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Body of Bash Bish Falls Victim Recovered
07:15PM / Saturday, August 05, 2017

EGREMONT, Mass. — The body of a Ghent, N.Y., man who slipped off a rock at Bash Bish Falls on July 28 has been recovered.

Authorities on Saturday were able to recover the body of 21-year-old Aiden Campion-Pratt from the waterfall at Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington.

The body apparently became dislodged overnight by natural means from the crevice in which it had been trapped and was captured by netting placed in a pool below the crevice for just that eventuality.

The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke for an examination on Sunday.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said, "We are grateful that Aiden will be returned to his

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017

To the Editor:

Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three

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Community Health Programs Elects New Board Officers
10:14PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The board of Community Health Programs has elected new board officers for the countywide healthcare network.

Christopher Phillips of Pittsfield has been elected board chair. A board member since 2014, Phillips is a marketing and communications consultant based in Pittsfield.

Brian Drake will serve as vice-chair; he joined the board in 2016. A Williamstown resident, he is a vice president at Mountain One. Arthur Ames of West Stockbridge, a writer and board member since 2010, was elected secretary. Christopher Pedersen of Pittsfield, who joined the board in early 2017, will serve as treasurer. He is a practice manager at BayState Health in

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'A Ghost Story': Lacks Spirit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:26PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
Faced with reviewing writer-director David Lowery's supernaturally obscure "A Ghost Story," my first inclination is to ask myself, 'Why didn't I just see some nice, old-fashioned cowboy movie?' Y'know ... something about the waning days of the Wild West, where there's nothing more symbolic to scrutinize than the ubiquitous tumbling tumbleweed. How nice, how tranquil, how straightforward. But nooo, I have to complicate my life by trying to describe in normal human words a film preoccupied with no less than eternity and the meaning of life.   Were I back at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and "A Ghost Story"

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BMC Nurses Take Second Step Toward Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have taken the second step toward a strike.   The Massachusetts Nursing Association filed a notification to end the existing agreement. The contract currently in place prohibits a strike and while the contract had an expiration date of September 2016, the duration clauses continued it unless a 30-day notice from either side was made or a new agreement was signed.    "While we are disappointed that the union has moved one step closer to a strike, we look forward to meeting again with the union on Aug. 7, with hopes of reaching an agreement," Berkshire Health Systems Vice President of Human Resources

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Clinton Church Restoration Hires Architects to Prepare Historic Structure Report
04:45PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Clinton Church Restoration has hired a local architectural firm to prepare a historic structure report for the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in downtown Great Barrington.

Clark & Green Architects is one of five firms that responded to a request for proposal issued by CCR, the nonprofit that recently purchased the Elm Court property from the North Eastern Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Zion Conference.

The historic structure report (HSR) is a key step on the path to restoring the 130-year-old, deconsecrated church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain and Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:05PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the classical music festival season. Programs this week at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of symphonic music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff. The prodigious pianist Garrick Ohlsson has a busy week in store: He will perform Chopin's two piano concertos on successive evenings, and will offer a solo recital of works by Schubert and Scriabin on Tuesday evening in Ozawa Hall. Added to this, programs 4 and 5 in the special series "Schubert's Summer Journey," featuring Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Mr. Ohlsson, will surely be not-to-be-missed musical high points.

Enhancing the offerings above, be sure to

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Diversify Your Investments But Consolidate Your Providers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:10PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?

Before we look at that issue, let's consider the first half of the "diversification" question – namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you?

Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds. Stock prices will move up and down in response to many different factors, including good or bad corporate earnings, corporate management issues, political

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Biz Briefs: Zogics Awarded Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit
12:32PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Working out: For the second year in a row, Berkshire-based Zogics has received certification for its worksite wellness program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This certification allows Zogics to claim a $10,000 Wellness Tax Credit for tax year 2017. The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive program gives qualifying businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit for having a certified wellness program.

Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Zogics, an e-commerce company that serves the health and fitness industry. "The Wellness Tax Credit will help support our goal of building the healthiest workplace in the country," said Zogics CEO Paul

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Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Represents Opportunity For Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:43PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017

CEO Shawn Kinney explained what the company does, touching on the challenges and the strengths of being located in the Berkshires.

LEE, Mass. — Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing has a unique niche that has tremendous growth potential.

The owners are now hoping others will follow their lead and develop a "cluster" in the life science field of the Berkshires.

Owners Shawn Kinney and Andrea Wagner led U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on a tour of their facility on Tuesday. The company specializes in manufacturing small-scale injectable drugs for clinical trials but does so with an isolator that ups the quality of the clean-room product.   "I see no end to the amount of

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Ryan Leads Berkshire Adult Baseball League Team to Win
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Pat Ryan homered and drove in seven runs recently as the Adams Aces scored 21 wins to win over the Outlaws and clinch first place in the regular season in the 35-year-old division of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Matt Witek threw a complete game for the Aces, who improved to 12-1 this season.   Jamie Zdon, Corey Swistak, Mike Rinaldi, Ray Boudreau, Dave Clark and Witek each had multiple hits; Swistak drove in five runs.   The Aces have a three-game lead over the second-place Dalton Bandits (9-4), who dropped a 4-3 decision to the fourth-place Moneymakers (7-6) in crecent action.   Jeff Aldrich snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning for the

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Mount Greylock Grad Wins Iron Division at Pedal & Plod
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:03AM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- If competitive high school cycling was a thing in this neck of the woods, Evan Arthur might have found the sport sooner.   And he probably would have done quite well for himself.   Instead, all he did in four years at Mount Greylock was help continue the school’s runs of eight straight Western Mass cross country titles and seven straight state Nordic ski crowns.   And in the spring of his senior year, the recent high school graduate found a new athletic pursuit. On Sunday, he joined more than 100 competitors at the 34th annual Pedal & Plod, putting himself to the test against a 4.4-mile running course followed by a 22-mile bike race, all in the hills

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