The Berkshires ‘Hotel Wars’: How many is too many?

Sunday, Jul 16 - Research indicates there are about 4,265 hotel rooms in Berkshire County and that over the course of the entire year, the occupancy rate averages about 50 percent. -- Laurie Klefos, executive vice president of 1Berkshire "We are beyond saturation at this point, but we had planned this awhile ago and will have to work to get the business." -- Joe Toole, hotel entrepreneur, commenting during the opening of his 89-room Marriott Courtyard in Lenox.

Birth Announcement

Friday, Jul 14 - A daughter was born July 8 to Bobbie Jo and Aidan Gilligan.

Welcome to Real Estate Friday

Friday, Jul 14 - This edition of Real Estate Friday has new features, plus the latest weekly report of real estate sales in the Berkshire Region for July 2-8, 2017.

State approves grants to four Berkshire towns for badly needed broadband

Wednesday, Jul 12 - As part of its Last Mile initiative, MBI will provide Charter with a grant of more than $4.4 million to defray the costs of wiring the rural towns of Egremont, Tyringham, Hancock and Peru. State Rep. Pignatelli also noted that Egremont and perhaps Monterey will have a 1 Gbps connection through Fiber Connect, 12 times faster than what Charter offers in Great Barrington.

Mary Jane Pignatelli, 63, of Lenox

Tuesday, Jul 11 - Mary Jane taught the LPN program at Berkshire Community College for eight years. For the past eight years, she worked as the school nurse at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School and Morris Elementary School in Lenox.

Richard Biasin, 72, of Tyringham

Monday, Jul 10 - Richard was owner and president of Berkshire Mechanical Corporation in Lee. He owned and trained thoroughbred horses for many years, was former president of the Lee Little League and enjoyed coaching the LYA girls’ basketball teams.

Emma Drew, 94, of Stockbridge

Monday, Jul 10 - Emma's life included service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having earned several awards for outstanding service.