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Berkshire County Soccer Officials Set Training Dates
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03:34PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
The Berkshire County Soccer Officials Association will be hold classes for anyone interested in officiating high school soccer this fall.   The classes will be Aug. 6, 8, and 13 at the Dalton Youth Center in the Greylock Room.    If you have any questions, contact: Mark Kaley, president, 413-212-8115; Jon King, interpreter, 413-448-2428; or Dustin Belcher, assignor,413-329-9968.

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Adams Agricultural Fair Marks 45th Year This Weekend
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03:30PM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Agricultural Fair returns this weekend for its 45th year.   The annual fair — and the only one held in Berkshire County — celebrates the town's agricultural roots and brings together the local farming community for a weekend of history, live entertainment, and fun.   The fairgrounds at Bowe Field open at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and the event runs through the weekend with a rodeo Saturday and the popular demolition derby Sunday.   Touch a Truck, which allows young children the opportunity to see inside large vehicles like fire engines and highway trucks, starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and will feature the Pittsfield Police

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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019

Justin Robertshaw of Traverse Landscape Architects tells the School Committee the reasons why its subcommittee decided to recommend an artificial turf field.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars, Close Encounters
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
12:12PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

With the arrival of August, we are at the pinnacle of the music festival season. Concerts at Tanglewood traverse a wide range of musical genres and styles, from baritone Thomas Hampson exploring the Great American Songbook in a program titled "Song of America: Beyond Liberty," to the National Youth Orchestra performing virtuoso symphonic masterworks by Richard Strauss and Hector Berlioz - the magical "Les Nuits d’eté," led by Sir Antonio Pappano accompanying the stellar Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and much more.

Read below for the details, including Tanglewood Learning Institute presentations.

 

Tanglewood

• Wednesday, July

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Bang + Train + Shrek = Varied Berkshire Pops Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
11:36AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This is the weekend that Bang on a Can, the pioneering new-music collaborative from New York City, brings its imagination to Mass MoCA. Meanwhile, Train makes a stop at Tanglewood, and the musical "Shrek" bounds joyfully into Pittsfield.

 

Mass MoCA

Since 1987, Bang on a Can, the New York collaborative, has offered its followers all manner of cutting-edge contemporary music. Since 2002, Mass MoCA, itself a cutting edge museum and events venue, has been a Bang summer home. This weekend, Aug. 2-4, the group ups the ante. The weekend is dubbed "LOUD," and its schedule includes the Sun Ra Arkestra, Philip Glass's "Dracula" with film, Brian Eno's

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Berkshires Beat: Pittsfield Library Given 'Literary Landmark' Status in Honor of Melville
10:49AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
'Literary Landmark'

United for Libraries will designate The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., a Literary Landmark  in honor of Herman Melville's 200th birthday on Aug. 1. The Literary Landmark program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book.

The dedication ceremony will take place as part of The Berkshire County Historical Society's third annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a four-day event at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, in the historic red barn where he often met with Nathanial Hawthorne.

The event will begin at noon on Aug. 1 at The Berkshire Athenaeum in downtown Pittsfield, with tours of the

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Breastfeeding Awareness Celebrated in Bennington
10:39AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Local family-focused nonprofits, governmental groups and businesses are coming together to raise awareness and community support for breastfeeding during the Bennington County Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2019.

The week consists of two events: The Global Big Latch On and a Breastfeeding Celebration Luncheon. This is the sixth year Bennington organizations have presented breastfeeding awareness events.

The Global Big Latch on is a worldwide event. Participants can register online or in person starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bennington Farmers Market on Depot Street in Bennington. The Global Latch On, where communities from around the world nurse

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Welcoming a New Child? Consider These Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:16AM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019

If a new child has entered your life, you are no doubt full of joy today and hopes for the future. And you can help make that future a brighter one for your child and your family by taking some important steps in these areas:

College: Given the consistently rising costs of higher education, the earlier you start your savings and investment plans, the better off you will likely be. While it may be difficult to set aside money for education when you're still a young family, planning to cram at the last minute is not a good idea. Time is one of your biggest assets, and delaying even a few years can have a big effect on your portfolio's value.

In addition, just like regular

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Neal Talks Renewable Energy Tax Breaks During Pittsfield Swing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is gearing up for what he believes will be "strong negotiations" on the extension of various federal tax programs.   One of those is investment tax credits specifically for renewable energy. Neal held a "prelude" meeting with Berkshire Gas on Monday and is expected to see the company's parent organization Avangrid's wind farm in Florida.   "Part of the incentive on the renewable front has two issues that I've been very interested in for a long time. The wind production credit is what generates a lot of activity in the renewable space and the investment tax credit is critical. No matter what we

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BMC Diabetes Education Program Achieves American Diabetes Association Recognition
10:39PM / Monday, July 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BMC Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has again received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support service. 

According to the ADA, the BMC program "offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment."

The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education and support. The standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the

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Free Forum Will Discuss Linkage Between Diet and Alzheimer's
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Monday, July 29, 2019

Avocado quinoa rolls.  LENOX, Mass. —  Edward Esko has been telling people for decades that their diet can directly lead to specific health problems.   He's authored more than a dozen books on the subject and founded non-profits aimed at helping people get on better diets to prevent disease. And he sees a big issue coming: Alzheimer's disease.   As the large baby-boomer population moves into the prime age range when the cognitive disease sets in, a lot of people and families will be affected.   "Even though the iceberg has been sighted, it is still miles away. We can still turn," Esko said, chief executive of Berkshire Holistic

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Education, Census, Opioid Task Force Highlights In State Budget For Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:17AM / Sunday, July 28, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — The big news in the state's budget is $5.18 billion in Chapter 70 aid for schools, according to state Rep. Paul Mark.   "That is the most in the history of Massachusetts and it is also the biggest increase year over year in this account," the 2nd Berkshire representative said. "I think that is a really positive step toward what we have been working on getting this foundation budget changed."   Places like Pittsfield and Greenfield will be seeing massive increases in funding and all districts are seeing somewhat of a bump. This is start of what is expected to be the state's undertaking to significantly bolster education funding. It

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