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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused On Enclosing Building
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The construction managers want to have the building fully enclosed by the first week in November to provide warmth for the workers during the winter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School.   The building is currently 58 percent complete, according to James Moran, a program manager with the city's project managers Skanska.   Through September, a total of $55.4 million of the $120.8 million project had been invoiced, which is 56 percent. The project managers have used only 38.7 percent of the owner's contingency, and 49.1 percent


School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MCLA Golfers Fifth at League Tournament
09:25PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Husson University the top four individual spots at Berkshire Hills Country Club as the Eagles cruised to the 2017 North Atlantic Conference Men's Golf championship Monday afternoon.   The Eagles shot a solid 298 Monday to finish the 36-hole event with a cumulative score of 301.   Salem State finished in second place with a two day total of 327.   Husson's Gavin Dugas was medalist as he held off teammate Daulton Wickenden with a two day total of 147 (3-over). Dugas shot a second-round 73 as did Wickenden. The 73s were the low round of the tournament over the par 72 layout at Berkshire Hills.   Dugas shot a 1-over 36 on the front nine and BHCC


Biz Briefs: Outlets Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
02:22PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

Racing for a cure: Lee Premium Outlets' parent company, Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, continue engagement as one of five national sponsors of Susan G. Komen, encouraging employees, retailers and shoppers to participate in activities and contribute to the achievement of Komen's bold goal of reducing current U.S. breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

Visitors to the Lee Premium Outlets, as well as other Simon malls and outlets in New England, will notice the pink theme carried out at select Guest Services booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories. Other planned activities include: $5 and $10


Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Volunteers at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

This year's gala at the Country Club of Pittsfield was the 'Enchanted Forest.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer never thought her family would have to deal with a sexual assault.    "I knew sexual abuse was rampant but I thought of it as something that happened to other people, to other kinds of families, not ours," she said. "I know now I was wrong and naive and maybe even a little bit of a snob."   Then she learned her 4-year-old had been abused for as long as the child could remember. Her family had no idea what to do next, other than what she had gleaned from crime shows like "Law & Order."   "I had this

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:


Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Becket: Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Cummington: Alexander F. Griffith

Dalton: Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett,


Shire City Herbals Hires New Vice President of Business Development
11:35AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shire City Herbals, makers of the apple cider vinegar-based health tonic Fire Cider, recently announced the hiring of Kimberly Allardyce, a wellness executive with over a decade of experience in the yoga and wellness space, as vice president of Business Development.

Allardyce will oversee the strategic direction and revenue goals of the company's wholesale and direct to consumer sales channels.

Allardyce, a graduate of the Chaminade University of Honolulu, brings extensive experience in the health and wellness space to the role, having developed revenue generating wellness programs for several high-level clients, including Sandals Resorts International and


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll
11:27AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

Walk & Roll: Twenty-seven individuals from Berkshire County Arc's Brain Injury Program participated in the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts' Walk & Roll in September. The team, which was named "BCArc Renegades," participated. Two Berkshire County Arc supervisors served as the co-captains of the team: Amber Steele and Kara Rogers. Supporters cheered along the team as they made their way down the two-mile route. Afterward, participants enjoyed lunch by the lake.

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with


Elizabeth and Arthur Larsen Honored With RSVP Volunteer of the Year Award
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:58AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

State Sen. Adam Hinds said RSVP volunteers are at the center of community and service. He presented the Larsens with honors from the state Senate. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The annual Berkshire Athenaeum book sale doesn't just happen. There is a lot of work that goes into it.   Elizabeth Sharon Larsen and Arthur Larsen are the ones who do much of that work. The two are part of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and are stationed at the library.   Last year, the pair spent a collective 540 hours volunteering there. The couple is now up to 2,572 hours of volunteer service to the city.   "Sharon and Arthur bring a positive attitude to their roles and are always


Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster Relief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Sunday, October 15, 2017

The students presented local Red Cross volunteers the donation on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It started as a simple homework assignment.   Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?"   Ella Ives went home and thought about it. She watched the news coming in about devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Virgin Islands and found her answer.    "I am worried about how badly the state of Texas has been hit by Hurricane Harvey. I wish I could trade places with the Red Cross volunteers who are there


Greylock Thunder Softball Seeks Players, Coaches for 2018
10:49AM / Saturday, October 14, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder travel softball teams will hold tryouts this month for their 2018 summer season.   Interested players in the 14u, 16u, and 18u age groups should attend. All interested coaches should apply in person or via email.    Tryouts will be held:   U-14 & 16  Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   U-18 Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.    All interested players are encouraged to come try out.   A brief informational session will be held at the start of tryouts to go over what to expect with the 2018 program: costs, travel expense, commitment, schedules, etc.   The


iForum: Girl Scouts Already Doing Great Things in the Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

You might have seen the group of 100 Girl Scouts in the Berkshire Mall last March, coming together to learn about other cultures on World Thinking Day.

I wanted to preserve the moment.

There, in front of me, stood six young ladies from my Girl Scout troop, holding three binders that, on the surface, didn't look all that interesting. But, as with people and programs like the Girl Scout program itself, there was more than meets the eye.

Inside the binders was a brand new curriculum these girls as fifth-graders had developed over the past six months to give to their two schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools, to help teach other fifth-graders the Bill of Rights in a


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