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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session
08:21PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charles Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.    The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.   Members are specifically looking for input on issues related to:  What factors make your community a great place to grow older? How can we support families that include one or more older adults? How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities? What are the top two

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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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Blackmer Sets Campaign Kickoff for 1st Berkshire Election
06:52PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Blackmer kicks off her official campaign for Democratic nominee for state representative on Thursday evening at the Bounti-Fare Restaurant on Route 8.    The North Adams city councilor will lay out the basics of her platform and encourage residents to participate in the special election and primary to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat.   The campaign event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; all are welcome to attend and speak to the candidate.   Blackmer will speak to the importance of continuing the work of her friend and colleague, the late Gailanne Cariddi, and her commitment to the people of Northern Berkshire County. Additionally, she will address

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1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Releases Legislative Agenda
06:39PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Candidate for state representative Kevin Towle on Tuesday released a legislative agenda outlining his goals for economic development in the 1st Berkshire District.   The 12-page document, titled "A New Generation of Progress" lays out his agenda, aimed at encouraging employment, establishing an environment of sustainable growth, and meeting the needs of the communities of in the Northern Berkshire district.   "With this plan, I lay out my ideas and goals for ensuring that the significant challenges facing all of us are addressed," Towle said.    Echoing an earlier statement, Towle continued, "It's important that we

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Williamstown, North Adams Police Seek Reports of Stolen Jewelry
Staff Reports,
04:32PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are asking area residents to report recent losses of jewelry that may be connected to a North Adams woman who was arraigned on Wednesday.   Jessica Morgan, 30, of Gregory Avenue, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on one count of larceny over $250, Williamstown Police reported on Wednesday.   "On July 3, 2017, a Williamstown resident contacted the police department to report a significant amount of jewelry missing from her residence," the police news release read. "A subsequent investigation revealed that Morgan worked as a home health care worker in this home. It was later determined that jewelry matching the same

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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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State Cuts Ribbon On Renovated Veterans War Memorial Tower
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:56PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The interior finishes were all repaired as well as new lights, new dehumidifying systems, and resealing of joints. The 93-foot tower is also more accessible. ADAMS, Mass. — Two years and $2.6 million later, the renovation of the Veterans War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock is complete.   State officials cut the ribbon on the project to completely restore the 84-year-old monument to Massachusetts armed forces members killed in World War I, and later conflicts. The tower was last renovated in 1973 after it was closed for 11 years, and then in the 1990s more repairs were done.   In 2013, water infiltration issues forced the closure of the tower and two

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Classical 'High Season' Approaches Its Zenith
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams returns for the popular Tanglewood on Parade on Aug. 1.

During late July, the classical music festival "high season," anchored by concerts and special events at Tanglewood, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include great chamber music featuring the renowned Takács String Quartet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, a unique and highly engaging piano recital celebrating birdsong, Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with soloist Pinchas Zuckerman and much, much more, including the all-encompassing Tanglewood On Parade festivities. Read below for the details.

Not to be outdone, concerts at Tannery Pond

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Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 15 National Awards for Customer, Employee Satisfaction
01:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the few long-term care and senior living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corporation for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, Berkshire Healthcare communities captured 60 percent – 15 out of 25 - of the Massachusetts awards.

In the Berkshire region, Berkshire Healthcare's 2015-16 Excellence in Action award winners are:

* For customer satisfaction: Fairview Commons (Great Barrington), Kimball Farms Life Care (Lenox), Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center (Lenox) and Williamstown Commons.

* For both customer and employee satisfaction: Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility (Pittsfield) and North Adams

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Financial Moves for 'Empty Nesters'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:26PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When your children leave home and you become an "empty nester," you'll probably make several adjustments in your lifestyle. But how will your empty nest status affect your financial situation?

Everyone's story is different, involving a range of variables. But here are a few issues to consider:

* Insurance: If your kids are through school, your mortgage is nearly paid off and your spouse has accumulated a reasonable amount of money in an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you may not need life insurance to replace income or pay off debts. However, you might start thinking about other goals, such as ensuring your savings will last your lifetime or leaving a legacy to

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Congressman Neal's Staff Holding Office Hours in North Adams
03:22PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will hold office hours at North Adams City Hall on Thursday, July 27.    The public is welcome and encouraged to meet with the congressman's representative from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Law Library on the first floor. Constituents will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have on federal issues. No appointment is necessary.    Questions and comments may also be directed to Neal's Springfield office at 413-785-0325 or by email through the website.

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Williamstown's Village Ambulance on Better Financial Footing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Board of Selectmen discuss its review process for Town Manager Jason Hoch, left. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Village Ambulance Service is on a better financial footing now than it was at the beginning of the year, and a study group looking its long-term viability has a consultant's report to consider steps going forward, the president of the non-profit's board of directors said Monday.   Dr. Erwin Stuebner addressed the Board of Selectmen to give an update about the service, which was on financial life support in January.   The nonprofit service's appeals to the town at that time prompted the formation of an ad hoc committee that ordered a study funded

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