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Laura Bush Tours Latest Restorations at The Mount
02:02PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — Former first lady Laura Bush and friends toured the recent restoration efforts at The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton and a National Historic Landmark, on Saturday, June 18.

Bush, who serves as the honorary chair of The Mount’s National Committee, was joined by Mount Trustee Chairman Dan Kasper, Executive Director Susan Wissler, and Facilities Director Ross Jolly, Lois Betts, Nancy Weiss, and Penny Slade-Sawyer.

The main focus of the tour was the recent repairs to the historic stable’s exterior, which had suffered severe deterioration. Bush and her friends were given a behind-the scenes tour by Jolly. This project was green-lighted last fall thanks to

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Pittsfield Woman Named 'Unsung Heroine'
01:56PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kim Bordon of Pittsfield has been named an "Unsung Heroine of 2016."

Bordon was one of 125 women from cities and towns across the state recognized for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. Each year, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognizes women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. These Unsung Heroines are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns.

In addition to being recognized on June 22 in a ceremony at the State House in Boston, Borden was also recognized by

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BCC’s Swimming Pool to Open Daily Starting June 25
01:35PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 25, and will be open daily from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The pool, which is staffed by a certified lifeguard at all times and is handicapped accessible, is 3.5 to 8 feet deep and is approximately 70-feet-long. Male and female locker rooms, equipped with showers, are also available.  

BCC students and staff may use the pool and all of the other Paterson Field House amenities for free with a valid BCC ID.

Daily rates are $5 for individuals and $20 daily for families (five or more). Season rates are $75 for individuals and $200 for families.

For more information

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 24-30
01:32PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       June 24 - June 30,

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The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,

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'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly

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Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival to Enchant in Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:20AM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

 

ADAMS, Mass. — The signs have been around the area for weeks: tiny doors to enchanted realms, fairy princesses, visits from the Fairy Queen Deidre and wardings from the Wizard Grulaach.

It's all leading up to the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival this Saturday at Bowe Field for a day filled with music, magic, parades and activities that will be capped off that night around a dragon fire pit. And, of course, fairies.

The idea for those tiny doors that have been appearing in businesses and municipal buildings around the area literally opened the way for the festival that organizers are hoping will become at tentpole attraction for the area on par with the Massachusetts

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Berkshire Tidbits: Summer BBQs & Garden Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:37PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Eat on North kitchen in Hotel on North, 297 North St. in Pittsfield, 413 358-4741, will present another Kids Cooking Class of no more than 20 students ages 6 to 15, from 2 to 4 on Wednesday, June 22. $25 per child by advance reservation. The first class was well received.

This time they'll be making quesadillas and Rice Krispie treats. Fun food.

 

 

Pittsfield's summer food program at which all children 18 and under can come in and eat breakfast and lunch for free without reservations starts Wednesday, June 22, and runs through Wednesday, August 24 at four locations in the city. Starting Monday, July 11, activities will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Both

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Guest Column: Bans on Plastic Bags Gaining Ground
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, Guest Columnist
09:24PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I am pleased to announce that at last night's town meeting (Monday, June 20), Adams banned single-use plastic bags. (Article 25). It was a remarkable unanimous vote by the members of the town meeting.
 
Recently, there have been a series of single-use plastic bag bans. There has been a ban in Lee, a ban in Lenox, and last night a ban in Adams. Lenox was done by the Board of Health. In Lee, the ban on single-use plastic bags was done by town meeting — where it won by a considerable margin. In a similar manner, Lee and Lenox banned the use of Styrofoam.
 
What is less commonly known is my role in these bans. The ban on Styrofoam and single-use plastic bags in Lee and

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Alcombright Endorses Hinds for Berkshire Senate Seat
09:00PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright has endorsed Adam Hinds for state Senate in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District. Hinds is running for the Democratic nomination for the office.

"I am very pleased to support my colleague and community leader Adam Hinds," said Alcombright.  

Pointing to Hinds' vast experience working shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most under-served members of the region, Alcombright said, "Adam's work in Pittsfield with at-risk youth was inspirational and his transition to working with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition — in some of the most challenged neighborhoods of

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Parks Commission Approves Plan To Upgrade Durant Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new playground is the first step in a multi-phased plan to revamp the newly re-named Durant Park.   Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath received approval of the plan from the Parks Commission on Tuesday that features not only a new playground but also new signage, fitness area, upgraded bathrooms, new pavilion, upgrades to the baseball and softball field and a new fence along the river.   "These were improvements that were looked at by the city as well as the neighborhood. This is not a decision thrust on Durant Park by myself and others from city hall. This was drafted, we made copies, this was distributed throughout the neighborhood,

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United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County to Host 18th Annual Golf Tournament
03:21PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County is holding its 18th annual golf tournament fundraiser on Monday, July 18, at Wahconah Country Club in Dalton.

Proceeds raised from the event will be used to benefit programs for more than 2,400 children and adults with any type of disability throughout Berkshire County.

Players can sign up as individuals or as a team of four. The $135 per-golfer ($540/team) entry fee includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, buffet dinner and gift. If golf is not your forte, consider attending the dinner for $30 per person. Tee and Green signs can be sponsored from $30 to $225. The deadline to register to play or purchase golf signs

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