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North Adams Artist Finds Expression in Ancient Paper Craft
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
03:41PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The technique of paper quilling isn't a common one in the contemporary art world, but North Adams resident Lisa Nilsson embraced the antediluvian medium and elevated even beyond her contemporaries to her inventive and intricate — and almost obsessive — images that stretch the form to its limits.

Quilling is a hundreds-of-years-old paper craft that involves rolling strips of colored paper into formations to create images with a three-dimensional quality.

Nilsson had previously worked in the format of box assemblages, which allowed her to create in a variety of mediums and she was always on the lookout for something new to add. After becoming

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Berkshire Mountaineers AAU Team Goes 4-0 in Maine
04:29PM / Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Berkshire Mountaineers seventh grade AAU girls basketball team went 4-0 to win a recent tournament in Portland Maine.   The team is 19-4 with one more tournament left in its season.   The sixth/seventh-grade team includes: Delaney Babcock, Abby Bird, Rylie Bishop, Abby Hugger, Alyssa Garabedian, Jayden Johnson, Sharaya Keele, Averie McGrath, Kaylee Tatro, Grace Towler and Rylynn Witek.   The team is coached by Shaun McGrath and Jeff Johnson.

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Pittsfield Approves $11.8 Million in Capital Spending
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:22PM / Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski explained why the department needs a new ladder truck and two new command vehicles. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council approved Thursday a $11.8 million capital plan, which is just $50,000 less than what the mayor had proposed.   The capital budget calls for the borrowing of $11,948,000 for capital expenses, which is about $1.7 million more than this year. The largest portion of the plan will go to the Department of Public Works with $3,650,000 eyed to be borrowed for repairs to the streets and stormwater systems as well as the purchase of a new truck and vibratory roller for paving.   A total of $2.5 million will go toward the streets. A

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@theMarket: Who Is Next?
By Bill Schmick,
07:59PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

 

The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors.

Do not panic. Most of my readers are heavily invested in the U.S. equity and bond markets. As such, the fallout from Brexit will be short-lived here at home as investors come to the realization that, for now, the United States is the only game in town. As I look at Friday morning's damage to our markets, I am impressed at how well we are doing compared to Europe. Essentially, all we have done is give back a week's speculative

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Berkshire Food Festival Offers Up Tasty Fare on Sunday
02:46PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams will play host to the 14th annual Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

This year's Berkshire Food Festival is presented by 1230-AM WNAW and WUPE-FM and features the cuisine from numerous area restaurants and food vendors along with a selection of beer.  Some of the restaurants represented will be Boston Sea Foods, Bousquet Catering, Gramercy Bistro, Krispy Kone, Lickety Split, Mint Indian Lakeside Cuisine, Oh Crepe, Papa John's, Slick Willie's and The 413 Grill.

Attendees will also be treated to the live music between 1 and 3 p.m., along with a corn hole tournament and other entertainment,

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Miss Hall’s Students Named Pickett Scholars
02:09PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Recent Miss Hall’s School graduate Jamie Flynn, of Chester, N.Y., and rising senior MaryCatherine Balcom of Pittsfield have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year’s Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are given to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 13 year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

Paul Denzel, Edward A. Miller Jr., and Robert J. Sansone, all

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Laura Bush Tours Latest Restorations at The Mount
02:02PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — Former first lady Laura Bush and friends toured the recent restoration efforts at The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton and a National Historic Landmark, on Saturday, June 18.

Bush, who serves as the honorary chair of The Mount’s National Committee, was joined by Mount Trustee Chairman Dan Kasper, Executive Director Susan Wissler, and Facilities Director Ross Jolly, Lois Betts, Nancy Weiss, and Penny Slade-Sawyer.

The main focus of the tour was the recent repairs to the historic stable’s exterior, which had suffered severe deterioration. Bush and her friends were given a behind-the scenes tour by Jolly. This project was green-lighted last fall thanks to

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Pittsfield Woman Named 'Unsung Heroine'
01:56PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kim Bordon of Pittsfield has been named an "Unsung Heroine of 2016."

Bordon was one of 125 women from cities and towns across the state recognized for their outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. Each year, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognizes women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. These Unsung Heroines are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns.

In addition to being recognized on June 22 in a ceremony at the State House in Boston, Borden was also recognized by

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BCC’s Swimming Pool to Open Daily Starting June 25
01:35PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 25, and will be open daily from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The pool, which is staffed by a certified lifeguard at all times and is handicapped accessible, is 3.5 to 8 feet deep and is approximately 70-feet-long. Male and female locker rooms, equipped with showers, are also available.  

BCC students and staff may use the pool and all of the other Paterson Field House amenities for free with a valid BCC ID.

Daily rates are $5 for individuals and $20 daily for families (five or more). Season rates are $75 for individuals and $200 for families.

For more information

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 24-30
01:32PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       June 24 - June 30,

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The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,

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'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly

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