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Berkshire Planning Receives DLTA Funding To Help Towns With Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC finally got its local assistance funding and more than 25 towns have requested help.   The funding for District Local Technical Local Assistance program was questionable over the last few months as the state pondered budget cuts to address shortages of revenue. The state provides $2.8 million to regional planning committees to help towns with an array of planning projects.   But, late into 2016 the money hadn't been released and the governor was in the process of making budget cuts.   "The DLTA funding was spared from 9C cuts and I signed our contract on Dec. 15 and we are waiting for the signed contract back. With the holidays, that

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MCLA to Host Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
02:06AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Saturday’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will feature opportunities for the area’s youngest athletes and showcase the talents of some of Berkshire County’s top women collegians.   The daylong festival that begins at 8 a.m. in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center concludes with a 1 p.m. women’s basketball game featuring the Trailblazers and the Springfield Pride.   The Pride features 2013 Drury High graduate Danielle Racette, who is averaging 3.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per game this winter. Springfield (11-4) is gunning for its eighth NEWMAC championship and first since

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The stop at MCLA was one of several the congressman made in North Berkshire.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous situation, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.

And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

"Time for a reset," he said, pointing out that "the people we're losing used to be for us."

Nearly a third of House Democrats come from three states: Massachusetts, New York and California.

"In the last eight years, all election cycles for Congress, we have lost 62 House seats, 15 Senate seats," Neal said at a session at

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hoosac Principal Jeremiah Ames welcomes Congressman Richie Neal to a student assembly on Tuesday.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

"What the inauguration represents is the peaceful transition of power and as much as I was for Secretary Clinton, as much as I campaigned for her in New Hampshire and in Pennsylvania … and as much as I was

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Higgins Leads Housatonic Over Greylock in CYC Boys Hoop Tourney
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10:11AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ty HIggins hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points Sunday to lead the Housatonic boys travel basketball team to a 49-37 win over Greylock in the championship game of the CYC Tournament.   “Housy really put it to us early with their full court press, and we fell behind, 9-0, in the first couple minutes,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “Then by the end of one, we were down ,16-4. We made a few runs in the second, but Housy then was able to extend the lead in the third.   “Higgins had a great game, and obviously we couldn't stop him.”   Oscar Low scored nine points, and Derek Paris and Oliver Kocsis added eight apiece for

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Mount Greylock Grad Recognized on Senior Day at Bates College
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:56AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carlos Ames receives congratulations from his Bates College men's squash teammates. Bates College senior Carlos Ames of Williamstown earned a pair of wins on Saturday as the 19th-ranked Bobcats men’s squash team celebrated Senior Day with wins over Hobart and Hamilton.   The Mount Greylock senior, playing at No. 8, defeated Hamilton’s Atticus Jones, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4. Then Ames moved to No. 9 on the ladder to beat Hobart’s Matthew Frantz, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8.   Earlier this winter, Ames and the Bobcats came to Williamstown to face Williams College, and he earned a five-set win over the Ephs’ Andrew Litvin to help Bates win, 8-1.   Mount

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Four Towns Sharing Economic Development Planner
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is looking to "rapidly expand" a shared economic planner job.   Four towns, Hinsdale, Great Barrington, Clarksburg, and Lanesborough, had signed onto a project to bring on a full-time economic development specialist. William Compton was hired for the position and now splits his time working between the communities.   "They all have it in their budget. They are paying for a chunk of time," BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns said on Thursday.   Karns has high hopes and expectations for the regionalized service. Even the county's largest municipality doesn't employ a full-time

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Biz Briefs: 'Farm to Fork' Bike Ride Coming to Berkshires
02:06PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Fresh and fit: The award-winning bicycle event series Farm to Fork Fondo will launch its first ride in the Berkshires in September. Five hundred cyclists from throughout the country are expected to attend Farm to Fork Fondo on Sept. 23-24 at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Wrenegade Sports, the producer of this event, is based in Burlington, Vt.
 
The Berkshires' world-class arts culture is complemented by a close-knit community of farmers, food producers and chefs, committed to the farm-to-table movement for more than 25 years. The ride course, with options for all abilities ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms

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Berkshires Beat: OLLI Opens Spring Classes
12:58PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Lifelong learning: OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, kicks off its winter semester of classes this month in Pittsfield and Great Barrington. OLLI is a membership organization that offers over 80 classes, talks, workshops, events and trips a year, designed especially by and for people 50 years old and up.

There is no educational requirement for joining OLLI, just a love of learning for the sake of learning. The classes have no tests, no grades and no required homework.

Winter OLLI classes in Pittsfield include "International Folk Dance," "Ancient Writing Systems," "The Many Faces of Addictions," "Today’s

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Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:03PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Caleb Kollmer capped the 46th Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament in style.


The Berkshire Bruins defenseman Sunday scored midway through the second overtime to give the hosts a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Avon, Conn., in the Bantam Division title game.


Seamus Hayes scored with just less than three minutes left in regulation to complete the Bruins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit, and Nate Haley made two saves in the last 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to OT.


“Whenever you win the Kittredge, you get to look at the banner for a couple more years,” Bruins’ coach Rob Abel said. “A lot of these guys, this is their last

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Multiple Towns Battle Blaze in Pittsfield Apartment Building
By Andy McKeever,
08:45AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lenox, Adams, and Williamstown sent ladder trucks to the scene. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Multiple towns joined Pittsfield Fire early Sunday morning to combat a blaze in a multi-family building on Dalton Avenue.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said a family of five was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for smoke inhalation during the blaze which completely destroyed the apartment building.   The chief said the department received the call to respond to 8 Dalton Avenue at 3:30 in the morning as flames shot out of the building.   "On arrival fire was showing and people were evacuated from the building. We believe everyone is out of the building and safe. Some of the

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

The classroom spaces have have much more natural light with the renovations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest.   Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been under way since the spring 2015.   The renovated Hawthorne Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Melville Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.   "We're looking late spring or early summer," Director of Facilities David Moran said of the entire project, which

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