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Lanesborough to Celebrate 250th Birthday
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:51AM / Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Volunteers met on Thursday to brainstorm ways to celebrate the town's history. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Volunteers are organizing more than a half-dozen events to celebrate the town's 250th anniversary.   In 2015 it will be 250 years since the town incorporated and a dozen or so volunteers are preparing to launch a series of events to celebrate the milestone.   "This might develop a life on its own," said Mary Reilly, who headed Thursday's meeting to brainstorm different ways to celebrate.    The participants jumped through an array of ideas spanning from a Valentine's Day Ball to a Firemen's Muster to an ice cream

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Berkshire Gas Reports Customers Getting Fraudulent Calls
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03:46PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Gas is reporting some of its business customers are being contacted by scammers claiming they are behind on their accounts and demanding immediate payment.

According to Berkshire Gas, the callers are asking for payment by credit over the phone.
 
Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipients caller ID. Berkshire Gas said it has reported this information to the state police, the attorney general's office and the Department of Public Utilities.

The scam sounds similar to one last year in which callers targeted local businesses claiming to be from National Grid and demanding they purchase money

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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Superior Court Briefs: July 21 - July 24
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02:50PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 21.   Catherine Brackett, 23, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of cocaine and assault and battery on a public employee.    She was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws and one count of distribution of cocaine. She was placed on one-year probation on the rest.    The incidents occurred in North Adams between January 1, 2013 and November 26, 2013.   Michael Cahalan, 44, of Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of knowingly possession visual material of a

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iBerkshire Tag Sales: July 25-26
01:01PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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It's tag sale season again. Time to clear out attics, basements and garages and make some folding money. Time to hit the road and find some bargains!

iBerkshires is the area's leading online news source and the best way to get exposure for your yard sale. And it's free!

Send address, date, time and a brief description to ATTN: Tag Sale at info@iberkshires.com. Depending on the submissions, the list will be posted on Thursday or Friday afternoons.

 

View Berkshire County Tag Sales, May 31-1 in a full screen map

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Governor Honorary Chair of Hancock Shaker Fundraiser
12:43PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Deval L. Patrick and first lady Diane B. Patrick are honorary co-chairs for Hancock Shaker Village’s annual gala fundraising benefit dinner, to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

The evening’s festivities will include locavore farm-fresh food prepared by Chef Michael Roller and songs from the American songbook performed live by the Gregory Caputo Big Band. A silent and live auction, as well as demonstrations of Shaker crafts by leading artisans, will round out the evening, which is sure to include some baby animals from the Round Stone Barn.

Funds raised by the gala will benefit the Village, which is engaged in a multi-pronged campaign

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Pittsfield Police Log: July 23 - July 25
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11:45AM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from July 23 until July 25.

Pittsfield Police Log 7-23-2014

 

Pittsfield Police Log 7-24-2014

 

 

Pittsfield Police Log 7-25-2014

 

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Elder Services Moving to Another Pittsfield Location
09:54AM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - As of Aug. 1, Elder Services of Berkshire County will be located at 877 South St., Suite 4E, in Pittsfield, two miles south of their former location in downtown Pittsfield.  

Directions to the new location may be found at Elder Services’ website, www.esbci.org, or by calling 413-499-0524.

All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. To visit Elder Services at the new address, drive around to the back of the building, park in the visitors’ parking lot, and go to the visitors’ entrance. Press the intercom button and the security guard will buzz you in. Take the elevator to the fourth floor.  Elder Services’ offices are

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 25-31
09:52AM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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Friday+: Hairspray Jr At Berkshire Museum

Based on the film and Tony Award-winning stage musical of the same name, Hairspray JR. features the popular songs You Can't Stop the Beat and Good Morning Baltimore. Filled with energetic dance numbers and unique characters, Hairspray JR. follows spunky plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad as she pursues her dream of dancing on national television and navigates the racial tensions and stereotypes of the 1960s.

Through August 10 | Performance Times Vary | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-236-8888 | $12 youth, $16

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Welch Joins Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management Team
09:46AM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thaddeus Welch III has been hired as Portfolio Research Analyst & Trader at Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management team.  

In this position, Welch will be responsible for managing all trading activities and performing fundamental, economic, and sector research to assist in generating overall investment strategies.

In addition, Welch will work with clients to customize their portfolios for appropriate risk-reward allocations and to achieve their long-term goals.  His areas of specialization are trading,equity research and portfolio management.  

Welch will be working out of Berkshire Wealth Management’s Lenox office, located at 25 Main

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White Named Chair of Pulmonary Hypertension Association Board of Trustees
09:42AM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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SILVER SPRING, Md. — Dr. Stephen L. White of Hancock recently took the helm as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA).

PHA is the world’s leading pulmonary hypertension association and works to find ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension (PH) – a disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. Without treatment, mean survivability is only 2.8 years. White lost his daughter to PH in 2002.

White has been involved with helping PHA support groups deal with grieving and spirituality. He also serves as chair of PHA’s Executive Committee and sits on several PHA

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