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Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.   The region truly has it all ... almost.   Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.   "Absolutely, the Berkshires are the most culturally rich place in the country," Loy said recently. "For there not to be opera here is unfortunate and maybe even a problem.   "Opera is an art form that deserves to be heard and seen and supported. By bringing fully produced opera back, what

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Berkshire Force 14u Team Slips into Losers Bracket at World Series
08:59PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- The USA Glory 14-year-old softball team defeated the Berkshire Force, 12-2, on Monday evening at the Babe Ruth World Series.   Shae Ebert went 4-for-4 with six RBIs for the Glory, which broke open a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the fourth.   Tess Lyon went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to lead Berkshire, which got four innings in the circle from Mary Lee, who allowed two earned runs, before handing the ball to Addyson Lyon.   Earlier in the day on Monday, the Force rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to advance against the TCAA Wildcats.   Tess Lyon went 2-for-3, and Madison Tobin and Jordyn Lummus each recorded a hit


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

Berkshire Tidbits: Farmstands and Fairs
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Market Manager Jessica Conzo Vecchia takes coupons from a shopper at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers' Market in 2015.

In this height of farmers' market season — stands full of local corn, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, zucchinis and so much more — farmers' market coupons for income-eligible seniors 60 and over are finally being distributed in Berkshire County starting this week.

The coupons are also available for disabled people under 60 who live in congregate housing that has a meal site such as Crossway Tower in Lee, Providence Court in Pittsfield and Heaton Court in Stockbridge.

The income level for farmers' market coupon eligibility is 185 percent of the


'Star Trek Beyond': Once More Into the Allegory
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:09PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" has a built-in likability factor, just a few notches below Mom and apple pie. Therefore, in the never-ending quest for objectivity in film criticism, the question must be posed: If one had been in a coma since before Gene Roddenberry created the "Star Trek" phenomenon, and upon awakening were shown this latest venture to where no one has gone before, what would he or she think of it?

Don't dwell on the inherent sadness of how young our viewer must have been when lapsing into a coma. It's hypothetical. But his name is Billy.

The contention here is that, more than likely, while dining on the requisite graham crackers and


Pittsfield UNICO Chapter Awards Scholarships
03:36PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO held their scholarship awards ceremony at the Italian American Club in June inin conjunction with the Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship award ceremony.

Since 1987 the Pittsfield UNICO chapter has given out over $285,000 in scholarships throughout Berkshire County. The ceremony was the culmination of the chapter’s fundraising efforts throughout the year which included a wine tasting, a golf tournament and other events.

The UNICO Scholarship Committee, chaired by Julie Salatino, awarded 16 scholarships totaling $15,000 dollars. The Paul J. Capitanio Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship committee, chaired by past


Letter: Our Future Is in Good Hands
Letters to the Editor,
03:03PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

To the Editor:

As we all grow a little bit older and maybe a little bit wiser, we often wonder "What has happened to our world?"

We say things like "These kids today are lazy and spend all their time playing with that 'thing.' " Sometimes I would worry myself as to what kind of world my grandchildren would live in.

After this weekend, I feel much better about the future. You may ask why.

First I had the opportunity to attend the production of "The Wiz" at the Berkshire Museum in conjunction with Barrington Stage. The young people that were in the play were some of the most talented and hardest working future citizens I have seen.

I also had the


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Restaurant Rated Third in OpenTable List
02:53PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Third's a charm: The Old Inn On The Green in New Marlborough has been given a distinction from OpenTable, the national restaurant reservation engine that is used regularly by millions of diners in the United States.

In July, OpenTable touted its newest batch of top ten diners' choices, with the Old Inn On The Green being named third. The list spans from Newport to Martha's Vineyard, and from coastal Maine to the White Mountains, but only one of the ten restaurants is located in the Massachusetts’ Berkshires.

The dining room at The Old Inn on the Green serves dinner nightly except Tuesday between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. through the end of October, when off-season hours are


UCP Golf Tournament Raises More Than $23,000
01:50PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County raised more than $23,000 to benefit more than 2,400 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Berkshire County at its 18th annual golf tournament on July 18.

More than 136 golfers’ participated, and 18 volunteers assisted with everything from event preparation to providing entertainment.

Winning teams from the event are as follows:

Gross winners: First place, Brian Griffin, Joe Tosches, Bart Guistina, Samir Doshi; Second place, Corbin Brassard, Jeff Brassard, John Bresset, Leo Romanos; Third place, Bob Desanty, Bill Bryce Sr., Jamie Gaffey, John Vareschi; Fourth place, Jamie


Berkshires Beat: Local Girl Crowned Miss Massachusetts Princess
01:08PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Little princess: Ruby Morin, 5, daughter of Peter and Rachaele Morin from Hancock, was named "Miss Massachusetts Princess 2016" at the National American Miss state pageant held July 21-23 in Springfield. In addition to the title, Ruby was also awarded first runner up for Spirit and second runner up in the Photogenic category.

She will attend the National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, where she will have an opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The National American Miss Pageants are for "Today’s Girl" and "Tomorrow’s Leaders." The program is based upon inner beauty, as well as


Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Participates in Event at Mall
05:00AM / Monday, August 01, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires, an exhibition of memorabilia dating back more than 100 years, will be part of Family Fun Day at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Jonah Bayliss will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit from 11 a.m. to noon to meet, greet and sign autographs.   Bayliss, a native of Williamstown, was a 2002 seventh round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals. He played for 11 seasons reaching the majors not only with the Royals but also for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played in the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros systems as well as playing in Venezuela and Japan. Jonah was a right handed pitcher with


Lee, Keegan Pitch Teams to Victory at World Series
06:33PM / Sunday, July 31, 2016
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- Mary Lee Sunday struck out four and allowed one earned run for the Berkshire Force 14-and-under team in a 4-2 win over North Buncombe at the Babe Ruth World Series.   Taea Bramer and Jordyn Lummus each went 1-for-3 and scored a run, and Payton O'Connell and Sarah McMahon each drove in a run for the Force.   Berkshire (4-0) moved on the to the World Series semi-finals, where it will meet the TCAA Wildcats on Monday morning.   16-and-under JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- Ashley Keegan won a pair of games for the Berkshire Force 16-and-under team at the Babe Ruth World Series on Sunday.   In Sunday's first game,  Keegan went 2-for-3 with three RBIs


Wellesley Stops Pittsfield in State Little League Final
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:53PM / Sunday, July 31, 2016
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- There were 250 Williamsport-eligible teams at the start of Massachusetts’ state Little League tournament.   Only two remained on Sunday afternoon, and one of them wore the red and grey of the Pittsfield American Little League.   The Americans’ remarkable run to the state final came up just shy of the Bristol, Conn., regional. But Sunday’s 9-3 loss to Wellesley could not diminish what the Pittsfield squad accomplished over the last few weeks.   “I think we knew going in that this group was special,” Pittsfield Americans manager Ty Perrault said. “Six of them, when they were 10, won the 10/11 state championship.

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