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Jane Kaczmarek Returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
06:06PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Starring with Alfred Molina as Don, the play runs through Aug. 21 on the Nikos Stage.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek is not upset if people whistle in her dressing room or wish her good luck before a performance.  

"I'm a meat and potatoes gal," the Milwaukee born and bred actress says, explaining why she does not adhere to theater superstitions.
 
Kaczmarek is in Williamstown to play a lead role in the American premiere of "And No More Shall We Part," on the Nikos Stage from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Aug. 21.
 
The drama focuses on a married couple, Don (television and film star Alfred Molina) and

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Berkshire Tidbits: Lobster Days, Sundae Highlights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Macrobiotic chef Chris Jenkins teaches cooking with student helper at Kushi's Summer Conference 2014. The Kushi Institute/KI Annual Summer Conference 2016: "Towards a Sustainable Future", is now in progress through Saturday, Aug. 13. This event brings together macrobiotic teachers and practitioners to share their experience and lifestyle interest in two weeks of lectures, workshops, cooking classes, eating and celebration, all day and into the night.   For the last few years, this conference takes place on the KI campus, 198 Leland Road, North Becket, 413-623-5741. Berkshire residents may attend the conference for a discounted price of

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Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to be Missed
01:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This week, Tanglewood continues its high energy 2016 classical programming season with a powerhouse, back-to-back pair of programs performed by the Boston Pops and guest artists the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The "heavy hitters" are John Williams' "Film Night" – always an audience favorite and a high point of each year's Tanglewood offerings, and a unique concert by a visiting ensemble of intrepid Australians that replicates a 1920s-era Weimar Republic quasi-pops cabaret experience. What a pair! This is not your staid classical programming. Be there or be square.

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking:

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Great Barrington Youth Soccer Tournament Seeks Teams
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 18th annual Monument Cup 3-on-3 Youth Soccer Tournament, Sept. 24 at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   The event features boys and girls divisions in three age groups: under-10, under-12 and under-14.   Teams can include three or four players, and each team is guaranteed at least three matches.   The top four teams in each division will play in the semi-finals with the finals played under the lights.   The entry fee is $80 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams, so apply early.   For information and registration forms, visit www.monumentcup.org, or contact Matt Naventi at 413-243-1559 or

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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Obsolete Municipal Regulations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:15PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

MMA President Lisa Blackmer, a North Adams city councilor, speaks at Tuesday's bill signing. The act's section summaries can be read here.

BOSTON — Legislation signed at the State House on Tuesday eliminates or updates a raft of outdated and obsolete municipal regulations.

Filed by the Baker administration last December, the 125-page Municipal Modernization Act found strong support from state and local officials, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers.

Gov. Charlie Baker, with a host of local elected and administrative officials behind him on the Grand Staircase at the State House, noted he'd gotten some flack when

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Great Barrington Fire Department Rescues Hiker from Monument Reservation
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06:37PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Great Barrington Fire Department rescued an injured hiker on Monument Reservation last Friday.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, members of the Fire Department's technical rescue team responded to Monument Reservation for reports of a 22-year-old woman with an injured ankle.

Upon arrival, rescuers determined that the hiker was stuck on a steep hill, and the Western Mass Technical Rescue team, along with the Sheffield Fire Department's ATV and Rescue Sled, were called to assist.

Rescuers hiked for approximately 45 minutes to reach the victim, carrying extensive medical and rescue equipment. The

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Some Berkshire Farms to Receive Aerial Crop Planting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Farms in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, North Adams, Sheffield, West Stockbridge and Williamstown will be seeding a little differently this August.

Instead of establishing a cover crop by hand, a helicopter will plant winter rye grass seed from above.

The airborne cover-crop planting is being done through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation program.

Farms through the state applied to the NRC's Environmental Quality Incentives Program to take advantage of financial and technical assistance for a conservation practice that allows farmers to take full advantage of a cover crop.   Chenail Brothers Dairy Farm's Wallace

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Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Raise Nearly $40K for Local Cancer Patients
03:09PM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Beating cancer: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders, known as the 4Cs, hosted their third annual Community Remembrance Day on June 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington, Vt. Nine crews and more than 300 participants at the event contributed to the group’s nearly $40,000 fundraising total for the year. Remembrance Day activities included inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cupcake tastings, entertainment, a dunk booth, and food provided by the Mt. Anthony Fighting Patriot Booster Club. The program also included inspirational speeches and awards for fundraising crews.

This year’s event included the first Freedom 5K Run/Walk, a

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Democratic Candidates For State Senate Show Differences In Lenox Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Candidate Adam Hinds called for a three-pronged approach to deal with the opioid crisis which involved prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. LENOX, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo says the state should build out broadband internet just as it would with any road or bridge. Adam Hinds says the state needs to find the best vehicle whether it be WiredWest or another group to complete the last mile. Andrea Harrington says each town should craft individualized plans on how to expand.   They all believe in expanding high-speed internet, citing its tremendous impact on the economy and quality of life, but how to get there is where they differ.   The same thing goes on a number

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Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one.   Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."   During a recent visit to Boston for a stand-up date, Eisenberg talked with iBerkshires.com about her Aug. 8 performance on the Main Stage at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance and the intersection of her different professional personae.   "I feel like they all

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Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last Dance'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:36AM / Sunday, August 07, 2016

The book is available at Water Street Books and through Amazon, which has a number of good reviews posted.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel.

But rather than writing pages of snail-mail love letters, Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross in "Save the Last Dance" re-establish bonds through the swift and instantaneous communication of emails and texts.

Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

"We went together up to 11th grade, and set a wedding date when we were

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Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform
04:29PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

Grow the Economy
To develop green energy industry here, I will work to ensure Western Massachusetts is a part of the growth in the green energy industry, which currently employs almost 100,000 people across the commonwealth. I will work to expand incentive programs that elevate local demand through MA Solar Loan and utilize

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