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Nolan, Rumbolt Earn All-League Honors at MCLA
09:38AM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA baseball players Logan Rumbolt and Liam Nolan were named to the All MASCAC team as announced by the league offices.   Rumbolt (North Adams, Drury), a sophomore, was a first team utility player, while Nolan (Pittsfield, Taconic) was tabbed as a second team selection as a pitcher. The honors are the first for each respective player during their careers at MCLA.   Westfield State swept the major awards as Anthony Crowley was selected as the MASCAC player of the year and John Gegetskas was tabbed the Pitcher of the Year.  Westfield State head coach Nathan Bashaw earned the Coach of the Year honor. The MASCAC rookie of the year went to John Teehan of the

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Hinds Endorses Palfrey For Lieutenant Governor
Staff Reports,
02:23AM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is putting his support behind Quentin Palfrey in the race for lieutenant governor.   The senator for Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties announced his endorsement of the former White House official on Wednesday. On Monday, Hinds is expected to join Palfrey to make the formal announcement.   "I've known Quentin for a long time. We worked together in the trenches on John Kerry's campaign for president and since then I have watched him take on one serious challenge after another to stand up for working families. Quentin has the background and policy expertise that can make a difference, and that is why I am

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Fairie Festival Drumming Up Enthusiasm for Annual Event
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The reading was followed by painting colorful rocks, all part of the outreach program for the upcoming Berkshire Mountains Fairie Festival in June.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The audience was small but its members rapt as Kristen DeMeo read her book "The Garden Fairies" at the Williams Bookstore on Saturday morning.    The reading, along with some painting activity, is part of a push to get fairies front and center this spring in anticipation of the third annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival on June 16 at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds.   Gail Sellers, adorned in a woodsy tiara with butterflies, said the organization is reaching into the

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CYC, YMCA Agree to Merge Into One Entity
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:00PM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Catholic Youth Center holds a soft spot in the hearts of many city residents.   It ran youth programs out of its Melville Street location for many years. Members remember running basketball drills in the small court downstairs, getting pumped up for a tournament game before taking to the main court, reciting the "Our Father" before tip-off, the cheerleaders in the bleachers and the parents in the stands.   Those young men and women represented the churches they went to and the competition was fierce.   And now many more generations will have that sense of belonging and pride as the name will carry on after the YMCA board

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Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season
09:35AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A record 100 cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 10th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, archives and treasured collections.
 
Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — 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.
 
Over the course of the past decade, the Newton-based Highland Street

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Pulmonary Specialist Joins BMC Physician Practice
09:31AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Julio Miranda, a board- certified and fellowship-trained pulmonary and critical care specialist to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Miranda is accepting new patients in need of Pulmonary Care and is partnered with doctors Hafez Alsmaan, Kashif Aslam, Cynthia Callahan, Twinkle Chandak, Daniel Doyle, Michael Mortelliti and Jack Ringler, physician assistant Colleen Halvorsen Sinclair and registered nurse Rebecca Schaffrick at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Miranda is board-certified in internal medicine, critical

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Traffic Commission Endorses Plan to Ease Traffic at Herberg School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The plan calls for no parking on the non-school side of the streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Traffic Commission is recommending a new plan to ease congestion at Herberg Middle School.   The commission endorsed a plan on Thursday that calls for no parking on the non-school sides of Pomeroy Avenue and Marshall Street. It will also extend no parking on the school side of Pomeroy from Beverly to the school, where the road bends.   The particular focus is to avoid safety hazards of children crossing the streets during the busy times when school starts and ends.    "The most worrisome times of the year for me is in the deep winter months when it is still

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Great Barrington Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
08:34PM / Monday, May 28, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Scott McFarland homered and drove in three runs, and Mickey Kammeyer had a pair of doubles to lead the Great Barrington Millers to a 12-7 over the Knights as the Millers stayed unbeaten in the Berskshire Adult Baseball League.   The Millers improved to 3-0 to stay atop the 20-year-old division of the league.   Housatonic also stayed perfect in the 20-year-old division, beating BBA, 3-1, to move to 2-0 on the season. Jared Habershaw threw four shutout innings, striking out seven, to earn the win on the mound.   Cornerstone defeated Lenox, 8-5, to take over third place in the division. Jeff Fields hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs in the

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Memorial Day Brings Reminders of Sacrifice, Obligations
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Monday, May 28, 2018

Applause for World War II veteran Frank Lazarczyk of Cheshire at the Adams Memorial Day service on Monday. See more photos here. ADAMS, Mass. — It was some 55 years ago that Francis Bourdon stood in Maple Street Cemetery to recite the Gettysburg Address as a member of Boy Scout Troop 38.    "If you had told me that someday I would be speaking here, I would have laughed," said the retired lieutenant colonel on Monday at the annual Memorial Day service in Adams. "One day in the not too distant future one of the youths here may have that honor ...   "You're embarking on a life of adventure secure in the freedoms by the sacrifices of your

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Lanesborough Braves Rain to Observe Memorial Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Sunday, May 27, 2018

Ava Costa lays a wreath to honor those who died in the service of the country. More photos from the parade and ceremony are available here. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — War is expensive.   The Civil War cost the United States the lives of 500,000; in World War 1, 117,000; World War 2, 406,000; Korean War 54,000; Vietnam War, 90,0000; the Persian Gulf, 1,948; and the War on Terror more than 7,000.   "War is a very expensive operation in terms of lives. As many people who have relatives who have died in war know, it is not calculable in dollars. It is painful. It results in the destruction of families and family members and relationships," Selectman Robert Ericson

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Four Pittsfield Properties Set For Demolition
Staff Reports,
07:00AM / Sunday, May 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four properties are slated to be demolished in the coming week.   The city will be razing 14 Parker Ave., 33 Francis Ave., 35-37 Circular Drive, and 11 Goodrich St. in an effort to combat blight.   "My administration is committed to the work of fighting blight in the City of Pittsfield. The demolition of property is not an action that we take lightly. There are many steps that have to occur before demolition is slated," said Mayor Linda Tyer. "That said, we know that business and neighborhood blight diminishes property values, and that impacts the well-being of our community as a whole. It's vitally important that we continue to be

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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:58PM / Saturday, May 26, 2018

Rudy Sacco was one of many who opposed the name change. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision.   The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.    Local Italian groups agree that Columbus was a controversial figure but they also said he was accomplished and made a huge impact on the world. They feel eliminating the

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