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Former Coach, Minor Leaguer to Appear at Baseball and the Berkshires Exhibit
09:01PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- "Baseball and the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond" continues its summer offerings on Saturday with a special appearance from former Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts assistant coach and former Babe Ruth Baseball coach Tom Rizzo.   The former Atlanta Braves farmhand will be on hand from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, to talk baseball, give tips and sign autographs.   The Baseball and the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall is open Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6.

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Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Residents Riding in Pan-Mass Challenge
02:16PM / Monday, July 31, 2017

Quite a challenge: On Aug. 5 and 6, three riders from Williamstown will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, Laurie Thomsen, Kris Herman and Sam Smith from Williamstown will join the more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight countries who will participate in the PMC, choosing from 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists are anywhere between 15 and 84 years old and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors who trained for this event alone and everything in between.

Many riders participate in the PMC

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Body of New York Man Deemed Unrecoverable at Bash Bish Falls
10:17AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
EGREMONT, Mass. — First responders are unable to recover the body of a New York state man who fell at Bash Bish Falls on Friday night despite what authorities described as "heroic efforts."   Aiden Campion-Pratt, 21, of Ghent, apparently slipped off a rock and fell into the falls about 7:30 Friday night. Rescuers began searching for his body Friday evening and located him about 12:30 Sunday afternoon.   After 24 hours of effort, rescue personnel on the scene located the body by means of an underwater camera, but eventually came to the reluctant decision that because of the location retrieval would not be possible.   "Obviously everyone involved is

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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The

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State Senate Approves Expanding Veterans Tax Write Off Program
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03:18PM / Sunday, July 30, 2017
BOSTON, Mass. — The state Senate wants to give veterans the ability to "work off" more of their tax bills through community service.   The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to increase the amount veterans can work off from $1,000 to $1,500 in work-off programs.    "Currently, senior citizens who perform volunteer services in the communities that participate in the senior work off program are eligible to receive a $1,500 reduction in their property tax bill," state Sen. Adam Hinds said in a statement.     "My amendment aligns the amount veterans can also expect to see discounted from their property taxes for the same types of community

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Tomkiewicz, Jones Record Hat Tricks for Berkshire Attack
03:03PM / Saturday, July 29, 2017
MOUNT HERMON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently dropped a 13-9 loss to Catamount Lacrosse at Northfield Mount Hermon School.   Hoosac Valley Regional High School's Sarah Tomkiewicz and Mount Greylock's Carolyn Jones each scored three goals for the Attack.   Wahconah's Maddie Nief and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps anchored the Berkshire defense, which got 15 saves from Hoosac Valley's Abi Disbrow.

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins County Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:56PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, MASS. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under softball team jumped out to a five-run lead after two innings and held off Dalton for an 9-3 win in the Berkshire County Championship at the Doyle Complex.   Maddie Ladowski scattered six hits and struck out five to earn the win in the circle, and Abby Lummus went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored as the Force won a four-team tournament that got under way on Wednesday.   The big blow came from Mia Alfonso, who delivered a bases clearing three-run single to make it 5-0 in the bottom of the second. But the Force got at least one hit from seven different players.   “This team, we’re really

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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.   Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.   "We appreciate the careful consideration the Legislature took to balance input from lawmakers, educators, public safety officials and public health professionals while honoring the will of the voters regarding the adult use of marijuana," Gov. Charlie

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Blue Rider Stables Appoints New Executive Director
02:38PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

EGREMONT, Mass. — Blue Rider Stables has promoted Stephanie Bergman to interim executive director.

Bergman has been with Blue Rider Stables for three years as operations manager. In this role, she created structures, policies and procedures that laid the foundation for significant organizational growth.  

Christine Sierau, co-founder and former executive director, will now focus exclusively on program delivery in her role as head riding instructor. Since 1992, Sierau has been developing Blue Rider Stables' programs and lessons, integrating the intuitive qualities of horses with her knowledge of body awareness, child development and the special needs of people with

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Berkshire Children and Families Taps New President and CEO
01:18PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Berkshire Children and Families has appointed Colleen White Holmes as president and CEO, beginning Aug. 7.

She assumes the position held by Carolyn Mower Burns, who died in November 2016. Berkshire Children and Families, with offices in Pittsfield and Hadley, is in its 130th year of providing support to children and families.

"From the moment I began learning about the work of Berkshire Children and Families, I had a good feeling," Holmes said. "The staff team is professional and caring, the children and families we serve are important and amazing, and the work is innovative and impactful. I couldn't be more proud and

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Red Lion Inn Grows Culinary Team
01:09PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — On the heels of a recent $1 million kitchen renovation, The Red Lion Inn welcomes new management and culinary talent to the historic Berkshires Inn with two strategic hires: Director of Food & Beverage Fabien Riviere and Sous Chef Jim Corcoran.

Riviere and Corcoran will work with Vice President of Culinary Development Brian Alberg to continue to evolve the inn's commitment to local sourcing and service excellence.

"The continued success of the Main Street Hospitality Catering, with projects like Seeds Market Café at Hancock Shaker Village, calls for bringing in additional expertise," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality

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Adams-Cheshire 16U Softball Team Advances in County Tourney
09:24AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Adams-Cheshire Swat 16-and-under softball team defeated Great Barrington, 12-9, on Thursday in the Berkshire County Championship.   McKenzie Kupiec and Caitlyn Nicol combined for the win in the circle in a game played at Olympia Meadows.   Katherine McNeice led the Swat offense with a pair of hits.   ACS played strong defense early, but Great Barrington was able to string together hits and rally to draw close.   ACS will play at the Doyle Complex on Monday at 6 against the Berkshire Force in the tournament semi-finals.   Thursday’s scheduled final in the 12-and-under division between Dalton and the Berkshire Force was rescheduled

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