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Bay State Games Cancels Winter Figure Skating Competition
12:37PM / Monday, November 29, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Bay State Games are skipping the figure skating competition again this winter and the status of the hockey games are uncertain.    This would be the second year that competition in Northern Berkshire has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Winter Games were last held in 2020, just before the start of the pandemic. The Summer Games that year were canceled but were held successfully this past summer, as were some of the winter sports — but not in North Berkshire.     Williams College has hosted the annual figure skating competition for 35 years. The competitions are normally held in January, February or


Preview: Winterlights Returns to Illuminate Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Monday, November 29, 2021

The Trustees' Brian Cruey says the mansion's gardens are illuminated by more than 150,000 LED lights.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations' Winterlights is returning to Naumkeag for its fourth year.  The show is running from November 26 to January 9 and is currently 90 percent sold out.

The 48-acre property is illuminated with more than 150,000 LED bulbs and features themed displays such as Rainbow Road, Laser Light Forest, and the hallmark Blue Steps.

This year, guests can once again experience the Chinese Garden decorated for New Year's and the Evergreen Garden. The late 1800s home is also part of Winterlights for 2021, featuring a pianist,


Williams Men's Basketball Improves to 5-0
08:37PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
DELHI, N.Y. -- Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 24 points Sunday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 74-67 win over SUNY-Delhi.   Nate Karren had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Dalton's Brandon Roughley scored four for Williams (5-0), which hosts Worcester State on Thursday.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Oswego State answered an early Williams goal with three straight to earn a 3-1 win and a weekend sweep.   Jacob Monroe scored in the seventh minute for Wiliams, which got 29 saves from Cole Sandquist.   Williams (2-2) continues a six-game homestand against Conn College on Friday.


Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Eric Rogers
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:29PM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eric Rogers served his country in the Army as a specialist from 2010 to 2014.    He joined the service one week before his 21st birthday and did his basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.    "It wasn't as bad as it was annoying. There's a big gap between guys that were 18 and 21. I kept getting in trouble for stupid things the younger guys did," he said.    After basic, Rogers was sent to Army School in Huntsville, Ala., where he spent a few months, then to the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Navy-controlled program is extremely long and expensive and


Williamstown Holiday Walk, Reindog Parade Returns for 2021
11:00AM / Sunday, November 28, 2021
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Williamstown Planning Board Continues to Grapple with Dimensional Change Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Williamstown Planning Board and Community Development Director Andrew Groff meet virtually earlier this month.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board this month continued to discuss major revisions to the zoning bylaw that it could bring to town meeting as early as this May.   But a familiar difference of opinion continues to keep the panel from agreeing on one of the more sweeping changes on the table.   Chair Chris Winters, who went through the entire bylaw and proposed a series of changes to give the board a starting point for its discussion, has advocated for reducing the frontage and area requirements for housing lots in all the residential


MDAR Commissioner Marks 'Green Friday' at Seekonk Tree Farm
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:51PM / Friday, November 26, 2021

Seekonk Tree Farm was selected for the annual 'Green Friday' pronouncement. MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to the family-owned farm to present Peter Sweet Jr. and family with the state proclamation encouraging state residents to buy their greenery local.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — State Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux traveled to Seekonk Tree Farm to celebrate "Green Friday" with the cutting of a Christmas tree.  The day is meant to encourage residents to source holiday plants from local farms.

Lebeaux presented the owners of the farm, the Sweet family, with a proclamation that marked Nov. 26 as Green Friday and outlined

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Small Business Saturday in the Berkshires
By Jack Guerino & Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, November 26, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shop local on Small Business Saturday.   Communities throughout the county are elevating their small businesses on Small Business Saturday with holiday markets and other special events.   The national effort occurs on Nov. 27, one day after Black Friday when people typically flock to big box stores for holiday shopping. (Some local businesses are getting a head start with "Plaid Friday," a new movement that focuses on local and independent stores.)   Downtown Pittsfield will be celebrating the plethora of locally owned shops, eateries, and businesses it has to offer during Small Business

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Winter Weather Advisory for Northern Berkshire; Snow on the Way
10:48AM / Friday, November 26, 2021
Friday morning's cold and rainy weather is expected to give way to the first significant snow of the season later in the day.    The region could get 2 to 6 inches with up to 10 inches in the higher elevations. Rate of snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour late in the afternoon and this evening.    Or, we could just get slushy rain.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter weather advisory for eastern Rensselaer County in New York, Northern Berkshire until 7 a.m. on Saturday. A winter storm warning has been issued for much of Southern Vermont.   Drivers are urged to use caution — it seems takes us at least one


The Retired Investor: Thanksgiving Post-Pandemic
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
Consumers are making up for last year's subdued Thanksgiving holiday. Air travel has jumped. Traffic on the roads is expected to be heavy. Grocery stores are crowded, and families are getting back together again all over the country. Hurrah!   As most readers know, last year's holiday was a bit of a dud largely because of the pandemic. Fewer people travelled. Instead, many of us decided to play it safe. Across the nation, family members decided to remain home, avoid the possibility of contagion, and postpone celebrating together until this year. That was a smart decision. In the meantime, the coronavirus cases have declined, vaccinations rates have risen, and America has


Hoosac Valley Kindergarteners on 'How to Cook a Turkey'
Community Submission,
11:24AM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
  ADAMS, Mass. — There are many ways to cook a turkey, and the kindergarten classes at Hoosac Valley Elementary School annually send iBerkshires their own ideas on how much turkeys weigh, who cooks them and how long it takes, along with their own somewhat exotic recipes.    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. Please note, these recipes are only for your reading pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!   Teacher Robin Poirot started this fun project some years ago so we start off with what her

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SVHC Launches Website for Emergency Department Renovation Project
01:43PM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — A $25.8 million project to renovate and expand the Emergency Department and Main Entrance of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), requires a lot of coordination and communication.   The health system has launched a website to facilitate sharing news and developments about the project directly with patients. The website is located at   "We want to share the excitement of this important project with our community," said Ray E. Smith, the administrative director of Corporate Development and public information officer for SVHC. "Additionally, the website and


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