Two more Berkshire County residents succumb to coronavirus-related illness

Two more Berkshire County residents succumb to coronavirus-related illness

Two more residents of Berkshire County have succumbed to a coronavirus-related illness.Both county residents, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 90s, were hospitalized, according to the state Department of Health (DPH). While the man had a preexisting condition, DPH says that it was unknown if the woman had a preexisting condition. […]

Coronavirus pandemic impacts the grieving process

Coronavirus pandemic impacts the grieving process

GREAT BARRINGTON — When a loved one dies, the nearly automatic and well-intended response is to offer condolences to those affected. And just because a global pandemic has been declared, doesn’t mean grief can be put on hold. So what does that mean for local funeral homes?For Meghan Finnerty, president of Finnerty & Stevens Funeral […]

Berkshire Mountain Distillers shifts from spirits to sanitizers

Berkshire Mountain Distillers shifts from spirits to sanitizers

SHEFFIELD — As shelves that once displayed a selection of cleaning supplies in grocery stores and pharmacies continue to be picked clean, a local distillery has shifted its operations to brew a product with the community’s safety in mind: hand sanitizer. This past week, Daniel T. Riordan, the acting deputy administrator of the Alcohol and […]

Foundation donates autism sensory bags to local first responders

Foundation donates autism sensory bags to local first responders

GREAT BARRINGTON — Sheffield police officers and Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad EMTs and paramedics have added some new equipment to their emergency response kits.On Monday, March 23, the two local entities each received four sensory bags designed to help on emergency response calls that involve people or patients with autism. The bags were donated to […]

Fire, police, ambulance response curtailed

Fire, police, ambulance response curtailed

GREAT BARRINGTON — While the town’s first responders are still answering emergency calls, the response has been curtailed as a result of the coronavirus, officials say.From increased disinfecting of the town’s police department, including holding cells and the rear of cruisers, to providing additional training to officers on issues related to the virus, such as […]

Town officials issue correction that there’s only one presumptive case of coronavirus in Otis

Town officials issue correction that there’s only one presumptive case of coronavirus in Otis

This story has been updated with additional information OTIS — The town announced that there is a second, related, presumptive confirmed case of a resident with coronavirus yesterday afternoon, but as of early Friday morning, that seems to have changed. According to an announcement issued by the Town of Otis’ building inspector, there was an […]

Cemetery Commission gives Housatonic man the OK to recognize Medal of Honor recipient

Cemetery Commission gives Housatonic man the OK to recognize Medal of Honor recipient

GREAT BARRINGTON — A recipient of the country’s highest award for bravery during Civil War combat is buried in town and Housatonic resident Andy Moro wants to make sure that achievement is recognized.During a Wednesday, March 4 meeting of the Great Barrington Cemetery Commission, Moro came before the group asking for support for commemorating Medal […]

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