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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for June
12:00PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cummington Community House, at 33 Main St. Peru Town Hall, at 7 East Main Road

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with state agencies or

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Weekly Berkshire County Junior Golf Schedule Set
Community submission,
10:19AM / Monday, June 10, 2019
The Berkshire County Junior Golf Program is open to boys and girls who are members of an Allied Golf Club and between the ages of 11‑18.   The participants compete in divisions determined by their age. Categories include 13 and under, 14 and 15, and 16 and over. There are six events to be held on Mondays throughout the summer with registration at the host club scheduled from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9. There will be optional tee times starting at 8:30 .   The host club will provide a short clinic on either the rules of golf or golf etiquette before players begin, providing there is time. The fee is $10 to 15 per player, which covers prizes and lunch. The field

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Pittsfield Hosting Firefighter Challenge Race This Weekend
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Monday, June 10, 2019

Teams from all over the world compete in the challenge. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters from all over will swarm Pittsfield next weekend to test their skills against each other.   The Firefighter Combat Challenge is an obstacle course that designed to test firefighters on different tasks they've had to accomplish immediately on the scene of a fire — whether than be rolling out a hose or carrying a victim.   Wearing full gear the firefighters will race each other up a five-story tower with a hose, hoist hoses from the ground, chop I-beams, drag hoses, and carry a 175-pound "victim" 100 feet.    "It's a really good test of fitness

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Lenox High Graduates Ready to Take Flight
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019

Class President Jimmy Chassi says the class of 2019 is going to change the world. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — The 49 graduates of Lenox Memorial High School are ready for the risks ahead as they leave the close-knit class of 2019 and learn to fly.   The class is similar to the monarch butterfly that the students had rushed to see emerge from its chrysalis after weeks of waiting, said valedictorian Magdalena Sorrentino from the stage of the Shed at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon.   "We want to so badly to witness this first life, to see the transformation of a little caterpillar to the majestic butterfly," she said, but their teacher advised patience

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Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds
Staff Reports,
05:11AM / Saturday, June 08, 2019

BOSTON  — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

  About ‭$7,820,310 of that will be heading to the Berkshires with the largest amount — $1.4 million — going to Pittsfield and its nearly 200 miles of roads. The second largest amount  of $435,324 goes to the county's other city, North Adams, which has just over 70 miles of road. Berkshire County total has about ‭1,598.63‬ miles of locally governed roads.    Boston, not surprisingly, gets the

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'Rocketman': Godzilla vs. Elton John
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:25PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
I actually wanted to see the new "Godzilla." Not that I'm a big fan of the franchise. Maybe it's the kid in me or perhaps because the early stuff was so hokey and so terribly dubbed that it was entertaining. Composed of poorly constructed miniatures and the barest of plots, it was probably the hypersuspension of disbelief engendered in us moppets that stirred our imaginations more than the calamitous perpetrations themselves. My curiosity was up.    Hence, as the time approached to decide if it'd be "Rocketman" or "Godzilla" this week, the Japanese nomenclature became my recurring word of the day. "Gojira! Gojira!" I repeated in

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Sunshine, Warm Temps Finally Arrive in the Berkshires
06:01PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
After a rainy spring, this weekend might finally feel like summer in the Berkshires.   By the way, the feeling that it was raining all the time was not in your head: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reports that "the last time Albany had three days or more of dry weather without a minimally a trace of precipitation was March 24-27." And preliminary data for Pittsfield shows that there was measurable rainfall nearly every day of the month of May.   But that's in the past.   The Weather Channel — which has ironically changed its logo to say "The Water Channel" because of all the rain and flooding in the South and Midwest —

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@theMarket: When Bad News Is Good News
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
You would think that a non-farm payroll report that was way below expectations would give investors pause. After all, when the pace of employment slows, it usually means that the economy is slowing as well. So why did the stock market spike higher?   It comes down to what the Fed may do. Contrary to many investors' belief that tariffs (or the lack thereof) are the critical element in the stock market's fortunes, I believe the actions of the U.S. central bank trump Trump's antics on the trade front.    A look back to the last quarter of 2018 reveals why I believe this is so. While the press gave plenty of space to the on again, off again China/U.S. trade

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Planning Is Crucial to Caregiving
By Bill Schmick,
05:37PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019
The family is headed toward a crisis in caring for the elderly. It will impact all of us, so if you have aging parents, don't think you can just close your eyes and hope for the best. You are likely setting yourself up for a world of hurt.    All too often, the adult children of aging parents are blind-sided when presented with the realities of taking care of parents in need. This is usually precipitated by some sort of health crisis. In my own business, I see it time and time again. What follows is pure chaos, anxiety and hard feelings. There is no way to stop the inevitable, because aging and declining health are part of living, so what can you do?   "It is

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Berkshires Beat: CATA to Break Ground on Future Home
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
CATA groundbreaking

Community Access to the Arts will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the organization's future home at 420 Stockbridge Road on Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. The new arts center will establish a permanent home for CATA and allow the organization to expand its innovative arts programs for people with disabilities.

"After 26 years of renting space, CATA will now have a true home--one that will double our existing space for artists with disabilities," said Margaret Keller, CATA's executive director. "With the growth we've achieved in recent years, we have been bursting at the seams. Now, after intensive planning, we are ready to take this pivotal

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Do You Have a Business Succession Strategy?
10:34AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

If you own a business, you've always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It's easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you'll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

And you will have to put considerable thought and effort in selecting such a plan, because you've got several choices. You could keep the business in your family. You could offer it to an employee or an outsider. You could design a plan that will take effect while you're alive or

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Pittsfield Girls Softball Hosting Two Big Tourneys this Month
Community submission,
11:38AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball Leaguel once again will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road for two separate softball tournaments.     “Battle in the Berkshires III” will take place from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, for divisions U14, U12, and U10. Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will be hosting the Babe Ruth New England Super Regional Tournament from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.  The tournament will feature all age divisions from U8 through U16.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires III”, the first

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