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A Profusion of Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:41AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Come mid-August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of extraordinary musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival's classical programming, the spotlight will focus on a range of music in varied genres: from orchestral music by Brahms, Zoltan Kodály, György Ligeti and György Kurtág performed by The Knights chamber orchestra and featuring the superb violinist Gil Shaham, to more Brahms and some rare Schumann performed by the Boston Symphony, to favorite symphonic masterworks by Sibelius, Hindemith and Mahler

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Bring Your Light Sabers: Star Wars Returns, Plus Martha Graham Dancers, Chris Smither
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:18AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

John Williams' music is a familiar sound in the Berkshires, and this season is no different. In addition, a legendary choreographer's company at the Pillow plus folkie Chris Smither at the Guthrie Center add up to a lively week.

Tanglewood

"Star Wars" returns to the Berkshires on Friday, Aug. 16, from a galaxy far, far … well, you know. This year it's the film "Star Wars: A New Hope," shown on the screen, as the Boston Pops Orchestra accompanies it with the live John Williams score. This is the fourth episode of the series, if you are keeping count. Keith Lockhart, an old hand at music/film projections, is the conductor. More info and tickets can be

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Business Owners: You Need Your Own Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:22AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

As a business owner, you can't afford to ignore your competition. You can't afford to miss out on the trends affecting your industry. You can't afford to alienate customers. And here's one more item to add to the list: You can't afford not to create a retirement plan for yourself.

Of course, you might think that, one day, you will simply sell your business and live off the proceeds. But selling a business isn't always simple, and there's no guarantee you will receive enough to pay for a comfortable retirement – which is why you should strongly consider creating a retirement plan now.

Here are some of the most widely used plans:

SEP-IRA: You can

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BHS, Berkshire Orthopaedics Further Expand Care
10:17AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, has continued to expand comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine care with the addition of two highly skilled surgeons.

Doctors Christina G. Kane and Ashley R. Miller have joined Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, partnered with Drs. Kevin Mitts, Mark Sprague, Jeffrey Cella, Jarod Goodrich, David Grygier, James Parkinson and Daniel Sage.

Both Kane and Miller are accepting new patients. Both physicians will provide care in Pittsfield, and Dr. Kane will also be providing orthopaedic and sports medicine services in North Adams.

Dr. Kane received her medical degree from the University

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BHS, Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates Present Sports Injury Prevention Event
10:12AM / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The physicians of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, will be on hand, in collaboration with experts in rehabilitation and concussion care, for a free community event focusing on preventing sports injuries.

"We Know You Love Your Sport: Here's How You Can Stay Safe and Healthy" will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Specialists will discuss concussion management, knee injury prevention, and lower leg, ankle and foot injury prevention.

The program will feature doctors Kevin Mitts, Anthony Defelice, Jarod Goodrich, James Parkinson, Mark Sprague, and the two

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Teddy's Pizza Claims Berkshire Summer Lacrosse League Crown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:16PM / Monday, August 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Next spring, Williamstown resident Michael McCormack will be looking to repeat as an all-America selection as a senior for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team.   On Monday night, he was looking to win some bragging rights a little closer to home.   McCormack and his Teddy’s Pizza teammates did just that, winning the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League championship with an 8-5 win over a team of students and alumni from Hoosac Valley and McCann Tech.   “It’s just to have fun, honestly,” the Mount Greylock graduate said after scoring a goal and setting up a few more for Teddy’s. “I’m doing other

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Berkshires Beat: The Clark, Jacob's Pillow Team Up for Special Dance Performance
11:48AM / Monday, August 12, 2019
Martha Graham at the Clark

The Clark Art Institute hosts a special pop-up performance by the acclaimed Martha Graham Dance Company on its Williamstown campus on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event is co-hosted in a cultural collaboration with Jacob's Pillow.

The day's program includes some of Martha Graham’s most revered and iconic choreography, along with a creative project titled "The 19 Poses."  Dancers from the company will perform in dialogue with the Clark's landscape and galleries in various locations in and around the Clark’s reflecting pool. Three works choreographed by company founder Martha Graham highlight the afternoon:

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lever's Jeffrey Thomas gives a T-shirt to intern Jade Schnauber because she's kind of a big deal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They say that doing is the best way to learn. So for 10 weeks, 44 college students have had a chance experience how their education can be applied to real-world settings.    The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.   For Steven Luciano of Boston, who is studying international business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was a chance

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Berkshire Workforce Board Taps Two New Staffers
11:26AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two professionals have joined the Berkshire Workforce Board to help move a number of initiatives forward.

Shannon Zayac, manager of industry relations, will be engaging employers throughout Berkshire County to define their workforce needs and assist with recruitment and retention strategies. She will be coordinating relevant training grants to bring more skilled-workers into the workforce and develop a pipeline of future workers, expanding the career ladders within the manufacturing, hospitality, and healthcare sectors. She also will be be overseeing the Berkshire Skill's Cabinet and leading industry advisory committees to identify retention and recruitment

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New Member Joins Greenagers Board of Directors
11:06AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

EGREMONT, Mass. — Kelly Baxter Spitz of Sheffield has joined the board of directors of Greenagers.

Spitz is the director of advancement at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn. She is the past director of development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she has served in other development roles at Community Health Programs, Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Albany Medical Center and other organizations.

"Kelly’s extensive development experience and background will be invaluable to Greenagers as we grow and deepen our programs at our new home at April Hill," said David Sheehan, president of the Greenagers board.

Spitz has a bachelor's degree in marketing

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Perfect Timing: How Do You Know When It's Time To Do Joint Replacement?
Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer,
10:29AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

Joint replacement surgeries are some of the most popular and successful operations being performed today. In fact, in 2017, more than 1.6 million Americans underwent hip or knee replacement. And in 90 percent of the cases, the patient is happy with the result.

If you're someone who suffers from chronic joint pain and you hear about those kind of results, it's easy to think "replacement surgery is for me." And you may be right. But surgery is, shall we say, a big deal and should rarely be your first course of action. While joint replacement can be life-changing, it can also be painful, there's always the risk of infection, and devices can wear down prematurely. For

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How Does Social Security Fit Into Your Retirement Income Strategy?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:07AM / Friday, August 09, 2019

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren't enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

To help you make decisions about Social Security, you will need to answer these questions:

When should I start taking my benefits? You can take Social Security once you reach 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be between 66 and 67,

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