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Letter: Blue Star Parents Group Forming
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

To the Editor:

July 4th is when we celebrate our country's Independence. It's also a perfect opportunity to remind people that the freedom and independence we celebrate is not free.

Berkshire County has many residents serving in the military – active, Reserves and Guard. Each military individual represents an entire family who is also sacrificing and supporting them. To help these families, Berkshire County Chapter for Blue Star Parents will hold its first gathering, Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the North Adams American Legion.

The group is open to all military parents – Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty. The concerns, stress, and emotions that come with the


Letter: Support a Pittsfield Ban on Exotic Circus Animals
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

To the Editor:

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen for the welfare of animals especially the exotic ones that could be used in circuses.

I realize that this puts all of you in a difficult spot trying to please both sides of an issue but I would encourage each one of you and take a step back and really to consider the issues at hand. I am not going to ask for all of you to take a look at gruesome pictures of what happens to these animals when training and I am not going to give you the details of what happens on the road or before and after shows.

Instead, I am going to ask you to remember back if any of you went to circuses as children or brought your children to them and the magic


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

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Berkshire Tidbits: Corn Season
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Tolland, Conn., Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual steak and lobster dinner Saturday, July 16, from 5 to 11 p.m.

There's a choice of a steak dinner, $25, a lobster dinner, $25, or a steak and lobster dinner, $40. Dinners include a salad, corn-on-the-cob, a baked potato and dessert. Or, hot dogs and hamburgers may be purchased separately.

The cash bar is open at 5 and remains open throughout the evening. Dinner seating is from 6 to 8. After dinner there will be a live band with dancing, a raffle and more.

The event takes place at the Tolland Public Safety Complex, 206 West Granville Road/Route 57.

Call 413-258-2859 or 413-537-8886 for tickets.


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CPR, AED Training Offered at Reduced Cost
12:42PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — SJG Emergency Response Training & Consulting has teamed up with Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center to provide reduced-cost CPR and AED training.

The fee is $20 per person (usually $50). Participants can pay by cash or check the day of the event. The classes will be held at Sweetbrook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 1561 Cold Spring Road. The schedule is as follows; hour-long classes are scheduled at the top of each hour:

⦁ Thursday, July 21, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, July 21, 6-10 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Aug. 18, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Aug. 18, 6-10 p.m.

⦁ Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 a.m.-4


Pittsfield Nationals Reach Little League Final
12:25PM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- It will be an all-Pittsfield final this evening in the Berkshire County 12-year-old Little League tournament.   The Pittsfield National League All-Stars Tuesday advanced to the championship round of the double-elimination tournament with a 7-6, seven-inning win over Great Barrington in the losers bracket final.   Sam Sherman drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh to bring in the winning run for Pittsfield National.   Sherman went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of RBis. Jonathan Monahan pitched the final 1-⅓ innings to earn the win for the Nationals.   Great Barrington came back from an early 2-0 deficit on a


Summer Music at its Best: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:51AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming, with inspiring and thought-provoking concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, diversity is the watchword: from an all-Mozart evening to Ives and Gershwin; from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to the cutting-edge orchestra “The Knights” performing arrangements of Cat Stevens, The Troggs and Bob Dylan. And, as always, there’s heartfelt chamber music: this week by Brahms and Alban Berg.

In New Lebanon, N.Y., at Tannery Pond, there’s a not-to-be-missed evening of solo piano music (Schubert, Franck, Liszt and Hough), to be performed by MacArthur (‘genius-award’) Fellow-virtuoso pianist/composer


Act Today to Avoid Financial Regrets Tomorrow
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. We all deal with regrets – and financial ones are among the most troublesome.

Here are the leading financial regrets, according to a recent survey by, along with some suggestions for avoiding them:

Not saving for retirement early enough: This was the top regret expressed by survey respondents. Saving and investing early for retirement offers you two key benefits. First, the more time you give growth-oriented investments, the greater their growth potential. And second, by saving and investing for retirement


Pittsfield Council Calls For Early Audit Next Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:59AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council is hoping to get next year's audit done earlier to help guide budgeting.   The council approved asking the mayor to call a joint meeting with the City Council, School Committee, and the auditor as soon as the audit is completed. The council also requested that Director of Finance Matthew Kerwood ask for the audit to be done earlier in the year.   "I really think we need to push for the audit to be done earlier. I think next year is going to be a critical year for our finances," Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso said.   The audit is typically completed in April but Amuso had petitioned for a joint meeting in March.


Mass Amateur Field Down to 32
Massachusetts Golf Association,
09:57PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jake Shuman is human after all.   But the Duke University junior is still better than most mere mortals.   One day after blistering Taconic Golf Club with a course-record 64, Shuman carded a 4-over-par round of 75 on Tuesday to to finish tied for first place at the conclusion of stroke play at the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship.   The 144 golfers who began the week has been winnowed to a select few 32 who will begin match play on Wednesday. After two rounds, just eight will make it to Thursday’s quarter-finals. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Friday.   None of the three amateurs with Berkshire County ties made it to the round of


Pittsfield Babe Ruth 14-Year-Olds Earn Berth in World Series
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:29PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- For the Pittsfield Babe Ruth All-Stars 14-year-old team, the number 15 is key.   Fifteen as in the number of players on the Pittsfield squad that Tuesday night advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series with a 12-2 win over Nipmuc at Deming Park.   “When they chant ‘One through 15,’ as a coach, that’s a dream. It’s not always like that,” Pittsfield coach Steve White said.   “That’s probably why they’re going to to the World Series, to be honest with you.”   The local all-stars punched their ticket to the Aug. 11-18 national tournament in Westfield by making short work of Nipmuc


Berkshire Bank’s Wealth Management Team Expanded
11:57AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has expanded its Wealth Management team through appointments of Elizabeth Gore to SVP, Trust Operations and Compliance, and Janice Ward to SVP, Wealth Advisor and Senior Fiduciary Officer.

Gore is a graduate of New England School of Banking at Williams College with a degree in Trust Banking. She has more than 35 years of banking experience, 28 of which have been dedicated to Berkshire Bank.

Within her position as SVP Trust Operations and Compliance, Gore will oversee all aspects of operations and compliance for the Wealth Management Group and the department’s trust accounting system. She is also responsible for fiduciary and tax work,

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Biz Briefs: Three Berkshire Nonprofits Honored, Rotary Inductees
11:41AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Good job: Three nonprofit organizations from the Berkshires were among the 30 nonprofits honored at the State House for Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and Citizens Bank, on June 27. The highlight of the annual celebration, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, were presented to seven nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.

Nicole Eigbrett, Community Outreach Director at Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, was one of five finalists in the Excellence by a Young Nonprofit Professional award. Multicultural Bridge and WAM Theatre were two of the


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