CHESHIRE, Mass. — Fitness instructor Heather Melendez has returned to Cheshire, where she began Berkshire Body 20 years ago.
Melendez opened on April 1 as one of the first organizations to rent out space in the former Cheshire Elementary School.
"I started at the Cheshire Grange Hall and kind of bounced around but I am back to my roots which is awesome," she said.
Before moving to into the former cafeteria -- a light-filled space at the front of the school -- she was running fitness sessions at Turn Hall in Adams.
"Turn Hall was great but it was a shared space. There were birthday parties and all sorts of things," she said. "This is not shared space and is solely my space which is great."
Melendez has a stage set up and also uses the school grounds for outdoor activities.
She said her classes are accessible to all ages and fitness levels.
"We range from 17 to 60 something," she said. "We have people in their 60s and everything in between."
And Melendez has gained a following.
"I love Heather's classes because she is so motivating, so positive, and also she is my motivator," Karen Johnstone said. "Everyone at her classes are so upbeat, positive, and encouraging and we all help each other out."
"I started attending classes at Berkshire Body almost four years ago," Gail Burda said. "I am 68 years old and have never been stronger or in better shape in my life."
"Heather goes above and beyond to create a positive and supportive environment," Ann Marie Perry said. "Where members of all different levels can feel comfortable to work at their own pace while still challenging themselves to attain their health and fitness goals."
Melendez said this accessibility is what sets her apart from similar businesses.
"I feel like we are very approachable, we have such an eclectic group of people, we are very welcoming, and very comforting," she said. "We will help you modify just about anything, or step it up with grabbing heavier weights or just trying a little harder. It's a great group of people of all different abilities, shapes, and sizes."
Classes are Monday and Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Early morning classes at 5 are also being offered, check the Berkshire Body Facebook page for details. All sessions are $5.
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Cheshire Town Meeting Approves $6.6M Budget, Rejects Pot Bylaws
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
Carol Francesconi takes the gavel as moderator for the meeting.
CHESHIRE, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday night rejected four citizens' petitions that would have greatly limited marijiuna facilities.
Voters did approve amended versions of the 16 other articles on the annual town meeting warrant during a nearly three-hour session held in the Hoosac Valley High School gym.
That included a revised fiscal 2021 budget of $6,640,131.64, authorizations for purchasing a number of vehicles and the redirection of $60,000 approved last year but unused toward a design work for turning Cheshire School into a municipal complex.
The marijuana bylaws would have required any growing facility to file a water usage report annually to the town; allowed only one non-retail cannabis facility in town; broadened the definition of "facility" to include accessories such as fences, plants and related items; set up a 24-hour odor control; and asked the Planning Board to revisit its approved bylaw.
iBerkshiresTV host Jeff Snoonian speaks with Selectmen Chairwoman Michelle Francesconi and Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV about the upcoming annual town meeting, the budget voters will decide and the precautions being put in place because of COVID-19.
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On Friday morning, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released the sport-specific modifications that on Thursday unanimously were approved by the associationís COVID-19 Task Force. click for more
The Finance Committee recommended using $376,000 in free cash to offset the tax increase necessitated by the town's rising costs. The Selectmen had decided to reduce last year's offset number from $140,000 to $110,000.
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The MIAA Board of Directors Wednesday morning approved a plan that moves football and other sports the commonwealth considers at a high-risk for COVID-19 transmission to a newly created Fall II season that will be wedged between the winter and spring. click for more