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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

May Is Mental Health Month; Time to Maintain 'Connection' During Pandemic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
BOSTON — You do not hear much about the up side of a global pandemic, but Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday was able to inject a note of levity into his daily COVID-19 update.   "I've tried for years to get my three kids to read books — wildly unsuccessfully," Baker said. "My daughter and a friend of hers [recently] decided to start a book club because it would give the two of them plus a number of their friends a reason to chat every night, something to talk about.   "They have now been reading books for a couple of weeks, talking every single night about what they're reading in the books they've got. They even asked me what I would


'Sullivan's Travels': Goes First Class
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:19PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Big Y Appoints Sheffield Woman as New Marketing Leader
12:09PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods has appointed Sarah Steven of Sheffield as senior director of marketing. 

In this new capacity, Steven will oversee all aspects of marketing across the company’s brands of Big Y World Class Markets, Big Y Express Gas and Convenience, Fresh Acres specialty market and Table & Vine wines and spirits. As such, she will lead the marketing team to further develop the brand's digital initiatives, including programming to support the launch of e-commerce. Her work on the brand will ensure that Big Y continues to grow its customer base within existing markets as it expands to new regions in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

"I am excited


Barrington Stage Postpones Part of 2020 Summer Season
11:27AM / Thursday, April 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage is postponing its previously announced 2020 season until the summer of 2021 but is moving forward with late-summer and fall productions with new procedures in place.

"We think there is a strong need to do an alternate season that honors live theater, that allows us to assemble safely and reminds us we are not alone in this self-isolated world we find ourselves in," Artistic Director Julianne Boyd said in an email to supporters. "We want to give you a safe place where you can experience wonderful stories and music and for a few short hours transport you to a different world."

In the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage theater, Barrington


Polito, Baker Discuss How 'Reopening' Board Will Function
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Wednesday, April 29, 2020
BOSTON — One day after naming an advisory board to develop a phased approach for reopening the commonwealth, state officials provided some insight into how they see that board operating.   At Wednesday's press availability, Gov. Charlie Baker was asked whether he was concerned that the 17-person panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito might not have a wide enough cross section of the commonwealth's economy.   Polito explained that the members of the advisory board will be conduits for information.   "For instance, if you are a restaurant owner, you would navigate to the representative on the board who has that experience level," Polito said. "We

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Greylock Federal Has Made $23 Million in Payroll Protection Loans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:28PM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Bryan and Teresa Cadran, who now own the company started by his father, were able to bring back two laid-off workers and will be able hire a third for an open position.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Repro Systems has been making signs and graphics for commercial and personal use for 40 years. But when the pandemic hit, the family business saw its workflow drop by 75 percent.    "I think it was like the domino effect," said Bryan Cadran, who runs the business with his wife, Teresa, and a few employees. "First the building community and then the graphics, so as some businesses closed or stayed at home, our production just dropped — just like a light


Baker Extends Non-Essential Business Closure Order through May 18
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
12:39PM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday that he is extending the order to close non-essential businesses in the commonwealth through at least May 18 and creating an advisory panel to develop plans for a phased reopening of the commonwealth's economy.   Baker also extended to May 18 the ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people, which, like the non-essential business order, was to have ended next Monday.   Although the commonwealth has seen a plateau in the metrics used to study the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not seen a decrease in those measures, Baker said. And until those numbers start to come down, it is not appropriate to talk


NAMI Berkshire County Announces 'Warm Line'
11:19AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County has instituted a "warm line" at 413-445-1136

The "warm line" is a phone number that people can call to talk to either a NAMI-BC staff or a community-trained volunteer having lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and/or to assist individuals through a difficult time, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAMI Berkshire County will provide support over the phone as well as resources as available. Calls will be accepted during the day and evening until 8 p.m. Callers experiencing isolation, fear, stress can speak to someone so they will not feel as isolated and find some coping


Berkshire Country Day School Students Win National Latin Awards
11:12AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Nineteen Upper School students from Berkshire Country Day School have been awarded certificates and medals for their high scores on the 2020 National Latin Exam, taken March 5, 2020. The NLE exam is sponsored both by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.

For the Latin I National Exam, the following awards were earned by seventh graders: 

Gold Cum Laude: Jacob Creelan, East Chatham, N.Y., and Gabrielle Mott, Lenox

Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Bryce Akroyd, Lenox

Magna Cum Laude: Alice Kwiatkowski, West Stockbridge, and Sophie Shaw, Great Barrington

Cum Laude: Sam Hautzig, East Chatham, N.Y., Kachina Lucido, Great Barrington, and


MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 Virtually
10:58AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Work by MCLA senior Samantha Louise Hinds will be part of the exhibition opening online May 1.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior art students will launch their website exhibition titled "And So it Goes," with an online event featuring artist talks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. 

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

Each artist's individual work spans a variety of themes and mediums. Themes range from mental illness and self-reflection to climate change


Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards
10:20AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has announced the names of 22 honorees receiving recognition at the third annual (virtual) Berkshire Nonprofit Awards on May 19.

A panel of 16 judges deliberated for 90 minutes via Zoom, ultimately choosing three honorees in each of seven categories as well as one honoree for the lifetime achievement award. The Berkshire Nonprofit Awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the people who work in the nonprofit sector. 

The honorees are:


Samya Rose Stumo Youth Leadership      

Raei Bridges, NAACP, Berkshire County Branch

Sara Rawson, Southern Berkshire Health Coalition

Alix Ziaja,


How Should Millennials Respond to Market Decline?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:09AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has unsettled every age group, as we are all worried about our health and that of our families and communities. And if you're in the millennial generation, generally defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996, you might also be concerned about your financial future, given the sharp decline in investment prices. How should you respond to what has been happening? 

Your view of the current situation will depend somewhat on your age. If you're an older millennial, you had probably been investing for a few years when we went through the financial crisis in 2007-2008. And you then experienced 11 years of a record bull market, so you have seen both the


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