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Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Residents Riding in Pan-Mass Challenge
02:16PM / Monday, July 31, 2017

Quite a challenge: On Aug. 5 and 6, three riders from Williamstown will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, Laurie Thomsen, Kris Herman and Sam Smith from Williamstown will join the more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight countries who will participate in the PMC, choosing from 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists are anywhere between 15 and 84 years old and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors who trained for this event alone and everything in between.

Many riders participate in the PMC

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A Year Later, J.B. Paper Warehouse Remains a Pile of Rubble
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, July 31, 2017

Shortly after the fire, the city went in and knocked down the walls of the gutted building, and secured the site with a fence. Later a lien was placed on the property for the work. But, 11 months later, a pile of rubble still remains.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It has been 11 months since one of the biggest fires the city has seen in decades.

The sky was lit up for miles. Fire companies from all over the county descended on the scene to douse the flames towering high from the former J.B. Paper warehouse.

And today, the remains of that night are still piled high. In 11 months, there has been little to no progress toward cleaning up the mess left behind and the cause of the fire

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Inauguration 2016
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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The

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State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program
Staff Reports,
03:18PM / Sunday, July 30, 2017
BOSTON, Mass. — The state Senate wants to give veterans the ability to "work off" more of their tax bills through community service.   The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to increase the amount veterans can work off from $1,000 to $1,500 in work-off programs.    "Currently, senior citizens who perform volunteer services in the communities that participate in the senior work off program are eligible to receive a $1,500 reduction in their property tax bill," state Sen. Adam Hinds said in a statement.     "My amendment aligns the amount veterans can also expect to see discounted from their property taxes for the same types of community

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Tomkiewicz, Jones Record Hat Tricks for Berkshire Attack
03:03PM / Saturday, July 29, 2017
MOUNT HERMON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently dropped a 13-9 loss to Catamount Lacrosse at Northfield Mount Hermon School.   Hoosac Valley Regional High School's Sarah Tomkiewicz and Mount Greylock's Carolyn Jones each scored three goals for the Attack.   Wahconah's Maddie Nief and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps anchored the Berkshire defense, which got 15 saves from Hoosac Valley's Abi Disbrow.

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Little Bellas Mentors Young Girls Through Mountain Biking
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:22AM / Saturday, July 29, 2017

The program was so well liked in the first year that nearly all of the girls returned. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is nothing else Mary Parkman would want to do instead of going mountain biking with her friends.   It gives her confidence, camaraderie, and is a lot of fun. Now she is passing on what has been such a big part of her life to young girls. Parkman runs Little Bellas summer camp. The weeklong program connects young girls with mentors, and together they mountain bike.    "It has been a big part of my life and my friendships. And we're passing it on to the girls," Parkman said.   The program started last year as a local chapter of the

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins County Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:56PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, MASS. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under softball team jumped out to a five-run lead after two innings and held off Dalton for an 9-3 win in the Berkshire County Championship at the Doyle Complex.   Maddie Ladowski scattered six hits and struck out five to earn the win in the circle, and Abby Lummus went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored as the Force won a four-team tournament that got under way on Wednesday.   The big blow came from Mia Alfonso, who delivered a bases clearing three-run single to make it 5-0 in the bottom of the second. But the Force got at least one hit from seven different players.   “This team, we’re really

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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.   Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.   "We appreciate the careful consideration the Legislature took to balance input from lawmakers, educators, public safety officials and public health professionals while honoring the will of the voters regarding the adult use of marijuana," Gov. Charlie

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Berkshire Children and Families Taps New President and CEO
01:18PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Berkshire Children and Families has appointed Colleen White Holmes as president and CEO, beginning Aug. 7.

She assumes the position held by Carolyn Mower Burns, who died in November 2016. Berkshire Children and Families, with offices in Pittsfield and Hadley, is in its 130th year of providing support to children and families.

"From the moment I began learning about the work of Berkshire Children and Families, I had a good feeling," Holmes said. "The staff team is professional and caring, the children and families we serve are important and amazing, and the work is innovative and impactful. I couldn't be more proud and

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Rotary Club of Pittsfield Announces Kagan Award Recipients
12:40PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sheri L. Quinn and Anthony C. Mazzeo are the 40th recipients of the Rotary Club of Pittsfield's prestigious Dr. David B. Kagan Award.

This award was established in 1977 in memory of Dr. David B. Kagan, a long-time Pittsfield Rotarian and community citizen. The award has been given annually to one female and one male from Central Berkshire each year who have made significant contributions to their community through volunteer activities. The nominees are not necessarily high-profile individuals, but persons who have provided service above self to others. The recipients represent the highest standards of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is the basis of the

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 28-Aug. 3
12:11PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
SAT Summer Gala & Shaker Island After-party at HSV  Hancock Shaker Village's annual Summer Gala will be held this Saturday, July 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails in the garden. A seasonal dinner by chef Brian Alberg in the 1910 Barn will be followed by a live auction. 
But that's not all! Beginning at 8 p.m., join your friends for a Shaker Island-themed after-party, with music by DJ J-Wolf and Berkshire Bateria, food from Lucia's Latin

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Superior Court Briefs: July 21 - July 27
Staff Reports,
11:47AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, July 21.   Jose Valqui, 53, of Pittsfield was found not guilty on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person, and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   Valqui was accused of assaulting a student on May 4, 2015 while working at Eagleton School.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 24.   Kirk Sumner Jr., 38, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to six counts of larceny from a building, five counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, two counts of larceny over $250, and a single count of wanton destruction of property.   Sumner was

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