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Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival Set for Saturday
04:23PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — Bowe Field will become a fantasy land this Saturday as the fourth annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival emerges from its magical realm.    The locally organized "Whimsical Fantasy Celebrating the Arts" is a family friendly affair featuring artisans, vendors, music and lots of activities for young and old. The day will be packed with new entertainment and the Queen's Quest, plus the popular Faerie Village build.    Attendees are more than welcome to come in fantasy costume but don't worry if you've left your wings behind — you can embellish a new pair at the fair.    Meet the Faerie Queen and her court,

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Summer Music Festival Season is About to Begin
by Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:24PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

After a particularly severe and brutally cold winter, the upcoming seasonal musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who, each June, anticipate the feast of music these diverse festivals and series present.

These are the music festivals that make our locality a cultural capital, drawing thousands to hear great music – popular, classical chamber, symphony, choral, opera, musical theater, contemporary classical, et al – to experience legendary artists perform masterworks within the verdant hills and dales of the Berkshires and southwestern Vermont we call home.

For this first week of Classical Beat, here's a capsule preview of six of

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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

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BBBBBzzz: Bombino, Berkshire Jazz Start the Pop Season with a Bang
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:57AM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019

An American Public Media "Live from Here" broadcast with Chris Thile kicks off the early Tanglewood season on Saturday, June 15.

Summer is almost here, and so is pop, jazz, dance, musical theater and new music throughout the region. As before, I'll preview what's coming up each week to help you kick off your shoes.

Hopefully, I'll encourage you to attend a performance of music you know you love, or even music you don't know but that you might love. A great, varied season awaits from Great Barrington to North Adams.

 

Tanglewood Music Festival

Let's begin with Tanglewood, in Lenox, with its early season non-classical lineup in the Shed. On Saturday,

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Two Juveniles Arrested For Breaking and Entering In Pittsfield
Staff Reports,
11:40PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested two juveniles for breaking and entering Tuesday.   Police said the department received a call for a breaking and entering in progress on Linn Street. Witnesses said two suspects had fled the scene prior to officer's arrival. They were described as two black men, wearing hooded sweatshirts, jeans and carrying backpacks.   Shortly after officers located them in the area of Saint Joseph Cemetery on Peck's Road. The two matched the physical and clothing descriptions reported by witnesses.   Police said a K9 unit was able to locate several pieces of evidence. This incident is currently under investigation by Officer Kipp Steinman

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Lanesborough Town Meeting Approves $10.7M Budget and More
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:17PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It was Chris Dodig's first annual town meeting since being elected as moderator last year in a write-in campaign. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting approved 35 of 38 warrant articles Tuesday night including the $10.7 million budget and a study for a future police station, but denied the sale of a parcel of land the town owns on North Main Street originally intended for senior housing.   The meeting came with few fireworks, unlike last year, and moved along at a decent clip considering the number of articles. Moderator Chris Dodig, at his first annual town meeting, set the tone early.   "I did some quick math: 38 warrant articles at 5 mins each, that's 190

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Tools Are Great for Father's Day and for Investors
10:43AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If you are a dad, you may well be pleased to unwrap some tools as Father's Day gifts. Of course, it might be a stereotype that all men are handy at repairs; women certainly can be every bit as good when it comes to building and fixing things. In fact, the construction process is valuable for anyone to learn – and the same skills that go in to creating and mending physical objects also can be applied to financial projects – such as working toward a comfortable retirement.

Here are a few of those skills:

Diagnosing the challenge: A good craftsperson knows that the first step toward accomplishing any outcome is to assess the challenge. So, for example, if you want to build

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Pair of Unbeatens Remain in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
Community submission,
07:30AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Cornerstone and the Adams Aces won their games this weekend to stay unbeaten in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Cornerstone (4-0) leads the 20-year-old league after taking a pair of games.   Cornerstone took a pair of games from the Great Barrington Millers over the weekend.   First, Jeff Field hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to help break open a close game that ended up a 10-3 Cornerstone win. Isaiah Provencher earned the win on the mound, striking out eight.   In Game 2, Cornerstone went ahead, 6-1, after two innings en route to a 9-2 win. Field homered twice and drove in eight runs in the win. Tanner Bird homered in a two-hit day.   The Adams Aces

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Mount Greylock School District Seeks Williamstown Resident to Fill Vacant Committee Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has a vacancy on its School Committee and less than a month to fill the position.   School Committee Vice Chairman Dan Caplinger informed the Williamstown Select Board on Monday that Joe Bergeron, one of four Williamstown residents on and chairman of the seven-person committee, has resigned.   The committee is seeking applicants for another Williamstown resident to fill out the remainder of Bergeron's term, which expires with the November 2020 biennial election.   The regional agreement that binds Williamstown and Lanesborough, last approved by the voters two years ago, spells out the procedure for

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BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds speaks to the BCAC annual meeting on Friday after being presented with the Community Hero Award.  (Photo courtesy Angela Dimock Photography)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community Action Council annual meeting aimed to showcase what has been done over the past year, but this year's keynote speech highlighted just how much work there is to do moving forward.

Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 150 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson

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Pittsfield Board Pulls Back Permitting Restrictions On Proprietor's Lodge
Staff Reports,
01:20AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board is temporarily halting its request that city officials suspend all permitting for additions to Proprietor's Lodge but will be keeping a close eye on the operations.   The lodge received a special permit earlier this year from parking requirements after it had presented a parking management plan. The permit was needed because of additional space being created but Proprietor's was not expanding its occupancy. The lodge was given a special permit to add a deck, ceremony room and a breakout space to the building to serve the same capacity of people it had before.   That permit came with a condition that the

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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Pittsfield Councilor Rivers Opts Out of Re-election Bid
Staff Reports,
12:40PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers will not seek re-election.   Rivers served two terms on the council after barely squeaking by Rick Scapin in 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Jonathan Lothrop. She was unopposed in 2017 and had taken out nomination papers to run again in 2019 but this weekend opted to bow out.   "It is with much thought and soul searching that has led me to make the decision to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as your Ward 5 City Councilor," Rivers wrote announcing her decision on Facebook.   "As I begin to experience an increase in demand for my time and energy addressing family concerns and

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