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Just for Kicks Soccer Tourney Draws 48 Teams in Dalton
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09:27PM / Sunday, October 10, 2021
DALTON, Mass. -- The Williamstown Soccer Club earned three titles at this weekend's 24th annual Just for Kicks Soccer Tournament.   The two-day tourney contested on fields at Wahconah Regional High School and Nessacus Middle School attracted 48 teams from throughout Western Massachusetts.   Williamstown's under-12 girls, the Flash, won their title game, 4-2, over the Pittsfield Soccer Club Tigers.   Williamstown also picked up a pair of boys titles.   The Williamstown U12 Vipers beat Gateway, 2-0, in the title game. The Williamstown U14 squad beat Berkshire Hills, 4-2, to claim the crown.   Host Dalton earned championships in two age groups.   In the

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Salisbury Bank Contributes to Community Health Programs
12:12PM / Friday, October 08, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Salisbury Bank has donated $10,000 to support Community Health Programs' food distribution programs and to bolster CHP's funds for families and individuals facing financial emergencies.   "This gift from Salisbury Bank reflects a community alliance that provides stop-gap support for our neighbors in need," CHP Senior Vice President for Family Services Michelle Derr said. "These funds are used to help our clients avoid eviction or utility shutoffs, loss of transportation, and problems getting health care."   Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020, CHP has seen a spike in the need for free, nutritious food.

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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Friday, October 08, 2021

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 11, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments, including now the city of Boston, have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to

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BCC Announces Application Deadline for Nursing Program
08:00AM / Friday, October 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 to apply to its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.   The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).   For more information, visit

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The Epichorus at Race Brook Lodge
01:55PM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The Epichorus performs two shows at Race Brook Lodge Oct. 8 and 9.   Tickets can be purchased here.   The Epichorus performs contemporary songs based in ancient sounds. Epichorus are lineage holders of traditions from India, Egypt, Greece and Syria. They are led by Priya Darshini, classically trained in Indian raga.   Epichorus are backed by Oud, Violin, Accordion, Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion and Upright Bass.    Friday, Oct. 8: Ethereal sounds from the Middle East and India, Oud, Violin, and Hammered Dulcimer, Percussion and Upright Bass back the stunning grammy nominated vocalist Priya Darshini, who serenades beyond the bounds of

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The Retried Investor: Golf Continues to Grow
By Bill Schmick,
04:40AM / Thursday, October 07, 2021
In 2020, during the midst of the pandemic, golf made a comeback. More than 24.8 million people discovered outdoor refuge on the links, last year and the popularity of the sport continues to grow.   Golf, as many have discovered, is an outdoor activity that has proven to be an almost perfect answer to the limitations of the pandemic. Players can get outside, exercise, and at the same time, socially distance themselves from one another. Last year the U.S. saw the largest increase in golfers (2 percent) in 17 years. This year, the number of rounds played was up 16.1 percent, compared to the same period in 2020, according to the National Golf Foundation. And with this increase has come an

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Scary Stories Around the Fire with Robert Oakes
09:09AM / Wednesday, October 06, 2021
MONTEREY, Mass. — On Saturday Oct. 9 and Sunday Oct. 10, the Bidwell House Museum will present the program Scary Stories Around The Fire.    Visitors will sit around the fire with Robert Oakes, author of the recent book Ghosts of the Berkshires, and listen as he shares readings on Berkshire Colonial-era history and ghost lore and tells the tale of "The Ghost of Green River." Following the outdoor fireside presentation, Robert will lead a candlelit ghost walk through the house.   This event will happen from 7-9 pm on Saturday and 4-6 pm on Sunday. There will be some scary elements so the program is most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Part of this program is

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Great Barrington Pollinator Gardens To be Installed
12:00PM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington is creating a bee-friendly habitat in downtown Great Barrington with the installation of pollinator plantings on Main Street and nearby.   "Great Barrington is a trendsetter on pollinator-friendly community policies," said Vivian Orlowski, chair of the town's Agricultural Commission. "Thanks to the leadership of Public Works Superintendent Sean Van Deusen and his DPW team, we are putting these policies into practice."   In coming weeks flowering plants will be installed at the base of the town’s sentinel of about 80 deciduous trees, mostly on Main Street. Flowers ranging from black chokeberry to

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Ventfort Hall: The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital
08:48AM / Tuesday, October 05, 2021
LENOX, Mass.— Prof. Gary H. Darden returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a visual presentation on "The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital:  Washington, D.C. from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis."    His lecture is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 pm.   With the establishment of Washington, D.C. in 1790 as the site of a brand-new capital city, the once dirt-road frontier city of the fragile American Republic emerged from the ashes of the War of 1812 to become a political center for a burgeoning continental empire and eventually a global colossus by the Cold War era. According to Dardin, the scale and scope of its civic

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Virtual Film Screening to Support Affordable Housing and Economic Development in South Berkshire County
09:24AM / Monday, October 04, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) announces its 2021 virtual fundraising scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8, at 7pm.    CDCSB will host a virtual screening of the documentary film, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City, about the life and work of urban planning activist Jane Jacobs. The event includes a live, online Q&A session with the film's Producer/Director, Matt Tyrnauer, and Film Editor, Bob Eisenhardt.   In 1960, Jane Jacobs wrote the book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," a critique of modern urban planning and post-war "urban renewal," particularly New York City and Robert

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Mielke Confections to Open Second Shop in Historic Stockbridge
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, October 04, 2021
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Mielke Confections is opening a shop on Main Street to make the historic strip "sweeter."   Owners Steven and Trent Kinney decided to expand the Great Barrington candy operation when a storefront on the street that was famously captured by painter Norman Rockwell in "Home For Christmas" became available.   "Locations on that strip for commercial space don't become available very frequently, businesses that are there have been there for 30 years or more," Steven Kinney explained. "So when that opportunity came up, because we knew we wanted to expand at some point, this was really the best time for us to do

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part III
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:13PM / Sunday, October 03, 2021

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968. The veteran wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share the impressions he wrote down of his time there. This is the second of three parts as transcribed by Wayne Soares, with minor editing for clarity. The first part can be found here and the second part here.

April 24: Worked all night.   April 27: Am on a bunker detail with 20 Vietnamese. There's Hai – 16 years old but looks like he's 9 or 10. He pesters me all the time for money and my watch. Tries to put on an act to make me feel bad. He does in a way – "you boo-coo money. Me, tee-tee." I'm torn

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