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Weight Lifting Event Raises Money for Cancer Awareness
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10:42AM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. - This past weekend marked the inaugural Balls Out Bash Push Pull Powerlifting Meet to Benefit Barballs, Inc., and its mission to help our communities battle cancer.   With the support of our community, Iron Bred Strength and the sport of powerlifting, Barballs, Inc., was able to raise $1,800.   This money will be used to help run many more awareness and cancer-based events as we continue our battle against cancer. Our "Strength Giving Strength" mission will continue to be our primary platform of bringing awareness as we take the strength sports we all love and give strength to those in need.   Barballs, Inc., is here to help. If you are looking to help

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Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments and inspiring those lucky enough to witness the event.   The opening ceremony featured a torch run conducted by area law enforcement officers, a performance of the national anthem by the Monument Mountain marching band and a reading of the Special Olympic Oath by Kaitlyn Critchley.   "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the

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Smart Investing Can Help You Race Toward Your Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:05PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017

It's Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you're not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby's pageantry – the mint juleps, the women's beautiful hats, the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home," and so on.

But if you look beyond the hoopla, you'll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular – the jockeys – may be able to provide you with some lessons in life – and in investing.

For starters, consider the stamina the jockeys show as they steer 1,000-pound thoroughbreds around the track at Churchill Downs. Riding a racehorse is difficult, demanding and

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Pignatelli Secures Funds for County Initiatives, MassPike Study
05:48PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, secured funding and language for the 4th Berkshire District in the House of Representatives' version of the fiscal 2018 state budget was passed last week.   It includes language that would require the state Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of building a new exit between Exits 2 and 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and report back to the Legislature by next January. There are 29 miles between those two exits — Lee in Berkshire County and Westfield in Hampden County.    "The distance between Exits 2 and 3 of the turnpike is the longest on the state highway,"

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Pipeline Demonstrators Arrested for Blocking Forest Access Roads
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02:49PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — State police they have arrested 18 demonstrators for trespassing at two separate locations at the Sandisfield pipeline extension project on Tuesday morning.    The protesters apparently ran chains and caution tape with "resist" on it across two access roads in an attempt to stop Kinder Morgan from felling trees in Otis State Forest to make way for a natural gas pipeline. According to police, they "indicated that they wanted to be arrested. They notified State Police beforehand that they would not comply with requests to disperse from the roads."   The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. was given permission by U.S. Federal Energy

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show
10:54PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Pigging out: Adams native Evan M. Pinsonnault is an actor with Peppa Pig's first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, "Peppa Pig's Big Splash." The show splashes down in Springfield for the final performance in its spring 2017 tour (peppapigliveus.com). The show will be at Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

Pinsonnault, stage name Evan Michael, plays the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the live show. Springfield is one of more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada on the spring tour. Pinsonnault also played the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the 2015-2016 tour, which visited more than 90 cities.

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Join In 'More Than Pink' Movement
03:07PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Thinking pink: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, including the Lee Premium Outlets, is holding its Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities throughout the month of May.

Visitors to Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried throughout the shopping centers with features such as pink-lit entrances, pink flowers on display, pink ribbon parking and more. Staff will also be donning

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition
01:06PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the seventh annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Lisa Kelly Kane (Early Childhood – Community Setting), director of St. Paul's Children Center of Stockbridge; Robin Poirot (PreK-Grade 2), a kindergarten

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Local Economic Specialists See Mall Site As An 'Opportunity'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, May 01, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nathaniel Karns posed a question to David Curtis: Does the county have a place for a manufacturer to construct a 150,000 to 200,000 square-foot facility?   "Yes until you impact the environmental issues that surround the parcels which make it unusable. So the answer is no," Cutis, the economic development specialist with 1Berkshire, responded.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's executive director prefaced the question by saying most of the county's homegrown manufacturing companies expanded 10 to 15 years ago. The next step would be to double again but there is no industrially zoned and developable land available in the

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Lenox Named Best Northeastern Small Town
10:51AM / Sunday, April 30, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Lenox has been voted the Best Northeastern Small Town in USA Today's Best Small Town contest.    This town of 5,000 will be promoted across USA Today Travel Media Group's digital and mobile products, as well as via social media. Nominees are also promoted across the USA Today travel sections and other Gannett Media outlets.   "We all knew that Lenox is a special place and the best small town, but to hear a national outlet like USA Today and their many readers agree is a great feeling and a big win for us," Spaulding said. "This award, combined with the recent acknowledgement by Expedia, who named Lenox one of the top 26 luxury

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Lanesborough Couple Fighting to Save Historic, Family Farm
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:39AM / Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chris Wheeler had dedicated the last two years to cleaning up overgrown sections of the farmland and growing fruit trees and berries.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Thomas Olsen grew up on a farm in Norway.   In 1923, he and his wife, Randi, immigrated to the United States, landing in New York. But the city life wasn't for him. He told his wife, "it's no way for a man to live" and every week he'd stash money aside in hopes to move to the country.   The Depression or some other factor would hit and he'd lose the savings and build it back up. And every week he'd stop at the bank and browse the real estate listings.   In 1938, one of those

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Red Lion Reopens Dining Room With $1M Renovated Kitchen
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Saturday, April 29, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Red Lion Inn bakes more than 6,000 muffins and some 1,300 of its famous apple pies every year.

So when the bakeshop in the multiroom kitchen showed signs of structural distress, inn management decided if it was time to revamp this very important area, why not do the whole kitchen over?   After more than two months of construction, inn officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated $1 million kitchen on Thursday afternoon, capping the latest update of the historic structure whose roots date back to the 1770s.   Owner Nancy Fitzpatrick joked it was the kind of project done only about every 75 years or so.    "So you're all

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