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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Association Returns to Cheshire for Walk & Roll
01:06PM / Monday, September 04, 2017

Walk & Roll: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is bringing its annual Walk & Roll fundraiser events to the Berkshires, kicking off their season with a return to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. Parking will be located at the Farnams Road entrance off South State Road (Route 8). Parking is free, with handicap spaces and a drop off area close to the event site. Signs and parking attendants are available to guide participants.

Participants throughout western Massachusetts are encouraged to attend as BIA-MA returns to the same venue as last year's event. Residents can register as individuals, set up a team, start a


Traversa, Shade Lead Springfield to Rivalry Game Win Sports,
02:32AM / Monday, September 04, 2017
The local high school sports scene gets under way on Tuesday, but the area’s collegians already are laboring on fields throughout the nation.   On Saturday in Springfield, Pittsfield High graduates Dominic Traversa and Chad Shade helped lead the Springfield College football team to a 35-21 win over local rival Western New England. Shade completed three of four passes for 43 yards and ran 11 times for 40 yards. Traversa, a senior captain for the Pride, had five tackles. Springfield’s squad also includes Hoosac Valley graduates Zach Wright, a junior offensive lineman, and Jameson Coughlan, a freshman on the O-line, along with St. Joe graduate Jonny Bianchi, a senior


Berkshire Mall Baseball Exhibit Offers Special Program Saturday
03:58PM / Sunday, September 03, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- A long-time sports journalist and two former pros will share their insights into America’s pastime on Saturday at the Berkshire Mall.   “Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond,” the permanent exhibition of memorabilia at the mall, will offer an afternoon of presentations at its inaugural Baseball Day.   Former Colorado Rockies farmhand Peter Greenbush of North Adams will open the day by greeting fans and signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m.   At 1:30 in the mall’s Center Court, former Providence Journal and ESPN reporter Steve Krasner will offer a creative writing workshop for teachers, parents and students of


Cultural Council Announces 'EBT Card to Culture'
04:35PM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The state's "EBT Card to Culture" will offer low-income families access to more than 100 nonprofit arts, history, and science venues across the state through free or discounted admission.    State officials and cultural leaders formally launched the new program on Wednesday at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which offers free admission to cardholders. Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Baker-Polito administration, the EBT Card to Culture is considered the most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation to open doors to arts and cultural experiences for low-income families.   "In our new strategic plan, the


World-Class Architect Climbs Aboard Model Railroad Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

Award-winning architect Frank Gehry addresses the crowd at Friday's event. The 88-year-old Gehry will design the model railroad museum. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials with the proposed model railroad museum are confident that they will have the funding in hand next year to move forward on the $65 million project.    The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has so far raised $2.5 million from private contributions and state grants; it expects to reach 50 percent of its goal by January with the balance by June 2018. The principals, including former Guggenhaim director Thomas Krens and former Govs. William Weld and Michael Dukakis, believe the


Norman Rockwell Museum to Host Naturalization Ceremony
03:09PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In partnership with Berkshire Immigrant Center, Norman Rockwell Museum once again will host a naturalization ceremony inside its galleries on Saturday, Sept. 9, starting at 10 a.m.

Berkshire County residents who immigrated to the country from around the world will be sworn-in as new naturalized United States citizens during a special ceremony to be held against the backdrop of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms paintings.

"Hosting the citizenship naturalization ceremonies has been one of my most rewarding moments during all my years with the museum," said Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt. "Norman Rockwell


Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Names 2017 Vision Award Honorees
02:00PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Every September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care presents the Vision Awards at the Harvest Ball, an event sponsored by the SVHC Foundation. The ball will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington.

This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The honoree for SVHC's 2017 Health Care Leadership Award is Dr. Brian Cunningham. The Hoyt Family is the recipient of SVHC's 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award.

"Dr. Cunningham and the Hoyts have made irreplaceable contributions to both SVHC and the surrounding


New Chef Leading Allium Restaurant + Bar
01:39PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Mezze Restaurant Group has named Oliver Antunes as its new chef, leading the kitchen at Allium Restaurant + Bar.

Hailing from the Napa Valley where his work highlighted local, sustainable California cuisine and custom tasting menus, Antunes has been leading the kitchen team at the Great Barrington restaurant since mid-July.
A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vt., Antunes worked locally at Bistro Rouge in West Stockbridge and four-star, five-diamond Wheatleigh Hotel and Restaurant in Lenox for several years. He then moved to Lyon and Paris, France, to pursue his culinary career and held positions of sous chef and chef de


Attorney Guides Towns on Local Options For Marijuana Regulation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Attorney Raymond Miyares is advising towns to adopt moratoriums on recreational marijuana — six months ago.   Miyares is legal counsel for a number of towns across the state. He says the timeline for implementation of recreational marijuana is putting towns in the position of being "stampeded" with little chance to regulate.   "It seems to me that most towns are not going to be ready to write their zoning bylaws next spring," Miyares said.   But that's when something will need to be on the books in order to limit where such facilities can go. The law allows for marijuana retail to be allowed anywhere a town is zoned for

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Bust Returned to Family of Keith Laughlin
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The grateful family of Keith W. Laughlin on Thursday received the bust carved by his longtime friend.   Gail King delivered the sculpture carved by her late niece, Ruth Ellen, to Laughlin's mother, Karin Morandi, at the home of Morandi's daughter, Kris Bona.   "I'm so glad we found you guys," King said. "We knew this had to mean something to somebody."   And King was determined not to discard the bust when she returned to the area from North Carolina to clean out the Bennington, Vt., home of her recently deceased sister, Jean Ann King.   Jean Ann had prominently displayed the artwork of her daughter and kept


'Wind River': Opens the Floodgates of Indignation
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:09PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
Writer-director Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River," a murder-mystery inspired by true events, deserves plaudits not only because it is a skilled piece of filmmaking, but also owing to its eye-opening exposé of the disgraceful socioeconomic conditions on Native American reservations.   While the majority of Americans are more or less cognizant of the poverty that wreaks havoc in our urban ghettos, far fewer citizens are familiar with this rural brand of destitution ostensibly swept under the carpet of our national conscience. See it up close and the mind boggles.   Be warned, this is tough viewing. In service to its ugly divulgences, there are few punches pulled.


Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:45AM / Thursday, August 31, 2017

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

So, what are these lessons? Here are a few to consider:

Be consistent. The most successful workers are the ones who show up, day after day, and strive to overcome the inevitable obstacles that crop up. As an investor, you, too, need to be consistent in your habits – which means you should keep investing in all types of markets. If you take a


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