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Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers
04:00PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont
02:21PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pilot of a small plane that left Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday died when the plane crashed on it's way to Middlebury, Vt.

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

Police say they located the crash site on the east side of Route 7 in the town of Pittsford. The plane sustained heavy damage and the pilot was deceased at the scene.

The plane, a white Cessna with maroon trim, was reported missing late Wednesday when the pilot failed to arrive on schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration put out an alert for the plane.

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey
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08:00AM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

Children in Poirot's class recreated the Mayflower. ADAMS, Mass. — The kindergarten classes of Heather Emerson and Robin Poirot at Hoosac Valley Elementary are again offering their knowledge on where to get a turkey how to cook it.    From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey.    The photos in the story are from Poirot's class. The main photo at the top is from Emerson's class.        Elliot Girard When I buy the turkey, it will be 2 pounds and about as big a Pilgrim kid. Mommy

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Tyer Officially Appoints Wynn As Pittsfield's Chief of Police
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has removed the word "acting" from Police Chief Michael Wynn's title.   Wynn had been promoted to administrative captain in 2007, essentially managing the department. In 2009, he was appointed "acting chief of police" and has served in that role since.   Tyer went through the Civil Service process again this year to make a more permanent hire and Wynn topped the list. The mayor said she offered Wynn the job and he accepted.   "My experience with Chief Wynn is that he always has been highly professional in his decision making and he is always seeking ways to be better at his position," Tyer said on

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Craneville Students Show Gratitude to Veterans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The students presented money and hand-knitted scarves and gloves to Cory Bazinet and Sam Bennett from Soldier On  on Wednesday morning during an assembly.  DALTON, Mass. — Freedom is not free.    At Craneville Elementary School, the freedom to wear hats in class cost the students $1.   Those dollars added up and were donated on Wednesday to the men and women who risked their lives to defend the freedom all Americans enjoy every day.   Through the program, the students pooled together more than $250 to donate to Soldier On. Another group of students hand-knitted scarves and gloves to donate as well.   On Wednesday, the entire school gathered in

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During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:57PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions:

* Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now

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Tyer Administration Submits Proposal To Overhaul Trash Pick Up
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The city is looking to provide 96-gallon toters for recycling to residents. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council has begun a lengthy debate over changes proposed for the curbside trash pick up program.   Mayor Linda Tyer has put forth a plan to switch to a toter system, which is seen as a way to increase recycling, reduce costs to the city, and combat blight. The city would provide a 45-gallon tote for trash and a 96-gallon tote for recycling.   The totes come with a restriction on the amount of trash that can be placed on the curbside without an additional charge. Currently, curbside trash pickup is unlimited.   "I'm confident our citizens can adjust to

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Curling Added to Bay State Winter Games
11:02PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WOBURN, Mass. –The Bay State Games has added curling to its 2018 winter program.   Curling has gained popularity since the sport was reestablished consistently in the Olympic Games in 1998, after being first debuted in the 1924 Olympics.   As an exhibition sport in 2018, the Bay State Winter Games competition will be comprised of eight teams from curling clubs across Massachusetts. When curling is incorporated into the regular Bay State Winter Games’ program in the 2019 games, the competition will be opened up to the general public as well as clubs from the Northeastern United States.   “We are extremely excited to add curling to the 2018 games,” said

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Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:23PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The breakfast highlighted the achievements of those involved with BC Arc, like Christy Rich. See more pictures from the event here.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spending time in the hospital can be depressing, even if one is surrounded by supportive people.    So Kimberly and Katye Mozo, who know firsthand about medical challenges and spending numerous days in hospitals, wanted to help lighten the days of others with the same experience.    They formed K&K Pill Bottles and used donations to decorate and fill the vials with suprises to send to people with chronic and long-term illnesses.    "We try to put smiles on others faces that might be

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Two Pittsfield Firefighters Honored By Governor For Meritorious Conduct
Staff Reports,
12:10PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two city firefighters were honored by the governor for meritorious conduct.   Lt. Michael D'Avella and Firefighter Jarrett Robitaille were given awards on Tuesday morning by Gov. Charlie Baker, Public Safety Sec. Daniel Bennett, and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.   D'Avella and Robitaille were recognized for bravery for pulling 72-year-old Herdy Iroth from a burning building. The pair had rushed into Tahiti Takeout and found Iroth in an apartment on the second floor in the early hours of Dec. 8, 2016. The building had smoke showing on two sides and there was zero visibility inside. The two used thermal imaging to search and find Iroth and

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Pittsfield Police Break Up Alleged Prostitution Ring
Staff Reports,
10:50AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have broken up an alleged prostitution ring.   Police arrested Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket, and Joseph VanWert, 65, of Pittsfield, on charges of human trafficking, knowingly permitting prostitution on the premises, and sexual conduct for a fee. They are currently being held without bail.   In the spring, the Department noticed an increased number of calls regarding proposition and solicitation in certain areas. Patrol officers gathered information, relating those involved in the alleged prostitution with narcotics addiction.    Officer Brenna Dorr led a lengthy investigation which Police said revealed that women were being recruited by

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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including

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