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Letter: Ways to Protest Safely
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

To the Editor:

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

I fear we're heading toward more intense violence at protests in the U.S. and even possibly civil war (sounds far-fetched, I know, but it wouldn't take much).

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a guide titled "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide."

To reduce the chance of violence:

"Do not attend a hate rally. As much as you might like to physically

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Pittsfield Anti-Crime Unit Arrests Man on Drug, Firearm Charges
01:07PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Anti-Crime Unit arrested a Stockbridge man on Monday on drug and firearms charges.    According to police, police officers in plainclothes encountered William Lacy, 26, walking in the area of Center and Bradford streets. The encounter occurred at about 7 p.m. and officers say they developed probable cause for believing he was in possession of narcotics.    Lacey was searched and police said he was found to be in possession of 42 bags of heroin and a crack pipe. After he was placed under arrest, they conducted a search of the backpack Lacey was wearing. Inside the backpack, officers discovered a 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine


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Wrestling Company In Time Crunch to Get Permits to Use Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Truly Independent Wrestling is having trouble settling into its new home.   The fairly recently formed company is planning to hold monthly wrestling shows and workshops teaching sports entertainment. The independent promoters formed last year and held shows in Pittsfield and recently signed a lease at the Berkshire Mall, utilizing space in the former Old Navy store.   But the building inspector has concerns and wants more documentation filed before the next show on Aug. 26. The wrestling promoters say they did what he asked. Both claim the other hasn't been responsive to requests.    The organization moved to the mall and scheduled its


Dalton Events to Mark Appalachian Trail Community Designation
04:31PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — The town of Dalton become the third Appalachian Trail Community in the state on Saturday, Aug. 19, with a celebration including hikes, music and a cookout.    State and local officials and representatives from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy will have a short ceremony at Pinegrove Park at noon.    The 2,200-mile long trail completed in 1937 runs from Georgia to Maine, passing through 14 states and the length of the Berkshires. Great Barrington and North Adams are the only other Appalachian Trail Communities. It is maintained by local clubs, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, state Department of


Biz Briefs: Bennington Subaru Collects Blankets for SVMC
02:52PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

Blanket statement: Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, accepted a donation of dozens of blankets from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter. Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

"Blankets are so comforting to patients," said Wendy Petitt, the manager of the Cancer Center at SVMC. "We know patients will appreciate both the blankets and the thoughtfulness Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have shown them."

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party
02:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The new Naumkeag greenhouse complex was celebrated on July 22.

Quite a party: More than 250 guests from the Berkshires and beyond attended The Trustees' annual Naumkeag Garden Party on Saturday, July 22. This year's event was hosted by The Trustees and a Host Committee including several supporters of the organization from the Berkshires and beyond.

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields. Garden inspired libations and bites by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and STARR Catering were


BCAC Opens Doors, Builds Collaboration
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Sunday, August 13, 2017

The open house was family oriented with food, games, and the Boy Scouts put up a rock wall for children to climb. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes poverty, BCAC knows it can't solve it alone.   Berkshire Community Action Council is the county's federally designed anti-poverty agency and provides an array of programming to help low-income individuals. But, it isn't able to provide every single need some one has to get out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. So, it has reached out to organizations that can fill those gaps.   "One of the things we are particularly proud of is that we run the community connector partnership. That is a collaboration of

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, August 13, 2017

William Cameron, second from left, takes issue with the idea of a modified regional supervisory union. DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force assessed the fallout from its July 15 vote advocating a single school district for the county and discussed its strategy for explaining that recommendation to school officials, town officials and the public at large.   Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing


Citizens Group Protests Berkshire Museum's Planned Art Sale
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Saturday, August 12, 2017

The group of citizens are hoping to put a halt on the sale of the artwork and engage in a larger conversation about how to fix the museum's financial woes. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Save the art, pause the sale. Save the art, pause the sale.   That's what was chanted outside of the Berkshire Museum on Saturday morning by close to 50 community members who want to halt the museum's plans to sell some 40 pieces of artwork in an effort to straighten its finances.   The Berkshire Museum has averaged a $1.1 million annual deficit over the past decade and has crafted plans to completely revamp the museum.   That, however, includes auctioning off some $50 million


Pittsfield Puts Out Bid For Street Markings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:36PM / Friday, August 11, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city has put out the bid for line painting.   The city was late getting the bid out this year, leaving crosswalks unpainted as school quickly approaches. Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell and Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi both voiced outrage at a recent council meeting that the work hadn't been done.   "I've been around the city, I've seen the crosswalks, and they are disgusting. It is unacceptable," Morandi had said on Tuesday. "We pay for services and we expect them to be done ... We've got school in three weeks, those crosswalks have to be done."   Commissioner of Public Service and Utilities David


Berkshire Bank Taps New Senior Vice President for Region
12:20PM / Friday, August 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. Stone as senior vice president, Retail Branch Banking, for the bank's entire New York and New England network.  

In this new position, Stone will bring industry leadership, community involvement at the highest level, and extensive retail banking experience as the bank continues to attract high-level talent throughout the organization.  
Robert M. Curley, Berkshire Bank's New York chairman, said, "We are fortunate to have someone of Jeff's caliber join the Berkshire team and continue our growth in New York and New England. Jeff is solidly anchored in the industry and

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Greylock Promotes Employee to AVP
12:10PM / Friday, August 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the promotion of Mark Mancari to assistant vice president.

Mancari came to Greylock in 2004 and has been branch manager of the credit union's Elm Street location in Pittsfield since its opening in 2007.

"Mark has been a valuable resource for Greylock and has consistently demonstrated his leadership and commitment to Greylock and our members," said Peter Mirante, Greylock Federal SVP/branch administration. "He has shown a willingness to take on additional responsibilities such as overseeing our General Dynamics location, creating a member onboarding program, and always exhibiting the flexibility to

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