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Hard-Working Americans Edged in Little League State Final
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:18PM / Sunday, August 01, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- One rough inning cannot wipe away one glorious month.   But it can help bring that month to an end.   Peabody West scored five times in the top of the second to erase an early deficit and went on to a 6-5 win over the Pittsfield Little League American Division 12-year-old All-Stars in Sunday's state championship game.   James DiCarlo went 3-for-3 with a three-run double and made a couple of stellar plays at shortstop to send Peabody on to the New England Regional Championship, one step away from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., later this week in Bristol, Conn.   Pittsfield Manager Ty Perrault said his Americans, who thrilled

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VFW Post 448 Holds 68th Anniversary for 'Forgotten' Korean War
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:22PM / Saturday, July 31, 2021

A monument commemorating the city's losses in the Korean War is situated  outside City Hall.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 held a brief ceremony Saturday morning for the 68th anniversary armistice of the Korean War, also known as the "Forgotten War."

They gathered at the Korean War Memorial in front of City Hall and sounded a bell as each of the 20 names of Pittsfield residents killed in action during the conflict were read aloud. Taps was played by honor guard member Joseph Difilippo.

"Today, in behalf of the brave men to which their names appear on this monument, and to the 36,516 that lost their lives in the Korean conflict, and

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Inauguration 2016
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Bazinet, Konefal Key Comeback for Pittsfield at Little League State Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:02PM / Saturday, July 31, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- You could not ask for much more pressure to put on a relief pitcher in a Little League baseball game.   Pittsfield American Division All-Stars Manager Ty Perrault could not have asked for a tougher kid to take the ball.   Robby Bazinet threw 3-⅔ innings of scoreless relief, stranding seven runners as Pittsfield came from behind to beat Middleboro, 7-2, in its final round-robin game at the state 12-year-old tournament.   Kevin Konefal doubled in a run in the top of the sixth to erase a 2-1 deficit and doubled in two more runs in the top of the eighth to give the Americans the lead and start a five-run rally.   Bazinet also drove in a run in that

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Berkshire Force 12U Squad Wraps Up Successful Summer
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07:58PM / Saturday, July 31, 2021
The Berkshire Force 12-and-under team placed second at this weekend's Summer Nationals at Fast Pitch in Connecticut.   Starting Tuesday, they had a record of 7-2-1.   The survived three games after entering the losers bracket early Friday morning. They then eliminated the New Jersey Blue Fire  Connecticut Seahawks, and The Diamond Club.   They lost Saturday to the Classie Lassies, 6 to 1.   This marked the team's last tournament for the summer.    

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July 2021 Has Been Wettest Month in at least 130 Years
Staff Reports,
04:51PM / Saturday, July 31, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you thought that there has been more rain than usual this month, you aren't imagining things.   According to Jay Racela, environmental analysis lab supervisor and lecturer at Williams College, this July is the wettest month since record-keeping started 130 years ago.   More than 14 inches of rain has fallen in Williamstown at Hopkins Memorial Forest (Station 1), operated by Williams College as part of a network of instruments that provide data for teaching and research.    The previous monthly record was 13.7 inches, in October 2005. The long-term average rainfall for July is 4.2 inches. According to the National Weather Service, the

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MassDOT Holds Public Hearing For East Street Reconstruction Proposal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, July 31, 2021

The state is continuing to take written public comments on the East Street project. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is in the 25 percent design stage of a $9 million to $10 million reconstruction of East Street, or Route 9.

On Thursday, MassDOT held a public hearing for the proposed overhaul that extends about a half-mile from the westerly side of East Street near Lyman Street to the easterly side at the intersection of Merril Road.

Project elements include widening of the existing roadway, turn lanes at intersections, a 14-foot grass median, reconstructed traffic signals, and infrastructure that is currently lacking.

The Federal Highway

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Barry Homer Ends Pittsfield Little Leaguers' Mercy Rule Win at State Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:21PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Christian Barry hit a three-run home run in bottom of the fifth to give the Pittsfield Little League American Division 12-year-old All-Stars a 10-run lead and a 12-2 victory over the Needham Nationals at the state tournament on Friday night.   Pittsfield improved to 2-0 in the three-game round robin. After round robin play concludes on Saturday, the top two teams in the tourney will go to Sunday afternoon's final.   Cam Blake went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a walk, and Sebastian Herrera was 2-for-3 with a double.   Needham scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but the Pittsfield Americans responded with a four-run rally in the

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@theMarket: Economy Grows Less Than Expected
By Bill Schmick,
05:42PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
The good news first. The economy grew by 6.5 percent in the second quarter, which was one of the best quarters in recent memory. The bad news: it was a big miss.   Economists were expecting an 8.4 percent rise, but the markets took it in stride. One explanation is that investors are well aware that the macroeconomic data is, at best, somewhat unreliable and prone to large revisions. It is not the government's fault. The pandemic and subsequent reopening of the economy has made gathering economic data difficult.   Another reason investors gave the miss a pass is that consumer spending, the biggest component of U.S. economic activity, exceeded expectations. A stronger than

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COVID Outbreak Hits North Adams Nursing Home; Health Officials Urge Vaccination
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Health officials are trying to determine if a significant outbreak of COVID-19 at a local nursing home is the highly transmissible Delta variant.    North Adams Commons reported three vaccinated residents with infections as of Friday morning. The total is now 20 residents and two staff members, said Lisa Gaudet, a spokesperson for Berkshire Healthcare that operates the nursing home. Only one of those is unvaccinated, she said.    The 119-bed skilled nursing facility is now closed to visitors and new admissions as health officials track down the source of the infection and determine if it's a variant. Gaudet said all residents and staff

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Schedule and Policy Changes at the Berkshire Museum
04:27PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Special hours will be in effect next week as the Berkshire Museum prepares for the Aug. 6 grand reopening of its fully-renovated second floor.    The museum will close early at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, and will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2 through 5. The Berkshire Museum reopens Friday, Aug. 6, with an all-new second floor complete with five new exhibitions.   Beginning with Member Preview Days on Aug. 2, all Berkshire Museum visitors ages two and older will once again be required to wear protective face coverings throughout their visit and will not be permitted inside the building without a mask or other suitable face

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Pittsfield 12-Year-Olds Open Little League State Tourney with Shutout Win
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:29PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Sebastian Herrara went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles at the plate and contributed to a shutout effort on the mound as the Pittsfield Little League American Division 12-year-old All-Stars started the state tournament with a 4-0 win over Peabody on Thursday night.   Herrara hit a two-out double in the first and scored on Keven Konefal's single to give Pittsfield all the offense it needed.   In the third, Christian Barry reached on an error, and Cam Blake singled ahead of doubles by Herrera and Konefal as Pittsfield extended its lead to 3-0 after a rain delay.   In the fifth, Cam Blake singled and scored to make it 4-0.   Herrera got the start on

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Berkshire Health Systems Urges Residents to Get Vaccinated
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Friday, July 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is urging unvaccinated residents to get vaccinated for the good of themselves and others after seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases over the past weeks.    Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Lederer Jr. is encouraging the public to remember that the vaccines are designed to prevent severe illness and death from the virus.   "The thing that we like to stress is that, when you consider our most populated group of unvaccinated are the 20- to 29-year-olds, think about how many people in that age range have young children," he said.   "They're putting not only themselves at risk, but their children at risk by not

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