Pittsfield Earns Insurance Premium Credits Through MIIA

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield earned $28,771 in insurance premium credits through the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association Rewards Program.
 
The City of Pittsfield received $28,771 back on its workers compensation and property and casualty insurance costs, applicable toward premium reductions for the next fiscal year, because of its participation in an incentive program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), its insurance provider.
 
"We are thrilled to receive these MIIA Reward credits. Within the City of Pittsfield, it’s vital that our employees have access to comprehensive resources, training, and information that support their safety and well-being," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "These credits reflect a steady commitment on the part of our employees to staying engaged and informed to ensure a safe, productive and efficient working environment."
 
Pittsfield employees participated in seminars and training sessions on human resources and legal issues, as well as a boiler sensor pilot program, among other initiatives supported by the MIIA Rewards program.
 
In fiscal year 2020, which concluded on June 30, MIIA awarded over $2.4 million in premium credits to 285 of its member communities and municipal organizations – resulting in an 18-year total of over $38.2 million since the program’s inception.
 
"The City of Pittsfield has demonstrated a great commitment over the past year to promote safety in the workplace and mitigate risk," Stanley Corcoran, executive vice president of MIIA said. "The result of their efforts has been to help lower their insurance costs by earning these Rewards credits. MIIA looks forward to its ongoing partnership with Pittsfield to ensure its employees continue to be well-trained and prepared to avoid unnecessary risks and losses, and to save local taxpayer dollars."
 
MIIA is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. As a member-based organization, MIIA’s focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management and health insurance solutions to Massachusetts municipalities and related public entities. MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts.
 

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The Zombie Pig, and Other Tales of Cabbage Stalk Night

By Joe DurwinSpecial to iBerkshires

A North Adams Transcript headline from 1901
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It's a variant of a tradition known by other names around the country — Devil's Night, Mischief Night, Corn Night — practiced in select areas around the eastern United States, and particularly  concentrated in a thin slice of rural New England: cabbage night, cabbage stump night, or cabbage stalk night.  
 
This last variation of the name appears to be distinct to the Berkshires, North County in particular. Originally dating back to the before the mid-1800s, in a time when almost everyone grew some produce on their property, youths would run amok pulling up cabbages and hurling them at doors, in combination with various pranks and petty vandalisms. 
 
"The 'young American' way of celebrating Hallowe'en is to devote the night to robbing gardens of cabbages, unhinging gates, and making a disturbance generally," opined the Berkshire County Eagle in 1873, noting that five young men had found themselves up on charges after being "especially offensive at Henry Wergler's where they dashed cabbage stalks through the windows and were very riotous." 
 
"Stumps and leaves of this fragrant vegetable were plenty on sidewalks and dooryards," the Eagle noted following another robust cabbage night in Pittsfield three years later and, in 1892 explained, "All the pent up devilry, accumulated in a year's time, in the minds of a hundred boys, breaks forth on cabbage night in Dalton, and persons admiring safety stay in doors."
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