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Wahconah Seniors Sign 'Letters of Intent' to Go into Teaching
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:34AM / Saturday, May 11, 2019

Madelyn Wendling, left, Hannah Robbins, Hannah Perault and Madison Noyes sign their letters on Thursday afternoon. DALTON, Mass. — For young Hannah Perault, unexpected days off helped her start on a career path.   "Ever since I was in elementary school, the teachers I had had a great influence on me," the Wahconah Regional High School senior said on Thursday afternoon. "They were always so positive and energetic, and I always wanted to be like them.   "I remember vividly on snow days staying home with my brother and sister and playing school. And I would be the teacher because that was my favorite thing to do."   In the fall, Perault plans

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Get Familiar With Internal Affairs Process
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Saturday, May 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the Police Advisory and Review Board slowly ramps up, Police Chief Michael Wynn led the group through the internal affairs process.   Wynn said he expects cases to be coming to the board soon for review and at the next meeting the group intends to vote officers before the committee takes on a more active role in the meetings. Tuesday marked the committee's third meeting since being formed and one of its duties will be to review closed internal affairs reports and field citizen complaints.   Wynn focused much of Tuesday's meeting on the policies and process for how complaints about officer conduct are handled. He provided copies of the current

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Camper Destroyed By Fire at Lanesborough Campground
By Andy McKeever,
07:23PM / Friday, May 10, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A camper at Mount Greylock Campsite Park was completely destroyed by fire Friday evening, on the first day of the season.   According to Fire Chief Charlie Durfee, the owner of the camper had arrived that day, set up the camper, put her stuff inside, and then left to go shopping. While she was out, the camper caught fire and the fire took off from there to a point firefighters had no chance of saving it.   "There was black smoke billowing in the sky, fully involved, we called Hancock Fire Department for their tanker. We had their tanker, our tanker, and our two engines," Durfee said.   Durfee said there was a threat of attached propane

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U.S. Census Jobs Already Available Ahead of 2020 Count
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:12PM / Friday, May 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Census may still be another year away, but there are jobs available now.   U.S. Census Bureau media specialist Keith Goralski said the bureau is already hiring people for address canvassing this year. The job asks people to confirm addresses of homes, looking for newly built homes and identify homes that may no longer exist. The goal is to get an accurate list of the addresses when the Census process rolls out in 2020.   "We are basically telling everyone that there are opportunities now because there are," Goralski said.   The bureau will be hiring throughout the country for part-time and full-time positions from now through 2020. The

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Two Hurt in Pittsfield Motorcycle Crash
Staff Reports,
04:37PM / Friday, May 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two people were taken to Berkshire Medical Center after a motorcycle accident on Linden Street.   Police said at about 10:45 p.m. the motorcycle crashed in front of 225 Linden Street. The driver and a passenger were transported to the hospital for what police describe as minor injuries.   The road was closed for about 20 minutes from King Street to Onota Street.

 

PIttsfield Police responded to report of motorcycle accident in front of 225 Linden Street at 2245hrs. Driver and passenger transported to BMC with what appears to be minor injuries. Road was closed for approximately 20 mins, from King St to Onota St. Lt. Jeffrey Bradford.

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Berkshires Beat: 'Pleiades' Now on Permanent Loan to Ventfort Hall
11:16AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
'Pleiades' on display

Local sculptor Andrew DeVries has been for many years an exceedingly devoted friend of Ventfort Hall. His pair of bronze "Pleiades" - in ancient mythology seven sisters who became a cluster of stars - is now on permanent loan to Ventfort Hall.

The two Pleiades were first placed at Ventfort Hall when DeVries was the resident sculptor at the mansion in 2004 and 2005. After leaving Ventfort Hall for a time, they returned about five years ago and will now be on permanent display. DeVries sees this donation of the two Pleiades as a fitting way to thank Ventfort Hall, and everyone else, who helped in the rebuilding efforts of his Middlefield studio, as

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1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2019
10:58AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fourteen students from across the Berkshires graduated from 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program on Tuesday, May 7. Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, the students shared the product of their collective impact project with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.

For their collective impact project, the Class of 2019 chose to conduct a sustainability fair in coordination with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Through their project, they engaged more than 60 people and helped educate them about ways to be more environmentally sustainable in their own lives.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 10-16
10:31AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
Next Thursday, May 16 is the first 3rd Thursday of 2019! The first 3rd Thursday of 2019 will celebrate youth, with performances by  the Berkshire Pulse youth drummers led by Aimee Gelinas w/guest dancers,  the Breffny Irish Dancers, Youth Alive, the Reid Middle School Orchestra, the Taconic Guitar Ensemble, Kids 4 Harmony, Berkshire Theatre Group and Rock On!   Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness will be leading a FREE Zumba class at 6:30 p.m. in Park Square.   And the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone will feature a 3rd Thursday All Styles Dance Battle. The battle is free to enter

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My Core Floor Wins Lever Health Tech Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

Dr. Lara Aillon-Sohl was the runner-up with her  product ThriveText.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a waiting list to see Brittney Cappiello but not many women want to talk about why.

She specializes in pelvic issues, treating women suffering from pain or even peeing their pants on a treadmill or a trampoline. 

"Even in this rural area, I currently have a three-month waiting list of people coming to see me," she said.   Woman pay a lot of money for diapers, pads, medications, or even surgeries every year to address a problem that they feel is unique to only them. She said the most common question she gets is whether or not she has seen such cases

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The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like?
By Nate Tomkiewicz and Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good idea?   Most 401(k)s and 403(B)s plans, for example, have between 20 and 30 investment options you can choose from.  This menu of choices normally includes bond and stock funds as well as international funds. There are also balanced or blended funds, which invest in a mixture of stocks and bonds. Many plans also have some kind of annuity-like investment as well as target date

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'Long Shot': Proves a Winning Bet
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:36PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
I'm giving director Jonathan Levine's "Long Shot" a three, even though by most of my film-criticizing parameters (pace, creativity, screenplay, blah, blah, blah) it rates a 2.5. But hey, it's such a convivial and much needed feel-good movie that I'm figuring why be a piker? It's not like I have to pay Microsoft a vig depending on how many popcorns I allot the film in question, although that day may indeed be coming.   Pulling no punches in its hardly veiled muckrake of the current four-flushers down in Foggy Bottom, this delightfully quixotic confection, heir to the screwball comedies directors Frank Capra and Preston Sturges buoyed Depression Era

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DOJ Bringing 'SPIRIT' Program to Area Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:32AM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Justice is bringing training to the county to help prevent racial violence in the schools.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said Central Berkshire Regional School District had headed an effort to bring in the department's Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT) program and invited other districts to send representatives to the first meeting. McCandless said eventually the goal is to open to a wider region.   "The lead school in the whole county on it is Central Berkshire Regional School District. Dr. [Laurie] Casna, their superintendent, has been working with Multicultural Bridge really

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