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Community, Massachusetts House Bids Farewell to Rep. Cariddi
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cariddi was to be buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.    "It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.    More than 100 state representatives, from as far as Cape Cod, came by bus and car to attend the funeral, a testament to how they felt about her, said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox,

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Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Katharine Moore, RN, left, Dr. Kevin Curtis and Dr. Victoria Martin on a live feed from Darthmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected Care.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — An emergency room patient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center came in recently with a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia. The attending physicians and nurses were able to resuscitate him.   While they were continuing to attend to him, his heart slipped back into the abnormal rhythm. One of the attendings noted the changes on the heart monitor, and called out, "check the monitor!"   Not an unusual situation for a fast-paced emergency department, except that the person noting the change was

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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
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Mount Greylock Looks to Buy Former Restaurant for Central Office
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Tuesday discussed acquiring a closed restaurant to be the new home of the district's administration.   The committee discussed a plan to use part of a $5 million capital endowment from Williams College to purchase the former Taconic Restaurant at the junction of Routes 2 and 7, across from the A-Frame Bakery.   The committee has known for a couple of years that it needs to find new accommodations for the central administration, which oversees Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School under the Tri-District shared services agreement.   The addition/renovation project

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Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
Community submission,
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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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
iBerkshires.com Sports,
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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Greylock Youth Lacrosse Teams Win County Titles
Community submission,
07:14PM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Greylock Youth Lacrosse fifth- and sixth-grade team won the Berkshire County Championship held on Saturday at Wahconah Regional High School.   The team went undefeated this spring in the two conference leagues it plays in, Berkshire County and the Tri-Mountain league. Saturday it defeated Pittsfield and Lee in county tournament.   The team includes: Joseph Boni, Jasper Bopp, Oskar Bopp, Kaden Bouchard, Jackie Brannan, Kaylie Bryan, Beatrice Garvey, Benjamin Gregorek, Eamon Hetherington, Gavin Hetherington, Jeffrey Johnson, Trey Lepicier, Aiden MacPherson,  Maxwell McAlister, Elias Robinson, Mason Schaeffer, Krish Sharma, Owen Taylor, Joey Tornabene and

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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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Williamstown Historical Museum Opens Sunday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The museum plans a celebration this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown House of Local History will make a little history of its own on Sunday, June 25.   The museum plans a celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. to mark the grand opening of its new location at the historic Five Corners junction of Routes 7 and 43 in South Williamstown.   The museum began its life as the town's House of Local History in 1941 in a once and future private Main Street residence known as the Botsford House. In more recent years, it was housed in the rear of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library.   In May 2015, the town voted to enter into a 50-year lease

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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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