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Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park
03:42PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Up in the trees: Berkshire East has expanded its outdoor adventures with the building of the Berkshire East Children's Aerial Adventure Park .

Seeing the need to provide an exciting and green recreational activity for younger children, Berkshire East hired Tree-Mendous Forest Adventure Parks, an industry leader, to design and build two separate parks for various ages and abilities.

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all

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Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
03:35PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.

The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.

The procession at St. Elizabeth's begins Saturday, Sept. 10, after the 4 p.m. Mass and the vigil continues through the night until the 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 11.

After Mass at 10:45 a.m. on that Sunday, around noontime, the statue will be carried by firefighters to the city's Veterans Memorial, where a bell will be run for each of the airplanes involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Berkshires Beat: Youth Works Summer Program Recognizes Teens
02:43PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Congrats: The 12th annual Youth Works Summer Program held its closing ceremony on Aug. 26 at Pittsfield City Hall with the city’s director of Administrative Services, Roberta McCulloch-Dews,  recognizing the achievements of youth workers who successfully completed a summer of employment throughout Berkshire County.

Event speakers included Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, current youth participants Raven Basinger, Garrett Haywood, Gabe Shultheis, and Youth Works alum Nolan Stout. They praised the 35 program graduates for their diligence and presented them with certificates.

Youth Works participants included: Zaniyah Adams; Trisann Alexander; Emma Borden; Tylor Bourne; Roy Brauski;

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North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.
 

Adams-Cheshire
School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31
Bus Routes
BArT Charter School
School opens Monday, Aug. 22
Bus Routes North Adams Public Schools
School begins Friday, Sept. 2
Bus Routes McCann Technical
School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes
Mount Greylock Regional
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Williamstown Elementary School
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6
Bus Routes

Lanesborough Elementary School
School opens

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Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Rarely in this region do we find ourselves at such an important change in our regional leaders as we look to elect our next state senator. Challenges, successes, and dreams alike all speak to a need for strong, knowledgeable leadership and advocacy both locally and in Boston.

Locally we are faced with challenges impacting many places: decreasing population, needed infrastructure improvements, challenges with opioid addiction and abuse, and gaps in our economy that magnify socioeconomic difficulties and unemployment rates. These issues are ones that permeate the lives of everyone in the region. To tackle these issues, we need someone with a strong voice and significant,

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End of Session Review: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, August 29, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The state passed an economic development bill this session that Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district through bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program.

The Peru Democrat said the bill includes $50 million set aside for bridge repairs, which is funding small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 mostly hilltowns spreading throughout the most rural areas doesn't have the tax base to foot the bill for pricey bridge work.

"In some of my smaller, rural hilltowns, you have bridges under 20 feet and they aren't eligible for state or federal money normally. Now we set up a special fund," Mark said.

MassWorks

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Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Saturday, August 27, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.   And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.   Since their opening this spring, the Cuffs have stayed true to their focus by refusing tips, instead accepting donations for pet shelters and animal rescues.   "This is more than a coffeehouse this has to raise awareness for something that we feel strongly about and that is animals," Alison Cuff said. "It is much more important to raise community awareness

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The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.

There are clients of mine that check their retirement accounts several times a day. To say they are addicted to doing so would not be an understatement. Some of them are retired and have nothing else to do each day but sit in front of the television watching financial channels. They are usually male, have control issues and have substituted watching TV and their investment accounts for their old job.

The sad facts are that the more you look, the higher the probability that

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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals
12:25PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Music to their ears: Wood Bros. Music of Pittsfield will now be offering a complete line of band and string instrument rentals for the 2016-2017 school year. Owner Chip Winnard also is working with RS Berkeley, a New Jersey-based instrument manufacturing company, which has been the sponsor for several clinics in area schools, including North Adams' Drury High School, Adams' Hoosac Valley, Wahconah High School and several Pittsfield schools including the city's elementary, middle and high schools.

Winnard said this new venture coincides with a move and expansion for Wood Brothers to a larger store within the Allendale Shopping Center.

RS Berkeley, which has a strong commitment

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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:57AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy."

Thus, I'm proud to report that while the very bawdy, irreverent, sometimes hilarious and ultimately overcooked "Sausage Party" is certainly different, I'm managing to contain myself. While featuring some fine writing and direction from a gaggle of popular, Hollywood humorists, perhaps it's the cartoon venue that inspires some of the deleterious

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Williams College Class of 2020 to Arrive on Aug. 29
11:30AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 552 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2020 will arrive on campus on Aug. 29 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and get to know the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program designed to enhance

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
11:09AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.  

The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company as a memorial to its predecessors and is worn proudly with distinction by the alerts today.
 
The Alerts proudly took home three new trophies: the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Equipment-Out of State," the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Marching Unit, With

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