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Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:24AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a dozen high school seniors and recent graduates earned college credits this summer through the MCLA/BCC Summer Academy program.   Friends and family gathered for the graduation luncheon this past Friday in the Conte Federal Building to celebrate the students’ achievement over the monthlong program.    The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.   These credits can be transferred to any state-accredited

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Pittsfield Little League Goes 2-0 at New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:37PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
BRISTOL, Conn. -- The Pittsfield American Little League All-Stars brought the lumber on Monday night.   Evan Blake and Owen Salvatore combined to go 6-for-6 with a home run, a triple and three doubles as the Pittsfield AL defeated Saco, Maine, 9-4, in the winners’ bracket of the New England Little League Regional Championship at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center.   The Americans move on to Wednesday afternoon’s winner’s bracket final against Coventry, R.I., for a berth in Saturday’s regional final, where the New England representative for the Little League World Series will be decided.   Blake, who cleared the fence five


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

Sniezek Wins Juniors Series Event at Waubeeka
04:52PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Henry Sniezek carded a 79 Monday to win the Berkshire County Juniors Series event at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Sniezek, playing out of Forest Park Country Club, finished going away in the 16-and-older division, building a 12-stroke margin over runner-up Connor Champeaux of Berkshire Hills.   Berkshire Hills' Liam Fitzgibbons and Waubeeka's Ryan Baran tied for third at 96.   In the 14- and 15-year-old division, Berkshire Hills' Brendan Hayden edged Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club for the title. Hayden finished at 84, one stroke better than Shields.   Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield and Harrison Seeley of Cranwell


Berkshires Beat: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced
02:34PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
The winners are ...

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has announced the winners of the 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge winners.

From North Adams, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: MCLAzybones

* MFC Individual Winner: Jane Bernard

* Healthy Work Site Winners: MountainOne Goal Diggers- & MountainOne Summit Slayers

* MFC Individual Winner At A Work Site: Denise Davis

* Participant With The Most Points Overall: Hannah Noel

From Pittsfield, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team: Seniors Rock

* Individual Winner: Debbie Holden

* Healthy Worksite Winner: MountainOne Skinny Dippers

* City Hall Team: The Awesome Assessors

* Passport Winners: Sue


Biz Briefs: Guido's Fresh Marketplace Brothers Named Members of the Year
01:18PM / Monday, August 06, 2018
Feeling fresh

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce has named Matt and Chris Masiero of Guido's Fresh Marketplace as the Business Persons of the Year. The Masiero brothers began their professional partnership in search of the very best produce they could source and sell. They named their roadside stand after their father Guido, determined to carry on the commitment to good health and personal integrity that ran through everything Guido did. That little roadside stand has grown, but the brothers' mission remained the same: to find the freshest, highest quality products from Lenox to Lyon; to help you feed families well; and to support the community both within their stores and


End of Session Review 2018: William 'Smitty' Pignatelli
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
This is the second in a series of interviews with the Berkshire delegation on legislative actions during this past session of the General Court.     LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli thinks the House of Representatives had a very productive session.   But he is disappointed that two major topics were never fully addressed — health care and education.   The Legislature just completed the formal portion of the 190th session. While there will still be informal sessions, it is unlikely any major undertaking will take place until the new Legislature is in place in January. In the last two years, Pignatelli said the state did


Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day
Staff Reports,
01:23AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city resident has filed suit for $75,000 for alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day.   Alexander Blumin filed the lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state law that recommends schools recognize Columbus Day. He then contends Herzig attempted to do the same by proposing the city follow the School


Little League Notebook: Night Baseball Requires Some Adjustment
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
11:01PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
BRISTOL, Mass. -- On Monday, the Pittsfield American Little League plays its second straight game under the lights at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center.   Night baseball is still failry unique for the 12-year-olds, and that novelty nearly worked against the Americans in Sunday's opener.   Goffstown, N.H., had two runs in and a man on with one out in the top of the sixth, and Pittsfield was clinging to a 4-2 lead when Alex Magdziarsz lofted a fly ball to center field.   After finding the ball in the night sky, Owen Salvatore made the adjustments he needed to make the grab, helping to preserve an eventual 4-2 win.   "Honestly, I


Pittsfield Americans Win Opener at Little League Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:52PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Evan Blake had 10 strikeouts in his Little League New England Regional debut on Sunday night.   None was bigger than the one that came with two out in the top of the third inning of an eventual 4-2 Pittsfield American Little League win.   It was a scoreless game in the third, but Goffstown, N.H., was threatening to change that with the bases loaded.   And Blake, who had allowed his first two hits in the inning, started off Goffstown's No. 3 hitter with a ball.   That is when Pittsfield manager Joe Skutnik sent assistant coach Pat Bramer to the mound.   "He said: Just relax and take your time," Blake said. "I was rushing a little


Swallowtails and Purples Abound at Stoney Ledge
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:33PM / Sunday, August 05, 2018

A monarch sips nectar from a lily. Its wings can brush against the flower's stamen and anthers, spreading its pollen to the next flower. ADAMS, Mass. — The winding trail out to Stoney Ledge on the slopes of Mount Greylock is wide enough to allow sunlight to penetrate the high leafy canopy above, creating light gaps where wildflowers abound that attract assorted butterflies.    The tiger swallowtail is the sole swallowtail here in late June through mid-July, and quite numerous, leading to a surprising estimate in the thousands for the whole Greylock mountain range and neighboring valleys. Swallowtails looping and fluttering through the green woodland in this great


End of Session Review 2018: Tricia Farley-Bouvier
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:26AM / Sunday, August 05, 2018
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The massive criminal justice reform bill stands out as a highlight of the legislative session for state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier.   The Legislature just wrapped up its formal session on Tuesday night, concluding deliberations on most major pieces of law until a new Legislature takes over in January -- though there are still informal sessions during which bills can be passed.   Farley-Bouvier, representing the 3rd Berkshire District that encompasses most of Pittsfield, highlighted the criminal justice reform bill as one of the top undertakings lawmakers completed in the last two years.   "That has wide-ranging implications for most


Pittsfield Little Leaguers Carry Mass. Banner to New England Regional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
04:23AM / Saturday, August 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unlike his players, Pittsfield American Little League coach Joe Skutnik knows just what his team is getting into this week.   "As a coach who has been there before and when you get to this point, a state final game, you sit there and say, 'Man, the kids would have a blast down there,' " Skutnik said after Sunday's state title game win over Danvers. "So as a coach, you're really hoping that you can get there — not for yourself but for the kids because it's fun. It's a lot of fun down there."   On Sunday evening in Bristol, Conn., a fun summer for the Pittsfield Americans will continue when they take on


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