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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Snowfall Predictions: Do You Want to Build A(nother) Snowman?
11:47AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.

That's right, folks: The calendar says it's still winter, and so does Mother Nature, and she's planning on hitting us with another big snowstorm late Monday into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 11 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday and is forecasting a total accumation of 6 to 12 inches across most of Berkshire County. Accuweather is warning that when all is said and done we could see 8 to 12 inches.

Our friends at WTEN put much of Northern Berkshire County into the 10- to 18-inch range, which is basically what WNYT is saying, too. WRGB seems to have the western half of Berkshire


CHP Accepting New Primary Care Patients in Pittsfield
11:22AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three primary care providers are now accepting new adult patients at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.

Family nurse practitioner Rebecca Gamache is focused on health promotion and disease prevention, and she has a strong passion for holistic treatment options. Gamache received her undergraduate degree from UMass-Amherst and went on to earn her M.S. in nursing at Sage Graduate School in Troy, N.Y.  She is a Berkshire County native, and worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire County ARC before becoming a primary care practitioner.

Dr. Richard Samale is board-certified in family medicine and brings a "whole


Three from County Win Age Groups at Regional Free Throw Contest
05:36PM / Sunday, March 11, 2018

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- On Saturday, nine Berkshire County competitors represented local councils from towns of Adams, Cheshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox and Lee competed at the Western Mass Regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Ahna Balcom of Council No. 103 from Pittsfield and Grace Julieano and Cliff Flynn of of Council 314 of Lenox each won their age group and will represent Berkshire County at the State Championship this year.

Emily Glasier of Cheshire, who represented Council No. 230 of Northern Berkshire, placed second in her division at the regional competition.

The state tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, at Anna Maria


Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.


North Adams Veterans Services Now Offering City Hall Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

'Scratch and dent' cans of fruit are among the donated items in the food pantry.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The jobs of local Veterans Agent Stephen Roy and his assistant, Tina Samson, just got a little bigger.

Lucky for them, so has the generosity of the Northern Berkshire community.

The Veterans Services office, located in North Adams City Hall, had been serving veterans in the towns of Williamstown, Adams, Clarksburg, Florida and Savoy in addition to vets living in the city itself. On March 1, the office's reach expanded to include the towns of Dalton, Lanesborough and Cheshire. That is why it has been a blessing for the office to be able to expand its cache of free

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none


'Death Wish': What this World Doesn't Need Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:19PM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
"Death Wish," essentially a reboot of its 1974 namesake starring Charles Bronson, is problematic at best. For gosh sakes, there's tons of fear, loathing and guns -- the deadly sum of which the world doesn't need, especially at this incendiary and anguishing juncture in our history.    But you can't blame MGM or director Eli Roth for the untimely release of this heir apparent to what became the standard of vigilante ethos. Considering the ceaseless conveyor belt of mass shootings bloodying our landscape, there is never a good time.   You watch and wince. The casual mention of an AR-15 when Bruce Willis' Dr. Paul Kersey makes inquiries at a gun shop


Family Services Expands Playgroups to Stockbridge Pinewoods Community
10:43PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Pinewoods community room hosts a playgroup offering creativity, literacy, socializatoin and STEM development, with activities from cooking, to outdoor play, on Wednesdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Playgroups are open to Pinewoods families and any others in the nearby community; the group will be led by local educator and Community Health Programs playgroup leader Sue Ebitz.

Also at Pinewoods, on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Stockbridge Youth Librarian Jenney Maloy will host a pop-up library and story time at the community room.

Pinewoods children in preschool through middle school can sign up for library cards, check out


Grant Funds Video Remote Medical Interpreter Equipment for CHP
06:30PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With 41 different languages and 28 ethnic groups counted among Community Health Programs patients around Berkshire County, CHP is now equipped with on-demand, live medical translation technology at its 10 practice locations. The new technology has been acquired with a grant from Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The video remote interpretation monitors, from Stratus Video, include Wi-Fi-enabled iPads that connect patients to certified medical interpreters in real time. With quick access to translators, CHP doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff can have better medical discussions with patients, regardless of language barriers. The touch-screen monitors


Talk to Your Spouse About Your Retirement Vision
Submitted by Edward Jones,
06:22PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

If you're single, your retirement goals are your own – you don't really have to consult with anybody, and you can change your plans whenever you like. However, if you're married, you and your spouse should develop a joint “vision” encompassing all the key areas of your retirement lifestyle. 

These are a few questions you may want to address first:

Where should we live? Once you retire, you may need to consider two key aspects of your living situation: the size and location of your home. Regarding size, you may look around one day and realize you have more living space than you actually need. This is especially true, of course, if you have children who


Williamstown Honors 101-Year-Old With Boston Post Cane
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Filomena Demo is joined by her son Sergio, daughter-in-law Gail and grandson Wyatt.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Filomena Demo knows how she has managed to live to the age of 101.

"I don't worry," she said. "I pray for everyone. I thank God."

Demo shared her wisdom on Tuesday during a ceremony presenting her with the town of Williamtown's Boston Post Cane, which recognizes her as the town's oldest resident. She turns 102 next month.

The Boston Post Canes were originated by the now-defunct Boston Post in the early 1900s and were given to towns across Massachusetts and beyond to honor each town's oldest resident as a marketing ploy. With Tuesday's


iBerkshires Storm Center: Closings & Cancellations March 8
09:24AM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A severe winter storm expected to dumped upwards of 2 feet of snow on the area, particularly over parts of the Northern Berkshires.    Schools are closed or had delayed openings. Adams, Clarksburg, Lenox, North Adams and Pittsfield declared snow emergencies: no parking on streets during the storm or in the hours afterward to allow for snow removal. Pittsfield's snow emergency was lifted on Thursday morning but North Adams has extended its until 8 p.m. on Thursday.   Below is a list of closures and cancellations for Thursday, March 8.  Pittsfield trash pickup resumes Friday, schedule will be one day behind International Women's Day celebration dinner


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