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Youth Baseball, Softball Leagues Working to Salvage Seasons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, May 09, 2020

Players in the Williamstown Cal Ripken League eagerly await the start of opening day festivities last spring.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Playing before an international television audience in Williamsport, Pa., is not the goal for Little Leaguers this year.   Playing games in their own hometowns will be victory enough.   Local youth baseball and softball officials are discussing how they can give youngsters an experience in the sport if and when state and local authorities give the green light.   Last week, Little League announced that it is following the lead of its colleagues in professional, college and high school sports by canceling the World Series and

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@theMarket: The Stock Market Is Not the Economy
By Bill Schmick,
04:34PM / Friday, May 08, 2020
If ever one needed an example of the above saying, today's market would prove that point. Friday's unemployment figure for the month of April revealed that 20.3 million Americans are out of work, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent. The stock market gained more than one percent on the news.   While new cases of COVID-19 are reported and deaths multiply with no cure or vaccine in sight, the NASDAQ turned positive for the year. Corporate earnings have been abysmal and future guidance nonexistent for most companies, but their stocks went up anyway. How can this be, you might ask?   As I have said before, the stock market is a forward-looking mechanism. As such,

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Mayor Tyer: Pittsfield Making Progress Against Virus But Threat Remains
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Friday, May 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer on Friday asked residents not to be lulled by the number of novel coronavirus cases and to stay the course.   Tyer, during her weekly COVID-19 update on Pittsfield Community Television, said although there have been no new cases in three days, residents need to remain vigilant.    "We have made incredible progress in slowing the spread of the virus but COVID-19 continues to be a serious threat to our health and that point cant be understated," the mayor said.   She pointed out that Berkshire County saw seven new cases during that period of time.    Pittsfield's numbers recently have remained fairly flat.

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Pittsfield Arrest Man
02:27PM / Friday, May 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motor vehicle accident that lead to a shooting resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man on Thursday night.    Police say the incident occurred at about 10:05 p.m. when multiple units responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Palmer's Variety, located at 221 Elm St. There was some type of altercation that included two vehicles, one of which crashed. According to independent eyewitnesses, a passenger in one of the vehicles then fired multiple rounds at the other vehicle.    Damage consistent with gunfire was observed on the victim's vehicle. A handgun and ammunition were later discovered a short distance away from the

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Motor Vehicle Crash, Shooting Leads to Arrest in Pittsfield
02:27PM / Friday, May 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motor vehicle accident that lead to a shooting resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man on Thursday night.    Police say the incident occurred at about 10:05 p.m. when multiple units responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Palmer's Variety, located at 221 Elm St. There was some type of altercation that included two vehicles, one of which crashed. According to independent eyewitnesses, a passenger in one of the vehicles then fired multiple rounds at the other vehicle.    Damage consistent with gunfire was observed on the victim's vehicle. A handgun and ammunition were later discovered a short distance away from the

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'Bang the Drum Slowly': Of Pitchers & Catchers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:07PM / Friday, May 08, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Resumes Elective Procedures
07:49AM / Friday, May 08, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's outpatient surgeries and diagnostic services, like those for imaging and laboratory work, have resumed in full with enhanced safety protocols after Gov. Phil Scott announced May 4 that hospitals could resume these services.

In early March, the governor directed health systems to put on hold non-urgent appointments and procedures as Vermont prepared for, and responded to, COVID-19. 

One important protocol that has been implemented is that all patients should arrive to the hospital or clinic with their own cloth face covering and it must be worn for the entire duration of their visit.

"SVHC has always maintained the

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Pittsfield Board of Health OKs Trial Use of Mosquito Control Product
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, May 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health has approved a 2020 mosquito control plan with a new pilot program aimed at terminating insects carrying Eastern equine encephalitis.   Chris Horton of Berkshire Mosquito Control asked the board during a remotely held meeting Wednesday to approve the use of a new product, VectoMax FG.   "If we don't get a result then there really won't be a reason to use the product any more," Horton said. "But if we do get a result, it would be a step forward in practice not only here but the study would be published and be part of the scientific community."    Horton said 2019 was a good year in general for

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The Independent Investor: Workers face a serious dilemma
By Bill Schmick,
07:01PM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
During the last week or two, the federal government has done an about face concerning the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From the nightly exhortations to social distance, work at home, and expect more deaths, the message has now switched to go back to work, re-open the economy and, oh, about those deaths, expect even more.   The Trump White House has "officially" left it up to the governors of the states to set a timeline for reopening their economies, since it is illegal to do anything else. The guidelines advise that each state should monitor the number of new cases. Only when they see hard evidence that those cases have not only plateaued but started to

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Boston Man Joins Lever's Board of Trustees
05:39PM / Thursday, May 07, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Travis McCready, a senior consultant and thought leader with 20-plus years economic development expertise in private, public and large scale not-for-profit institutions, has joined Lever's board of trustees, effective April 2020.

"I am thrilled that Travis has joined Lever's board of trustees," said Jeffrey Thomas, Lever's founder and executive director. "He has a remarkable resume, a wealth of experience, and a longstanding interest in Lever's work and our mission of supporting Berkshire entrepreneurs, companies and the economic ecosystem as a whole. I'm confident that his contributions as a board member will be

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 8-14
05:14PM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
  May 8 - May 14, 2020
  While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!     RESOURCES   Please

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iBerkshires Awarded Facebook COVID-19 Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:05PM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires.com has been awarded a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project to aid us in our coverage of COVID-19's impact on our community.    We are one of only three newsrooms in Massachusetts to receive funding, including The Boston Globe. The COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program awarded $10.3 million to 144 newsrooms across the country.   "We are very thankful to receive this grant from the Facebook Journalism Project," said Boxcar Media Publisher Osmin Alvarez. "Since March we have seen our advertising revenue drop quite a bit while our page views have grown significantly.    "This is great

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