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Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up

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Pittsfield Resident Escorted Out Of City Council Meeting After Disruption
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Craig Gaetani had been warned by City Council President Peter Marchetti to stop speaking or else he'd be escorted out. Gaetani refused. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police escorted former mayoral candidate Craig Gaetani from the City Council meeting Tuesday night and a no trespass order could be in the works.   Gaetani has been a repeated thorn in the side of the City Council for almost two years. Tuesday isn't the first time Police were called to the chambers but it was the first time he was actually escorted out.   City Council President Peter Marchetti says he will now seek a no trespass order to keep him from returning.   "Since this isn't the first

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Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
08:49PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the economy, fiscal management, the Department of Children and Families, energy, high-speed internet, education, local municipal help, and more to say the "state of the Commonwealth is strong."   But, he said there is more work to do and despite changes on the federal level, he vowed to continue focusing on moving Massachusetts forward.   His remarks as prepared

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Lanesborough Considering Fines For Failing to Renew Business Certificate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are considering a fine for businesses that do not keep up with their certificates. But it also wants to get a better tracking system in place first.   The Selectmen has the ability to implement fines of up to $300 a month for a company that does not renew its business certificate. An initial proposal was made to charge $200 a month, but Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers and Robert Ericson thought that may be too much.    "That sounds pretty steep to me," Ericson said, suggesting cutting that in half.   Currently, the town doesn't charge anything and instead just tries to track down the business owners

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Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior Kat Chenail helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmen Grace Smith and Ian

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Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their

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Berkshire Country Day School Students Win Classics Day Awards
12:13PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Latin students (grades seven to nine) joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 20.

BCD's Latin students enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with their peers from Academy Hill, Amherst Middle School, Belchertown, Herberg, Lenox Memorial High, MacDuffie, Pittsfield, Taconic and Williston. The BCD students were accompanied by teachers Eugénie and James Fawcett, Associate Head of School Leigh Doherty, and Head of School Paul Lindenmaier.

BCD students received the following awards:

 

Art contest

Sculpture: First Place: ninth grader

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Greylock Youth Basketball's 'Big Three' Shine in Weekend Wins
07:58AM / Monday, January 23, 2017
Derek Paris scored 15 points, and Malcolm Waynick added 11 Sunday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 48-34 win over Mount Everett.   Oscar low chipped in with seven for Greylock (3-2 in the Berkshire County League), which plays Lenox on Saturday.   Jack Carpenter scored 15, and Kolby Bleau had 11 for Mount Everett.   On Saturday, Greylock beat CYC of Pittsfield, 42-31. Three players finished in double figures for Greylock: Paris with 13, Waynick with 11 and Low with 10.   “When Low, Paris and Waynick can score in double digits, we love our chances,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “It usually happens when we

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Dozens Help Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity On MLK Day of Service
By Dawn Giftos, Central Berkshire Habitat For Humanity
03:36PM / Sunday, January 22, 2017

The volunteers handled an array of duties while working at 5 Hall Place. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 25 volunteers came out in the early morning hours Monday to help Habitat for Humanity get a new home ready for a local family.   Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College, arrived at the 5 Hall Place home with more than a dozen students and area residents to help clean and prep walls, floors and ceilings for painting and move building materials in the back yard to make way for Spring cleanup.   Later in the morning, the newest state Sen. Adam Hinds joined the effort and took on cleaning duty, simultaneously answering questions on the minds of

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Community Helps Boys & Girls Club Replace 40-year-old Zamboni
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:16AM / Saturday, January 21, 2017

The new resurfacer was placed in a shipping crate and hoisted through a door on the third floor, where the rink is located. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls' Club has finally replaced its 40-year-old ice re-surfacer.   The new Olympia was delivered on Friday to replace the Zamboni that had been used since the rink's inception in the 1970s. A crane was contracted to lift the new piece of equipment up to the club's third story after a yearlong process of fundraising and purchasing.   "This is a 2000 model. It has very low miles or hours, as they say, so we came through with the purchase with LSK Enterprises down in Virginia Beach. The total cost

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Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 17 - Jan. 19.
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, January 20, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, Jan. 17.   Valerie Soules, 63, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual relations with inmates.   She was placed on three-years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Soules engaged in a sexual relationship with an inmate while employed at the Berkshire County House of Correction.   The incident occurred between October 1, 2014 and September 17, 2015.    Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, Jan. 19.   Tonia O'Brien, 19, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery upon a child with substantial bodily injury, reckless

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