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Nursing Program Building Approved for McCann School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:06PM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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Superintendent James Brosnan explains the need for a dedicated space for McCann Technical School's nursing program at Monday's Planning Board meeting.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday night approved a 2,700 square foot addition to the McCann Technical School for its practical nursing program.

With the closing of the North Adams Regional Hospital, the program was left with incomplete facilities.

Northern Berkshire Vocational School District Superintendent James Brosnan said renting a facility is not an option, and it would be more effective to add an addition onto the building. Although the students are able to use the available hospital resources as well as

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Williamstown Health Board Revising Tobacco Regs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:18PM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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The Board of Health is looking to make the town's smoking regulations more restrictive. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health is aiming to have more restrictive smoking and tobacco regulations in place in town by the first of next year.   The board met earlier this month to discuss draft regulations that address the growing popularity of flavored tobacco products and other "starter" products.   Under the proposed regulation, sale of flavored tobacco products would be prohibited in Williamstown except in "smoking bars or retail tobacco stores." The town currently has no businesses that meet those definitions.   Other changes under

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Longest Running Girl Scout Camp Celebrates 95th Anniversary
01:06PM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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EAST OTIS, Mass. — Camp Bonnie Brae in East Otis,  the longest, most continuously-run Girl Scout camp in the United States, will celebrate its 95th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 2.

Past, present and future campers, staff, and their families are invited to join this lakeside celebration in the Berkshires, hosted by Bonnie Brae alumnae. Guests can reminisce about their camping days by participating in camp activities such as hiking, boating and swimming. A special guest will share a unique perspective of the long-lasting impact of the camp experience as well as camp history. No camp experience would be complete without a campfire, wishboat ceremony, and s'mores.

Guests can

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Superior Court Briefs: June 30 - July 10
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10:11AM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, June 30.   Brian Zerbato, 40, of Pittsfield had a single count of burning a dwelling house continued without a find for one year.   Zerbato is accused of burning down his West Housatonic Street apartment on October 9, 2009. During the one-year continuance period he is ordered to taken medications and remain in an in-treatment facility.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 1.   Damien Galloway, 32, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of distribution of cocaine - his second offense..   Galloway was released on $400 bail. The charge stems from a transaction

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'Complete' Season of Shakespeare in Lenox
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:37AM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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It's a game of crowns as Shakespeare & Company stages 'The Complete Works' this summer. It's billed as family-friendly, but check out our 'Mom Review' here for the complete scoop on that! LENOX, Mass. — How do you like your Shakespeare?   In honor of the 450th anniversary of the playwright's birth, Shakespeare & Company this summer is offering up a veritable smorgas-Bard.   You have your choice of semi-biographical ("Shakespeare's Will"), historical ("Julius Caesar"), jazzed-up ("A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in New Orleans), romantic ("Romeo and Juliet" at The Mount), condensed

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Broadway Bound? WTF Shows Have Been, May Be
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:24PM / Sunday, July 13, 2014
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'The Elephant Man' at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. The production opens on Broadway this fall. The WTF has seen a number of its productions move to Broadway. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Theatre Festival's Stephen M. Kaus was making the point that shepherding productions to Broadway is not the main mission of the summer festival.   "When we put on plays here, the goal is to put on plays here," Kaus said during a preseason press event at the Williams Inn last month. "If it's wildly successful and commercially viable, it's a bonus."   That's when one of the leads on WTF's Main Stage this summer decided to

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Opera Singer Expands Repertoire With WTF Performance
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
05:08PM / Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Opera singer Renee Fleming is making her theater debut at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 'Living on Love.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Renee Fleming is preparing for a trio of firsts this summer.

"It's my first time in Williamstown, my first time with the WTF as well as my first time performing in a non-musical production," the world renowned soprano said during a recent interview at the Williams Inn.

"I want to be busy, to be challenged."

The native New Yorker's wish will be granted as she makes her acting debut in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's premiere of "Living on Love," which will be presented on the Main Stage from July 16

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Veterinary Scholarship Program Hoping to Expand
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Roy Thompson and Tarah Lucier are working to expand scholarship opportunities for Berkshire County students pursuing veterinary medicine.

ADAMS, Mass. — A local man wants to expand a scholarship fund that benefits Berkshire County high school students looking to pursue a career in animal medicine.

Roy Thompson, founder of the Adams Friends of Animals, is hoping to expand aid to aspiring veterinarians and veterinary technicians through the Roy Thompson Scholarship Fund.

"We are looking at two fold: education, which is important, and animals, which is a super big deal to me," Thompson said this week.

Thompson and his partner in the effort, Hoosac Valley High School teacher

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Mayor's Fitness Challenge Ends With a Bang
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:44AM / Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Amanda Chilson, left, holds up the plaque with the winners of the first Mayor's Fitness Challenge. The winners were announced during the Eagle Street Beach event on Friday; for photos of that event, click here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The winners of the Mayors Fitness Challenged were announced at the Eagle Street Beach Party on Friday evening.

Mass in Motion Project Coordinator Amanda Chilson thanked the participants of the challenge the challenge and told them it was a “huge success” and that she was “proud of the city of North Adams.”  

“Because of this challenge, more water and less soda was drank, more vegetables and fruits

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Lake Focused on Collaboration in Lieutenant Governor Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
03:18AM / Friday, July 11, 2014
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Mike Lake was back in the Berkshires on Tuesday, meeting with residents at Dottie's Coffee Lounge.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Economic development doesn't adhere to borders.

If elected lieutenant governor, Mike Lake says he'll bring all communities together to work toward the common, regional goal.

Lake is the founder and CEO of Leading Cities, a nonprofit organization doing just that — bringing leaders from all over the globe together to solve problems.   Through summits and meeting, the organization identifies problems and shares solutions, focuses on spurring economic development such as trade agreements among municipalities and pushing for further

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