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Soccer Referee Class Offered in Lenox
10:29PM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Referee Committee will host a course next month in Lenox for anyone interested in being a USSF Soccer Official.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Hampton Inn.   Prepayment of $115 is required with a check made out to MSRC.   To register, visit  https://www.massref.net/Central/courseofferings.cfm and click on the class for Lenox.

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Berkshire Force Takes Two Titles at Dalton CRA Tourney
10:17PM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 16-year-olds and 14-year-olds earned titles on Sunday at the Dalton CRA Softball Invitational Tournament.   The other two age division titles were captured by squads from Guilderland, N.Y.   Guilderland defeated Berkshire Force squads in the 10-year-old and 12-year-old finals, winning by scores of 13-1 and 7-1, respectively.   In the 16-and-under division, the Force defeated Hudson Valley, N.Y., 13-9, in the the title game.   In the 14-and-under group, the Force defeated Dalton, 7-1, in the final.   "It was a great weekend, with lots of good softball and some exciting games," Dalton CRA Director of Recreation Dustin

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Hinds Backs Efforts to Bolster Mountain Biking Trails
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Sunday, July 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds knows mountain biking is an emerging industry. But, he also knows people who drive through the Berkshires to get elsewhere for it.   "Mountain biking has been identified as an industry that is growing and we are well positioned for it," Hinds said.   According to New England Mountain Bike's Berkshire County Branch President Alison McGee, there are hundreds of great mountain biking trails throughout Berkshire County. But, most aren't mapped. Unless people are in certain Facebook groups or know others who can show them around, many don't know about them. She knows there are different levels of maintenance being

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Dalton CRA Softball Tournament Draws Dozens of Teams to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton CRA Invitational Softball Tournament has grown four-fold in nine years, and there is one reason why.   "The biggest thing is just the volunteers," CRA Director of Recreation Dustin Belcher said. "I have an incredible committee of people who really give so much time and effort -- most of them do not have kids playing this weekend, but they've been here since their kids started, and they've kind of stuck it out.   "They've focused on all the other stuff so I can focus on recruiting and getting teams here."   It is a 15-person committee that helps Belcher stage the event, which got under way on Friday night and

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BCC's Nursing Program Placed on Warning Status
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.   The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterized as "housekeeping," and dropped the state accreditation to "approval with warning."   College officials have now created a blueprint to address the cited issues and are hoping to be back into the board's good graces as early as January.    "These are not student facing issues, it is not about our curriculum. These are procedure and policy issues that we need to address. We have begun preparing our

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@theMarket: Markets Remain Range-Bound
By Bill Schmick,
04:18PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
It's the same old song. It has been playing over and over since the end of January. Higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and, of course, the inevitable and meaningless stream of tweets from our Tweeter-in-Chief are keeping stocks range-bound. How long will this condition persist?   Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index have now posted their longest consolidation since 1984. The two indexes have been in correction territory for 113 trading days. That is a longer stretch than we have seen in decades — including the period of the 2008 Financial Crisis.   In 1984, it took the S&P 500 Index 122 days to emerge from the swamp, while the Dow

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Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018

The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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BSO Appoints Director of New Tanglewood Learning Institute
10:23AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has appointed Sue Elliott as the inaugural Judith and Stewart Colton director of the Tanglewood Learning Institute.

A new concept in cultural education that launches in summer 2019, the Tanglewood Learning Institute will bring together musicians, artists, academics and patrons, in person and through online technology and distance learning, to engage in compelling programming that relates to and deepens the experience of Tanglewood concerts and classical music.

Elliott's wide-ranging background — she has held high level creative, administrative and academic positions at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Seattle Opera

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Symptoms of Summer
09:16AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

Here in the Northeast, we love the sun (when it finally comes out). While soaking up the rays and warm temperatures can feel great, there is a common tendency to overdo it. If you have ever lost track of time and gotten a sunburn or felt dizzy when getting up from your beach chair, you know it's true.

Below are a few quick reminders for enjoying summer without the most common health-related pitfalls.

Pass the water. Dehydration is one of the most common summer health problems, especially among the elderly and athletes. It happens when we don't have enough fluid in our bodies to perform basic functions. While the problem can happen year round, it is more common when the weather is

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100th Game Saturday in LaFesta Baseball Exchange
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, July 20, 2018
 
One of many newspaper clippings Canales has saved and preserved over the years. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of the many supporters of the LaFesta Baseball Exchange, none comes up in conversation with co-founder George Canales more than former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   So it was particularly concerning to Canales when the five-term mayor was AWOL in the moments leading up to the 2003 game in the North End.   "I said to [Boston's] John Romano, who started the exchange with me, 'Where's Mayor Menino?' " Canales recalled this week. "And he said, 'Don't worry. He'll be here.'   "All of a sudden, an ambulance

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MAGICon Returns This Weekend at Greylock Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Friday, July 20, 2018

MAGICon features vendors, entertainment, refreshments and, this year, some classes on wizarding, potions and fantastic beasts.  ADAMS, Mass. — A celebration of everything Harry Potter returns to the Greylock Glen this weekend with twice the magic.   Fans of the "Harry Potter" franchise will gather beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, home of the Potterverse's Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to celebrate all things mystical at the Mischievous Appreciation of Greylock and Ilvermorny Convention.   "We wanted to offer the fans more than last year so we've really expanded the music, activities, and merchandise vendors,"

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'Leave No Trace': Makes Its Mark
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
It would be silly not to give a full, 4-popcorn rating to "Leave No Trace," Debra Granik's trenchant, contemporary drama about a PTSD sufferer who lives off the grid in the Portland, Ore., woods with his teenage daughter. However, when movies are this good, there is a tendency on the critic's part to judge them against other superb examples of the filmic art, and to cautiously rein-in the ebullience that can't help accompany the welcome rush of provocative truths. The personal tale is devastating, the larger implications, haunting.   So, when quibbling between a 3 or 3 1/2 and a 4, I invoke the Goldberger Rule of Cinematic Significance to tip the balance: Is the

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