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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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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

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


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


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


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


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; 


Biz Briefs: Rotary 'Citizen of the Year,' Bank Grants
03:21PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

Good citizens: The Rotary Club of Great Barrington presented its annual “Citizen of the Year” award to Sally and Fred Harris of Saint James Place.  A luncheon presentation took place on June 29 at Crissey Farm, with selection committee chair, MaryAnn Norris, presiding.

Each year Great Barrington Rotarians honor a member or members of the community exemplifying the Rotary motto “service above self.” Sally and Fred Harris were chosen for their significant contribution to Great Barrington in saving St. James Episcopal Church and embarking on a six-year long historic restoration to transform the church buildings into a cultural center destined to enhance the


Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners Announced
01:16PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

The winners are: Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have selected five winning submissions to their first photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

The winning photos were taken by Dana Goedewaagen of Glendale; Stacy McMahon of Great Barrington; John R. Morse of Stockbridge; and Sharon Siter of South Egremont. The photos show the Mary Flynn Trail; the Housatonic River as it courses through Stockbridge; Konkapot Brook, with Ice Glen and Beartown Mountain in the background; the Children’s Chime Tower by the Congregational Church in Stockbridge; and the Cat and


Long Ball, Defense Lift Lanesborough at New England Regional
05:09PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Thomas Martin and Landen Jamula homered in a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Lanesborough Bulldogs to a 10-7 win over Oxford, Conn., on Sunday at the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-old New England Regionals.   Lanesborough (1-2 in pool play) trailed, 7-4, going into the inning, but Martin led off with a homer to center field.   After Oxford got a pair of outs, Oscar Low drew a walk and Derek Paris doubled to center for Jamula, who hit a 2-0 pitch over the fence to give Lanesborough the lead.   Tristan Gardner homered to plate Jack Gitterman in the fifth as the Bulldogs went ahead, 10-7, and Low pitched a scoreless sixth to nail down the


Cages Tops South Troy Dodgers
05:07PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Carusotto hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Andrew Rickus to break a 4-4 and send the Cages Baseball Club on to an 8-5 win over the South Troy Dodgers on Sunday at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Carusotto’s RBI gave the home team a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Cages went on to score three more runs in the inning on RBI doubles by Michael Strizzi and Matt Braman and an RBI single by Brodie Altiere.   Braman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Dominic DeFelice drove in a pair for Cages.   Eli Holland gave up four runs in five innings before giving way to Dennis Cooney, who allowed no earned runs in four innings to earn


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