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BRTA Expanding Evening Bus Service Beginning July 1
01:02PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will increase its evening bus service to include transportation to North Adams and Great Barrington beginning on Monday, July 1.    Currently there is later evening bus service on the Route 11N-BCC Night Loop. The hours of service will remain the same and will travel:  from the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) on Columbus Avenue to Berkshire Community College on West Street;  back to the ITC; heading down East Street;  by Stop & Shop on Merrill Road; to Walmart at Berkshire Crossing; to Allendale Plaza; and returning to the ITC via Tyler Street.  There will be service

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Letter: FDR, Churchill, or Candidate C?
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

To the Editor:

In response to Rinaldo Del Gallo III's letter regarding the flaws of MLK, George Washington, and Christopher Columbus in relation to the respective federal holidays named after each man, I ask that he answer the following question, below.

The moral of the story is that people are more than their personal faults. It is a person's goodness in his or her heart that matters far more than the flaws in their character. Candidate A and Candidate B, despite all of their flaws, saved the World from Candidate C. Please don't judge a person by their proverbial book cover. Being a decent human being means having both flaws and a good heart!

Question:
It is time to elect a

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Inauguration 2016
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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
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Berkshires Beat: CATA to Break Ground on Future Home
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
CATA groundbreaking

Community Access to the Arts will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the organization's future home at 420 Stockbridge Road on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. The new arts center will establish a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.

"After 26 years of renting space, CATA will now have a true home--one that will double our existing space for artists with disabilities," said Margaret Keller, CATA's executive director. "With the growth we've achieved in recent years, we have been bursting at the seams. Now, after intensive planning, we are ready to take this pivotal

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Do You Have a Business Succession Strategy?
10:34AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

If you own a business, you've always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It's easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you'll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

And you will have to put considerable thought and effort in selecting such a plan, because you've got several choices. You could keep the business in your family. You could offer it to an employee or an outsider. You could design a plan that will take effect while you're alive or

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Pittsfield Council Rejects Pickleball From $10.7M Capital Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer discusses her plan to get rid of the former Hess gas station. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council spiked funding for new pickleball courts at Springside Park but did endorse the plan to get rid of the former Hess Gas Station on Tyler Street in the capital budget approved on Tuesday.   The pickleball courts had become somewhat controversial this year as the city's Office of Community Development, Parks Commission, and the Berkshire Mountain Pickleball Club settled on a plan to construct the new courts next to the water tower at Springside Park on the Benedict Road side — next to the Doyle Softball Complex.    However, a group of nine

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Taconic High School Scholarships & Awards for 2019
05:40PM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Taconic High School class of 2019 during Awards Nigh on Monday, June 3, in the high school auditorium.      Valedictorian: Trisha Victor Salutatorian: Kailey Sultaire   Academy of Business Management Certificate Awards Derek Adams Jr., Savannah Berkeley, Jayden Cross, Quincy Davis, Carly Decelles, Madalyn Drozd, Quentin Gittens, Jacob Harrington, Colin Meaney, Jared Stedman, Paul Suasti, Christian Womble and Yazhi Zheng   Academy of Human Services Certificate Awards Logan Curtis, Madison Daverin, Brendan Depson, Aubrey Henault, Joannda Loftus, Jaimee Meehan, Dedric Moody, Catherine

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Pittsfield Girls Softball Hosting Two Big Tourneys this Month
Community submission,
11:38AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball Leaguel once again will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road for two separate softball tournaments.     “Battle in the Berkshires III” will take place from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, for divisions U14, U12, and U10. Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will be hosting the Babe Ruth New England Super Regional Tournament from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.  The tournament will feature all age divisions from U8 through U16.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires III”, the first

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens 'Store of the Future'
11:22AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Carr Paint opens

Carr Hardware, a family-owned Western Massachusetts business for more than 90 years, in conjunction with Benjamin Moore, has opened an all-new paint and decorating showcase store located at 358 Cooley Street, Five Town Plaza, in Springfield. The new store, Carr Paint, is a state-of-the-art "Store of the Future" collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional grade Benjamin Moore products.

"We are truly proud to partner with Benjamin Moore and bring to Springfield a paint decorating center like no other in the market today. The store is specifically designed to serve the needs of local municipalities,

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Gray Raven Farm Moves to Center of Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The couple was going to move the store to New Ashford but customers asked them to stay in town. The are now leasing a storefront near the center of town. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm has moved its store to the center of town.    Dan and Sharon Bergeron have moved their store to 65 North Main St., filling a vacant storefront across the street from the police station. The two had been leasing the former Bradley Farm.   "We were going to go up to New Ashford but we had a lot of town people asking us if we'd look at other locations in town. They loved coming to us," Dan said.    The Bergerons said the new space helps reduce the

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Public Meeting Set on Berkshire Transportation Plan
12:57PM / Monday, June 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A public meeting on the proposed 2020 Regional Transportation Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Regional Planning commission's offices at 1 Fenn St., Suite 201.   The draft update is a long-range comprehensive document for the next 25 years that will provide the basis for future transportation investment and planning in the region. The plan looks ahead at potential changes in modes of transportation such as the use of shared scooters and bicycles, walking paths and driverless vehicles.    "This RTP update focuses on providing a safe and efficient transportation system for Berkshire County that works in all

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Volunteers Needed For Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade
11:36AM / Monday, June 03, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With just over a month to go to one of the region's biggest events - the city of Pittsfield's Fourth of July parade - the call is going out for volunteers to help on the day of the parade.  

First and foremost, the parade committee is looking for banner carriers. The banners promote our leading sponsors, area businesses contributing a minimum of $750 to the parade committee making the event possible.  

Parade Vice President Jeff Hunt said volunteers are needed year-round to help with the parade’s many events and activities. Examples of volunteer efforts include the upcoming shows on June 8 at the Elks Club on Union Street in Pittsfield

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Free Fun Fridays Returns June 28 for 11th Year
11:04AM / Monday, June 03, 2019

One hundred cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 11th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, zoos and treasured collections.

Free Fun Fridays 2019 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 28 and continuing through Aug. 30 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.

This year's theme is "Your Ticket to Summer Fun" and participating venues include

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