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Downer's Walkoff Lifts Lenox in BABL Finals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:40PM / Saturday, August 24, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- Mike Downer picked the right time for his first time.   The Lenox High School graduate blasted a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left field Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Field to give the Lenox Bulldogs a 7-6 win over Berkshire Baseball Academy in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League championship series.   “That is actually the first one I ever hit here,” Downer said of the home run. “All throughout high school, all throughout this, it’s the first one I ever hit.”   The walkoff homer capped a four-run comeback for Lenox and gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three-series. The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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Southern Berkshire Chamber Names Business Persons of the Year
11:52AM / Friday, August 23, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Business Persons of the Year are Gary Happ and Andrew Mankin of Barrington Brewery.

The SBCC Nomination Committee received nominations in May from the business community and residents. After an extensive review by the Nomination Committee, they presented this year's nomination finalist to the SBCC board. Happ and Mankin received a unanimous vote.

A celebration will take place at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are available through the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce business office, 40 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, by phone

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Be Alert for Opportunities When Preparing for College Costs
10:16AM / Friday, August 23, 2019

Now that summer is winding down, it will soon be "back-to-school" time. When children are young, your logistics for the new academic year may involve little more than a trip to buy school supplies.

But if you would like to send your kids (or grandkids) to college someday, you need to plan far ahead to meet the financial demands. And, as part of your planning, you also need to be on the lookout for all opportunities to help pay those sizable college bills.

Specifically, you will need to be ready to take action in these areas:

Financial aid: You should start thinking about financial aid at least a year before your child heads off to college. For example, you can begin submitting

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Navigating the Farmers Market: Best Food, Best Deals
By Ashli Minor,
10:07AM / Friday, August 23, 2019

As summer marches on and the harvests come in, we are surrounded by a growing bounty at farmers markets and local produce stands. What's the best way to shop at a farmer's market? How do you get the best food, for the best price?

Let's start with what we know: There are almost two million farms in the United States, and most are small; many are family-owned. Dozens of these farms operate right here in the Berkshire region, so if you want the freshest food, buying from farmers close to your home is a great first step. These nearby farms offer the freshest produce with the longest shelf-life. Why? Because the travel time between the pick and the plate is short. And getting to

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'Blinded by the Light': Guidance From Asbury Park
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:31PM / Thursday, August 22, 2019
When, what and where was your coming-of-age episode, the epiphany that heralded your entrance into adulthood? You better know, just in case someone decides to film a biographical sketch detailing how you came to be you. I venture to guess that for many folks, at least in the Western World, it had to do with learning, y'know, the truth about Santa. Shh! I won't say what, just in case some readers haven't gotten the memo. And for many others, the game-changer was perhaps the controversy regarding Santa's boss.   Thusly, I was prompted to scour my beleaguered memory bank for my particular turning point as I watched director Gurinder Chadha's "Blinded by the

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Gladys Knight, Roomful of Teeth, Gershwin Highlight Busy Week
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
08:14PM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

These may be the dog days of August, but pop and new music — and musical theater — abound throughout the Berkshires. Beginning with John Williams' music and Gladys Knight in separate concerts at Tanglewood, it's a full schedule as summer winds down.

Tanglewood

Regular concert-goers have a second chance (after "Star Wars”" last week) to enjoy the music of film score legend John Williams. The Shed hosts the Boston Pops at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. "John Williams' Film Night" is a treasured evening at Tanglewood every year. The conductor is David Newman, with Williams introducing the evening. No films, just Williams' wonderful Hollywood

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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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Berkshires Beat: Horse Show Benefits Berkshire Humane Society
11:52AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that

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Tanglewood, Tannery Pond Offer Concluding Concerts
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
10:34AM / Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tanglewood concludes its 2019 classical programming this week, culminating with two "heavy hitters": John Williams' Film Night, performed by the Boston Pops on Saturday, Aug. 24, and, of course, the traditional final concert featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony ("Choral"), performed on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Shed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with stellar vocal soloists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus – all under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero.

For all that, the upcoming program at Concerts at Tannery Pond promises to be memorable: The phenomenal Miró String Quartet offers a program of

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League Finals Start Saturday
12:15PM / Monday, August 19, 2019
The final round matchups are set in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League, where BBA will take on Lenox in the 20-year-old division and the Adams Aces against the Moneymakers in the 35-year-old division.   The best-of-three series begin on Saturday morning at Lenox's War Memorial Field (for the 20s) and the Dalton Legion Field (for the 35s) at 10 a.m.   On Sunday, the venues change, and the teams will play at least one game -- two if necessary -- starting at 10. The 20-year-old final will be in Dalton while the 35s will be at Hoosac Valley High School.   Lenox earned its berth in the final with a 2-1 series win over the defending champion Cornerstone 90s last

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Review: 'Fall Springs' is a Musical With a Message
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:49AM / Monday, August 19, 2019

Can a musical comedy convey a serious message?
 
"South Pacific" addresses race relations and WWII while also making us smile with "There's Nothing Like A Dame" and "Honey Bun."

Combining two approaches is the difficult goal of the promising new musical "Fall Springs," which is having its world premiere at the Barrington Stage. And they manage to pull it off. Not perfectly, but well enough to provide a very entertaining evening in the theater.

"Fall Springs" is best described as a serious farce – with the themes of fracking, science versus disbelief,  and age versus youth. Confused? Perhaps this description of the

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32AM / Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chef Kevin DeMarco has put together a menu informed by local produce. He is part of leadership team appointed by Waterford Hotel Group, which manages the hotel for Williams College. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Inn is positioned to be a catalyst for the town's retail center on Spring Street as well as a bucolic retreat for guests — as exampled by the deer grazing near the patio this week.     "We really want to be an indoor/outdoor experience," said Kevin Hurley, the inn's general manager, during a press preview just days before the hotel's opening on Thursday. "We will see a lot of those features, again with the windows,

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