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Cheshire Fire Hosting Annual Cruz Nite and Fireworks
05:10PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The evening event includes classic cars, food, music and fireworks. See photos from last year's event here.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Cheshire Fire Department is hosting its annual Cruz Nite and fireworks show on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the school.
The event features the Berkshire County Nite-Cruzers, classic tunes, a professional bicyclist at 4 and 6, and Shut Up & Dance at 7 on stage.

Kids activities include a bouncy bounce, rock wall, pony rides, games and more. Food vendors will have fried dough, hamburg and hot dogs, kielbasa, sausage grinders, corn on the cob, refreshments and Joanie's Ice Cream.

The Cruzers will have some of their custom and


Berkshire Tidbits: Lobster Days, Sundae Highlights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Macrobiotic chef Chris Jenkins teaches cooking with student helper at Kushi's Summer Conference 2014. The Kushi Institute/KI Annual Summer Conference 2016: "Towards a Sustainable Future", is now in progress through Saturday, Aug. 13. This event brings together macrobiotic teachers and practitioners to share their experience and lifestyle interest in two weeks of lectures, workshops, cooking classes, eating and celebration, all day and into the night.   For the last few years, this conference takes place on the KI campus, 198 Leland Road, North Becket, 413-623-5741. Berkshire residents may attend the conference for a discounted price of


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

Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass Are Not to be Missed
01:55PM / Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This week, Tanglewood continues its high energy 2016 classical programming season with a powerhouse, back-to-back pair of programs performed by the Boston Pops and guest artists the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The "heavy hitters" are John Williams' "Film Night" – always an audience favorite and a high point of each year's Tanglewood offerings, and a unique concert by a visiting ensemble of intrepid Australians that replicates a 1920s-era Weimar Republic quasi-pops cabaret experience. What a pair! This is not your staid classical programming. Be there or be square.

Traditional Tanglewood listeners: not to fear; classical fare won't be lacking:

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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Obsolete Municipal Regulations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:15PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

MMA President Lisa Blackmer, a North Adams city councilor, speaks at Tuesday's bill signing. The act's section summaries can be read here.

BOSTON — Legislation signed at the State House on Tuesday eliminates or updates a raft of outdated and obsolete municipal regulations.

Filed by the Baker administration last December, the 125-page Municipal Modernization Act found strong support from state and local officials, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers.

Gov. Charlie Baker, with a host of local elected and administrative officials behind him on the Grand Staircase at the State House, noted he'd gotten some flack when

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Lasagna Fundraiser Planned for Louison House
09:24AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— The Louison House is hosting a lasagna dinner fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 11, at Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill.

The fundraiser is to help the nonprofit family shelter that suffered water and fire damage at its Adams building several months ago.

Executive Director Kathy Keeser, who took over shortly after the blaze, said at least half the buillding will have to be gutted. And it will have to be brought up to new federal codes.

"We need to get it all done," she said, adding that planning has already begun for areas affected by the fire. "We're really unsure on other areas and other things to be done."

This fundraiser, along with a


Some Berkshire Farms to Receive Aerial Crop Planting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Farms in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, North Adams, Sheffield, West Stockbridge and Williamstown will be seeding a little differently this August.

Instead of establishing a cover crop by hand, a helicopter will plant winter rye grass seed from above.

The airborne cover-crop planting is being done through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation program.

Farms through the state applied to the NRC's Environmental Quality Incentives Program to take advantage of financial and technical assistance for a conservation practice that allows farmers to take full advantage of a cover crop.   Chenail Brothers Dairy Farm's Wallace


Collegian Wins Public Links Title in Playoff at Waubeeka
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
05:06PM / Monday, August 08, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- But for a miscue on the 17th hole of Monday’s final round, Matt Cowgill would have won the 35th annual Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship in regulation.   But a similar mistake by his opponent on the same hole opened the door for Cowgill to win the title on the third sudden-death playoff hole at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Cowgill made the most of the opportunity, chipping from the apron to within a couple feet of the pin and knocking down a birdie putt to win the hole and the title.   An hour earlier, Cowgill hit his second shot into the woods that line the 17th fairway. That led to just his third bogey of the round and dropped him into a


Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Raise Nearly $40K for Local Cancer Patients
03:09PM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Beating cancer: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders, known as the 4Cs, hosted their third annual Community Remembrance Day on June 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington, Vt. Nine crews and more than 300 participants at the event contributed to the group’s nearly $40,000 fundraising total for the year. Remembrance Day activities included inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cupcake tastings, entertainment, a dunk booth, and food provided by the Mt. Anthony Fighting Patriot Booster Club. The program also included inspirational speeches and awards for fundraising crews.

This year’s event included the first Freedom 5K Run/Walk, a


Democratic Candidates For State Senate Show Differences In Lenox Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Candidate Adam Hinds called for a three-pronged approach to deal with the opioid crisis which involved prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. LENOX, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo says the state should build out broadband internet just as it would with any road or bridge. Adam Hinds says the state needs to find the best vehicle whether it be WiredWest or another group to complete the last mile. Andrea Harrington says each town should craft individualized plans on how to expand.   They all believe in expanding high-speed internet, citing its tremendous impact on the economy and quality of life, but how to get there is where they differ.   The same thing goes on a number


McCann Technical Prepares For Upcoming School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, August 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.  

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.

Although 144 students committed to McCann, only 117 actually sent in the paperwork solidifying their attendance. Kratz said this is normal.

"This is pretty typical. Right now we have 117 kids that have actually sent in their paperwork," the principal said. "I am hoping we will be high 120s, low 130s but until all of the dust settles, we won’t know for sure. Some students might


Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one.   Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."   During a recent visit to Boston for a stand-up date, Eisenberg talked with about her Aug. 8 performance on the Main Stage at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance and the intersection of her different professional personae.   "I feel like they all


Massachusetts Public Links Championship Contested at Waubeeka
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
06:47PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Just before Jeff Bourdon teeded off in the Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, a small but enthusiastic group of well-wishers near Waubeeka Golf Links’ first tee gave a cheer of encouragement.   “Go, Jeff,” the gallery yelled.   “I’ll just go by Jeff today,” quipped another member of Bourdon’s playing group. “Is that OK with everyone?”   The crowd laughed, and, being a golf crowd, applauded a good shot by any member of the group it followed around the course.   But it was clear that they weren’t there to cheer for Michael Matonis of Tour of Greater Boston or even the


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