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MCLA Softball Program Offers Youth Clinics
02:45PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA softball program this winter will host a pair of clinics that will focus on skill development of a wide range of age levels.   The first clinic is for youth players aged 7-13 and will be held on Feb. 24. The second clinic is set for March 3 and will be for high school student-athletes.   Registration is required for both clinics. Registration is not complete without payment and the corresponding health forms above. All players must bring the consent form prior to participation.   The cost for each clinic is $50.   The youth clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24. It will focus on the following:   Skill

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Harrington Chats Vision With Local NAACP
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:40PM / Saturday, February 09, 2019

Helen Moon, director of special projects, outlined the vision for a juvenile diversion program that is currently being developed by the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington doesn't see her job as simply tossing people into jail cells.    Instead, she is seeking to create a culture and environment where causes such as drug or mental health problems are addressed in the community so the crimes don't happen again.    "My vision, and it is a big vision, is for structural change and to reallocate resources from a system of prosecuting people, processing through the courts, and incarcerating people to a system that is more of

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Barrington Stage Celebrates 25th Season With Four Premieres
01:01PM / Saturday, February 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The award-winning Barrington Stage Company marks its 25th anniversary season this year with four world premieres: A new musical from BSC's Musical Theatre Lab, "Fall Springs" by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro" by Stacey Rose; "American Underground" by Brent Askari; and Ragtag Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel," commissioned by BSC.    "For our 25th season we are celebrating some of the brilliant undiscovered playwrights whose work is on the pulse of what's happening in America today," said Artistic Director

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@theMarket: Markets Are China Dependent
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, February 08, 2019
Profit-taking is a natural and expected part of the stock market. That's why no one should be surprised that this week we are witnessing a period of consolidation. It is actually a good thing.   Given that most investors need a reason to explain any market declines, this week's announcement that President Trump is postponing his meeting with Xi, his Chinese counterpart, was both a surprise and a disappointment. It shouldn't be.   Over the last few months, I have tried to reduce investors' expectations of an easy, one-shot, Chinese break-through on the trade front. The postponement is actually a positive, in the sense that both sides are taking the negotiations

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Edgerton, Jackson Receive 'Black Excellence on the Hill' Award
03:20PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield residents were honored with a 2019 "Black Excellence on the Hill" award during a State House ceremony on Monday, Feb. 4.

Ty Allan Jackson, local author, literacy advocate, publisher and motivational speaker, and Shirley Edgerton, founder and director of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, director of Youth Alive and cultural proficiency coach for the Pittsfield Public Schools, were honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

Jackson was nominated for this recognition by state Sen. Adam Hinds and Edgerton was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

The MBLLC celebrates Black History month and the

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Financial Gifts for Valentines ... Of All Ages
12:10PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations.

Here are some gift possibilities to consider:

For your spouse or partner: Your income – both today and in the future – may be essential to the ability of your spouse or partner to maintain his or her lifestyle and even to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you need to protect that income and be prepared to replace it. So, why not use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to review your disability and life insurance? Of course, you don't have to evaluate your insurance needs

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BHS Awarded Grant to Support Low-cost Spaying & Neutering
02:48PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has received a grant for $18,000 from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition's License Plate Program to continue providing low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in Berkshire County.    This grant, which was funded in the fall of 2018, made BHS's successful "100 Cats for Christmas" program possible. A portion of the grant has been awarded to Animal DREAMS for its feral and community cat spay/neuter efforts, and the remaining funds will support the Humane Society's Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog.   Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog serves dog owners who are Berkshire residents and are in financial need. The

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'They Shall Not Grow Old': When Johnny Comes Marching Home for Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:41PM / Thursday, February 07, 2019
"They Shall Not Grow Old," a haunting documentary commissioned by Britain's Imperial War Museum to commemorate the centennial of the conclusion of World War I is a brilliant homage, an artistic accomplishment and a must-see for film students, history buffs and cineastes alike.   While director Peter Jackson's numerous "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fantasies have long established him as a box office juggernaut, this 99-minute paean to all who found themselves engulfed, devastated, changed forever or killed in the war that was supposed to end all wars compellingly adds "groundbreaking" to the adjectives describing his filmmaking

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Weather Advisory: Sleet, Freezing Rain to Fall on the Berkshires
02:01PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
You could get whiplash trying to keep up with weather in the Berkshires: from minus temperatures last week to glorious temperatures 60s on Monday, it's hard to figure out what to wear.    So, after a few nice, bright mild days, it's time for a turnover. Starting this evening, freezing rain and sleet will cover the Berkshires with ice and slush.    The National Weather Service is forecasting that a mainly freezing rain event with some sleet mixed-in will develop starting between 6 and 9 p.m. and the freezing rain will continue through Thursday morning before tapering off and transitioning to drizzle by midday Thursday. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice accretion

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Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again
04:14PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program

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Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with

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Berkshires Beat: Williams College to Host 'Equity Drafting Table'
12:59PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Equity Drafting Table
The International Living Future Institute presented the Equity Drafting Table at the Seattle Design Festival 2015.

Williams College and Northern Berkshire community members are invited to participate in the Equity Drafting Table at Williams College, an interactive "pop-up" exhibit that examines equity in the built environment. On view from Feb. 7-13 in the Paresky Center’s Baxter Hall, the public is invited to join any of the three mini "openings" held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Zilkha Center Director Amy Johns will deliver a brief presentation and open the dialogue. As part of the exhibition, community members will

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