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PEDA Hoping For Site Readiness Grant to Help Develop Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PEDA is hoping MassDevelopment will help make it easier to redevelop the parcel known as the "40s" through a grant program.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority gave Executive Director Corydon Thurston approval to proceed with trying to secure $75,000 through MassDevelopment's Site Readiness Program. The program would bring engineers in to perform a detailed, technical look at the foundation on the parcel along Kellogg Street so any developer has a clear understanding of what it can and cannot do there.   "It brings it up another notch so then when the guy comes, his engineers don't have to do that. That's

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Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
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09:25PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School football program this summer will host a Youth FUNdamental Football camp.   Coach Gary Campbell Jr., will conduct the camp, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Campbell's teams have won four out of the last five Western Massachusetts titles and in December 2016 played in the state final at Gillette Stadium for the second time in three years.   Players from the Wahconah team will join Campbell to teach fundamental skills, teamwork, self-discipline and how to achieve your potential on and off the field.   The coaching staff will instruct each camper in every position, and all

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Capeless Elementary Celebrates Year's End With Field Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Volunteers from the Berkshire County sheriff's office helped run the games. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The students at Capeless Elementary School put in a hard year's worth of work. And now it is time to celebrate.   In the waning days left to the school year, staff at Capeless put on their annual field day, setting up an array of games and activities for the children to play.   From tug o' war to variations of tag, to duck duck goose, the students rotated from station to station having fun.   "Field day is really about celebrating the end of the year, the close of working so hard all year and having a fun time with minimal competition. It is more for

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

Scanning the upcoming

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Don't Let Your Investments Take a 'Vacation'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Avoid owning too many "low growth" investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide

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Area Grads Wrap Up Successful Spring Campaigns
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01:10AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rob Buffis earned all-tournament recognition from the Empire 8 Conference after helping Ithaca win the conference title and a berth in this spring’s NCAA Division III Championships.   On May 11, he went 6-⅔ innings on the mound, scattering four hits and one earned run in a tournament win over Elmira. Two days later, he came out of the bullpen to throw two innings of one-hit, shutout relief in the title game against St. John Fisher.   He made one appearance in the NCAAs, going 5-⅔ innings in a loss to Oswego. On the season, he had a 4.52 ERA and a 6-2 record in 14 appearances.   Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) led Division I University at Albany with a .327

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Plan to Exclude Pittsfield Parks From Mosquito Spraying Rejected
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission is deferring to the Health Department on whether or not the public parks should be sprayed for mosquitoes.   The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project heads efforts to prevent mosquito-spread disease through a control program, using pesticides to limit the population. There is an option for property owners to exempt their land from being sprayed and Parks Commissioner Joe Durwin, a strong opponent of the use of the chemicals, proposed using that exemption for city parks unless there is a public health emergency.   "There is a lot of debate about the efficacy and the residue," Durwin said. "It was a very murky area

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Incumbents Win Poorly Attended Lanesborough Election
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:27PM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moderator Robert Reilly was one of just two candidates on the ballot to campaign - the other was Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers. Neither had opponents. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — There was a lack of interest in this year's town election, from voters and from candidates.   Just 222 of the town's 2,286 registered voters made it to the polls — which beat town meeting's attendance of 93 voters — on Tuesday.   But, there wasn't much to vote on either. All of the seats up for re-election were incumbents and the few ballot questions had little significance in town operations.   The lack of interest from candidates actually created

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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.   Lenox Bulldogs 9, Great Barrington Millers 8   Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer
02:25PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two Berkshire County museums bookend the Highland Street Foundation's ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Eighty-five institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 80 venues that took part in 2016. This summer, each week for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 25 — multiple venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

"Free Fun Fridays provides access to the best exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the commonwealth have to

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 school year. Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are: Dion

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