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The Right Mower Can Make Lawn Care a Pushover
Presented by Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, SPONSORED CONTENT
02:14PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mowing a lawn isn't always something people look forward to. But there are many ways to make the job easier and more effective to provide a lush look that will make your neighbors green with envy.

Kevin Stengl, marketing manager at Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor, said one of his best tips for a more efficient cut is to mow the outline of your yard first. Going around the perimeter one time, then backtracking halfway creating a "U" shaped border before going up and down making rows, will alleviate the need to back up on every swipe and will save you time while giving you a professional-looking finish.

"It actually does save time when you do


Soccer Domain Academy Squads Host Four Games at BCC
Community submission,
02:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The second weekend of the season saw a mixture of results for Soccer Domain Academy teams as they went 1-2-2 in a weekend that included four home games.


It was a glorious day for soccer in the Berkshires with four SDA teams scheduled home games at Berkshire Community College and one visiting GPS Metro Reds.


U13 Girls

The first game of the day saw the U13 girls host NEFC. A very positive start from the girls saw SDA go 2-0 up. The first goal came in the sixth minute with a good finish from the edge of the box. Shortly after, in the eighth minute, a great ball was played through to put the striker through on goal. The keeper made an inspired save but the


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Local Investors Purchase Berkshire Eagle, Three Vermont Newspapers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fredric Rutberg said he first thought of the idea two years ago after hearing a lecturer say 'citizenship requires a town square.' For him, The Eagle is the Berkshires' 'town square.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont papers have been sold to a Stockbridge-based group of investors.   The Eagle announced the sale Thursday morning during a press conference at the Berkshire Museum to frequent applause from an invited group of community stakeholders.   There the new owners promised to invest in the papers, raise the quality of the product, and ultimately restore the century-old paper as the "town square" of the


Kinder Morgan Suspends Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline Project
Staff Reports,
05:35PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kinder Morgan has suspended the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which was planned to cut through the Berkshires.   The company released a statement Wednesday evening announcing the suspension of work on the $3.3 billion project.   "As a result of inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, have suspended further work and expenditures on the Northeast Energy Direct Project," reads the statement from the company.    The project was announced in 2015 and the company said it had received a number of commitments from local gas distribution


Taconic High School Groundbreaking Scheduled May 13
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Taconic High School project is scheduled for Friday, May 13.   The 3 p.m. ceremony will celebrate the start of construction on the $120.8 million new school. J.H. Maxymillian Inc. has already been working on the site as part of a number of early bids released. Gilbane Construction is the construction manager at risk, and will be heading the project and managing the subcontracting.    The ground is being leveled where the new school will be located and an access road and parking lot is being created. The entire construction area will be fenced off.   Many of the current playing fields are in the planned


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A Theme for Investors?
02:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2016

On April 22, we observe Earth Day. Like many people, you might participate in some activities to help the health of our planet. But you can also do some things to improve your personal investment environment.

In fact, you might want to follow a key environmental theme: reduce, reuse, recycle. How can these elements be applied to investing? Here are some ideas:

Reduce: You don’t want to waste time, effort and money on investment decisions that will ultimately not benefit you much, if at all. For example, if you are constantly buying and selling investments, you may be hurting yourself in a few different ways.

First, by not holding investments for at least a year before selling


Clapp Park Ballfield to Be Named After Coach Pellerin
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:22PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The baseball field at Clapp Park is being named after former coach George "Buddy" Pellerin.   The Parks Commission approved the naming on Tuesday after being overwhelmed by support from former players, family and friends of Pellerin. A large crowd filled the meeting room as Ken Ferris gave a presentation on not just why Pellerin deserved the recognition but also plans to upgrade the field.   "Buddy Pellerin was much more than a coach. You did well on the field but he was much more interested in what you did off the field," Ferris said.   Pellerin was head coach of the Pittsfield High baseball team for 19 years, leading the team to


Dry Conditions Led To Small Fire At Pittsfield Business
By Andy McKeever,
11:03AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dry conditions led to a small fire under the loading dock of a Fourth Street furniture store Tuesday morning.   Firefighters were called to 177 Fourth Street at about 9:45 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. By the time they arrived, an employee had already snuffed the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.   "It turned out to be a smoldering fire in the back loading dock. Fortunately it was contained to that local area," Deputy Chief Mark Cancilla said. "One of the occupants from the woodworking shop grabbed a fire extinguisher, hit it. But we didn't know if it stretched into the walls so that's why we had to lay lines and put


Senate Candidate Del Gallo Takes Strong Anti-Pipeline Stance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo spent a long time getting the city to pass a ban on Styrofoam. And he's continued to press for a ban on plastic bags. Those type of environmental concerns have always been a priority.   Now he is running for the open state Senate seat, though he hasn't made the official announcement yet, and he didn't expect any difference in opinions among the other Democratic candidates when it comes the proposed natural gas pipeline project. But, he was wrong.   Both Adam Hinds and Andrea Harrington did not take a stance when asked during interviews with WAMC earlier this year, a move Del Gallo feels is


Finck, Kinnaman Place High in Divisions at Marathon
Staff Reports,
10:09PM / Monday, April 18, 2016
BOSTON — Leatrice S. Finck of West Stockbridge finished 41st in her division at Monday's Boston Marathon.

Finck, 60, ran a time of 4 hours, 1 minute, 44 seconds over the 26.2-mile course at the world's oldest marathon. There were 358 women aged 60 to 64 competing in the race.

The top time among Berkshire County finishers at the event was 2:59:01, turned in by Lanesborough's Logan Wilson, 21, who finished 1,312th overall and 961st in his age group.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia won the individual titles, finishing in 2:12:45 and 2:29:19, respectively.

The Boston Athletic Association reports that 27,487 runners started the race. Nearly 97 percent of that


Tyer Looking To Pare Down Schools Budget Proposal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:37PM / Monday, April 18, 2016
Superintendent Jason McCandless is proposing a 3.7 percent increase to the budget. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer is asking the School Department to pare down its budget request even further.   The current proposal calls for a $2.157 million increase from city coffers, which represents a 3.7 percent hike over this year.   Tyer told the School Committee on Wednesday night that she wants "find a balance" between the requested $3.7 percent increase and the number of cuts it would take to get down to a 2.5 percent increase.   "The next round of reductions proposed was a reduction to 2.5 percent, which is not possible for us to


Berkshire County Residents Head East to Tackle Boston Marathon
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:24AM / Monday, April 18, 2016

Logan and David Wilson display their numbers at the Boston Marathon.

Results from Monday's race here.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — For an activity that seems so solitary, long-distance running is all about community.

On Monday, the running community converges on Boston for the 120th edition of the Boston Marathon. As usual, there is a healthy contingent of Berkshire County residents making the trip east to tackle the world's best known 26.2-miler.

For the Wilson family, the Patriots Day event is a family tradition that goes back to 2003, the first of 14 straight Bostons for David Wilson, 54.

On Monday, his son Logan, a 21-year-old Mount Greylock Regional School graduate and


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