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Lanesborough Considering Fines For Failing to Renew Business Certificate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are considering a fine for businesses that do not keep up with their certificates. But it also wants to get a better tracking system in place first.   The Selectmen has the ability to implement fines of up to $300 a month for a company that does not renew its business certificate. An initial proposal was made to charge $200 a month, but Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers and Robert Ericson thought that may be too much.    "That sounds pretty steep to me," Ericson said, suggesting cutting that in half.   Currently, the town doesn't charge anything and instead just tries to track down the business owners


Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior Kat Chenail helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmen Grace Smith and Ian


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their


Berkshire Country Day School Students Win Classics Day Awards
12:13PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Latin students (grades seven to nine) joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 20.

BCD's Latin students enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with their peers from Academy Hill, Amherst Middle School, Belchertown, Herberg, Lenox Memorial High, MacDuffie, Pittsfield, Taconic and Williston. The BCD students were accompanied by teachers Eugénie and James Fawcett, Associate Head of School Leigh Doherty, and Head of School Paul Lindenmaier.

BCD students received the following awards:


Art contest

Sculpture: First Place: ninth grader


Greylock Youth Basketball's 'Big Three' Shine in Weekend Wins
07:58AM / Monday, January 23, 2017
Derek Paris scored 15 points, and Malcolm Waynick added 11 Sunday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 48-34 win over Mount Everett.   Oscar low chipped in with seven for Greylock (3-2 in the Berkshire County League), which plays Lenox on Saturday.   Jack Carpenter scored 15, and Kolby Bleau had 11 for Mount Everett.   On Saturday, Greylock beat CYC of Pittsfield, 42-31. Three players finished in double figures for Greylock: Paris with 13, Waynick with 11 and Low with 10.   “When Low, Paris and Waynick can score in double digits, we love our chances,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “It usually happens when we


Dozens Help Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity On MLK Day of Service
By Dawn Giftos, Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity
03:36PM / Sunday, January 22, 2017

The volunteers handled an array of duties while working at 5 Hall Place. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 25 volunteers came out in the early morning hours Monday to help Habitat for Humanity get a new home ready for a local family.   Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, arrived at the 5 Hall Place home with more than a dozen students and area residents to help clean and prep walls, floors and ceilings for painting and move building materials in the back yard to make way for Spring cleanup.   Later in the morning, the newest state Sen. Adam Hinds joined the effort and took on cleaning duty, simultaneously answering questions on the minds of

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Community Helps Boys & Girls Club Replace 40-year-old Zamboni
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Saturday, January 21, 2017

The new resurfacer was placed in a shipping crate and hoisted through a door on the third floor, where the rink is located. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls' Club has finally replaced its 40-year-old ice re-surfacer.   The new Olympia was delivered on Friday to replace the Zamboni that had been used since the rink's inception in the 1970s. A crane was contracted to lift the new piece of equipment up to the club's third story after a yearlong process of fundraising and purchasing.   "This is a 2000 model. It has very low miles or hours, as they say, so we came through with the purchase with LSK Enterprises down in Virginia Beach. The total cost


Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 17 - Jan. 19.
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, January 20, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 17.   Valerie Soules, 63, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual relations with inmates.   She was placed on three-years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Soules engaged in a sexual relationship with an inmate while employed at the Berkshire County House of Correction.   The incident occurred between October 1, 2014 and September 17, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 19.   Tonia O'Brien, 19, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery upon a child with substantial bodily injury, reckless


'Hidden Figures': Amounts to an Important Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:51PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

Watching director Theodore Melfi's "Hidden Figures," about the African-American women working for NASA who were instrumental if not indispensable to getting our first man in space, we scratch our heads and can't help but ask ourselves, "How come I didn't know this?" But figuring the truth here isn't rocket science.

So many years after the fact, it's the same depth of prejudice that hampered Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and their sister colleagues from convincing the space agency of their genius that has squirreled away their story.

This is a civics lesson, especially important at this tremulous juncture when a sizable portion


SVMC OB/GYNs to Appear on WAMC's Medical Monday
12:41PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — At 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, SVMC OB/GYNs Anika Chadee and Themarge Small will appear on WAMC's Northeast Public Radio's Medical Monday program.

Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y., which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. She joined the SVMC medical staff and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians in 2016.

Dr. Small received her medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Geffen School of Medicine and completed the


Final Steel Beam Placed On New Taconic High School Structure
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:35PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

City Councilor Kathleen Amuso, a former School Committee member, has been working on this project for more than a decade. Her signature joined hundreds including students, construction workers, and staff. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The $120.8 million Taconic High School construction project hit another milestone Friday when workers placed the final steel beam on the structure.   In a topping-off ceremony, a construction tradition signifying the completion of the structure of a building, school and construction officials celebrated the milestone with a speaking program, signing of the beams, and of course, watching the workers place it.   "While they hoist the beam that


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