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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.

 

Tanglewood

• Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Due to

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Free Turnpike Transponders to be Handed Out at Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:34PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Jessica Vecchia of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market have collaborated to bring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s E-ZPass Van to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, on The Common on First Street, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to distriubute free transponders for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
 
MassDOT is currently in the process of transitioning to All Electronic Tolling (AET) for I-90, both directions. MassDOT intends to test AET software during the summer of 2016 and to activate AET by the end of the year. A previously scheduled "go live" date in the month of October

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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
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Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:27PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and adjust your investment strategy from "offense" to "defense"?

Actually, it’s not quite that simple. To begin with, even while you are working, you don’t want your portfolio to be completely filled with growth-oriented investments, such as stocks. If it were, you would likely be taking on a degree of investment risk that’s too high, because, as you may know, stocks will fluctuate in price –

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Williams Coaching Great Lamb Heads to Lacrosse Coaches Hall of Fame
09:55PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --This December, retired Williams College coach Renzie Lamb will be part of the second class of inductees into the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the first NCAA Division III coach.   With this induction Lamb will now be enshrined in three lacrosse halls of fame.   Lamb is also a member of the Manhasset [N.Y.] Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Lifetime Service Award in 2002 from IMLCA.   "The IMLCA Hall of Fame quickly has become a wonderful reflection of the history of our great game," said J.B. Clarke, IMLCA president and head coach at Limestone

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Berkshire Opera Festival Debuts in August
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Tuesday, August 02, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County offers summer visitors a world-renowned symphony, Tony Award-winning theater and important works of art from the Renaissance to the contemporary.   The region truly has it all ... almost.   Actually, there is at least one hole in the county's arts scene, a hole that Jonathan Loy and Brian Garman are aiming to fill.   "Absolutely, the Berkshires are the most culturally rich place in the country," Loy said recently. "For there not to be opera here is unfortunate and maybe even a problem.   "Opera is an art form that deserves to be heard and seen and supported. By bringing fully produced opera back, what

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Berkshire Tidbits: Farmstands and Fairs
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Market Manager Jessica Conzo Vecchia takes coupons from a shopper at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers' Market in 2015.

In this height of farmers' market season — stands full of local corn, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, zucchinis and so much more — farmers' market coupons for income-eligible seniors 60 and over are finally being distributed in Berkshire County starting this week.

The coupons are also available for disabled people under 60 who live in congregate housing that has a meal site such as Crossway Tower in Lee, Providence Court in Pittsfield and Heaton Court in Stockbridge.

The income level for farmers' market coupon eligibility is 185 percent of the

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'Star Trek Beyond': Once More Into the Allegory
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:09PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Justin Lin's "Star Trek Beyond" has a built-in likability factor, just a few notches below Mom and apple pie. Therefore, in the never-ending quest for objectivity in film criticism, the question must be posed: If one had been in a coma since before Gene Roddenberry created the "Star Trek" phenomenon, and upon awakening were shown this latest venture to where no one has gone before, what would he or she think of it?

Don't dwell on the inherent sadness of how young our viewer must have been when lapsing into a coma. It's hypothetical. But his name is Billy.

The contention here is that, more than likely, while dining on the requisite graham crackers and

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Letter: Our Future Is in Good Hands
Letters to the Editor,
03:03PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

To the Editor:

As we all grow a little bit older and maybe a little bit wiser, we often wonder "What has happened to our world?"

We say things like "These kids today are lazy and spend all their time playing with that 'thing.' " Sometimes I would worry myself as to what kind of world my grandchildren would live in.

After this weekend, I feel much better about the future. You may ask why.

First I had the opportunity to attend the production of "The Wiz" at the Berkshire Museum in conjunction with Barrington Stage. The young people that were in the play were some of the most talented and hardest working future citizens I have seen.

I also had the

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Restaurant Rated Third in OpenTable List
02:53PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Third's a charm: The Old Inn On The Green in New Marlborough has been given a distinction from OpenTable, the national restaurant reservation engine that is used regularly by millions of diners in the United States.

In July, OpenTable touted its newest batch of top ten diners' choices, with the Old Inn On The Green being named third. The list spans from Newport to Martha's Vineyard, and from coastal Maine to the White Mountains, but only one of the ten restaurants is located in the Massachusetts’ Berkshires.

The dining room at The Old Inn on the Green serves dinner nightly except Tuesday between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. through the end of October, when off-season hours are

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UCP Golf Tournament Raises More Than $23,000
01:50PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Berkshire County raised more than $23,000 to benefit more than 2,400 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities throughout Berkshire County at its 18th annual golf tournament on July 18.

More than 136 golfers’ participated, and 18 volunteers assisted with everything from event preparation to providing entertainment.

Winning teams from the event are as follows:

Gross winners: First place, Brian Griffin, Joe Tosches, Bart Guistina, Samir Doshi; Second place, Corbin Brassard, Jeff Brassard, John Bresset, Leo Romanos; Third place, Bob Desanty, Bill Bryce Sr., Jamie Gaffey, John Vareschi; Fourth place, Jamie

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Berkshires Beat: Local Girl Crowned Miss Massachusetts Princess
01:08PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

Little princess: Ruby Morin, 5, daughter of Peter and Rachaele Morin from Hancock, was named "Miss Massachusetts Princess 2016" at the National American Miss state pageant held July 21-23 in Springfield. In addition to the title, Ruby was also awarded first runner up for Spirit and second runner up in the Photogenic category.

She will attend the National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, where she will have an opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The National American Miss Pageants are for "Today’s Girl" and "Tomorrow’s Leaders." The program is based upon inner beauty, as well as

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MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy
12:22PM / Monday, August 01, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the third year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting its "413 STEM Ready Academy," from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5.

The intensive, summer residency program gives students at the region's community colleges insight into what it is like to attend a four-year institution, and encourages them to earn a bachelor's degree.

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science,

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