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No Preliminary Needed In Pittsfield Elections
Staff Reports,
10:34PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There won't be a need for a preliminary election.   The last day to file nomination papers for signature certification was Monday and not enough candidates have been nominated to require a preliminary election. However, there will be races for nearly every ward and for the at-large seats on the City Council. There are four at large, seven ward, six school committee, and a city clerk positions up for election.   The seat going unchallenged is that of the City Clerk's office, where Michele Cetti is seeking the job. In Ward 1, Michael Circullo and Helen Moon are both qualified for the ballot to fill the shoes being left by Lisa Tully. Dina Guiel

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Berkshire Attack Girls Lacrosse Team Edges N.Y. Squad
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05:42PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently defeated Averill Park, N.Y., 11-10, at the Zavattaro Athletic Complex at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   The Berkshire team includes: Pittsfield's Sierra Murray, Hoosac Valley's Sara Tokiewicz and Abi Disbrow, Pine Cobble's Olivia Witter, Miss Hall's School's Maya Creamer, Herberg's Alaina Percy and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps.

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Report: Pittsfield Officer Used Excessive Force, Lied About Incident
By Andy McKeever,
05:04PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internal affairs report contends that Pittsfield Police Officer Michael McHugh attempted to cover up an assault committed by a friend.   McHugh had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, misleading a police officer or other person, and being a public employee making a false report on July 12.    His co-defendant is Jason LaBelle, 37, who had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Monday on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, falsely reporting a crime, misleading a judge, and misleading a

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'
04:24PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting the word out: BerkShares has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, N.H., to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. Last summer all seven branches of Adams Community Bank plus the Pittsfield branch of Lee Bank became BerkShares exchange points. This laid the groundwork for BerkShares activity in central and northern Berkshire County. However, the organization realized that they still need people "pounding the pavement" in order to really spread the word.

Contemplating this question, BerkShares board member Michael Tesoro spotted the opportunity to create a powerful experience for local young people that would lead

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Herberg Students to Take Part in Junior National Young Leaders Conference
03:41PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three students  from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield were nominated and accepted to the 2017 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), an Envision program that provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

Molly Sherman, Ahliya Phillips, and Tobias Gaulden-Wheeler will join sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from around the country in Washington, D.C. from July 30-Aug. 4.

"The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from

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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music
01:09PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

For the birds: Tanglewood will launch its first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon in a program titled "Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon" running from Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30, creating a new multi-faceted and immersive program for concert-goers that explores the intimate relationship between birdsong and music. The series, which pairs guided bird walks with performances of birdsong, will be highlighted by performances by world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, lectures and bird walks by Mass Audubon Ornithologist Wayne Peterson, and performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony

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Berkshire Force 10U Wraps Season with Tourney Win
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10:18AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The 10-and-under Berkshire Force softball team went 4-0 this weekend to win the Dalton Invitational Softball Tournament.   In its season finale, the Force once again turned in a total team effort with great pitching, flawless defense, and strong at-bats. In pool play it defeated Hoosick Falls, 12-2, followed by a nine-inning battle with Guilderland that the Force won, 5-3.   In tournament play they beat Hoosick Falls, 15-0, in the semi finals. In the finals, the Force battled Guilderland again, taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth before blowing it open with a seven-run inning and eventually taking the championship, 12-5.   For the season, the Force

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Lanesborough School Chair 'Re-Energized' By Task Force Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego participated in 32 meetings of the Berkshire County Educational Task Force over the past two years.   And it was exhausting. But as the group voted last Saturday to recommend a single school district for all of Berkshire County, she's become "re-energized."   "I'm really excited about it all. I think we can do something for our kids," DiLego said.   DiLego said she was somewhat surprised by the vote. She was expecting the group to come to the conclusion of recommending three separate districts. But, the more discussion the group had and the more issues arose with that, DiLego

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Potash Powers Post 68 Juniors to Win at State Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:21PM / Sunday, July 23, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Hunter Potash threw three innings of shutout ball and hit a grand slam Sunday to lead the American Legion Post 68 Juniors to an 11-8 win over Rockland at the State championship.   The win kept Post 68 alive in the losers bracket of the eight-team tourney.   After dropping a 4-2 loss to Methuen on Saturday, Post 68 bounced back to stay alive and knock Rockland out of the championship.   Potash started on the mound and left with a 10-0 lead. He combined with four other pitchers on the win: Joe Cracolici, Ryan Guadette, Joe Traversa and Carter Matthews.   Matthews earned the save by coming in to get the final out with the bases loaded in a three-run game

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Shire City Sessions Returns to Pittsfield on Monday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:04AM / Sunday, July 23, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Shire City Sessions are back.   The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week.   "There is a little bit of a hole in the cultural scene when it comes to original music," said Alan Bauman, who founded the concert series in 2015 to bring in national and regional music talent to tackle that issue.   It began in the parking lot of the Shire City Sanctuary the first year. Last year, it moved to the Common and worked in tandem with the Shakespeare in the Park, using the same

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Zion Lutheran Church Opens 1892 Time Capsule
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Saturday, July 22, 2017

The box was found in the northwest corner of the building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the Zion Lutheran Church was built on First Street in 1892, the congregation placed a time capsule in the cornerstone.   And it sat there for 125 years. The Rev. Timothy Weisman knew there was one somewhere in the building's structure, but wasn't sure where.   Seven months ago, the church embarked on a $1.2 million renovation and the mason dug around the northwest corner of the building and found it.   The capsule was placed there on July 13, 1892.   "After a renovation of about seven months, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the building, we decided to

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