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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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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music
01:09PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

For the birds: Tanglewood will launch its first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon in a program titled "Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon" running from Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30, creating a new multi-faceted and immersive program for concert-goers that explores the intimate relationship between birdsong and music. The series, which pairs guided bird walks with performances of birdsong, will be highlighted by performances by world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, lectures and bird walks by Mass Audubon Ornithologist Wayne Peterson, and performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony

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Berkshire Force 10U Wraps Season with Tourney Win
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10:18AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The 10-and-under Berkshire Force softball team went 4-0 this weekend to win the Dalton Invitational Softball Tournament.   In its season finale, the Force once again turned in a total team effort with great pitching, flawless defense, and strong at-bats. In pool play it defeated Hoosick Falls, 12-2, followed by a nine-inning battle with Guilderland that the Force won, 5-3.   In tournament play they beat Hoosick Falls, 15-0, in the semi finals. In the finals, the Force battled Guilderland again, taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth before blowing it open with a seven-run inning and eventually taking the championship, 12-5.   For the season, the Force

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
01:03AM / Saturday, July 22, 2017

North Adams will use some of its grant funding to redo failing stonework on the Armory building.  ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center.    Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland, Monterey and North Adams.   The federal CDBG grants, administered by the state, help cities and towns respond to specific housing, community, and economic development projects that support low- and moderate-income residents, or revitalize underserved

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