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The acress Bette Davis, along with her sister, attended the Crestalban School in Laneborough for three years beginning in 1917. It was there that she began her acting career, including a portrayal as Santa Claus that turned disastrous when her whiskers were set aflame by a candle.
Built off of East Street and Dalton Division Road around the turn of the 20th century, Yankee Orchards boasted a variety of apples on the 200-acre parcel. The orchard closed in 1954 and the land eventually became a subdivision with streets named after different types of apples.
The two fish markets in Pittsfield where we shopped were owned and operated by two brothers, George and Harold Kahn. They owned Berkshire Fish Co., where the slogan was, "if it swims, we have it," and later the Geo. Kahn Fish Market.
A number of readers wrote to ask about four schools that were not included in a recent three-part series about the history of baby boomer schools. Today we take a look at four war baby schools, which closed by 1951.
The second installment of a three-part series exploring the origin of the city of Pittsfield's 20 elementary schools during the baby boom era. Most were named for prominent community leaders or historic figures, with but a few exceptions.
Ever the innovator, Gabe Virgilio purchased a state-of-the-art coal-burning oven to make pizzas in his East Side Cafe. To this day, the cafe makes pizza in this oven.
For decades, the sundial in Park Square marked the location where a historic tree, known as the Old Elm, once stood. It has since been moved to a spot that gets more direct sunlight.
In May 2018, the nonprofit Berkshire Carousel’s board, controlled by members and friends of the Shulman family, granted James and Jackie Shulman a $1.22 million mortgage on the site of the carousel, which James Shulman spearheaded. He says the couple sought the financial benefit to protect their personal investment in the attraction, and may give proceeds to a different public cause.
When two brothers from Schenectady, N.Y., moved to the Berkshires in 1938 and opened Pittsfield Sporting Goods, it was the beginning of nearly six decades of business at a number of locations in the city.