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Olver Endorses Adam Hinds for State Senate Seat
05:01PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver.

Olver, of Amherst, said he was "thrilled to endorse Adam Hinds for state Senate." The retired Democratic congressman is the highest profile endorsement for the Hinds so far; he has also been endorsed by North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Pittsfield School Committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon, and a number of the Pittsfield and North Adams city councilors.

"Having spent a lifetime in public service to Western Massachusetts, I understand the amount of time and effort that it takes to advocate for this region," Olver writes. "I

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'Ghostbusters': The Graces of Wraith
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Ghostbusters," the third film in the franchise originated by Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman in 1984, reboots the saga of paranormal booga booga with four funny ladies starring in what is essentially a séance gone wild. Asserting that anything the male Ghostbusters could do, they can do wackier, it is a movie of moments and ideas, most of them witty, some of them hilarious.

Unfortunately, the thinnest of refurbished plots is unable to meld the cerebral with the onslaught of special effects. It gets a bit out of hand.

Still, when isolated from the obligatory Sturm und Drang, the sketch comedy crafted by the endearingly enthusiastic Ghostbusters wins our affection. Each

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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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Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers Markets
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:06PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP, with the lead sponsorship of Greylock Federal Credit Union, hosts the free annual Gather-In Festival in Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

Last year, the day was so hot and sunny. I even enjoyed getting my blood pressure taken by Berkshire Health Systems because I could go into a cool trailer for a few minutes. They gave me a nice, blue tote bag as a memento and to carry around my day's stuff in.

The weather is predicted to be in the mid-80s with sun and clouds for this afternoon of barbecue and other homemade foods, a basketball tournament, a stage

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The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy
By Bill Schmick,
01:29PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on specifics.

"If I'm elected," promise both candidates, there will be more jobs, trade, wages and growth. According to them, all we need do is check the right boxes come Election Day and the rest will be a foregone conclusion. Historically, Wall Street and corporations vote Republican because the GOP is good for business, while labor, minorities and the "have

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Thursday, July 21, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen.   Ennen was appointed in June at the same time Peter Larkin, former Pittsfield state representative, was appointed to chair the board of the state's Massachusetts Broadband Initiative. The two are now heading the operations to bring high-speed internet into 44 unserved towns in Western Massachusetts. Ennen's role is to be the middle man between the MBI  and individual towns.   Their approach, under the

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Great Music at Tanglewood, Manchester and Glimmerglass
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights abound. Performances of music by great Classical, Romantic and 20th Century composers, i.e. Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Dvorák and Vaughn Williams, take center stage, featuring outstanding examples of chamber and orchestral music by these iconic masters.

Why go? Add to the above the Festival of Contemporary music that contributes some modern-day spice to the mix and you have a week of future musical memories that define what Tanglewood is all about - the best of older and newly composed music.

And, if the offerings at Tanglewood aren’t enough to pique your musical interest, there are also outstanding

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Investing: A Marathon, Not a Sprint
10:59AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Next week, the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro. One of the most compelling events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile endurance contest with roots dating back to ancient Greece. It may be that we’ve kept our interest in the marathon because it can teach us much about life – and it certainly has lessons for investors.

In fact, if you were to compare investing to an Olympic sport, it would be much closer to a marathon than a sprint. Here’s why:

Long-term perspective: Sprinters are unquestionably great athletes, and they work hard to get better. Yet their events are over with quickly. But marathoners know they have a long way to go before their race is done, so they

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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Congressman Richard Neal headed the effort to bring the screening to BCC. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has seen 105 people so far this year taken to the hospital after overdosing.   That's on pace for more than 300 in a year.   Last year, there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 from 2011 through 2013. There were 36 deaths in 2015 from overdoses and so far in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.   Those statistics come from John Rogers, vice president and general counsel for Berkshire Health Systems. He detailed those numbers after a

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Clark Solar Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Conservation Commissioner Robert Hatton said routine maintenance needs to be done to keep the trails passable. Anyone interested in helping can contact Andrew Goff at Town Hall. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has the go-ahead from the town to install a solar photovoltaic installation on its property.   The museum's partner, Framingham-based Ameresco, Inc., was before the Conservation Commission last week to explain the project and get its approval to proceed without a Notice of Intent, which would have triggered a much more rigorous review.   The commission unanimously agreed that the 400-kilowatt, ground-mounted installation will not

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Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides Dignity, Respite
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Susan Jusino, right, has been attending the Adult Day Health center since November.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A year ago, Susan Jusino was not in a good place.

"I had been suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts because I started losing my vision five years ago, and it keeps getting worse and worse and worse," Jusino recalled recently.

"They thought that the the socialization would be good for me because what I was doing was just sitting in my house doing nothing because of the depression.

"This place saved me, I can tell you."

"This place" is the Brien Center's Adult Day Health center.

Since November, Jusino has been a regular at the

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Bow Out of New England Regional
09:33PM / Monday, July 18, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Lisbon, Maine, scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put away a 10-2 win over the Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old All-Stars on Monday at the Cal Ripken Baseball New England Regional.   “It was a great run for our boys, and it was a great experience,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “It's sad it comes to an end of their Cal Ripken season, but some of the players will continue on and play one more tournament beginning Aug. 3, a five-day tournament at the Tennessee Cal Ripken complex. It will be a great way to cap our season off.    “We are very proud how these boys handled themselves and played. It

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Congressman Neal Hosts Heroin Documentary, Panel Discussion
04:02PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal is hosting a screening of the HBO documentary "Heroin: Cape Cod USA" at Berkshire Community College on Tuesday.

Neal is joined in the event by Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright; Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless.

The showing in the Koussevitzky Arts Center is free and open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks; a panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow the 77-minute film. It is expected to conclude by 7:45 p.m.

Panelists include Alcombright; Bowler; 

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