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Canning-Wilson Runs For Senate on Platform of Reducing Taxes, Fraud
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:05AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republican Christine Canning-Wilson says her campaign platform centers on the economy and reduction of state taxes.   The Lanesborough businesswoman is running for state Senate against Democratic nominee Adam Hinds. The seat is open after Sen. Benjamin Downing opted not to run for re-election. Canning-Wilson had no opponent in the primary while Hinds had a tough three-way race. Now, Canning-Wilson and Hinds will face each other in the general election this November.   Canning-Wilson says her campaign is focused on the economy, education, and taxes and fraud. The majority of her platforms listed on her website center on reducing taxes across all levels of


Miss Hall's Cuts Ribbon On Campus Expansion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:16PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

School officials and donors cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the two new buildings. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Halls School celebrated its first major expansion in 15 years, cutting the ribbon Friday for two new buildings.   The $13.5 million expansion project includes a new residence hall and a new academic building. The 9,325 square-foot residence hall expands enrollment opportunities to now 250 students, up from 201 currently enrolled at the private school.   The academic building will serve as the focus of a new "STEAM" program focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The 18,125 square-foot building will be the home of


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

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 26 - Sept. 29
Staff Reports,
01:34PM / Friday, September 30, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 26.   Jose Liriano-Vasquez, 30, of Pittsfield was found guilty of single counts of possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.    He was ordered to serve concurrent one-year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his Harvard Street home on June 18, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, September 28.   Timothy Welch, 47, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, possession of burglarious tools, larceny from a building, and


SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
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12:22PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

It's back to school time, which means parents and kids are shopping for items to fill up lunch boxes and brown paper bags. Sure, you could choose the same foods you chose last year, plus whatever new "superfoods" that just hit the supermarket.

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.


Switch to Whole Grains

Way back in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that wheat bread


Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Names Compliance Officer
11:21AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has named Ed Schumann as compliance officer.

"The area of compliance continues to change and evolve as new regulations are established and implemented," said J. Jay Anderson, president and CEO of the 127-year old financial institution. "We will all benefit as Ed applies his knowledge and experience in leading this critical function."

In this role, Schumann is responsible for ensuring all areas of the bank abide by all applicable laws and regulations.

Prior to this role, Schumann served as the branch manager at the Pittsfield Cooperative's Great Barrington location.  
A graduate of Queens College, he


Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees Elects New President
11:13AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The gavel was passed to a new president at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Museum’s Board of Trustees held Monday, Sept. 26.

Elizabeth "Buzz" Hayes McGraw is taking the reins as president; she has been a trustee since 2008 and has served as vice-president since 2013. William “Bill” Hines Jr. will resume his role as a trustee after serving as president for five years; he joined the board in 2007.

"There are great things happening at the Berkshire Museum, and I am honored to step up and lead the board as we continue with our strategic master planning process," said McGraw. "The master plan is an unprecedented


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 30-Oct. 6
10:38AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want


Pittsfield Weighing All Aspects of Trash Collection
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The group looking at a possible overhaul of the city's trash collection is putting nearly everything on the table.   The Resource  Recovery Committee met for its second meeting this month in its ongoing look into changing the way the trash system operates. Currently, the city has a curbside pickup model in which Republic Services collects all of the trash and brings it to Covanta, where it is burned to make energy to sell to Crane & Co.   The recycling is transported from Covanta to a recycler who pays the city based on tonnage and market value. The city gets a minimum of $10 a ton for single-steam and there is profit sharing should the


Eclipse Mill Quilt Exhibit Translates LeWitt Into Textiles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

Carson Converse, left, and Michelle Jensen at Friday's reception.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery proves artist Sol LeWitt could have been a quilter. Or more to the point, a pattern maker.

The late artist was a leader in the conceptual movement and believed art was as much about the idea as the execution, and therefore could be reproduced. That concept is behind the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' retrospective of 105 wall works, all produced on site from LeWitt's explicit instructions.

Those ideas also are on full display in "Sew'l eWitt: Quilts Inspired by Sol LeWitt," presented by the Northampton Modern Quilt


Pittsfield Man Drowns In Pontoosuc Lake
Staff Reports,
04:31PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Fire Department was called to the scene after reports of the body in the water. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of a 73-year-old man was pulled from Pontoosuc Lake on Thursday morning.   According to the district attorney's office, Charles Frambach, of nearby Pinehurst Avenue, was declared dead at the scene from an apparent drowning.   The Fire Department was called around 9:15 a.m. for a report of a body in the water.   Shortly after arriving, the body was pulled from the lake using a small boat ramp on Route 7 near Hancock Road.   Police remained at the boat ramp for some time after Frambach was removed.   An autopsy will be performed Friday


The Independent Investor: Dementia & Your portfolio
By Bill Schmick,
03:33PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, few elderly investors are willing to discuss a growing risk to their portfolio. The onset of diminished mental capacity can cause huge losses in your life savings. Many only realize the problem in hindsight. Don't let that happen to you.

The facts are concerning. For example, one in nine people, age 65 or older, suffer from some form of dementia. That skyrockets to one in two people over the age of 85. What's worse, there are at least 18 different diseases that bring on dementia. Alzheimer's disease is only the most prevalent of causes. No one can predict who will get this disease, but we do know that the older we get the higher the


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