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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced
01:27PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Tessa Materazza won a second-place.

Fish tales: The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3. More than 286 people attended. The winners are as follows:

Children's Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Ryan Russo, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz.; second place, Jason Sweetser, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 1 oz.; third place, Aubrey Phifer, largemouth bass, 1lbs. 15 oz.

Children's Heaviest Non Game Fish: first place, Logan Barde, pumpkin seed, 9 oz.; second place, Tessa Materazza, pumpkin seed, 6 oz.; third place, Zack Caropresso, pumkinseed, 5 oz.

Adult Heaviest Game Fish: first place, Alex Kent, pickerel, 4 lbs. 7 oz., second place, Jim Cassavant, largemouth bass, 2


BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to the following graduates:

Adams: Chelise Rondeau

Amherst: Salina Kiplagat

Becket: Megan Mahoney

Cheshire: Yormary Shogren

Dalton: Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

North Adams: Samantha Andrews

Pittsfield: Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Sheffield: Stephanie Fredsall

Springfield: Anna Owuor

Stephentown, N.Y.: Shauna Hoffman

West Springfield:


Berkshire Country Day School Graduates Four Students
11:10AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2017 at an Awards and Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 14.

Graduates of the Class of 2017 are: Emily Sharron Carmel, Pittsfield and Adams, Mass.; Fiona Loveday Ferrone, Spencertown, N.Y.; Lanna Sofia Knoll, Great Barrington, Mass.; and Emmett Earl Wotkiewich, Nassau, N.Y.

Carmel received a Viv Murray Caputo Vocal Music Prize, the Madame Grad French Prize and a Donald T. Oakes Citizenship Award.

Ferrone received a Viv Murray Caputo Vocal Music Prize, the Ramsbotham History Prize, a Philip Potter Classics Prize, an


Biz Briefs: Two Local Students Granted Lee Outlets Scholarships
10:33AM / Monday, June 19, 2017

Good job: Lee Premium Outlets presented McKenna Mcllquham of Hinsdale, Mass., and Delanie Rybacki of Otis, Mass., with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships for their hard work and determination in the classroom.  Mcllquham attended Wahconah Regional High School, was awarded a $1,500 Community Scholarship and will attend University of Rhode Island in September. Rybacki attended Monument Mountain High School, was awarded a $500 Power of Orange Scholarship and will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall.

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, is proud to support Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk


Former Fox Hollow School Mansion To Be Renovated Into Luxury Rentals
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some 22 acres of George Westinghouse's Erskine Park are still connected with various housing options in different portions of the land. LENOX, Mass. — As the building approaches its 100th birthday, the former Fox Hollow School is being reborn as luxury apartments.   Developer David Carver has managed the sprawling 222 acres off Route 7 for years and recently closed on the purchase of the historic mansion.   Now he's received his permits and is finishing the design to turn the home, built by the Vanderbilt family in 1919, into high-end apartments.   "We are in the process of renovating this into 11 apartments. We have finished our permitted with the


National Advocacy Group Weighs in on Mascot Ban Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even as the Turners Falls Indians softball team, Grafton Memorial Indians boys lacrosse team and Taconic Braves baseball team vie for state championships on Saturday, there is a move afoot in Boston to make sure that those teams never take the field again … at least, not with those nicknames.   A longtime national discussion about the appropriateness of Native American-themed nicknames and mascots has reverberated this spring in the Bay State, where a bill on Beacon Hill would prohibit "the use of any Native American mascot by a public school in the Commonwealth."   The Pittsfield School Committee is considering taking action at the local


@theMarket: Markets in Pullback Mode
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
Technology stocks continued to consolidate while the Dow made new highs and the S&P 500 Index hovered just below historical highs. Throw in the fact that the markets are notoriously slow and biased to the downside during the summer months, and you have a recipe for further consolidation.   That does not necessarily mean that we will see some sharp and painful correction in stocks. My regular readers understand that the averages could simply move sideways for a month or two before resuming their upward climb. However, within those averages, individual stocks and sectors could experience much deeper declines.   Take the present decline in the technology-laden NASDAQ market, or


Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces Sixth Grade Teacher
03:16PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Jennifer Green as sixth grade class teacher for the 2017-18 school year.

Green was selected from a pool of applicants after a national search. She earned her master of education degree from Bank Street School of Education (New York, N.Y.). She also holds a bachelor of science in nutrition from the State University of New York (Plattsburgh, N.Y.). Green brings 16 years of teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. The GBRSS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers approve the hiring of Green to lead the class of 2020 through middle school, a period of exceptional human


BCD Eighth-Grader Places Third in National Video Challenge
02:02PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Shayna Kantor of Lenox, Mass., an eighth-grader at Berkshire Country Day School, placed third in the 2017 national USC Shoah Foundation IWitness Video Challenge.

Inspired by the Shoah Foundation's Holocaust archives, Shayna's documentary "Are you Listening?" raises awareness and empathy for the deaf community.

For two years, Shayna studied American Sign Language and made "Are you Listening?" as a way of giving back to the deaf community. "In a way, I was able to experience their culture, and I thought that I should give back," Shayna said. During this project, Shayna engaged the Berkshire Country Day School Kindergarten


Berkshire Bank Honors Employees for Volunteerism
12:14PM / Friday, June 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has recognized 31 employees for their volunteerism in the community and has named two "top volunteers" through their Volunteer Service X-ellence Awards Program. These annual awards celebrate bank employees who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.
The two award recipients were selected based on their strong record of volunteerism to non-profit organizations through both company-supported activities and for individual service to the broader community. Each of the award winners also received a $1,000 donation that will be made to the non-profit organization of their choice.
This year's Volunteer


The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
07:56PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
We are a country divided. Washington is paralyzed. Half the country considers our president a joke and any and all legislation is dead on arrival, according to the TV talking heads. Social media is filled with outrage and despair. As a result, Americans are supposedly wringing their hands, or worse, hiding under the covers. Don't you believe it!   To hear the media tell it, on one side of this nation are the ultra-left, tree-hugging liberals, who want government to do everything by taking from the rich and giving to the poor. On the other side, are the red-necked conservatives, who despise government and its welfare programs. They want to whack the Muslims, build "the


Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival Returns This Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival has grown beyond the town of Adams and is drawing magic from throughout Berkshire County.   And the festival set this Saturday, June 17, from 10 to 10 at Bowe Field is expected to double attendance.    "We have taken from last year what worked really well and went, poof!" Adams Arts Advisory Board member and organizer Gail Sellers said. "Last year, we had 2,000 people so we are hoping to double that and we are getting people from outside the immediate area and it is not just an Adams event."   The event features more than 40 artists, crafters, performers and vendors from Cheshire, North


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