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Berkshires Beat: Final 3rd Thursday of Season Features Walk a Mile Event
11:57AM / Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Walk a Mile

Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns for the final event of the season on Thursday, Sept. 19, with the ninth annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.

The annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" will be the main attraction at September's Third Thursday festivities. People will once again sport women's footwear in an effort to stamp out

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Pittsfield Seeking New Location For Pontoosuc Lake Beach
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, September 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee has given the city its blessing to continue working toward a Pontoosuc Lake beach.   Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath asked the committee Monday for permission to spend down the balance of the city's Community Preservation Funds to find a new location for the beach.   "I think it is just too important to the city and is a valuable park space," McGrath said. "This is a site that I think is not living up to its full potential and, at one point in time, that was a premier location."   Over a year ago, Friends of Pontoosuc Lake were approved for $15,000 from the Community

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Lanesborough Planning Board Extends Solar Permits
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:03AM / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Representatives of solar developer Engie North America address the Planning Board on Monday night. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Solar power was the topic of the evening at the Planning Board meeting on Monday night as the board extended permits for three large commercial solar operations.    Engie North America Inc. was seeking an extension to special permits previously issued for projects at 405 South Main St. (Skyline Country Club), 550 North Main St. (Pillar LLC), and land on Partridge Road owned by Petricca Development. The substantial use permit expired on Aug. 20 and the company is seeking an extension to the end of the year. The extension was made necessary by recent

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Pittsfield Voters Will Narrow Candidate Field in 3 Races
03:41PM / Monday, September 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field in three races: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor.    While the entire city will be deciding which two of the four candidates for mayor will be moving on to the general election in November, only Wards 5 and 6 will determine the top two candidates vying to representative their precincts. Neither ward has an incumbent running but both have former city councilors running.    On the mayoral front, incumbent Linda Tyer is being challenged by Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, retired Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinowsky and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo.   Tyer, the city's first mayor

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Force 12U Softball Team Rallies for Win
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10:14AM / Monday, September 16, 2019
The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball league rallied to win the second of two games Sunday in the Capital Region Fall Ball league.   Grace Julieano singled down the third-base line as time expired to score Mia DeJesus and Audrianna Pelkey, beating the Guilderland, N.Y., Red, 11-10.   Audrina Maloney went 3-for-3 and scored three times in the win.   In Sunday's first game, the Ballston Spa, N.Y., Scotties beat the Force, 17-8. Paxton Ebling made a couple of big plays in left field, and DeJesus and Bri Lynch split time in the circle in the loss.

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Brainstorms Topics for Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires.com Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 16, 2019

Jacob Schutz, assistant principal at Mount Greylock Regional School, speaks about keeping communication open between the community and its schools on Friday at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition first monthly forum.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its annual "needs assessment forum" on Friday to gather ideas for future forum topics.

But when the topics are narrowed down and announced, Executive Director Amber Besaw warned, the more than 100 people in the room on Friday shouldn't be surprised if they see ideas they hadn't heard mentioned in the room at The Green. That's because, for the first time, the Coalition held

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Distillers See Fertile Ground for Spirits in the Berkshires
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:02AM / Sunday, September 15, 2019

Matt Brogan and Katherine Hand began their cidery in a closet in Brooklyn; now they're setting up in the mill next to Riley. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two sets of artisan distillers from different parts of the county are setting up shop in a renovated mill along the so-called "Cultural Corridor."   Ryan Max Riley was looking for something different when he brought his rum distillery to Greylock Works from the high mountains of Colorado.   "None of this was even designed when I moved in," he said recently from his small space within the massive former textile mill.  "I had no idea what it would look like. But I trusted Sal and Karla ... I

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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Saturday, September 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools has started the new school year with more than 5,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.   School administrators provided an update the beginning of the year at Wednesday's School Committee meeting.   "I would like to welcome everybody back and it is hard to believe we are at the start of another school years but here we are," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said at the meeting broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television.   Superintendent Jason McCandless thanked the many people who helped prepare the schools for incoming students as well as community members who help make the Pittsfield

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@theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Friday, September 13, 2019
Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer is that we have more room to run. It means, in my opinion, that we will reach and break historical highs in the U.S. averages and that we should have fairly smooth sailing into October. If, at that point, there are breakthroughs in the trade issue and the Federal Reserve Bank cuts interest rates, we could see the markets continue climbing. If, on the other hand, Trump trashes Chinese exports again and/or

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Pittsfield to Release Morningside Fire Station RFP Again
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Friday, September 13, 2019

The council is hoping a developer will be interested in the long-closed Morningside firehouse. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council wants to offload the historic Morningside Fire Station, optimally, to a developer.   The council had requested that the city conduct a surplus property sale and, Tuesday, it looked at a complete list of city-owned properties. The list spanned hundreds of properties, some available for disposition others still utilized by the city.   However, the one property the councilors focused on was the decrepit Morningside firehouse located on 231 Tyler St. The 1906 building has been out of service since 1970.   "I have talked to a lot of

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The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel
By Bill Schmick,
07:39PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be enough this time around?

It is not as if we haven't seen this before. Through the years, ever since the Financial Crisis of 2009, the ECB, as well as other central banks around the world, have stimulated their economies to avoid recession, or something worse. The problem is that monetary policy can only do so much before central banks find themselves "pushing on a string."

The ECB is

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Firefighters Knock Down Fire at Lanesborough Truck Repair Shop
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07:25PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A swift response knocked down a small fire in a garage bay at Village Truck Sales on Thursday evening.    A motorist notified police that he believed there was a fire at the Route 8 business and Fire Chief Charlie Durfee said the call of a structure fire came in at 5:39 p.m.   "The first engines to pull up on scene were Lanesborough and Cheshire's Engine 2, because they come for us right away, and they found a small fire inside the [bay] door on the left," he said. "We got in and knocked it down quick. ... There was more smoke than anything."   The blaze was contained to the inside corner in the northern-most bay and

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