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Lanesborough Considering Privatizing Ambulance Service
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Selectmen Henry 'Hank' Sayers said his idea would be to mimic what is done in the city of Pittsfield with the town's response to calls. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen have a proposal to privatize the ambulance service. But the Fire Department, which runs the town's volunteer ambulance now, is fighting to keep it.   The town's ambulance service has been facing tough financial times for the last few years and slowly depleting its reserves.   Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers recently reached out to County Ambulance in Pittsfield about a service contract and the for-profit service agreed to provide 24-7 coverage at no cost to the


All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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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

American Legion Riders Host Appreciation Event for Law Enforcement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Michael Lefebvre, founding president of the Riders, welcomes guests to the event in Dalton on Monday morning.

DALTON, Mass. — The American Legion Riders of Post 155 on Monday morning recognized the many police departments that ensure the safety of its two annual motorcycle rides.

The tradition started a few years ago, said Michael Lefebvre, Massachusetts founding president, as a way to recognize officers' help with traffic control, and to show an appreciation of their daily efforts to protect and serve.

"I think we should appreciate law enforcement, they do nothing but good for us," he said on Monday morning as the Riders prepared to present plaques and letters

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Tyer's State of the City Lays Out Vision of Vibrant Community
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Mayor Linda Tyer reflected on the positives of the large year and the plan for the future.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer says the goal isn't to create places of work for the younger generation.

Rather, it is about creating a dynamic city for millennials to live, work and raise families in.

That's Tyer's vision of the future.   Tyer delivered a 50-minute speech Monday afternoon at the Colonial Theater outlining both the successes and the challenges facing the city over the last year. Highlighting a number of partnerships in various sectors, the mayor engaged in myth busting — spurning common narratives about the city — and set the table for


MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students


Miss Hall's Students Chosen for Music Festival
02:21PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Six Miss Hall's School musicians and vocalists, including students from Glendale and Pittsfield, have successfully auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's (MMEA) Western District Festival Concert to be held in January.

Sophomore Trudy Fadding of Glendale was selected to play cello, and freshwoman Ria Kedia of Pittsfield was selected to play violin in the festival's District Orchestra. Trudy and Ria will be joined in the orchestra by violinists Fah Lohprasert, a senior from Thailand; Meigue Mollaioli, a senior from Italy; and Se Ri Park, a senior from South Korea. Soprano Daisy Zhou, a senior from China, was selected to sing in


Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation
01:58PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Ninety-nine hundred thank yous: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has received a $9,948 donation from the Pittsfield Ninety Nine Restaurant as part of the restaurant chain's annual October fund raising efforts on behalf of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The money was raised with support of the staff, which asked each and every guest to help us support our Boys & Girls Club and put together gift baskets and homemade baked goods to raffle off and sell. The restaurant


Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets
01:28PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice work, Scoob: Lee Premium Outlets hosted a meet-and-greet with Scooby Doo, everyone's favorite crime solving Great Dane, on Dec. 26. Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29. Scooby took photos with children and met his fans.

Getting real: Berkshire Community College will offer Real Estate Licensing for the Salesperson starting Jan. 30. Workshop participants will study basic real estate principles and the laws governing real estate licensing. Topics will include: brokerage and agency, contract law, finance, appraising, deeds, closing and settlement,


Berkshire Residents Rally in Pittsfield Against Bigotry & Prejudice
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:45PM / Saturday, January 07, 2017

Mayor Linda Tyer, one of many elected officials to join the march, leads a chant of 'Four Freedoms Strong.' See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It is a different world today that James Roosevelt lives in compared to his grandfather, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the fight for four basic human freedoms remains the same.   It was on Jan. 6, 1941, when FDR delivered what is known as the Four Freedoms address in which he called for a world founded on the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of every person to worship in his own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Seventy-six years later, James Roosevelt was standing at the podium at


10 New Pittsfield Police Officers Complete Field Training
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Saturday, January 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ten new officers have finished field training and will be out on the road next week.   The city has been trying to build up the Police Department and spent this last year aggressively hiring. Ten officers had been put through the police academy and through field training, concluding on Friday, and there are another seven in the pipeline.   "That'll give us a little bit of flexibility to start thinking about some actual moves and realignment now that we'll have those 10 bodies in patrol," Police Chief Michael Wynn said.   Wynn has repeatedly advocated to bring the staffing levels up to 120, a number based on the population and call


@theMarket: Markets in Good Shape for Now
By Bill Schmick,
06:22PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

As the equity markets continue to consolidate around record highs, investors wait for the presidential hand-off on Jan. 20. This could turn out to be the best thing that could happen for the bulls.

Remember readers, there are two kinds of corrections; the kind we have been experiencing for the last three weeks, and the nasty kind that no one really wants to go through. The longer we back and fill, the greater the chances that the next move will be higher.

The caveat, of course, is that investors' expectations will be satisfied, once Donald Trump and Congress get down to work. That could be a big if. So far the only thing the press, the politicians and Donald Trump appear to be


'Fences': Scales the Dramatic Heights
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:32PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

Denzel Washington's phenomenally touching, multitextured performance in August Wilson's "Fences" sings a heartrending paean to every dad who struggled to make a living, raise a family and preserve his human dignity in the face of herculean obstacles. Plying one of the most complexly realized, tragic American figures since Arthur Miller's iconized Willy Loman, the philosophical, historical and psychological contemplations Washington plumbs are packed with seriocomic emotion.

This is filmed theater at its very best. Utilizing only four or five sets to occasionally supplement the working class, Pittsburgh back yard where most of the action takes place, Denzel


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