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Pittsfield's Lothrop Will Not Run for Re-Election
Staff Reports,
07:05PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The longest serving member of the current City Council has decided not to run for re-election.

Ward 5 City Councilor Jonathan Lothrop, first elected in 2003, announced in a press release on Monday that he would not seek a seventh term.

He first sought office over the controversial plans to expand the Pittsfield Municipal Airport and to develop a waste transfer station in his ward.  

"I am proud that, along with the Citizens for a Sensible Airport Plan (CSAP), our proposed compromise was eventually selected as the ultimate outcome of a decadelong process. As for the Transfer Station, it never did materialize and the Residents' Against the Transfer

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Berkshire Health Systems, OB/GYN Practices Partner
02:33PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a move that will help to ensure long-term obstetric and gynecologic services throughout the region, Berkshire Health Systems has announced that three key OB/GYN physician practices have joined together and formed Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC, which solidifies and stabilizes critical women’s health services for the community.

The three practices joining under the Berkshire Health Systems Physician Practice Group are Berkshire OB/GYN Associates, located in Pittsfield and Lenox, and Northern Berkshire OB/GYN and GYN Services of the Berkshires, located in Adams. This significant and necessary investment in OB/GYN stabilizes these essential physician services and

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Berkshire Bank Seeks Volunteer Projects
02:20PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Bank is seeking volunteer opportunities for their upcoming Company-Wide Week of Service June 8-12.  

During the week, more than 300 bank employees are expected to participate in a series of service projects to help the communities in which the bank operates.

Berkshire Bank is seeking service projects of all sizes, but generally should engage between five to 50 employees using a mix of skilled and non-skilled labor. Projects should be able to be completed in one day using largely bank volunteers and have a tangible impact on both the organization and the individuals served by the organization. Limited financial support for selected projects may be

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Greylock Federal Reports Strong 2014
02:01PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union reported strong performance in 2014.

In its 79th year of operation, Greylock posted net income of $5.37 million and total assets of $1.075 billion. The credit union’s regulatory net worth – a key measure of financial strength – ended the year at 9.4 percent, up from 8.76 percent in 2013, improving upon Greylock’s “well-capitalized” rating as determined by the National Credit Union Administration.

“In 2014, we saw the challenges of the ‘Great Recession,’ appear to recede," Greylock President Marilyn L. Sperling said. "We began to see home and auto sales increase, and

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Living With Ghosts: My Time At the Butler Goodrich House
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
02:40AM / Monday, March 30, 2015
The Goodrich House is one of the oldest residences in Pittsfield and was once a museum. The building's decayed over the years and some people have reported what they believe was paranormal activity in the 200-year-old house.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield's second oldest house, located just north of downtown on Route 7, was built by one of the city's most prominent early citizens and has since accrued a curious history over the centuries.

It is also, according to some, quite haunted ... a reputation which prompted me, in early 2014, to jump at the chance to temporarily take up residence in the storied house.

Historic Home

Technically, only half of the "Goodrich

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Vietnam Veterans Honored at Snowy Pittsfield Ceremony
By Stephanie Salvini, Special to iBerkshires
01:05AM / Monday, March 30, 2015
Wreaths are laid at the Veterans Memorial at Park Square to mark the 50th anniversary observance of the Vietnam War on Saturday morning. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Stepping to the podium as the snow fell on Saturday, Marine John Harding said it was a morning for "recruiting."

He joked that it took "guts" to attend under the winter weather conditions, which therefore made everyone fit for military service.

Keynote speaker's comments were rewarded with laughter from the small gathering at Park Square to observe the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War.

But Harding's address took a more somber turn as he recalled being "in

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Lanesborough School Approves $182K Budget Cut
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Sunday, March 29, 2015
The School Committee approved a $182,823 cut to the school budget on Thursday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A $123,000 cut to the elementary school budget wasn't enough for several townspeople at Thursday's public hearing, which led the School Committee to cut an additional $60,000.   The School Committee approved by a 2-1 vote Thursday an appropriated school budget of $2,399,709, which is $182,823 less than this year. The vote was taken after the public hearing on a budget $60,000 higher than what was ultimately approved.   "We certainly started with very sharp pencils and those pencils took almost $123,000 out of a small elementary school budget. In 45 years in

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North County Group Lobbies for Hospital Reopening
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:10PM / Saturday, March 28, 2015
A coalition advocating for the restoration of the hospital in North Adams traveled to Berkshire Medical Center in a show of solidarity.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A group of dedicated community and union members continued to call for expanded medical services to mark the one-year anniversary of the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Richard Dasatti of the North County Cares Coalition urged local and state officials — and the facility's new owner Berkshire Medical Center — to reopen the facility as a full-service hospital.

"We will work with Berkshire Health Systems if they will provide a timeline and a commitment to make BMC North a full hospital with

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'The Gunman': Guarantees a Murder a Minute
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
09:43PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Open Road Films Sean Penn has an itchy trigger finger in the aptly named 'The Gunman.'

Watching director Pierre Morel's "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn as a so-called security guard who's really a mercenary in the employ of a big mining company in the Congo, two questions come to mind. First, what farfetched rationalization could possibly allow an actor as talented as Penn to appear in such a convoluted, unredeeming and shameless heap of rubbish? Secondly, and we fear we know the answer, what flaw in the human character assures a continually profitable market for

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Former Pittsfield Councilor Pete White Seeking at-Large Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
Pete White is now seeking an at-large seat on the City Council.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former Ward 2 Councilor Pete White is looking to return to the City Council.

This time, he is seeking to represent the whole city as a councilor at large.

"I want to be working on much more citywide initiatives. I think there are things as an at-large councilor that would be easier to do than as a ward councilor," White said on Friday.   Nomination papers for the Nov. 3 election are available on Thursday, April 2, and White is the first to announce his candidacy.   The 36-year-old says he is the person who can bring all parties together to work collaboratively to solve

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Superior Court Briefs: March 23 - March 24
Staff Reports,
03:30PM / Friday, March 27, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 23.   Malik Grandson, 22, of Pittsfield was sentenced to two and a half years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on a single count of assault and battery. He was placed on five-years probation on a single count of home invasion.   Grandson was found guilty of the two charges on March 11. The incidents occurred in Pittsfield on May 20, 2013.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 24.   Davon Fitts, 32, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was placed on nine months probation. The charge stems from an incident in

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Lenox Library Launches 20th Annual Book Donation Drive
12:56PM / Friday, March 27, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library is now conducting a book donation drive for its 20th annual book sale in August.  

They are accepting all books in good condition, hard cover or paperback, plus DVDs, CDs and LPs. Collectible books are especially welcomed. Encyclopedias, magazines and VHS videos are not accepted.

To donate books or other materials to The Lenox Library for this three-day event, call 413-445-5679 or 413-637-2630 x113, or email ibrowner@roadrunner.com for information about where to bring them. Pick-ups can be arranged if needed.

All proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit The Lenox Library’s many services and programs offered to the public

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