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BIC Organization Ramps Programming Back Up, Preps For Groundbreaking
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, June 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BIC, as an organization, is back on track after the infusion of money to get the center constructed.    "We're thrilled about the progress. It is great to be back in a posture of progression and see so many elements materialize," said Berkshire Innovation Center Chairman Stephen Boyd.   The non-profit had scaled back its operations just a handful of months earlier as the dollars were dwindling. Created several years ago, it began to launch training and other programming for its membership while awaiting its home to be constructed on the William Stanley Business Park.    And it waited and waited and waited.   The bids

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Cecropia, Our Sylvan King
By Tor Hansen, Guest Column
07:15PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Soleil Osprey Cole, taken some years ago in Wellfleet, who found a rainbow larvae and cared for it until it emerged as a cecropia moth the following year. Below, a watercolor by Hansen of 'Cecropia Moth Lifecycle with Blackburnian and Wilson's Warblers.'  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — So majestic is Hyalophora cecropia in appearance and biology that our sylvan king of the realm is a fitting title.   Just how this regal silk moth can engineer survival despite an inborn handicap is to its credit all the more remarkable. That such a resourceful creature can change form, starting with a tiny egg advancing to an enticing armored caterpillar, to a

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Letter: 180 Households Are Saving With Community Solar
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

To the Editor:

Solstice announced that only 20 spots remain in a set of Barre solar gardens, giving Berkshire County households the chance to support local, clean energy and save on their electricity costs.

The projects, which together total 2 megawatts (MW) of production capacity, were built by Community Energy Inc., a renewable energy developer that has built nearly 700 MW of solar capacity in its nearly two decades of experience.

Community solar is a model for residential solar that allows households to enroll in a local shared solar array and see savings on their electricity costs. Because community solar requires no changes to a participant's property, the projects are open to

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Big Names, Great Popular Music Land in Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:52PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Yes, it’s still early in the season. But lots of toe-tapping pleasures await.

First things first: If you don't have your tickets to the Barrington Stage's "The Royal Family of Broadway," a world premiere, stop reading this column for a moment and buy them right now. The show has garnered rave reviews everywhere — in the Wall Street Journal, the Albany Times Union and elsewhere. It sounds like a cinch that the show will eventually make it to Broadway itself. But it's here in Pittsfield now — through July 7. Find details online.

 

Tanglewood Music Festival

The Tanglewood pop season is already in high gear. This weekend, Andy Grammer's debut

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Classical 'High Season' Bursts Upon the Scene
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:20PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's well known that the Berkshires and environs are a mecca for classical music lovers. With the upcoming tourist high season – from late-June through October – concert activity increases exponentially, offering listeners a cornucopia of musical delights to please every taste.

This week, three magnificent presenter "T"s share the spotlight, offering fabulous musical pleasures: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Concerts and Taconic Music.

 

Tanglewood Music Festival

Tanglewood in Lenox, the world's grandest outdoor summer music festival, is the summer home of the Boston Symphony, and offers outstanding and varied classical performances from Saturday, June 30,

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Don't Let Your Investments Go on 'Vacation'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:07PM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer is here – and so is vacation season. Americans spend a lot on their summer getaways – more than $100 billion in 2017 alone, as reported in Travel and Leisure magazine. When you hit the road, you will enjoy getting away from your regular tasks, but there's one part of your life that should never take a break – your investments.

To keep your investments working consistently and efficiently for you, consider these suggestions:

* Match the right investment with the right "job." You hire an electrician to install a light fixture, you employ a plumber to clear a clogged drain, and you would not expect either one to work on the other's project. In a

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Berkshire County Juniors Golf Series Kicks Off July 9
09:24AM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Berkshire County Junior Golf Program is open to boys and girls who are members of an Allied Golf Club and between the ages of 11‑18.   The participants compete in divisions determined by their age. Categories include 13 and under, 14 and 15, and 16 and over. There are six events to be held on Monday's throughout the summer with registration at the host club scheduled for 8 to 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. There are optional tee times starting at 8:30.   The host club will provide a short clinic on either the rules of golf or golf etiquette before players begin providing there is time. The fee is $10 – 15 per player, which covers prizes and lunch. The

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BRPC: Chapter 90 Spending Trails at Least a Year Behind
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has found that towns tend to act conservatively with Chapter 90 funds for road work because of uncertainty around the program.   BRPC's Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin did a study on the use of Chapter 90 in the Berkshires and found that there is at least a year delay between when the state funds are allocated to towns and when they are actually spent.   The state's Chapter 90 program is money bonded and sent to each municipality in the state based on a formula consisting of road miles, population, and employment. In 2012, the Massachusetts Municipal Association released a report showing

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Yola Esther Developer Settles With State, Asks Pittsfield to Accept Roads
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Residents have been living for a number of years in the subdivision that technically has not been completed as the city, state, and developer seek a path to the final approvals. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The developers of the Yola Esther subdivision are again asking the city to accept the three streets — Kara, Giovina, and Karen — after reaching an agreement with the state Architectural Access Board.   The developers of the controversial subdivision say they have complied with the AAB's orders to make certain improvements to provide for better access for those with disabilities and pay a $150,000 fine — a fine significantly reduced by

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Lanesborough Ousts Reilly, Jones In Annual Town Election
Staff Reports,
09:11PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Longtime moderator Robert Reilly and Finance Committee Chairman Ray Jones were both ousted from their seats in town government during Tuesday's election.   Reilly was beaten by Chris Dodig, who launched a write-in campaign following last week's town meeting that saw Reilly have Jones removed from the meeting by police. Reilly secured 128 votes to Dodig's 177.   Jones, meanwhile, was defeated by newcomer JJ Filiault and incumbent Stephen Wentworth for the two available three-year terms on the Finance Committee. Filiault was the top vote-getter with 225, followed by Wentworth with 193. Jones received 121 votes.   Last week's

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Berkshire Mayors Call for Action on Border Separation of Families
Staff Reports,
03:46PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are adding their voices to calls to rescind a "zero-tolerance" policy decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that has resulted in the separation of children from families attempting to cross the border illegally or requesting asylum.    "As the mayors of the cities of Pittsfield and North Adams in Western Massachusetts, we write to express our shared opposition to the Trump administration's policy of separating children from parents at the U.S. border. We stand with civic, community, and spiritual leaders across the nation in decrying a policy that has evoked unnecessary fear and

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38 Graduate From The Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ckahlysia Walker and her grandmother a year after Walker promised to graduate. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ckahlysia Walker's grandmother was pretty much destined to fail.    It was some 60 years ago in South Carolina when she found out she was pregnant in an environment rigged against her. She hadn't finished high school. She left that behind and moved to New Jersey, started her family there, and ultimately got a job she could work at for the next 30 years to support her family.    Last year, Ckahlysia hadn't completed high school either but she didn't face the same situation as her grandmother. She listened to her grandmother's stories and

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