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New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown
01:04PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown's Board of Trustees has announced that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director of the organization.

Moulton's work with the Trustees of Reservations as an engagement site manager, and her long-time interest in sustainable agriculture as a volunteer educator at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., have uniquely prepared her to shepherd Berkshire Grown into its next stage of development, according to Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the Board of Trustees
 
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike

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Greylock Staffer Graduates from CUNA Management School
12:52PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announced that Terrie Lucaroni, AVP/Manager, Project Management Office, recently graduated with honors from the Credit Union National Association Management School.

The three-year program, consists of three, two-week summer terms at the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in Madison. Each yearly term requires participants to pass three exams, complete two projects, and make an oral presentation.

"Greylock is proud of Terrie for her hard work to earn this prestigious certification. The CCUE from the CUNA Management School is an important educational accomplishment in the credit union industry and we all congratulate her

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 14-20
12:23PM / Friday, September 14, 2018
NEXT THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 is 3rd Thursday!  September's 3rd Thursday is the last of the season and it's the annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center! The walk kicks off at 6 p.m. from the Persip Park Stage.    The Dance Zone with Jacob's Pillow, located in front of St Joseph's Church, will feature pop-up performances by Adam H. Weinert, Cantarella School of Dance, and Berkshire Salsa. Rock On takes to the Mainstage following the walk, at 6:30 p.m. The Lichtenstein will have IS183 Art School'sexhibit open for viewing. 

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Solar Array Planned For Pontoosuc Country Club
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, September 14, 2018

Joe Fiori outlined the plan to the Conservation Commission but also told the neighbors that the company will be before the Community Development Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and will hold a neighborhood meeting as well. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ridge Avenue-area neighbors feel blindsided by a plan to construct a 6.6-megawatt solar facility at the Pontoosuc Country Club.   The Boston-based solar developer Nexamp Inc. is looking to take over 25 of the 131 acres on the course for a photovoltaic array. The planned array is located on the southern portion of the property — the Hancock Road side of the first handful of holes.    Nexamp's business

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'Juliet, Naked': Anatomy of a Triangle
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:06PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
Ethan Hawke's Tucker Crowe in Jesse Peretz's intelligent, seriocomic "Juliet, Naked," had me thinking back to 1969 when, during a hiccup in my education, I visited my best friend, rock 'n' roller Howard "Richard" Tepp, in Malibu. It was the era of free love and, like the fictitious Tucker Crowe, Howie, through the cooperation of some enthusiastic groupies, had strewn the landscape with several progenies. The other similarity between the two is the cult following that grew out of their brief stardom.   Fact is, throughout history, there have been many such multi-pollinating troubadours who, intentionally or not, have substituted legacies of their DNA

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Tyer Shares Outdoor Recreation Vision With Environmental Chief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eventually, the historic Springside House will serve as the hub for all of the activities that happen on the 300-plus acres of parkland that surrounds it. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The natural resources and scenic beauty of the Berkshires has always been a draw for those who enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, and the like.   But now officials are becoming a little more intentional about that. Both local and state officials are looking closely at the economic benefit that comes with building an outdoor recreational economy.   "They're going to eat in the restaurants. They are going to go to the fly shop. They are going to go to the bike shop. That's

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Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident
01:33PM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Westfield man was cited Wednesday for a rear-end collision that involved a Pittsfield Public Schools bus on East Street.    The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus.    The school bus was stopped in traffic on East Street near the intersection with First Street. The school bus was transporting approximately 19 elementary school-aged children. The collision caused Hammer's vehicle to be pushed into the rear end of the stopped school bus.   The school bus was not

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New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

The new Taconic High opened with 820 students, up more than 100 from last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.    But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But the doors are open and a ribbon-cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.   "Taconic opened up on time. We are on budget. And we are done-ish," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The auditorium is still under construction and students haven't been allowed in there. That was eyed as the very last

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Pittsfield Honors Little League Team's World Series Run
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018

The team was given a ride around the city's downtown on a fire truck. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city recognized the success of its Little League all-star team on Tuesday.   The team loaded onto the city's ladder truck that was driven around the downtown with them on the back, with sirens blaring and hands waving, led by a police escort, another fire engine, and the fire chief. The trip ended at City Hall where Mayor Linda Tyer was waiting to greet them all.   "We are all so proud of them," Tyer said.   One by one the players got off the truck, slapping hands with Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski and the mayor, while parents snapped photos and took

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BMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Starts Better Breathers Club
01:23PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Berkshire Medical Center is starting a Better Breathers Club, in collaboration with the American Lung Association.

Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. The club helps patients to learn better ways to better cope with lung disease while getting the support of others in similar situations. Led by a trained facilitator, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to live the best life you can.

At BMC, the Better Breathers Club will

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How Can Life Insurance Help You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:11PM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

You may not be aware of it, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Of course, you probably recognize, at least in a general sense, the importance of life insurance, but do you know the various ways in which it can help you?

Life insurance can play a sizable role in your ability to achieve some important financial goals, such as these:

* Helping your family maintain its lifestyle: If you are married and have young children at home, you and your spouse may need to work. If you were no longer around and your earnings were gone, could your family still afford to live as they do now? Adequate life insurance can help them preserve their lifestyle.

* Helping your children continue

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Robbery of Greylock Credit Union Branch
Staff Reports,
11:42AM / Wednesday, September 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch on Elm Street was robbed Wednesday morning.   Police say at about 10:30 in the morning officers responded to the credit union for the robbery.   According to police, a woman, described as being in her 20s with a slim build, had passed a note to a teller — no weapons were shown — and then left with an undetermined amount of cash.   The suspect is described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and ripped jeans. She was carrying a large purse and then fled in an unknown direction of travel.   Police do not believe there is any danger to the public and nobody was injured at the

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