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Bayliss' No-Hitter Highlights BABL Week
11:15AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Tight races abound in the Berkshire Adult Baseball league, where just one game in the loss column separates the top three teams in the over-35 division and the top two teams in the 20-year-old division.   A key game in the 35s comes on Sunday in Lenox, where the first-place Berkshire Thunder (9-2) takes on the third-place Berkshire Bandits (7-3).   The division's second-place team, the Adams Aces (7-2) has two games in the next five days, playing Tunnel City at Alcombright Field on Wednesday and the Greenridge Gremlins at the Dalton Legion field on Sunday.   Last week in the 35-year-old division, Jarrett Bayliss threw a no-hitter to lead the Dalton Moneymakers past the

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Cohen Seeks to Build Community With Seat on Pittsfield Council
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It wasn't long ago when Yuki Cohen was going through a devastating time in her life and it was the community in Pittsfield that got her through it.   It was far different than she had known in the past, as she used to hustle in corporate America. The Berkshires are more relaxed, welcoming, and compassionate, she said, than her days in New York City. She was hooked. She started a business to add to that and is now taking another step by looking to join the City Council to help build that community.   "There are things we need to work on but I feel like we have all the tools we have to get there. Education is important, health is important, jobs

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Post 68 Ousted by Greenfield in American Legion Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:25AM / Wednesday, July 24, 2019
WILBRAHAM, Mass. -- Things went wrong in a hurry for the Pittsfield Post 68 American Legion Baseball team in the late innings on Tuesday night.   But as his team slowly made its way into the gloaming at Spec Pond Recreation Area, coach Pat Bassi pivoted to thoughts of everything that went right in the program over the better part of a decade.   “A lot of these kids have played for me since they were 13, when I was still coaching Babe Ruth, so there’s a lot of history with us,” Bassi said after a 7-3 loss to Greenfield in the Western Massachusetts Senior Legion tournament.   “We just didn’t have it tonight.”   And Bassi knows what it is

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Berkshires Beat: Clinton Church Restoration Awarded $75,000
01:32PM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Clinton AME Zion Church outing (date unknown). Church grant

Clinton Church Restoration is one of 22 sites and organizations dedicated to preserving African American history to receive grant support from National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (Action Fund). As part of the second class of Action Fund grantees, Clinton Church Restoration was awarded $75,000 to continue its efforts to restore and repurpose the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington as an African American heritage site and cultural center.

"We are honored to receive this grant and be in the company of so many worthy projects," said Wray Gunn,

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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morse is joined by a large crowd of supporters at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night. HOLYOKE, Mass. — They said he couldn't do it.   There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.   "When I ran for mayor eight years ago, people had a few things to say. They said No. 1, wait your turn. No. 2 maybe run for something else. Or No. 3, don't run at all, you are too young, too gay, too progressive, you are not going get elected here in the city of Holyoke," Alex Morse said at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night to a

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State FY2020 Budget Has Funding for Flyer, Rural Schools
Staff Reports,
09:07PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A compromise state spending bill reached over the weekend contains good news for the Berkshires, particularly its rural school districts.    State Sen. Adam Hinds' amendment to increase the Rural School Aid grant program by $1 million, raising the total appropriation to $2.5 million, is included in the fiscal 2020 state budget along with $7.7 million for projects in the senator's district.   "This is a strong budget with serious investments in key areas such as public education and transportation, while addressing other pressing policy issues such as reducing the cost of prescription medications," Hinds said in a

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College Notes: June & July 2019
03:51PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
Maya Finston-Fox of Monterey was among 30 Baldwin Wallace University students who gave up a week of summer break to make a difference through BW's Alternative Break service program. The Berea, Ohio, college's program facilitated four experiences with student volunteers traveling to Clarkston, Ga.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and Raleigh, N.C.   Finston-Fox, a political science major and graduate of Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, volunteered to take part in the experience in Portland. The team of nine students partnered with the YWCA of Greater Portland to learn about domestic violence against women and how college students can be better advocates for their

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Pittsfield Police Respond to Shooting, Robbery, Arson
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police were busy in the wee hours of Sunday morning as officers responded to an armed robbery, an arson incident, and a shooting within a span of two hours.   Police say it began at about 12:30 a.m. when a black man, described as being 5-feet-10-inches tall robbed Alltown at gunpoint. The man escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information regarding that incident is asked to contact Detective Glenn Civello at 413-448-9700, Ext. 538.   Less than a half-hour later, police and firefighters responded to 82 Wendell Ave. for a report of a structure fire. There was a small fire on the porch that appeared to have been deliberately set,

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Review: 'Working: A Musical' Is Minimalist, Meaningful
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:41AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

Why do we work? It's usually for more than money. To express ourselves, perhaps. To make a better life for our children. To create a legacy. To contribute to our country, our society. We can love our jobs or hate our jobs, but our reasons for working and our emotions about our jobs – which take up so much of our lives – are always deeply felt.

To explore these reasons fully, the author Studs Terkel crisscrossed America in the early 1970s recording more than 130 people in all kinds of jobs, from blue collar to professional. The result was a best-selling book – "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do" (published

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Graves Looks to Make Pittsfield's Corner Office Business Friendly
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, July 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — By 2010, the old YMCA boathouse was just about to topple into Pontoosuc Lake because it had fallen into such disrepair.    Scott Graves had an idea to save it. He'd take the property that wasn't on the tax rolls, renovated it and turn it into a private marina and club. Instead of the city ultimately having to demolish the building, it is back up and running and generating tax revenue.   But it wasn't easy as he kept hitting roadblock after roadblock from the city. After some 30 years restoring buildings, Graves doesn't want to have to deal with all of the red tape that the city puts in front of someone with an

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Campers From Camp Lenox Help Clean Up Pittsfield's West Side
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

The camp has been doing community service projects with Habitat since 2011. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than two dozen teenagers from Camp Lenox spent Friday cleaning up the west side of Pittsfield.   In partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, the campers cleaned up Durant Park, Columbus Avenue, and opened up the staircase at the end of Francis Avenue that had become overgrown to help people in the neighborhood more easily get to Big Y and CVS.   "We've got 27 campers and five staff from Camp Lenox in Otis and one of their activities every summer is doing a community service project. Since 2011, that was their first year coming to Habitat to do a

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Pou's No-Hitter Lifts Force 12U to Dalton CRA Title
By Rick Duteau, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:34PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass - Sunday’s performance was exactly the sort of thing that Berkshire Force 12U coach Jess Glebus hoped for, at exactly the right time. Just days ahead of a big trip to Florida to compete in the Babe Ruth World Series, the Force earned the Dalton CRA Softball Tournament title with a 10-0 win over the Saratoga Thunder, at Pine Grove Park.   Amanda Pou threw a no-hitter and every batter in the lineup reached base to contribute in the victory. Only one Thunder player reached base, and she was quickly thrown out by catcher Issabelle Macdonald and she attempted to steal second.   “We played Chatham yesterday and we didn’t play well, but we came out today

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