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BRPC Weighs in on State's Plan to Overhaul Land Use Regs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC supports the state's push to overhaul land use regulations. But, the specifics in the bills from the House and Senate have raised some concern.   For months, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's regional issues committee has been pouring over the details of the massive omnibus bills. Two bills are going through the legislative process now — one from the House and one from the Senate — with similar changes to zoning and other land use regulations.   "This topic of land use legislation in Massachusetts, this very antiquated state, has been a legislative topic for almost as long as I've been here," Executive

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Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over what they say is chronic understaffing.   By Wednesday, more than two-thirds of nurses eligible to vote had said "yes" to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike should it feel one is necessary. The vote was taken over two days, this week and last week. Should a strike be called, the hospital would have a 10-day notice.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses are standing up together for our patients, our colleagues, and our community because we care," reads a statement from Alex Neary, co-chair of the local bargaining committee for

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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session
08:21PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charles Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.    The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.   Members are specifically looking for input on issues related to:  What factors make your community a great place to grow older? How can we support families that include one or more older adults? How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities? What are the top two

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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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State Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Veterans War Memorial Tower
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The interior finishes were all repaired as well as new lights, new dehumidifying systems, and resealing of joints. The 93-foot tower is also more accessible. ADAMS, Mass. — Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.   State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to Massachusetts armed forces members killed in World War I, and later conflicts. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 1990s more repairs were done.   In 2013, water infiltration issues forced the closure of the tower and two

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams returns for the popular Tanglewood on Parade on Aug. 1.

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Takács String Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a unique and highly engaging piano recital celebrating birdsong, Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with soloist Pinchas Zuckerman and much, much more, including the all-encompassing Tanglewood On Parade festivities. Read below for the details.

Not to be outdone, concerts at Tannery Pond

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Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 15 National Awards for Customer, Employee Satisfaction
01:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured 60 percent – 15 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare's 2015-16 Excellence in Action award winners are:

* For customer satisfaction: Fairview Commons (Great Barrington), Kimball Farms Life Care (Lenox), Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center (Lenox) and Williamstown Commons.

* For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield) and North Adams

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Financial Moves for 'Empty Nesters'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:26PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When your children leave home and you become an "empty nester," you'll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation?

Everyone's story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider:

* Insurance: If your kids are through school, your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has accumulated a reasonable amount of money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may not need life insurance to replace income or pay off debts. However, you might start thinking about other goals, such as ensuring your savings will last your lifetime or leaving a legacy to

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Berkshire Attack Girls Lacrosse Team Edges N.Y. Squad
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05:42PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently defeated Averill Park, N.Y., 11-10, at the Zavattaro Athletic Complex at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   The Berkshire team includes: Pittsfield's Sierra Murray, Hoosac Valley's Sara Tokiewicz and Abi Disbrow, Pine Cobble's Olivia Witter, Miss Hall's School's Maya Creamer, Herberg's Alaina Percy and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps.

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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'
04:24PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting the word out: BerkShares has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, N.H., to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. Last summer all seven branches of Adams Community Bank plus the Pittsfield branch of Lee Bank became BerkShares exchange points. This laid the groundwork for BerkShares activity in central and northern Berkshire County. However, the organization realized that they still need people "pounding the pavement" in order to really spread the word.

Contemplating this question, BerkShares board member Michael Tesoro spotted the opportunity to create a powerful experience for local young people that would lead

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