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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — World War I veteran Roy Carpenter not only served his country overseas but also when he returned home.   Local historian Eugene Michalenko said Carpenter was one of the nearly 140 soldiers from Adams who served during the final months of World War I, and like his fellow National Guardsmen in Company M, he was excited to go.     "Oh definitely," he said. "They were all hyped up. There definitely were no slackers. Everybody was ready to go."   Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well

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'I Wonder If I Will Ever See Pittsfield Again': WWI Letters From Lt. Tremblay
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hector R. Tremblay in uniform. He was nearly 40 when he re-enlisted to serve in World War I. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-four minutes. Dug into a hole for the night in France under heavy shelling in November 1918, Hector Richard Tremblay wrote to his wife that he'd give "half his life" for 34 minutes in the city of Pittsfield.   "As I sit in my little hole, my feet are wet and I am cold as the devil. I wonder if I will ever see Pittsfield again," he had written in a letter dated Nov. 9, 1918. "I would give half my life if I could be in Pittsfield for 34 minutes but I must be patient and my time will come."   Tremblay was born on Jan. 4,

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Four Residents Displaced Following Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever,
02:21PM / Saturday, November 10, 2018

The slate roof kept heat and fire inside the apartment. Firefighters had to punch a hole through the roof for ventilation.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four people are displaced after a fire tore through the rear of their South Church Street home.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said firefighters responded at 12:24 Saturday afternoon to the call at 7 South Church St. One of the occupants, who was the only one home at the time, of the two-family home heard the smoke alarm and then found a fire on the rear porch. He escaped the building through the front stairway.    "On arrival, there was heavy fire on the second floor rear. Guys made an interior attack,

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@theMarket: Stocks Take a Breather
By Bill Schmick,
06:23PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
Stocks are in the process of consolidating after the big gains over the last week or so. So far, the October sell-off has led to a recovery of about half of what was lost. In the two months ahead, we should see even further gains.   No matter how much we would like it to, the stock market rarely goes straight up. It is one reason why I constantly advise clients not to check their portfolios on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. And never check them in down markets. Why put yourself through that emotional turmoil — especially when you have no intention of using the money anytime soon.   As we now know, the Democrats regained the House this week. As I, and everyone else

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'Bohemian Rhapsody': Fate, Free-Will and Rock 'n' Roll
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
I once knew a rock band, The Original Kounts, and, because lead singer Howard "Richard" Tepp was my best friend, I was sort of the manager for a while sometime in the late 1960s. That was before Bob Crewe's Larry Brown ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon") walked into Newark, N.J.'s Indian Pizzeria and heard Howie singing to the jukebox. I think I was eating a tuna sub. Well, before you could say rock star, Howie became Richard of Richard and The Young Lions, had a number one hit in Cleveland, Detroit and D.C. with his single, "Open up Your Door" and, as the apocrypha goes, might have also had a career-propelling hit in NYC were it not for the DJ strike.   No

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Clarksburg Board-Gaming Event to Benefit Soldier On
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

A Red Sox baseball signed by Mitch Moreland will be raffled off on Saturday.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School's gym will be filled on Saturday with tables full of gaming enthusiasts trying to win their way through numerous board games.    The second annual "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragon" event hopes to match or succeed last year's benefit for homeless veterans that netted $2,500.   The event begins at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on West Cross Road. Admission is free.    "We're trying to raise awareness of the issue of homeless veterans in Berkshire County," said teacher Michael Little who helping organize the

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, as a state and federal holiday.

This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the

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Berkshire Museum Announces Key Hires
02:51PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum welcomes Stacy Parsons as education program manager and Roshni Bhambhwani as activation manager, bringing to the museum deep experience in education and museum programming.

"We are making thoughtful additions to a strong staff as the Berkshire Museum moves into the future with a renewed commitment to our community and our mission," said Elizabeth McGraw, president of the museum's Board of Trustees. "Local students and educators are seeking more from the museum, and we are working hard with them to expand opportunities for learning."

As education program manager, Parsons will be responsible for developing,

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Shooting On Columbus Ave
Staff Reports,
02:30PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating another shooting.   Police say Friday morning officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue. There they found an individual who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.   The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Police say the victim was unable to provide any information about the suspect.   The incident is under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau, the Drug Tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting

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Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018

Matt Whitcomb's Wahconah teammate Tom Keefe introduces him at Thursday's assembly.   DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 9-16
11:14PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
  November 9 - November 16, 2018

  VETERANS DAY PARADE IS SUNDAY, NOV. 11   The City of Pittsfield's annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. For those participating, line up will take place from 12-12:45 p.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets and will depart from City Hall at 1 p.m. The group will proceed to the Pittsfield Veterans' Memorial Park on South Street for the ceremony. For more information, please contact John Herrera, Director, Veterans

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage

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