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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society
11:52AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that

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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Offer Concluding Concerts
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
10:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tanglewood concludes its 2019 classical programming this week, culminating with two "heavy hitters": John Williams' Film Night, performed by the Boston Pops on Saturday, Aug. 24, and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony ("Choral"), performed on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Shed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with stellar vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – all under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

For all that, the upcoming program at Concerts at Tannery Pond promises to be memorable: The phenomenal Miró String Quartet offers a program of

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday
12:15PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.   The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.   On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.   Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last

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Review: 'Fall Springs' is a Musical With a Message
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:49AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Can a musical comedy convey a serious message?
 
"South Pacific" addresses race relations and WWII while also making us smile with "There's Nothing Like A Dame" and "Honey Bun."

Combining two approaches is the difficult goal of the promising new musical "Fall Springs," which is having its world premiere at the Barrington Stage. And they manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, but well enough to provide a very entertaining evening in the theater.

"Fall Springs" is best described as a serious farce – with the themes of fracking, science versus disbelief,  and age versus youth. Confused? Perhaps this description of the

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chef Kevin DeMarco has put together a menu informed by local produce. He is part of leadership team appointed by Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the hotel for Williams College. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Inn is positioned to be a catalyst for the town's retail center on Spring Street as well as a bucolic retreat for guests — as exampled by the deer grazing near the patio this week.     "We really want to be an indoor/outdoor experience," said Kevin Hurley, the inn's general manager, during a press preview just days before the hotel's opening on Thursday. "We will see a lot of those features, again with the windows,

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Boys & Girls Club Announces Pebble Beach Golf Raffle
05:35PM / Friday, August 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that raffle tickets for a trip to the world renown Pebble Beach Golf Resorts located on the  Monterrey Peninsula of California are now available.   The winner will stay in the world class luxury accomodations at The Lodge at Pebble Beach which features an ocean side setting overlooking the famed 18th hole of The Pebble Bach Golf Links. The prize package includes one round for two of golf at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, and one round for two at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.   The Pebble Beach Course is recognized as one of the most beautiful courses in the world as it hugs the coastline and opens up to

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founderís Property on the Market
11:29AM / Friday, August 16, 2019
Property for sale

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has listed a 19th-century compound in the town of Chester formerly owned by the founder of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The estate is listed for $685,000 and is represented by Great Barrington/Lenox agent Stephanie McNair.

Ted Shawn lived on the property in the 1930s during which he founded what would become the country's oldest internationally celebrated summer dance festival in Becket, but the seeds of Jacob's Pillow are found here in Chester. The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

According to McNair, this was the original dance

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Pittsfield Native Returns Home to Join Smith, Watson & Company
10:54AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CPA Jeffrey D. Belair of Pittsfield has been admitted as a partner at Smith, Watson & Company,, a full-service, regional based, public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, North Adams and Lakeville, Conn.

Belair has more than 15 years of public accounting experience advising individuals, including business executives, owners and their families with the numerous aspects of wealth accumulation and transfer. Specializing in tax, he offers clients extensive experience and insight related to complex individual tax compliance and strategy, financial and philanthropic planning, and trust and estate design.

"As we continue

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Berkshire County Arc Announces New Senior Employment Manager
09:43AM / Friday, August 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has named Kyle Harvey as senior employment manager of Employment Services.

She will oversee the three employment managers, as well as her own caseload of some 35 individuals employed around the Berkshire County region.

"Kyle has a keen sense for matching the people we serve with appropriate employment situations, and growing the relationships," said Kenneth W. Singer, BCArc's president and CEO. "Today we have more than 130 employers who have hired our individuals, and Kyle deserves a lot of credit for identifying and nurturing new partners."

Kyle started at BCArc in 1984, where she worked as a residential director of

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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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