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Little League District Tourney Sets One Title Game Matchup
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09:47AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American League and Dalton-Hinsdale have advanced to the title game of the Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8-to-10-year-old championships at Olympian Meadows.   The Pittsfield AL earned the top seed after a four-team round-robin with a record of 3-0. It will face Dalton-Hinsdale (2-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the title.   On Tuesday, Dalton-Hinsdale earned its spot in the finals with a 4-2 win over the Pittsfield National League, which finished 0-3 in the round robin. Host Great Barrington ended up with a record of 1-2.   Also on Tuesday, Great Barrington’s 12-year-old team defeated the Pittsfield NL, 4-2. Earlier this

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Berkshire Business: Hospitality Took a Hit During COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:36AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
 
Help wanted signs have been ubiquitous around the county for both small and large food service concerns.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Businesses throughout the county have felt different degrees of pressure over the past year as the novel coronavirus continued to tighten its grip. While some industries focused on adaptation, others were focused on survival.   In the food and service industry, this grip felt more like strangulation.     "I've been doing this for 17 years now, I've been in food for 17 years," Luke Marion, owner of Otto's Kitchen and Comfort said. "Yeah. And that's like almost a bragging point for people in

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County Little League Tourneys Underway
iBerkshires.com Sports,
02:17PM / Sunday, July 04, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8- to 10-year-old Championship got underway last week with the Pittsfield American League jumping out to a pair of wins in pool play.   The 8-10 tournament took a day off on Sunday for the holiday but gets back underway on Friday with a modified schedule to allow families to get to Wahconah Park to see the Taconic High School baseball team play its Division 3 state title game at 3.   In fact, all three Little League age groups are set to play on Monday at Olympian Meadows, but the games will be held earlier due to the high school game in Pittsfield.   At 10 a.m., the 9-11 tournament gets going when the

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Never Thought You'd See a Bear? Think Again
By MassWildlife,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021

It's summertime in Massachusetts, which means more people will be spending time outdoors. With the increasing number of black bears found in many areas of Massachusetts, it is important for all residents to know how to prevent problems.

While people living in Western Massachusetts have been coexisting with bears for years, others in the eastern part of the state may be surprised to learn that black bears likely live nearby as well. This summer, a young bear made headlines as it traveled throughout southeastern Mass, and over the last few years, MassWildlife has also confirmed reports of bears in Newton, Chelmsford, North Andover, Amesbury, and even Provincetown!

In the mid-1970s,

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The Retired Investor: Will SALT Be Repealed?
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, July 01, 2021
The state and local tax cap, called SALT, has been the bane of many high-tax states since its passage as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It created an effective tax hike for many high earners in high tax states, as well as many middle-class workers. That may be about to change, at least for some income earners.   Last week, the Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, presented a draft outline of a $6 trillion budget resolution. It included $120 billion for SALT relief over five years. Readers may recall that the controversial tax placed a $10,000 cap on the amount taxpayers could deduct from their federal income tax in state and local taxes. One of many

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BUW Announces More Than $1M in Community Investments
05:34PM / Wednesday, June 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD — Berkshire United Way is putting the $1,116,000 it raised last year into community grant investments to support 42 programs addressing issues related to early child development, youth development and economic prosperity across Berkshire County.   The COVID-19 pandemic made it more challenging for organizations to support children and families, as basic needs like food, child care and health services became a priority. BUW recognized this and responded, but is now focusing on recovery and remains committed to investing in quality programs that help children and families succeed.   "Families are the foundation of our community. When families are safe, healthy

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College Notes: June 2021
03:40PM / Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cadet Holly Boudreau Cadet Holly Boudreau of Clarksburg, a Drury High School 2020 graduate, was selected to participate in the U.S. Air Force Academy's Interpersonal Leadership Training program that requires cadets to take courses focusing on emotional intelligence, growth mindset, and innovation, and addresses moral and ethical dilemmas. She also participated in the Basic Freefall Parachuting Program that is designed to develop leadership traits. After the completion of five jumps, Boudreau earned the Air Force basic parachutist badge Jump Wings, which she can wear on her uniform for her Air Force career.   She has finished her first year at the academy on the

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Soldier On Golf Tournament Registration Open
08:04AM / Wednesday, June 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) is hosting its 10th annual golf tournament to benefit Soldier On on Friday, Sept. 3.   The tournament will be held at Wyndhurst Manor & Club in Lenox and will be open to the public. There will also be raffles, auctions, lunch (11:00 AM – 2:00 PM), and a closing dinner.   The 2019 tournament raised more than $59,000 for Soldier On.   GDMS will be hosting two separate flights on the day of the tournament. They do expect the flights to fill up quickly, so sign up the morning of June 30 to get your preferred timeslot (7:30 AM and 1:00 PM). The tournament is captain and crew format and will be a shotgun

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Mass VaxMillions Registration Begins July 1
06:47PM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
BOSTON — Vaccinated residents can begin registering to win a $1 million on July 1.    The Baker-Polito administration and the State Lottery announced registration details on Tuesday for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway.   Massachusetts residents 18 years of age and older who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will have a chance to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes. Residents between 12-17 years of age who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.   Residents who do not have access to the internet or require

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Hinds, McCourty Twins Host Town Hall Forum on Convict Voting Right
05:17PM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
BOSTON — State Sen. Adam G. Hinds is co-hosting a virtual town hall discussion on jail-based and felony disenfranchisement in Massachusetts.   The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, is being hosted in partnership with Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots, Jason McCourty, the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition, and Boston state Reps. Chynah Tyler and Elizabeth Miranda.   The forum will focus on voting rights for convicted individuals and the movement to ensure democracy and voting rights are upheld in prisons and jails.    Hinds and the McCourteys, twins who both play professional football (Jason plays for the Tennessee Titans), will lead the

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Heat Advisory Still In Place, Community Cooling Stations Available
03:52PM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Remember a few months ago when we all dreamed about warm summer weather?   Well, those days are here. They are really here.   The US National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory in North Adams until 8 pm this evening. Temperatures are anticipated to stay in the 90s and upper 80s throughout the afternoon and evening, according to Accuweather.   There will be a similar temperature range in South County however in Pittsfield, temperatures aren't expected to reach the 80s.   Still, a heat advisory remains in place throughout the county. This means high temperatures and high humidity that could cause heat illness so mind your time outdoors.   Per the

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CHP Names Psychotherapist to Behavioral Health Team
02:45PM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rachel Duvall, a licensed social worker, has been named to Community Health Programs' behavioral health team.    She will be based at CHP Lee Family Practice.    Most recently employed as a psychotherapist/social worker with Counseling Center in the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Duvall provides individual, family and couples counseling, collaborating as needed with medical and psychiatric professionals on behalf of clients.   At Bard College at Simon's Rock, Duvall was an adjunct professor of psychology, program director of RISE (Rockers for Intervention, Support & Education) and deputy Title IX coordinator.   She has

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