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Engaging With The Dead: Berkshirites & Spectral World Part 2: Gilded Age to Modern Para-Tourism
By Joe Durwin, Special to iBerkshires
01:37PM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

What's left of the Mallery residence in New Ashford, the site of a gruesome murder that led to tales of hauntings. It's interesting to me that some of the Gilded Age cottages that have come to be most associated with hauntings today — places like The Mount, Whistlers Inn, Ventfort Hall — weren't at all among the early reputed "haunted houses" of the Berkshires of that era.   Instead, you have places like Greenwood — aka the Captain Britton place in Pittsfield — or Fernbrook, in Lenox.   Greenwood was an interesting early example. Thomas Britton built it in the late 1840s, on a hill near where Route 20 meets Barker Road. It was

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Letter: Get Information About Dangers of Youth Vaping
Letter to the Editor,
11:35AM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

To the Editor:

The start of the school year and new routines brings new worries about teen vaping. These concerns are important, especially now, because smoking and vaping may put people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19.

One in three Massachusetts teens vape and talking with young people about the dangers of vaping can make a difference. Learn more and watch videos at GetOutraged.org, part of a public information campaign from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Get Outraged! aims to spread the word that vaping products contain nicotine, can damage a teen's developing brain, and are addictive. The campaign also shares tips on talking with kids about vaping and

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Williams Football Trounces Trinity
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:15PM / Saturday, October 30, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Joel Nicholas ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead the Williams College football team to a 42-3 win over Trinity.   Bobby Maimaron threw for 62 yards and a touchdown for Williams (7-0) which plays its homecoming game against Wesleyan next Saturday.   Field Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity's India Shay scored in the third quarter to break a tie and send the Bantams past Williams, 2-1, in the NESCAC quarter-finals.   Carson Stephenson and Gates Tenerowicz split time in goal for Williams (11-5).   Men's Soccer NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Connecticut College took a 2-0 lead early in the second half and held on for a 2-1 win over

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Roads to Mount Greylock Summit to Close Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The roads to the Mount Greylock State Reservation will be closed Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. to avoid Halloween vandalism.   Park Superintendent Travis Clairmont told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that, as in recent years, he plans to close down the mountain roads Saturday afternoon while he still has seasonal staff on hand.     Also to avoid Halloween, a night that always brings vandalism to the reservation    "There has been consistent vandalism on Halloween night so it is one more reason to close up," Clairmont said. "Last time we were open on Halloween, they smashed windows and burnt a kiosk.

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@theMarket: Good Earnings Support Markets
By Bill Schmick,
03:51PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
Third-quarter earnings have cheered investors, sending markets to new highs. The bullish wave of buying was so strong that investors ignored the disappointing third quarter read on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   Economists were looking for the economy to grow by 2.6 percent, but instead, GDP gained a mere 2 percent, which was the slowest rate in over a year. Economic activity was damaged by the Delta variant as well as continuing supply-side constraints. The market's reaction indicates that investors are looking through the weak number and expecting the economy to continue to grow.   It seems to be a question of demand versus supply. Yes, the economy slowed,

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Winter Parking Ban Announcements
02:00PM / Friday, October 29, 2021
For many communities in Berkshire County, seasonal parking bans come into effect in November.   Parking bans are put into place to keep streets clear for plowing and emergency vehicle access during snow events.   This list will be updated as more municipalities announce their parking bans.      Adams: The Town will reinstate the traditional winter overnight on-street parking restriction from Dec. 1 through March 31.   Historically, the parking restriction ran from Nov. 15 to April 15. Last season, as a test protocol, the restriction was implemented only when a snow emergency was declared.    In an effort to accommodate residents without off

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The Retired Investor: The Billionaire Tax That Wasn't
By Bill Schmick,
03:58PM / Thursday, October 28, 2021
This week, the Democrats unveiled a new plan to finance President Biden's "Build Back Better" legislation. That proposal, along with a 15 percent corporate minimum tax, has politicians scrambling to line up for or against the idea. Does it have a chance to pass?   Credit for the idea goes to the Senate's top tax expert, Finance Chair Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. His plan is to target only people with $1 billion in assets, or who are earning more than $100 million over three consecutive years. This group would be required to pay capital gains taxes each year on the appreciation in the value of their assets. It won't matter whether they sell or hold those

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House of Correction's Aquaponics Lab Feeding Needy, Imparting Skills
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sam Fleming, whose nonprofit organization 100 Gardens inspired the project, checks out the roots growing in the nutrient rich water.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County House of Correction has had something fishy going on for awhile now.    Community leaders and others got a chance on Wednesday to tour an inmate-run greenhouse that takes hydroponics — growing plants in a nutrient solution — to another level of sustainability by using fish waste as fertilizer. While producing both fish and produce, the facility also provides inmates with valuable skills that can be transferred to life outside of the jail.   Each of the 30 towns and both

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State Extends School Mask Mandate Into January 2022
01:59PM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
MALDEN, Mass. — The mask mandate in schools has been extended through Jan. 15, 2022. This is the second time the mandate has been extended since it was put in place in August in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The latest date for it to be lifted was Monday, Nov. 1.   State officials believe this extension will give time for students age 11 and younger to be vaccinated.    On Tuesday, a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended emergency authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be administered to children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer provided data that it says shows the vaccine was safe for those ages and 90.7 percent effective in

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Clark Art Celebrates Halloween
10:40AM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From 11 am to 2 pm on Oct. 31, visitors are invited to decorate and display pumpkins and ink themselves with temporary tattoos inspired by the permanent collection on the Fernandez Terrace.   Attendees can also enjoy "spooky" lunch specials at Café 7, and pose with cut-outs in the Museum Pavilion.   Indoors, take advantage of the last opportunity to see the exhibition Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed on its closing day. The first North American museum in forty years showcases the Lalannes’ madly inventive and irresistible world of objects. In addition, visitors can explore the year-long installation

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BCT Presents 'The Haunting of Hill House'
10:29AM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, VT. — Bennington Community Theater presents "The Haunting of Hill House" by F. Andrew Leslie.   The play is directed to Robert Ebert.   According to a press release:   Hoping to cause a sensation in the field of parapsychology, Dr. John Montague rents Hill House, a secluded manor with a reputation for being haunted. He carefully selects two participants for his study—Eleanor Vance, a thirty-two-year-old woman who was reported to have had experiences with a poltergeist as a child, and Theodora, a woman marked in one of his lab's studies as having psychic abilities. A third participant, Luke Sanderson, also joins the group. Luke stands to

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SVHC Welcomes New Foundation Board Member
10:07AM / Wednesday, October 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Tommy Harmon of Manchester, Vt., has joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation Board of Directors.    He is the immediate past chair of the SVHC Board of Trustees.   "Tommy's service to SVHC over the past several years has been exemplary," said Bob Van Degna, the chair of the SVHC Foundation Board of Directors. "We are pleased that organization will continue to benefit from his dedication and expertise through his new role on the Foundation Board."   Harmon served on the SVHC Board of Trustees for 13 years, including 5 years as chair. He retired as president and CEO of Sonnax Industries in Bellows Falls,

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