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Dalton CRA Softball Tournament Draws Dozens of Teams to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament has grown four-fold in nine years, and there is one reason why.   "The biggest thing is just the volunteers," CRA Director of Recreation Dustin Belcher said. "I have an incredible committee of people who really give so much time and effort -- most of them do not have kids playing this weekend, but they've been here since their kids started, and they've kind of stuck it out.   "They've focused on all the other stuff so I can focus on recruiting and getting teams here."   It is a 15-person committee that helps Belcher stage the event, which got under way on Friday night and

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14s Drop Regional Opener
09:41PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
NORWALK, Conn. -- Trumbull, Conn., took advantage of defensive miscues Friday morning to earn a 10-0, five-inning win over Pittsfield at the Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old New England Regionals.   "It wasn't our best game," Pittsfield coach Bryon Sherman said. "Actually, we only had two bad innings. They scored four in the third and six in the fourth. Between those two innings, we had six errors, which is uncharacteristic for our group."   Patrick Rindfuss and Shane Bernardo split time on the mound for Pittsfield, which got singles from Michael Grady, Michael Britten and Shane Zuccolo.   "It was not pleasant game this morning, but we expect to be

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Inauguration 2016
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BCC's Nursing Program Placed on Warning Status
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.   The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterized as "housekeeping," and dropped the state accreditation to "approval with warning."   College officials have now created a blueprint to address the cited issues and are hoping to be back into the board's good graces as early as January.    "These are not student facing issues, it is not about our curriculum. These are procedure and policy issues that we need to address. We have begun preparing our

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@theMarket: Markets Remain Range-Bound
By Bill Schmick,
04:18PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
It's the same old song. It has been playing over and over since the end of January. Higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and, of course, the inevitable and meaningless stream of tweets from our Tweeter-in-Chief are keeping stocks range-bound. How long will this condition persist?   Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index have now posted their longest consolidation since 1984. The two indexes have been in correction territory for 113 trading days. That is a longer stretch than we have seen in decades — including the period of the 2008 Financial Crisis.   In 1984, it took the S&P 500 Index 122 days to emerge from the swamp, while the Dow

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Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018

The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 20-26
09:33AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
 

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

FRI Diana Alvarez & Pamela Means at The Whit
The Whitney Center for the Arts presents a concert with Xicana singer-songwriter Diana Alvarez, singer-songwriter Pamela Means and poet/playwright Nicole M. Young. 8 p.m. $15.

SAT Autumn Defense, Johnny Irion, Heather Maloney

Hancock Shaker Village continues its Shaker Barn Music series with The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco), plus singer-songwriters Johnny Irion and Heather Maloney. 8

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Symptoms of Summer
09:16AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

Here in the Northeast, we love the sun (when it finally comes out). While soaking up the rays and warm temperatures can feel great, there is a common tendency to overdo it. If you have ever lost track of time and gotten a sunburn or felt dizzy when getting up from your beach chair, you know it's true.

Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.

Pass the water. Dehydration is one of the most common summer health problems, especially among the elderly and athletes. It happens when we don't have enough fluid in our bodies to perform basic functions. While the problem can happen year round, it is more common when the weather is

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100th Game Saturday in LaFesta Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
 
One of many newspaper clippings Canales has saved and preserved over the years. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of the many supporters of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, none comes up in conversation with co-founder George Canales more than former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   So it was particularly concerning to Canales when the five-term mayor was AWOL in the moments leading up to the 2003 game in the North End.   "I said to [Boston's] John Romano, who started the exchange with me, 'Where's Mayor Menino?' " Canales recalled this week. "And he said, 'Don't worry. He'll be here.'   "All of a sudden, an ambulance

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MAGICon Returns This Weekend at Greylock Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

MAGICon features vendors, entertainment, refreshments and, this year, some classes on wizarding, potions and fantastic beasts.  ADAMS, Mass. — A celebration of everything Harry Potter returns to the Greylock Glen this weekend with twice the magic.   Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will gather beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, home of the Potterverse's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to celebrate all things mystical at the Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock and Ilvermorny Convention.   "We wanted to offer the fans more than last year so we've really expanded the music, activities, and merchandise vendors,"

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Pittsfield AL 12-Year-Olds Advance; 11s Win Sectional
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:38PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American Little League 12-year-old All-Stars Thursday jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-4 win over Worcester Joe Schwartz in the Massachusetts Section 1 tournament.   Pittsfield AL picked up its second win in the winners' bracket and advanced to Saturday's championship round of the double-elimination tournament.   The Americans Saturday at Deming Park will face either Joe Schwartz or Amherst, who play the losers' bracket finale on Friday evening. If necessary, a winner-take-all title game on Sunday would be either in Worcester or Amherst.   On Thursday, Ben Jacob hit a one-out single and scored in the bottom of the

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The Independent Investor: Tariffs The Next Chapter
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
Tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports were imposed, as expected, last week. China responded with $34 billion of their own tariffs on American imports. So far, this has been a zero-sum game. The question that investors are asking is whether or not the trade war will escalate.   I could say that this entire trade spat has been "much ado about nothing." The total amount of trade tariffs and counter tariffs don't add up to much given that China is a multitrillion-dollar economy. The war of words and threats between our once-allies, our antagonists, and the president, amount to much more.   Right now, Trump's statements would indicate he is ready to impose $500

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'Leave No Trace': Makes Its Mark
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
It would be silly not to give a full, 4-popcorn rating to "Leave No Trace," Debra Granik's trenchant, contemporary drama about a PTSD sufferer who lives off the grid in the Portland, Ore., woods with his teenage daughter. However, when movies are this good, there is a tendency on the critic's part to judge them against other superb examples of the filmic art, and to cautiously rein-in the ebullience that can't help accompany the welcome rush of provocative truths. The personal tale is devastating, the larger implications, haunting.   So, when quibbling between a 3 or 3 1/2 and a 4, I invoke the Goldberger Rule of Cinematic Significance to tip the balance: Is the

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