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Report: Pittsfield Officer Used Excessive Force, Lied About Incident
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internal affairs report contends that Pittsfield Police Officer Michael McHugh attempted to cover up an assault committed by a friend.   McHugh had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, misleading a police
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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'
Getting the word out: BerkShares has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, N.H., to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. Last summer all seven branches of Adams Community Bank plus the Pittsfield branch of Lee Bank became BerkShares exchange points. This laid the groundwork for
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Herberg Students to Take Part in Junior National Young Leaders Conference
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three students  from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield were nominated and accepted to the 2017 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), an Envision program that provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in
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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools. One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors
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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music
For the birds: Tanglewood will launch its first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon in a program titled "Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon" running from Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30, creating a new multi-faceted and immersive program for concert-goers that explores the intimate
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Berkshire Force 10U Wraps Season with Tourney Win
DALTON, Mass. -- The 10-and-under Berkshire Force softball team went 4-0 this weekend to win the Dalton Invitational Softball Tournament.   In its season finale, the Force once again turned in a total team effort with great pitching, flawless defense, and strong at-bats. In pool play it defeated Hoosick Falls, 12-2, followed by a
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Lanesborough School Chair 'Re-Energized' By Task Force Vote
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego participated in 32 meetings of the Berkshire County Educational Task Force over the past two years.   And it was exhausting. But as the group voted last Saturday to recommend a single school district for all of Berkshire County, she's become
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Potash Powers Post 68 Juniors to Win at State Tourney
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Hunter Potash threw three innings of shutout ball and hit a grand slam Sunday to lead the American Legion Post 68 Juniors to an 11-8 win over Rockland at the State championship.   The win kept Post 68 alive in the losers bracket of the eight-team tourney.   After dropping a 4-2 loss to Methuen on
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Shire City Sessions Returns to Pittsfield on Monday
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Shire City Sessions are back.   The weekly concert series takes place over the next three Mondays at the First Street Common. The concerts bring original live music to the Berkshires, and fills up what tends to be an uneventful night of the week.   "There is a little bit of a hole in
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Zion Lutheran Church Opens 1892 Time Capsule
The box was found in the northwest corner of the building. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the Zion Lutheran Church was built on First Street in 1892, the congregation placed a time capsule in the cornerstone.   And it sat there for 125 years. The Rev. Timothy Weisman knew there was one somewhere in the
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