aloud by Chairwoman Christine Hoyt on Tuesday.

Pittsfield Seeks Solutions to Daytime Warming Shelters for Homeless
Mayor Linda Tyer this week said the city of Pittsfield is feeling discouraged from the lack of community organizations willing to host a warming shelter that will house homeless individuals during the hours that the St. Joseph's temporary winter shelter on Maplewood Avenue is closed.

Hotels, Meals Tax in Williamstown Shows Impact of Pandemic
Town Manager Jason Hoch reported those statistics to the Select Board on Monday night to demonstrate how much the local economy has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Declares 'Green Friday' in Support of Local Xmas Tree Farms
To celebrate, state Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux participated in a Christmas tree-cutting ceremony at Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. In an effort to support the commonwealth's Christmas tree industry, the declaration of Green Friday encourages people throughout the state to visit their local Christmas tree farms to purchase their trees, holiday plants, ornamental swags, and wreaths to fulfill their holiday decorating needs.

Wells Presented Superintendent's Award at Mount Greylock
McCandless' first awardee in this Northern Berkshire community was Mount Greylock senior Jacqueline Wells, who was formally recognized with the award at Monday's School Committee meeting.

Pittsfield Looks to Adopt Alternate Side Parking
The city of Pittsfield is working to refine snow emergency parking in two steps. The first step is the adoption of a new snow emergency regulations for alternate side parking, and the second is to repeal overnight parking regulations so that residents can park on the street all year long.

How Do You Cook a Turkey?: From the Mouths of 5-year-olds
Each year, the kindergartners in Robin Poirot's class at Hoosac Valley Elementary School offer their estimations on how long it takes to cook a turkey in sizes ranging from three to 100 pounds. Their Thanksgiving recipes are always amusing and sometimes enlightening, particularly the choices of stuffing, but we must strongly caution against following any of their directions as a matter of public health

Greenagers Offers Youth Nature-Based Work Amidst Pandemic
Greenagers has continued its commitment to outdoor programming amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic to offer teenagers and young adults nature-based work and socially distant connections.

Sheriff's Office Delivers Thanksgiving Turkeys to Christian Center
This has been a long-standing tradition between the sheriff's office and the Christian Center. For the last decade, staff and inmates at the Berkshire County House of Corrections have prepared Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of people at the center under the guidance of Food Service Director Richard Millis.

North Adams Fire Chief Meranti to Retire
Meranti and Mayor Thomas Bernard announced the chief's retirement after more than three decades working with the city. His last day will be Jan. 26, 2021.

Adams to Begin Preliminary Interviews for Police Chief
Interim Chief Troy Bacon is participating in the search committee to find his replacement after informing the town he would not be seeking the permanent position and returning to Indiana. Bacon had been hired in the summer on the retirement of Richard Tarsa.

Mount Greylock Making Winter Plans for High School Sports
On Monday, Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz proposed a plan to the School Committee for four competitive varsity teams in the upcoming season: boys and girls basketball and boys and girls cross country skiing.

North Adams Council OKs Mohawk Trail Property as Surplus
The mayor's remarks were largely to remind residents of the virtual tree-lighting ceremony being broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television starting at 6 p.m., that City Hall offices will be closed Thursday and Friday and as will the transfer station.

Mount Greylock 'Snow Days' Will Be Remote Days
On Monday, newly installed Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless told the School Committee that he has decided to use snow days for remote learning in the PreK-12 district until after the February vacation.

Mount Greylock School Committee Again Postpones Decision on Turf Field
But Business Manager Joe Bergeron informed the committee that despite his best efforts to prod the Boston firm, it sent its proposal to the district just after 2 p.m. on Monday, and the committee agreed it did not have enough time to review the proposal for $44,000.

Pittsfield Schools Subcommittee OKs Policies on Education Stability
The policies are to ensure that these students are receiving proficient education and that they are immediately enrolled upon entering the district.

Williamstown ZBA Approves Cannabis Operation's Demolition Request
Sparkboro Wellness in August sought and received a special permit to open a location at 1017 Simonds Road (Route 7) just south of the Vermont state line.

Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Biz Briefs: Big Y Closing Stores for Thanksgiving Holiday
Big Y has issued a reminder that it will close all stores including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, as well as Friday Nov. 27. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.

SVHC Fundraiser Features Virtual Grand Raffle & Drawings
The centerpiece of the event is a grand raffle. It includes 10 packages worth $1,300 to $5,000 each. Prizes include $5,000 cash and a vacation in the French Riviera, with no expiration date, along with packages including dining at 13 restaurants, a diamond bracelet, golf at 10 courses, and much more.

Commonwealth Urges Residents to Do What It Takes to 'Get Back'
The hashtag "GetBackMass" is part of the latest public awareness campaign launched by the commonwealth. The focus of television and digital advertising will be to promote the idea that "normal" activities can only resume after the threat of the novel coronavirus has subsided.

Pittsfield Aims to Make Lower-Income Neighborhoods Greener
Studies have shown that low-income neighborhoods are more concrete or "gray" than higher-income neighborhoods, which can have a deleterious effect on the health of residents, Senior Planner Allison Egan told the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday.

Community Thanksgiving Meals Turn to Takeout, Continue Service
But while they know this year will look very different, they could not let a pandemic stop them from plating up turkey and the fixings for those in need.

Williamstown CPC Seeks Requests; Big One Is on the Way
The Affordable Housing Trust, which has received CPC funds from town meeting each year since its inception in 2012, decided on Wednesday to this winter submit a request for $175,000 in new funding.

Pittsfield Gets $3M MassWorks Grant for Tyler Street Improvements
With these funds, the city will be fixing the problematic intersection of Tyler Street and Woodlawn Avenue and doing streetscape improvements on roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks.

Clarksburg Board Confirms Closure of Public Buildings for Interim
Robert and Lauren Norcross, who have become involved in the Senior Center, objected that keeping the community/senior center closed was doing a disservice to the town's elderly.

BMC Therapy Dog Program Offers Benefits to Patients
At the time, Cormier didn't think that BMC would allow dogs, so she joined forces with another employee to contact organizations and hospitals to find out how they adopted pet therapy programs. Her year-old Newfoundland passed an assessment to become the program's first therapy dog.

 
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