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Potash Pitches BBA to Narrow BABL Win
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10:51AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Hunter Potash last week pitched BBA to a 4-3 win over the Berkshire Devils in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Joe Gratton picked up the save for BBA, which improved to 3-2 on the season.   Dick Dumas had a double and an RBI, and Jared Blondin singled in a run for BBA.   Kevin Donati had two hits for the Devils (1-4).   Great Barrington Millers 11, Housatonic 3 Chip Paul went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Spencer Cook and Alex Salazar each homered for the Millers (4-1). Anthony Lupiani earned the win on the mound. Tyler Wade took the loss for Housatonic (2-3).   Dalton Moneymakers 17, Gremlins 0 Bryan Betters went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Frank Curtiss

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Discuss financial goals with your family
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:44AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
June is Effective Communications Month. And it's a good idea to recognize the importance of good communications because it plays a role in almost every aspect of living – including your finances. You'll want to clearly communicate your financial goals to your loved ones – and you'll want to hear theirs, too.   Let's look at some of the communications you might have with family members:   Your spouse – You and your spouse may have different thoughts about a range of financial topics – how much to save, how much to spend, the level of debt with which you're comfortable and so on. Try to reach some type of consensus on these issues.

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Adams Community Bank Hosts Transition to College Webinar
08:02AM / Tuesday, June 08, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Joshua Mendel, Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnership at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Kate Heekin, Associate Director of Admission at Williams College, and Celia Norcoss, Dean of Students at Berkshire Community College will present a virtual information session on the transition to college process.    This event will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.   This event is free and open to the public.   The panel and current college students will share guidance on navigating orientation, managing time, seeking health and counseling services, budgeting, managing academics, and handling a social

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Lee High Awards & Scholarships for 2021
04:46PM / Monday, June 07, 2021
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Lee High School class of 2021.   Greylock Federal Credit Union Community Enrichment Scholarship: Asa Stone   Scholarship in Memory of Mark Drury given by the Applewynd Acres: Owen Bush   Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Christopher Petrescu   Timothy Shepardson Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Gabriel Kelley   Michael Salinetti, David Scarpa Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Lena Simone, Lydia Simone   Friends of Veterans Scholarships: Lena Simone   Class of 1966 Scholarship: Garrett Roche   Kelly Lyn Coty Scholarship Fund: Owen Bush, Lucas Bombardier   Hank Greiner Memorial

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BCC to Offer Free College Courses for High School Students
04:21PM / Monday, June 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced it will be offering free college courses to Berkshire County high school juniors and seniors this summer and fall.    The available courses includes acting, dance, music, math, conservation and ecology, computer programming, cooking and baking, accounting, history, philosophy, and many more.    "The Early College program allows students to challenge themselves by experiencing the rigor of a college course. As a bonus, they experience what it is like to be in a college classroom at no cost to their families," said Elizabeth Lapierre, BCC Coordinator of Enrollment Services.    To view

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Emergency Medicine Physician Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award
12:28PM / Monday, June 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. A BMC Emergency Medicine physician has been recognized with the 2021 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.    Batya Cohen, MD, a member of the BMC Emergency Department, was awarded the honor during a special ceremony in May.   According to a press release, Dr. Cohen received praise from her colleagues at BMC for her patient-centered commitment to compassionate care. The award is based on nominations received from members of the BMC staff, and Dr. Cohen received numerous nominations.    Included among them were comments such as:   "Her kind

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MCLA-IAH Closes out Symposium and Launches Regional Campaign
08:02AM / Monday, June 07, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — From Tuesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 17, 2021, the MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) will host its annual Summer Symposium, a series of four events on the theme of accountability.     The series will close on June 17 from 2-4 p.m. EST with an experiential poetry workshop offered by The Mastheads, led by architect Tessa Kelly and poet Sarah Trudgeon. The workshop will launch INSCAPES, a yearlong regional campaign designed to highlight the creativity of all residents across the Berkshires through public poetry prompts and text-based art installations.     Following the workshop, any Berkshire resident can engage

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'Change' the Theme at the 2021 Lee High Graduation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:57PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021

See more graduation photos here.  LEE, Mass. — A class that's had to adapt to live this past year is finally breaking free of a virus that's turned their world upside down.    So, asked Asa Stone, salutatorian of the Lee High School class of 2021, what's next?   "We can never be certain of the answer but we can have hope that we will learn and we will grow, we will come out of the other side stronger," she told her 59 classmates, friends and family gathered on the high school's field on a hot Saturday afternoon.   The last day for the seniors at the school felt a lot like that fateful March 13, 2020, she said, "the day that

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Monument Mountain Graduates Recognized for Resiliency During Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:35PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021

See more photos from the graduation here. 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Monument Mountain Regional High School graduated 113 seniors on Saturday from its football field surrounded by mountains and greenery.

The class of 2021 reportedly had a reputation of being "difficult" upon entering high school but quickly broke free from that label and proved the administration wrong.  

They especially defied their bad reputation when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Though the students' home and school lives were completely altered by the virus, they persevered through the school year with success.

"Your class stands out in your ability to be resilient to push ahead and

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Mount Everett Regional Awards & Scholarships 2021
07:24PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the graduates of the class of 2021 at Mount Everett Regional School.    Albert Trocchi Scholarship: Isabelle Bizalion, Cecelia Caldwell   Alice Coon Shanley Memorial: Isabelle Bizalion   American Legion: Emma Nardi   Amy Gillette Memorial: Lillee Getchell   Arthur Batacchi Sr. Memorial: Isabella Kemp   Barbara Rhoades Memorial: Isabelle Bizalion   Berkshire County Selectmen Scholarship: Isabelle Bizalion   Big Y Scholarship: Elizabeth Sarnacki   Carolyn T. Sacco Memorial: Jacob TenBroeck   Catherine B. Miller Eagle Fund Award: Alek Zdziarski   CTSB-TV

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Grit, Perseverance Pulled Mount Everett Graduates Through Pandemic Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021

See more photos of the graduation here.  SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The 48 graduates at Mount Everett Regional School were urged to find their truth and not to race too quickly into the future. And that grit and perseverance will get them through.   Be a little more tortoise and not the hare, salutatorian Madison Tinker cautioned the classmates she'd known since kindergarten. Instead of chasing an unknown future, as she had, take time to appreciate the present.   "Every year was just a countdown to the final year, then the final months, down to my very last days here. I turned high school into a waiting game," she said. "Rather than enjoying the

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Monument Mountain Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2021
01:54PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Karina Mahida has earned the distinction of valedictorian for the Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 2021 and Abigail Zeik has earned the distinction of salutatorian.

These students will receive scholastic medallions and certificates awarded by the Berkshire Hills Regional School District at commencement exercises on Saturday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Monument Mountain Regional High School.

The following profiles of the class speakers were provided by the high school.

Mahida, daughter of Jignesh and Rita Mahida of Great Barrington, is a member of the National Honor Society, the recipient of the Chang Chavkin Scholarship, the

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