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Mount Greylock Trail Race Sunday
By Shannon Boyer, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:39PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
On Sunday, the 31st annual Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held by the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club.   The race started back in 1984 with a group of local road runners who decided to put together a trail race and  has grown and drawn participation from all over New England and New York.   WMAC President Ed Saharczewsk started getting involved with the Greylock Trail Race back in 1999 and said he has seen tremendous growth since he started.   "It's grown a lot, actually in the last couple of years," Saharczewski said. "We probably used to get maybe 100 people in the long race, then they had construction on Greylock and we couldn't go all

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Polito Brings 'Stronger Communities Tour' to Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with local officials and other county stakeholders on Thursday in Great Barrington, Pittsfield and North Adams.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito spent nearly two hours Thursday with a group of Pittsfield government and business leaders to understand how the state can best partner with the local communities.

In what has been dubbed the "Building Stronger Communities Tour," Polito has been circumnavigating the state to hash out "community contracts."

The idea is for the state and local officials to sign an agreement laying out expectations between the state and community. The contracts are coupled with the creation of a senior

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Reuse Of Vacant Pittsfield Church Examined
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:18AM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
A local group of advocates and officials are seeking ways to save St. Mary's Church on Tyler Street.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Supporters of the former St. Mary the Morningstar Church outlined at a panel discussion Tuesday their continued quest to find an adaptive reuse of the endangered Tyler Street church building.

Members of the group Save St. Mary's gathered with local officials and neighborhood leaders at St. Charles' Church to hear from church building redevelopment expert Robert Jaeger and architecture student Thomas Cracolici in an effort to move forward with discussions that arose months ago about the fate of the 1940s St. Mary's parish complex.

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The Classical Beat: String Quartets Fill the Region With Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
03:01PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Calidore String Quartet will play a Father's Day concert at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., a lovely place to listen to music.

In my two preceding columns, I previewed the musical offerings at Tanglewood in Lenox, Tannery Pond in New Lebanon, N.Y., and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This week, I’ll turn the spotlight on South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield and Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn.

If, like me, you’re a devotee of the string quartet, and music for solo strings generally, you will want to attend programs at the two venues in the region that specialize in this repertoire. The quartet medium is, to my mind, the

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Holiday Craft Connection Vendors Sought
02:29PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — Vendors are being sought for the Holiday Craft Connection, which will take place at The United Methodist Church of Lenox  on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors who register and pay before July 1 will be eligible for reduced fees.

Vendors who wish to sell their handmade creations are welcome. For more information please call 413-243-2640 or 413-464-2659 or email alliekatt0328@verizon.net.

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Pittsfield Health Director Advises Protection From Ticks
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Watch out for these guys. Ticks will latch onto you and infect you with diseases.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong is urging people to take precautions to avoid ticks.

Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses peak between May and July, Armstrong said, and residents should be aware of the symptoms and what to do to protect themselves.

Residents in New England should get in the habit of checking themselves often for the parasite and to wear long sleeves and pants when in the woods.

"It is changing habits and people have a hard time with that," Armstrong said while giving a presentation to the City Council's Health and Safety

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Hebert, Pannesco Win Seats On Lanesborough School Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10PM / Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Few voters made it to the polls for the annual town election.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sheila Hebert and PJ Pannesco both won write-in campaigns to join the School Committee.

Leading up to Tuesday's election, no one submitted nomination papers for the two seats — one for one year and one for three years — which comprise a majority of the three-member committee.

The one-year seat, won by former School Committee member Sheila Hebert finishes out the term of Robert Barton, who resigned. Pannesco won a three-year seat previously held by Jim Morarity.

Board of Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach won re-election easily over challenger Thomas Mierzewski by a margin of 187-51.

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Construction Manager For New Taconic Expected In July
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:35PM / Monday, June 15, 2015
Dale Caldwell updated the School Building Needs Commission on Monday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A construction manager for the new Taconic High School is expected to be hired by the end of July.

Dale Caldwell, of project manager Skanska USA, told the School Building Needs Commission on Monday that the manager is expected to be hired by July 27.

The requests for proposals have been released and so far five companies have expressed interest.

"It is a qualification based process. So the first step is are they qualified? If so, then they come in for an interview," Caldwell said.

All of the proposals are due by June 25. Skanska will weed through the proposals, ensuring not only

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Pittsfield High School Scholarships & Awards 2015
12:23PM / Monday, June 15, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following scholarships and awards were presented to the 2015 graduating class of Pittsfield High School.

Allendale PTO Scholarship Given in Memory of Janice P. Oboyski: Christine Bile

American Legion Post 68 Scholarship: Rachel Nicholson; Vocational Scholarship: Jack Trainor

Backer Family Engineering Scholarship: Anna Worley

Bell Family Education Scholarship: Angela Petretta

Berkshire Association for Paralegals and Legal Secretaries: Shelby Davis

Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Program: Anna Black & Shelby Davis

Big Y Foods Inc. Scholarship: Anna Black, Meagan Milligan & Mollie Scott

Bill Wright Scholarship: Patrick Barry

Boys and

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PHS Grads Urged To 'Live The Life You Imagined'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:14PM / Sunday, June 14, 2015
Pittsfield High School presented diplomas to 205 graduating seniors on Sunday at Tanglewood. Above, honors students are recognized. Left, Mollie Scott urged her class to go confidently into the world.

LENOX, Mass. — Graduation is a time to reflect on the memories made, celebrate the individual achievements and look to the future.

Pittsfield High School Class President Mollie Scott did just that in delivering her speech Sunday from Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed stage.

Scott told the class of 205 students to "go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined," which is a Henry David Thoreau quote that hangs on her wall. Now, the members

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Lenox Graduates Ready to Be Heroes of Their Own Stories
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:49PM / Sunday, June 14, 2015
Lenox Memorial High School presented 64 diplomas on Sunday at Tanglewood. See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — The class of 2015 recalled its history together at Sunday's graduation exercises, and how their high school careers had prepared them for challenges ahead.

A half dozen or so student speakers at the student-directed ceremony riffed on inside jokes, favorite teachers, shared experiences, and enlightening programs that had brought them to this day and what, one speaker said, was less a graduation than a transition into a new world.

The story of the class of 2015 begun long ago, said valedictorian Charlotte Cahillane.

"Once upon a time there was a group of scared,

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Taconic Grads Overcame Obstacles En Route To Diploma
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:39PM / Sunday, June 14, 2015
The students each took their own path to earn their diplomas. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — High School isn't easy. But, Taconic's class of 2015 overcame all of the obstacles and on Sunday received their long anticipated diplomas.

"You all deserve to be proud to be sitting here in your cap and gown," valedictorian Anna Keen Leonard said. "We do put up with a lot. We failed tests, we found with friends, or lost jobs. These things can be very overwhelming,"

Mayor Daniel Bianchi said he had two children graduate from Taconic so he knows just how much work goes into school. Sunday's "significant milestone" doesn't just

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