As a crowd gathered around the front steps of the Post Office to hear different acapella groups from Williams College perform, a long line of families waited patiently for free hot chocolate. Meanwhile, hundreds of others waited cheerfully on the sidewalks, greeting neighbors and strangers as they all waited for the big event. At the same time, dozens of dogs in holiday haberdashery were gathering with their human pals on a lawn nearby, preparing to make their way down Spring Street for the annual Reindog Parade.
Abrupt temperature shifts and a windy start to the week, followed by a possible light snowfall at mid-week as turbulence continues.
Friends and family members on Sunday afternoon pay tribute 53 victims of drunk driving in Berkshire County over the past 60 years. Each victim has candle lit in remembrance during a vigil held at the Pittsfield First-Methodist Church.
The dead man found in Pittsfield State Forest over the weekend was the victim of a homicide.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined on Sunday that 32-year-old Reymon Delacruz-Batista of Pittsfield died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
During Saturday's special town election, Washington voters elected David Ellis over John Fish and Keith Sharp to fill a vacancy on the Select Board. The voters also chose Pauline Combe-Clark, Richard Spencer and John McElwain to serve on the Municipal Light Board.
With winter weather settling into the Northern Berkshires, work on the new hike/bike path has stopped, except for construction of the pedestrian bridge over the Green River to connect the western part of the path to The Spruces area.
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Dalton United Methodist Church, 755 Main St., will sell Christmas cookie platters this holiday season as a church fundraiser. Order deadline is Dec. 11.
The Pittsfield High School Orchestra will perform its holiday concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at St. Mark Church, 400 West St.
The Great Barrington Historical Commission is hosting a book launch and book signing party for “Great Barrington Here & Gone” by local historian Bernard A. Drew at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Saint James Place.
Arts and Culture
More than 18 months after closing, Gramercy Bistro is back. Chef/owner Alexander "Sandy" Smith reopened the restaurant on Oct. 21 in a new Williamstown location — at the corner of Water and Main streets, a space once occupied by the former Hops & Vines restaurant.
Mahaiwe audiences are in for a treat when comediennes Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery bring their cabaret-style show “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” to town on Friday, Dec. 10, for an evening of tight harmonies and high jinks.
Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical" at the Colonial Theatre begins with previews Dec. 2-3 and runs through Dec. 23.
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After a few years on the bench as an assistant coach, Mitch Scace has stepped into the head role for the Pittsfield High varsity boys basketball team.
Nate Karren's 25 points helped Williams College to a road win over rival Wesleyan 69-60. The Ephs improved to 7-0 on Saturday in Connecticut.
Head coach Matt McCall's 100th career victory on the sidelines came as UMass turned a 17-point deficit into a 10-point win over Harvard on Saturday in Amherst.
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