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Pittsfield Celebrates Arbor Day, Honors Berkshire Conservation District
By Marc Wrzesinski, Special to iBerkshires
10:27PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
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Parks and Open Space Manager Jim McGrath announced that 33 more trees will be planted in the Common.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite the cold and blustery weather, city officials honored Berkshire Conservation District Director Bob Lear at the annual Arbor Day celebration.   The Berkshire Conservation District, based in Pittsfield at the Conte Federal Building has been actively and yet quietly serving the area since 1946 and dedicated to the conservation of natural resources throughout the county.   Lear has worked as a career forester and has been a longtime volunteer member of the Berkshire Conservation District.   Mayor Daniel Bianchi recognized Lear's

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Taconic Golf Club Building Membership, Opportunities to Play
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
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Taconic Golf Club plans to open this Saturday. The club's seen a significant growth in membership for its top-rated course. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The leadership of Taconic Golf Club is excited about Saturday's planned opening of the course, which traces its roots to the 19th century.   But those same leaders are more excited about the innovations that are ensuring Taconic's success well into the 21st century.   "We're trying to really build the future of Taconic," head professional Josh Hillman said this week.   "It's extremely affordable now the way the membership committee and marketing committee have set it up. ... We have

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 24-30
11:25AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
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Office of Cultural Development | City of Pittsfield    

Friday: Bird Walks at Canoe Meadows

 

Look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood-warblers. Walk past wetlands and meadows and through woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Preregistration is not required. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome.

 

Friday, April 24 | 8am-10am | Canoe Meadows | Holmes Road | 413-637-0320| FREE Members; $3

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Superior Court Briefs: April 17 - April 23
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11:13AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, April 17.   Sasha Santiago, 25, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in cocaine.   She was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 21.   James Colbert, 53, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.    He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of

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Lanesborough Election: Nomination Papers Available
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07:50AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Nomination papers for the June 16 election are now available.   The largest turnover is expected on the School Committee where two of the three incumbents have already announced they will not be seeking re-election.   Robert Barton, who's term doesn't expire until 2016, is resigning from the committee and Jim Moriarty said he will not seek re-election. Whoever runs for Barton's seat will finish out the final year in his term before being back up for election. The other seat is for three years.   The Board of Selectmen seat currently held by John Goerlach is on the ballot. That is a three-year term.    There are two seats up

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Boston Medical Center HealthNet Ends Coverage For BHS Patients
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Some 12,000 Berkshire Health System patients will have to find new insurance since Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan ended its coverage. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 12,000 local patients need to find a new insurance company or change plans.   Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan ended its coverage of patients at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the Berkshire Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice and other Berkshire Health Systems affiliates.    "Berkshire Health Systems is disappointed that BMC HealthNet has chosen to terminate its coverage for patients of BHS, but with their similar termination with Baystate Health System last year it was not a

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Lanesborough FinCom Voices Concern With Educational Spending
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, April 23, 2015
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The Finance Committee continued to review the budget on Tuesday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Finance Committee wants to see if there is even more money available to pull out of the education budgets.   On Tuesday, committee members said they wanted more answers about both the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget and the Elementary School budget, feeling that each have more money than they need.   The town administrator, however, said the dollar amounts aren't worth the fight.   Committee members said they were concerned that Mount Greylock school officials had returned to give a "formal" presentation to the committee after voting to add an

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Spring Prescription Drug Take Back Day Set for April 25
12:53PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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This spring, community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host the biannual prescription drug take back day on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be seven locations across the county.

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal use needles are accepted, but only in puncture proof plastic containers. Because the aim is to collect prescriptions, the locations cannot accept thermometers, IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers, and oxygen tanks.

For northern Berkshire County, the Rx Round Up will occur at the Adams Police Station, the North

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Guest Column: An Earth Day Appreciation of Our Partners
By Martin Suuberg, Guest Columnist
12:16PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration – a day that many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. More than 20 million people participated in that 1970 celebration and those efforts eventually lead to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts a few years later.

In 1975, the General Court created the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering – the precursor of today's Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) – and built upon a healthy state, community and citizen partnership that still protects our natural

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Congressman Neal Files Bill To Combat Heroin Overdoses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has filed a bill that would exempt those providing overdose-reversing drugs from civil liability.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is pushing legislation that allows good Samaritans to save others from certain death without being sued.   The Springfield Democrat has filed a bill with fellow Congressmen Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Barbara Comstock of Virginia that will exempt civil liability for those who use opioid overdose-reversing drugs.   Heroin and other opioid abuse has been a fast growing issue across the country and in Berkshire County. Drugs such as naloxone, which is marketed under the name Narcan, can reverse

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