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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Obsolete Municipal Regulations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:15PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

MMA President Lisa Blackmer, a North Adams city councilor, speaks at Tuesday's bill signing. The act's section summaries can be read here.

BOSTON — Legislation signed at the State House on Tuesday eliminates or updates a raft of outdated and obsolete municipal regulations.

Filed by the Baker administration last December, the 125-page Municipal Modernization Act found strong support from state and local officials, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers.

Gov. Charlie Baker, with a host of local elected and administrative officials behind him on the Grand Staircase at the State House, noted he'd gotten some flack when

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Great Barrington Fire Department Rescues Hiker from Monument Reservation
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06:37PM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Great Barrington Fire Department rescued an injured hiker on Monument Reservation last Friday.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, members of the Fire Department's technical rescue team responded to Monument Reservation for reports of a 22-year-old woman with an injured ankle.

Upon arrival, rescuers determined that the hiker was stuck on a steep hill, and the Western Mass Technical Rescue team, along with the Sheffield Fire Department's ATV and Rescue Sled, were called to assist.

Rescuers hiked for approximately 45 minutes to reach the victim, carrying extensive medical and rescue equipment. The

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Some Berkshire Farms to Receive Aerial Crop Planting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Farms in Adams, Cheshire, Lanesborough, North Adams, Sheffield, West Stockbridge and Williamstown will be seeding a little differently this August.

Instead of establishing a cover crop by hand, a helicopter will plant winter rye grass seed from above.

The airborne cover-crop planting is being done through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation program.

Farms through the state applied to the NRC's Environmental Quality Incentives Program to take advantage of financial and technical assistance for a conservation practice that allows farmers to take full advantage of a cover crop.   Chenail Brothers Dairy Farm's Wallace

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Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Raise Nearly $40K for Local Cancer Patients
03:09PM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Beating cancer: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders, known as the 4Cs, hosted their third annual Community Remembrance Day on June 4 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington, Vt. Nine crews and more than 300 participants at the event contributed to the group’s nearly $40,000 fundraising total for the year. Remembrance Day activities included inflatable bounce houses, face painting, cupcake tastings, entertainment, a dunk booth, and food provided by the Mt. Anthony Fighting Patriot Booster Club. The program also included inspirational speeches and awards for fundraising crews.

This year’s event included the first Freedom 5K Run/Walk, a

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Democratic Candidates For State Senate Show Differences In Lenox Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, August 08, 2016

Candidate Adam Hinds called for a three-pronged approach to deal with the opioid crisis which involved prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. LENOX, Mass. — Rinaldo Del Gallo says the state should build out broadband internet just as it would with any road or bridge. Adam Hinds says the state needs to find the best vehicle whether it be WiredWest or another group to complete the last mile. Andrea Harrington says each town should craft individualized plans on how to expand.   They all believe in expanding high-speed internet, citing its tremendous impact on the economy and quality of life, but how to get there is where they differ.   The same thing goes on a number

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Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one.   Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."   During a recent visit to Boston for a stand-up date, Eisenberg talked with iBerkshires.com about her Aug. 8 performance on the Main Stage at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance and the intersection of her different professional personae.   "I feel like they all

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Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last Dance'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:36AM / Sunday, August 07, 2016

The book is available at Water Street Books and through Amazon, which has a number of good reviews posted.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel.

But rather than writing pages of snail-mail love letters, Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross in "Save the Last Dance" re-establish bonds through the swift and instantaneous communication of emails and texts.

Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

"We went together up to 11th grade, and set a wedding date when we were

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Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform
04:29PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

Grow the Economy
To develop green energy industry here, I will work to ensure Western Massachusetts is a part of the growth in the green energy industry, which currently employs almost 100,000 people across the commonwealth. I will work to expand incentive programs that elevate local demand through MA Solar Loan and utilize

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Adams Agricultural Fair Returns for 42nd Year
04:08PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The 42nd annual Adams Agricultural Fair kicks off this weekend, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, at Bowe Field.

The festivities begin a night early, on Thursday evening, with a performance by J.P. Murphy Band with Patrick Gray playing under the pavilion from 7 to 9:30. Admission is $5 to hear the popular Celtic band that plays all styles of music for all ages to enjoy.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the Massachusetts Truck Pullers Association's open truck pull in the Demolition Derby area. Trucks can be entered at any time. The Pullers Association will also hold pulls on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9.

Maple Grove Equipment will run the Children's Pedal tractor

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'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version.

While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a storytelling art that elegantly synergizes styles from different eras of his career.

Of course the lead issue is love, with

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.

 

Tanglewood

• Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Due to

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Free Turnpike Transponders to be Handed Out at Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:34PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Jessica Vecchia of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market have collaborated to bring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s E-ZPass Van to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, on The Common on First Street, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to distriubute free transponders for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
 
MassDOT is currently in the process of transitioning to All Electronic Tolling (AET) for I-90, both directions. MassDOT intends to test AET software during the summer of 2016 and to activate AET by the end of the year. A previously scheduled "go live" date in the month of October

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