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Hidden Bio-Gem Discovered at Mountain Meadow
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:22PM / Sunday, August 26, 2018

Another image of the northern pearly eye found at Mountain Meadows and enhanced by Erik Hansen. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As I walked up the grassy trail to Mountain Meadow Preserve, I was soon in for a big surprise.   Following a zigzag erratic flight of what looked like a common little wood satyr, a closer look when it roosted on a blade of grass before I could close the shutter, what flew off turns out to be a heretofore unlisted satyrid for Mountain Meadow, the multi-Argus-eyed northern pearly eye.   Enodia anthedon is hard enough to find on Cape Cod, my former home for more than 30 years, let alone here in the Berkshires.   Watch carefully the sylvan fringe where

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Rand Pitches Cornerstone to Berkshire Adult Baseball League Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:51PM / Sunday, August 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jake Rand was roughed up for four runs in the first inning of Sunday’s Berkshire Adult Baseball League championship game.   In the second, he faced runners on second and third with one out and the heart of Housatonic’s lineup coming to the plate.   And then, Rand got to work.   The Taconic High grad struck out the next two men he faced to start a run of 15 straight outs in leading the Cornerstone 90s to a 6-4, come-from-behind win to clinch the BABL 20-year-old division title for the second straight season.   “It was just loosening up and bearing down,” Rand said. “Having fun, ultimately. We’re out there --

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Letter: Alcombright Endorses Caccaviello for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

To the Editor:

As a former mayor of the City of North Adams and on Sept. 4, I will be voting for Paul Caccaviello for district attorney.

A lifelong resident of Berkshire County, Paul has spent three decades as a prosecutor. He has been in the trenches from day one and has handled thousands of cases and tried many in front of juries in all of our Berkshire County courts. As he has in the past, Paul will continue to keep you and all Berkshire County residents safe.

Pushing the political rhetoric aside, and as you cast your vote, remind yourself of this: in the worst moments of your life, if you or a family member is a victim of a serious crime, Paul Cacciavello is the person you want

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Volunteers Build Dugouts At Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:30AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

At one point there were some 75 union carpenters working on the new school. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of those who worked on the new Taconic High School live in the area. They coach youth sports or they're volunteer firemen in their communities.   As the final pieces come together - with the school passing its final inspection on Friday - those workers turned their attention to the baseball field — even if they weren't getting paid for it.   The school project didn't include any work on the baseball field. But a volunteer effort from those who worked on the new school got the work done anyway.   On Saturday, two dozen union carpenters were on site

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@theMarket: Record Highs Coming Up?
By Bill Schmick,
11:10AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018
As of Friday, we were in striking distance of a record high on the S&P 500 index. We have been here before, but something tells me that this time we just may break through. But for how long?   Granted, stock market volumes are exceptionally light, which is understandable, since we are heading in to one of the slowest weeks of the year. That makes any new highs suspect until volume improves. We would need to wait another week or so for that to occur. Next weekend is Labor Day and it is only after the holiday that the Big Boys get back into town.   What those players will do, once they are back in the cockpit, will determine the short-term direction of the market through

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Pittsfield Motorcyclist Dies In Hit and Run Accident
Staff Reports,
10:27AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motorcyclist died in a hit and run accident on Linden Street Friday evening.   Police say Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield was eastbound on Linden Street on a Harley Davidson when he collided with a Dodge pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was traveling westbound and was taking a turn onto John Street at the time.   Keefe was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and later died because of the injuries. The driver of the 2002 pickup truck fled the scene. The truck was located on South John Street but the operator left the area on foot toward West Street.   Police say they have tracked down the owner of the vehicle but have not found out who was

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Lanesborough Pub Opens With New Owners, New Name
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

The former Matt Reilly's has a storied history in the town of Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It wasn't that long ago when Kim McArdle and her brother Brant Boyington decided they didn't want to work for other people, they wanted to work for their own family.   The pair considered opening a business. McArdle spent much of her career in restaurants — that's where she met her husband, Tom — and she had also opened a marketing company.   She was playing cards one day with a bookkeeper for Matt Reilly's who told McArdle that Helen Reilly was looking to sell the longstanding business on the lake.   Matt Reilly's has been a staple

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'Crazy Rich Asians': Poor Little Rich Millennials
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:53PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
There you are, standing on your porch, looking for either a pickup truck or a van to pull up, something a handyman might drive. It's just a little job: the repair and painting of the front steps. Twenty minutes pass, as do numerous workmen — none of them looking for your house.   "He said he'd be here," you grumble, steaming about the déjà vu of it all. More time passes.   Finally, as it becomes apparent he isn't showing, you issue the bourgeoisie lament: "If I were crazy rich he'd sure be here."   I mulled this example of class-influenced helplessness following a viewing of director Jon M. Chu's moderately

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The Independent Investor: Should You Bury Yourself?
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
In today's world, the idea that you should prepay, or at least set aside some money to cover your funeral expenses is gaining traction. Given the escalating costs of paying for a loved one's funeral, it is no surprise.   Most of us don't want to face it, let alone discuss it. In some quarters, it is "bad mojo" to consider planning for your death, so pardon me for bringing up such a squeamish (some might say ghoulish) subject.  But as your fiduciary in all things financial, I feel obligated to discuss prepaid funeral expenses.   This year, I was introduced to this concept when my Mom died. She was 93 years old, bless her soul, and had a good life.

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Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls Welcomes Administrator
10:13AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, a skilled nursing facility serving the needs of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the surrounding communities, has welcomed David Lovelace as administrator. Lovelace has more than 10 years of experience in the field.

"We are pleased to have someone with David's skills and background join this team of dedicated professionals," said Gregory Laurin, president of the CNR Board of Directors. "We have confidence that he will enhance our ability to fulfill our mission to provide a rich and personalized environment for every resident and patient in our care."

Lovelace earned his master's

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Berkshire Community College Announces Two New Hires
10:02AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer Berne has joined Berkshire Community College as the vice president of Academic Affairs and Frederic MacDonald-Dennis has joined BCC as the academic coordinator of the TRIO Program.

Berne, who lives in Lenox, previously worked as the dean of liberal arts at Harper College in Illinois.  Prior to that, she served as an associate professor and department chair for the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education at Northern Illinois University.  Earlier in her career she spent a number of years at National Louis University, as a member of the faculty and later as the department chair, focused on reading and language.

A prolific writer and

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 24-30
09:45AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     August 24 - August 30,

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