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Two Recruits Complete Pittsfield Firefighter Training
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:42PM / Friday, November 24, 2017

Matthew Bainbridge is given his probationary firefighter shield from Capt. Neil Myers. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Matthew Bainbridge and Abigail Lemanski attended the state's 28th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards ceremony.   There were hundreds of firefighters from throughout the state honored for heroic efforts. And the medal of honor was given to posthumously to Watertown Firefighter Joseph A. Toscano.   They saw the heroism and they saw the risks.   The two were just Pittsfield Fire Department recruits on that day. The next afternoon though, their families pinned their new badges to their uniform and they became probationary firefighters in

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Cheryl Mirer Hired as New Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Friday, November 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Cheryl Mirer remembers driving from Otis to the city to go on art walks, volunteer with Berkshire Creative, or sell crafts at the Handmade Holiday Festival.   And those memories seemed to come back a lot in the last year or so, when she was searching for a way to get back here from Potsdam, N.Y.  Mirer had moved there in 2013 and was working in the development office at Clarkson University while her husband managed a co-operative food market.   "For over a year, we've been like 'this isn't really where we belong. What are we going to do?' I had to go home. I wanted to go back to the Berkshires. My husband loves the Berkshires so

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Inauguration 2016
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The Independent Investor: Why Stocks Continue to Climb
By Bill Schmick,
05:30PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
As we approach the end of the year, most investors are both dumb-founded and pleased at the stock market's performance. President Trump and his followers would like us to believe it is all because of them. Hog wash.   There has been no substantive legislation since the new administration took office. Promises can only take us so far. Some say any further upside will be short-lived, because living on hope alone has already taken us too far. And yet, somehow the economy is still growing, even gathering momentum.   Recall, too, that Donald Trump and the Republican Party gained power on the promise of undoing many of the trade agreements the U.S. has forged over the past 40 years.

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'Justice League': Oh Superman, Where Art Thou?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:59PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
Prior to becoming one special effects-crammed battle scene after the next, director Zack Snyder's "Justice League" spends an inordinate amount of time detailing the difficulties of putting together the folks necessary to saving the world. Mind you, I'm not talking about the 20 or 30 influential U.S. senators and congresspeople it would take to flip their brethren in the noble pursuit of preserving America's currently endangered democracy, though that'd be a real good idea. Only the autocrats have fun in an autocracy. But no, this is just about superheroes.   All the same, this movie rendition about that gang of DC Comics crusaders who attempt to solve their

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers
04:00PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont
02:21PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pilot of a small plane that left Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday died when the plane crashed on it's way to Middlebury, Vt.

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

Police say they located the crash site on the east side of Route 7 in the town of Pittsford. The plane sustained heavy damage and the pilot was deceased at the scene.

The plane, a white Cessna with maroon trim, was reported missing late Wednesday when the pilot failed to arrive on schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration put out an alert for the plane.

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey
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08:00AM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

Children in Poirot's class recreated the Mayflower. ADAMS, Mass. — The kindergarten classes of Heather Emerson and Robin Poirot at Hoosac Valley Elementary are again offering their knowledge on where to get a turkey how to cook it.    From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey.    The photos in the story are from Poirot's class. The main photo at the top is from Emerson's class.        Elliot Girard When I buy the turkey, it will be 2 pounds and about as big a Pilgrim kid. Mommy

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Tyer Officially Appoints Wynn As Pittsfield's Chief of Police
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has removed the word "acting" from Police Chief Michael Wynn's title.   Wynn had been promoted to administrative captain in 2007, essentially managing the department. In 2009, he was appointed "acting chief of police" and has served in that role since.   Tyer went through the Civil Service process again this year to make a more permanent hire and Wynn topped the list. The mayor said she offered Wynn the job and he accepted.   "My experience with Chief Wynn is that he always has been highly professional in his decision making and he is always seeking ways to be better at his position," Tyer said on

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Craneville Students Show Gratitude to Veterans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The students presented money and hand-knitted scarves and gloves to Cory Bazinet and Sam Bennett from Soldier On  on Wednesday morning during an assembly.  DALTON, Mass. — Freedom is not free.    At Craneville Elementary School, the freedom to wear hats in class cost the students $1.   Those dollars added up and were donated on Wednesday to the men and women who risked their lives to defend the freedom all Americans enjoy every day.   Through the program, the students pooled together more than $250 to donate to Soldier On. Another group of students hand-knitted scarves and gloves to donate as well.   On Wednesday, the entire school gathered in

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During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:57PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions:

* Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now

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Tyer Administration Submits Proposal To Overhaul Trash Pick Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The city is looking to provide 96-gallon toters for recycling to residents. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has begun a lengthy debate over changes proposed for the curbside trash pick up program.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a plan to switch to a toter system, which is seen as a way to increase recycling, reduce costs to the city, and combat blight. The city would provide a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 96-gallon tote for recycling.   The totes come with a restriction on the amount of trash that can be placed on the curbside without an additional charge. Currently, curbside trash pickup is unlimited.   "I'm confident our citizens can adjust to

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Curling Added to Bay State Winter Games
11:02PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WOBURN, Mass. –The Bay State Games has added curling to its 2018 winter program.   Curling has gained popularity since the sport was reestablished consistently in the Olympic Games in 1998, after being first debuted in the 1924 Olympics.   As an exhibition sport in 2018, the Bay State Winter Games competition will be comprised of eight teams from curling clubs across Massachusetts. When curling is incorporated into the regular Bay State Winter Games’ program in the 2019 games, the competition will be opened up to the general public as well as clubs from the Northeastern United States.   “We are extremely excited to add curling to the 2018 games,” said

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