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MassDOT Honors Completion of Lafayette Trail Recognition
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hancock officials celebrated the designation recognizing the role the town had in history. HANCOCK, Mass. — During the American Revolution, famed French general the Marquis de Lafayette played a significant role as an ally of the rebellious colonies.   So much so that President James Monroe invited him on a farewell tour of the nation in 1824, celebrating the country's 50th birthday.   Lafayette traveled all 24 of the United States, including going directly across the Berkshires on his way to Boston.   Now, the Berkshires have recognized his contributions by designating the trail he took from Hancock to Hinsdale on his way back Boston with an official

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Lanesborough Closes Book on Fiscal 2019
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Board of Selectmen recognized Town Clerk Ruth Knysh for six years of service. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen closed the fiscal year's books on Monday after transferring some $63,538 from health insurance to cover deficits elsewhere in the budget.   Of particular concern for Finance Committee member Ronald Tinkham was a $45,167 overage in winter roads supplies and repairs.   The town, under the previous manager, had been creeping that budget figure up to become more accurate. Tinkham believes that should continue to eliminate deficits.   "We need to be sensitive to that when we establish next year's budget," Tinkham

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Pittsfield Nationals Hold Off Holden, Secure Sectional Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:58PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Monday’s sectional final in the Little League 8- to 10-year-old tournament had a little of everything: big offensive rallies, sterling defense, gutsy pitching and drama.   A little more drama than anyone expected going to the bottom of the sixth and a whole lot more drama than the hometown fans wanted to see.   But, in the end, the Pittsfield Little League National Division All-Stars held on for a 10-9 win and a berth in the state tournament.   The Nats, playing as designated visitors on their Myron Gray Field, took a 10-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Holden rallied to draw within one and had runners at second and third when Brenden Socie

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Pittsfield Stars Travel Baseball Team Improves to 5-2
02:47PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Stars 18-and-under baseball team earned a pair of wins over the weekend against the Frozen Ropes in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League.   In the first game, Christian Marchbanks earned the win on the mound and went 3-for-4 with three doubles.   In the second game, Caden Frazier pitched Pittsfield to victory as it improved to 5-2 this summer.   The Stars go to Waterford, N.Y., on Wednesday.

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Dr. Radin Named Grand Marshal of 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
12:30PM / Monday, July 15, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Len Radin has been selected as grand marshal for the upcoming 64th annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire.

The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. This year's parade theme is "The Wizard of Oz," both in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its Hollywood premiere, and in the promotion of the message that "there's no place like home in the Berkshires."

Dr. Radin was selected for this honor not only because of all he has done for the community, but for his enduring love for "The Wizard of Oz." He has spent more than 60 years in the theater business, including founding the

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Let's Reverse the Rural Physician Shortage
By Lia Spiliotes,
10:17AM / Monday, July 15, 2019

Across the nation, unequal access to health care raises urgent, pressing problems for individual and community health. For rural and underserved communities, the most urgent challenge for patients is our shrinking supply of primary care physicians.

Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as high as 49,300. Only 25 percent of medical school graduates enter the primary care field; many head straight to higher-paid medical specialties.

In rural regions, this looming physician shortage is already hurting patients. A new poll by Harvard, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that one-quarter of those surveyed had trouble accessing

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Carmel Seeks To Improve Efficiency Of Council With Ward 6 Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Keep it simple.   That's what Edward Carmel believes. But he doesn't believe the current City Council is doing that. He feels the council spins its wheels tinkering with things and not accomplishing anything.   He uses the recent debate over trash disposal, which has been ongoing for three years to no avail as an example.   "Make it simple. The council has been sitting there for over a year now just twisting and turning the ties on the bags - that's what I call it - because they don't think rationally. There are a couple that do but the rest of them, they're thinking outside of the box but don't think outside of the box

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Burke, Powell Take Gold to Highlight Strong Games for Berkshire Wrestlers
11:06PM / Sunday, July 14, 2019
BOSTON -- Dylan Burke and Zabion Powell took home gold medals from the Bay State Games wrestling competition on Saturday at UMass-Boston.   Burke, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his toughness finishing the tournament with a broken nose according to his high school coach, Taconic's Jeremy Tetreault.   "He had a tough two-point win over the New Hampshire state champ," Tetreault said.   And at 148 pounds, Powell "dominated the college competition at his first open tournament."   Eleven grapplers from the Berkshire Wrestling Club, coached by Dwayne Miller, competed in the Bay State Games festival.   Seven of the 11 placed

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Lampiasi Looks To Bring Strong Representation To Pittsfield's Ward 6
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15PM / Sunday, July 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dina Guiel Lampiasi believes there is room for compromise even if it doesn't seem that way.   Lampiasi is seeking to fill the Ward 6 City Council seat being vacated by John Krol. She feels she brings a collaborative approach and a deep understanding of how government works to the table.   "I think it is important to be a collaborative worker. When we look at the City Council or government, what it really is is a group project. You need to be able to work well with others and find common ground even when you don't think there is on any particular issue and go from there," Lampiasi said.    "Right now when I look at our city

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It's Been 100 Years Since Pittsfield Acquired Wahconah Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:39AM / Sunday, July 14, 2019

Square dances are one of the many events that were held at the park over the years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the 1800s residents really wanted a place to recreate, to hold events and dances, to play sports.   George Burbank answered the call.   The developer had built much the city's downtown with homes, a hotel, a theater, and many buildings in the North Street area. He had constructed some 300 buildings between 1885 and 1908.   It was in 1892 though when he took eight acres of his own property and built a baseball field. He also constructed a grandstand and on August 9 1892, the Albany Gises played a hastily assembled Pittsfield team at what would play the

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Pound Chatham, N.Y.
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:27PM / Saturday, July 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Chase Racine went 2-for-4 with a triple and a pair of RBIs to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars to a 20-2 win over Chatham, N.Y., on Saturday.   Matt Lee, Collin Merwin and Chase Doyle combined on a six-inning no-hitter.   Lee started and went 3-1/3, striking out seven and walking seven before giving the ball to Merwin.   Offensively, Pittsfield pounded out 11 hits.   Merwin went 2-for-3 with a double, and Nick Guachione drove in four runs.   The Pittsfield 14s were tuning up for this week's trip to Rochester, N.H., for the New England Regionals.

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Pittsfield Nats, Americans Advance in Little League Sectionals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:12PM / Saturday, July 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- A pair of aces Saturday propelled a pair of Pittsfield Little League squads to within one win of going to the state tournament.   Connor Paronto threw five innings of one-hit ball to lead the Pittsfield National Little League 8- to 10-year-old All-Stars at Clapp Park in the first round of their sectional tournament.   Konnor Dugan went the distance, striking out nine in six innings of work as the Pittsfield Americans also won their sectional opener in the 9/11 age bracket.   The wins mean both squads will be home on Monday night with a chance to end their respective double-elimination tournaments.Should either falter, it will be on the road on Tuesday in

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