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Plan to Exclude Pittsfield Parks From Mosquito Spraying Rejected
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission is deferring to the Health Department on whether or not the public parks should be sprayed for mosquitoes.   The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project heads efforts to prevent mosquito-spread disease through a control program, using pesticides to limit the population. There is an option for property owners to exempt their land from being sprayed and Parks Commissioner Joe Durwin, a strong opponent of the use of the chemicals, proposed using that exemption for city parks unless there is a public health emergency.   "There is a lot of debate about the efficacy and the residue," Durwin said. "It was a very murky area

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Incumbents Win Poorly Attended Lanesborough Election
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:27PM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moderator Robert Reilly was one of just two candidates on the ballot to campaign - the other was Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers. Neither had opponents. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — There was a lack of interest in this year's town election, from voters and from candidates.   Just 222 of the town's 2,286 registered voters made it to the polls — which beat town meeting's attendance of 93 voters — on Tuesday.   But, there wasn't much to vote on either. All of the seats up for re-election were incumbents and the few ballot questions had little significance in town operations.   The lack of interest from candidates actually created

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Inauguration 2016
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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.   Lenox Bulldogs 9, Great Barrington Millers 8   Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer
02:25PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two Berkshire County museums bookend the Highland Street Foundation's ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Eighty-five institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 80 venues that took part in 2016. This summer, each week for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 25 — multiple venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

"Free Fun Fridays provides access to the best exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the commonwealth have to

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are: Dion

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Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced
01:27PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Tessa Materazza won a second-place.

Fish tales: The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3. More than 286 people attended. The winners are as follows:

Children's Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Ryan Russo, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz.; second place, Jason Sweetser, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 1 oz.; third place, Aubrey Phifer, largemouth bass, 1lbs. 15 oz.

Children's Heaviest Non Game Fish: first place, Logan Barde, pumpkin seed, 9 oz.; second place, Tessa Materazza, pumpkin seed, 6 oz.; third place, Zack Caropresso, pumkinseed, 5 oz.

Adult Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Alex Kent, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz., second place, Jim Cassavant, largemouth bass, 2

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to the following graduates:

Adams: Chelise Rondeau

Amherst: Salina Kiplagat

Becket: Megan Mahoney

Cheshire: Yormary Shogren

Dalton: Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

North Adams: Samantha Andrews

Pittsfield: Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Sheffield: Stephanie Fredsall

Springfield: Anna Owuor

Stephentown, N.Y.: Shauna Hoffman

West Springfield:

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Pittsfield School Committee Chair Nominated For State Awards
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:54AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee nominated its chairwoman for two statewide awards.   The Committee voted on Wednesday to nominate Katherine Yon for a Massachusetts Association of School Committees lifetime achievement award and as an all-state school committee member. She was nominated by both Superintendent Jason McCandless and School Committee member Cynthia Taylor, separately, when the statewide organization sent out requests for nominations.    "Her belief in the power of great teacher and great schools to lift up and enhance the life of every child in neat ways is inspiring to us all. She continues to work as a teacher, as a tutor, and a mentor to

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Biz Briefs: Two Local Students Granted Lee Outlets Scholarships
10:33AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Good job: Lee Premium Outlets presented McKenna Mcllquham of Hinsdale, Mass., and Delanie Rybacki of Otis, Mass., with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships for their hard work and determination in the classroom.  Mcllquham attended Wahconah Regional High School, was awarded a $1,500 Community Scholarship and will attend University of Rhode Island in September. Rybacki attended Monument Mountain High School, was awarded a $500 Power of Orange Scholarship and will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, is proud to support Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk

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Berkshire Force 14U Team Reaches Softball Tourney Final
09:37AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team won two games on Sunday to reach the final of its two-day tournament at the Doyle Softball Complex, where the Force dropped a on-run decision to a team from New York's Capital District.   In its first game Sunday, an early lead helped the force defeat Greylock Thunder, 5-2.   The Force scored on a groundout by Jordyn Lummus in the first inning and a error in the second inning.   Sophia-Marie Groves earned the win, throwing six innings and allowing two runs and three hits while striking out four and walking one.   The Force collected 13 hits in the win. Kirsten Carrigan, Addison Lyon, and Jordyn

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Springside Park Gala Returns June 30
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06PM / Sunday, June 18, 2017

The gala runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The second Springside Park gala returns on Friday, June 30.   The Springside Park Conservancy held the first gala last year in an effort to raise money for improvements to the park, it was the first outdoor social event at the park in decades.   A total of 225 tickets were sold and about 150 showed up. The event features music, food, and wine and beer from a cash bar.    "The money is all for improvements to the park. Last year we raised $3,000 but we started with zero," said Ward 1 City Councilor and chair of the gala committee Lisa Tully said on Friday.   The concept of remains the

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