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Pittsfield Dentist Named Volunteer Hero by the Massachusetts Dental Society
01:36PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Thomas J. Sakshaug was recently recognized as a William McKenna Volunteer Hero by the Massachusetts Dental Society, a statewide organization serving nearly 5,000 member dentists.

Dr. Sakshaug was acknowledged by his peers for substantial contributions to organized dentistry at both the state and local district levels.

Sakshaug, who has been practicing dentistry in the Berkshires for 30 years, has been a member of the Berkshire District Dental Society for 30 years, serving as treasurer for the past 13 years. He has also volunteered extensively with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Berkshires, a Great Barrington-based organization that provides care for working,

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Pittsfield Police Hosting Community Police Academy
01:07PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Police Department again will host the Community Police Academy.

The academy provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about how police officers work, as well as gain a better understanding of department operations by familiarizing residents with our community-policing philosophy, internal policies, and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services within our community.

Topics for the upcoming academy include:  Patrol Operations, Introduction to Criminal Law, Motor Vehicle Stops, Animal Control, Police Use of Force, Accident Investigations, OUI’s, Drugs, Crime Scenes, Police K9,

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The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.

There are clients of mine that check their retirement accounts several times a day. To say they are addicted to doing so would not be an understatement. Some of them are retired and have nothing else to do each day but sit in front of the television watching financial channels. They are usually male, have control issues and have substituted watching TV and their investment accounts for their old job.

The sad facts are that the more you look, the higher the probability that

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 22 - Aug. 25
Staff Reports,
12:59PM / Friday, August 26, 2016
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, August 22.   Amanda Swift, 22, of Plymouth had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of attempted arson of a dwelling house, and burning personal property.   She was released on personal recognizance. Swift is accused of attempting to set fire to Barton's Crossing in Pittsfield on April 18, 2016.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, August 25.   Naquan Miller, 37, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was released on $7,500 bail. The charge stems from the execution of a search warrant at

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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals
12:25PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Music to their ears: Wood Bros. Music of Pittsfield will now be offering a complete line of band and string instrument rentals for the 2016-2017 school year. Owner Chip Winnard also is working with RS Berkeley, a New Jersey-based instrument manufacturing company, which has been the sponsor for several clinics in area schools, including North Adams' Drury High School, Adams' Hoosac Valley, Wahconah High School and several Pittsfield schools including the city's elementary, middle and high schools.

Winnard said this new venture coincides with a move and expansion for Wood Brothers to a larger store within the Allendale Shopping Center.

RS Berkeley, which has a strong commitment

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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:57AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy."

Thus, I'm proud to report that while the very bawdy, irreverent, sometimes hilarious and ultimately overcooked "Sausage Party" is certainly different, I'm managing to contain myself. While featuring some fine writing and direction from a gaggle of popular, Hollywood humorists, perhaps it's the cartoon venue that inspires some of the deleterious

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
11:09AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.  

The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company as a memorial to its predecessors and is worn proudly with distinction by the alerts today.
 
The Alerts proudly took home three new trophies: the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Equipment-Out of State," the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Marching Unit, With

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The Mountís Writers-in-Residence Program Application Deadline Nears
10:35AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two- to three-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat, will accept applications through Sept. 2.

The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Additional information including submission guidelines can be found online.

New this year, The Mount will be offering residency for up to three women writers. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1,000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 26-Sept. 1
09:21AM / Friday, August 26, 2016
  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       August 26 - September 1,

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Glow Ball Mini Golf Fundraiser For Special Olympics Planned For Sept.
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, August 26, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A new fundraiser for the Special Olympics is teeing off next month.   Market 32 and Baker's Golf have teamed up to put on a special glow ball night with the benefits going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will supply Special Olympic athletes from Berkshire County with equipment, uniforms, and transportation to the games.    "We thought this would be a fun way for people to gather and raise money," said Rose Cote, Market 32's community ambassador who helped organize the event.   Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, Baker's mini golf course will be lit by glow sticks. Trees are wrapped in lights, balloons will be

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm.    With all of the products he needed right on site, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business — Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employs eight people and ships his

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Passenger Killed When Sedan Flips in Lenox Downtown
02:12PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — An elderly woman from the state of Florida was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was riding in collided three other vehicles, traveled through the Walker and Main street intersection and flipped over to land on the lawn of Adams Community Bank.

Nancy Goessel, 88, of Naples, Fla., was extricated using a Jaws of Life and was transported to Berkshire Medical Center  in Pittsfield, where she was pronounced dead at 4:29 p.m.

Senior Officer Timothy Sheehan and Officers Jacob Stringer and William Colvin were awaiting shift change at the Lenox Police Station at 2:13 on Wednesday afternoon when they were alerted to a loud crash at the intersection of Walker

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