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MassDOT Honors Completion of Lafayette Trail Recognition
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hancock officials celebrated the designation recognizing the role the town had in history. HANCOCK, Mass. — During the American Revolution, famed French general the Marquis de Lafayette played a significant role as an ally of the rebellious colonies.   So much so that President James Monroe invited him on a farewell tour of the nation in 1824, celebrating the country's 50th birthday.   Lafayette traveled all 24 of the United States, including going directly across the Berkshires on his way to Boston.   Now, the Berkshires have recognized his contributions by designating the trail he took from Hancock to Hinsdale on his way back Boston with an official

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Dr. Radin Named Grand Marshal of 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
12:30PM / Monday, July 15, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Len Radin has been selected as grand marshal for the upcoming 64th annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire.

The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. This year's parade theme is "The Wizard of Oz," both in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its Hollywood premiere, and in the promotion of the message that "there's no place like home in the Berkshires."

Dr. Radin was selected for this honor not only because of all he has done for the community, but for his enduring love for "The Wizard of Oz." He has spent more than 60 years in the theater business, including founding the

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Let's Reverse the Rural Physician Shortage
By Lia Spiliotes,
10:17AM / Monday, July 15, 2019

Across the nation, unequal access to health care raises urgent, pressing problems for individual and community health. For rural and underserved communities, the most urgent challenge for patients is our shrinking supply of primary care physicians.

Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as high as 49,300. Only 25 percent of medical school graduates enter the primary care field; many head straight to higher-paid medical specialties.

In rural regions, this looming physician shortage is already hurting patients. A new poll by Harvard, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that one-quarter of those surveyed had trouble accessing

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Burke, Powell Take Gold to Highlight Strong Games for Berkshire Wrestlers
11:06PM / Sunday, July 14, 2019
BOSTON -- Dylan Burke and Zabion Powell took home gold medals from the Bay State Games wrestling competition on Saturday at UMass-Boston.   Burke, wrestling at 195 pounds, showed his toughness finishing the tournament with a broken nose according to his high school coach, Taconic's Jeremy Tetreault.   "He had a tough two-point win over the New Hampshire state champ," Tetreault said.   And at 148 pounds, Powell "dominated the college competition at his first open tournament."   Eleven grapplers from the Berkshire Wrestling Club, coached by Dwayne Miller, competed in the Bay State Games festival.   Seven of the 11 placed

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Family Flicks Under the Stars Returns to Williamstown
11:29AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema once again will present Family Flicks Under the Stars, its annual free outdoor film series.

On three consecutive Sundays, starting with July 14, all-ages movies will be presented in the Science Quad on Williams College campus. The Science Quad is adjacent to Spring Street. Films will start at sundown, at approximately 8:15 p.m. The movies are free to attend.

Concessions items will be available for sale onsite. People are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray.

The series kicks off July 14 with "The Princess Bride," (1987, rated PG; 1 hour 38 minutes). Buttercup loves Wesley, but Wesley is taken prisoner by the Dread Pirate

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Berkshire Food Co-op Welcomes New General Manager
11:25AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — After conducting an eight-month-long, nationwide search for a new general manager, the board of directors of Berkshire Food Co-op has tapped Troy Bond to helm the newly expanded cooperative grocery store.

"We are thrilled to welcome Troy to the Berkshires to lead our co-op as we grow into our new store. He brings not only an extensive background successfully managing natural foods stores, but also superior communication skills and a history of community building," said Erica Spizz, president of the board of directors.

Bond started his career in natural foods by opening The Market in his hometown of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1998. The Market was the

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Barrington Stage Company Taps Two to Board of Trustees
11:01AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has appointed Caroline Holland and Debra Jo Rupp to the Board of Trustees.

"Caroline Holland and Debra Jo Rupp are exciting new additions to the board. Caroline's knowledge of the Berkshire community and what it needs to make it even more vibrant is extraordinary. Debra Jo's voice as a working theater artist is important as we move ahead developing new work and community projects. We look forward to working side by side with them furthering Barrington Stage's mission," said ​Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

Holland is the managing director of Mill Town Capital, overseeing operations, strategy and project

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Berkshire County Arc Names Vice President of Finance
10:52AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Blanca Durant has been promoted to vice president of finance at Berkshire County Arc.

In that role, she will oversee the accounting and finance functions of BCArc's $36 million-plus annual budget. She will also manage a complex information technology system that involves numerous state contracts, confidential client data and a network that extends beyond 40 properties across Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

"At BCArc we work hard to create opportunity for all our employees to develop," said Kenneth W. Singer, president & CEO. "Blanca started with us as a petty cash manager 21 years ago, learned everything she could, took advantage of every

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Brien Center Names New Director of Development
10:46AM / Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has appointed Craig Smith as the organization's director of development.

Smith comes to the Brien Center from the Hancock Shaker Village, where he was director of advancement. Smith will have primary responsibility for the agency's fundraising and development efforts, as well as enhancing the Brien Center's external relations in the community.

"Craig brings extensive knowledge of nonprofit organizations, fundraising and the Berkshire community," said M. Christine Macbeth, the Brien Center's president and CEO. "As the Brien Center continues to address an opioid epidemic in our community and a dramatically increased

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Waynick, Haley Lead West Boys Lax to Bay State Games Gold
06:05PM / Thursday, July 11, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West boys lacrosse team Thursday afternoon ended its undefeated run through the Bay State Games with a 9-4 win over the Southeast/Coastal squad in the gold medal game.   Mount Greylock's Mac Waynick had a hat trick, and Hoosac Valley's Nate Haley scored twice.   Jacob Coulson, Griffin LaRochelle, Johnny Lewis and Conor Murphy each scored a goal, and Colby Spear and Nick Mee combined to make 11 saves.   Earlier in the day on Thursday, the West wrapped up pool play with an 11-3 win over Central Mass.   Haley, a student at Drury High School who plays for the cooperative team at Hoosac Valley, scored four goals. Wahconah's Ernie Lampron and

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West Boys Lacrosse Team Stays Perfect at Bay State Games
09:24PM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The West team in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse tournament won twice on Wednesday to improve to 3-0.   It opened the day with a dominating win over the Northeast team. In the afternoon, the West came from behind to edge the Southeast/Coastal team, 7-6.   In the morning game, Hoosac Valley’s Nate Haley, a student at Drury High, scored four goals.   Wahconah’s Corey Bazonski had an assist in the win.   In the day’s second game, Chicopee Comp’s Griffin Larochelle scored in the final minute to break a 6-6 tie and keep the West undefeated.   Haley and Wahconah’s Ernie Lampron each scored a goal, and Mount

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Tanglewood, Sevenars, Taconic Music Highlight the Week
by Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:23AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tanglewood enters its second week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable.
Two examples: The Boston Symphony, led by maestro Andris Nelson, who will be joined by an outstanding assemblage of operatic superstars, performs Giuseppe Verdi's magisterial Requiem, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchesta (TMCO) showcases Tchaikovsky's fatalistic Symphony No. 6 ("Pathétique"). Symphonies by Copland (no. 3) and Beethoven (no. 4) will also be heard on consecutive dates, along with an all-Bach solo violin recital by the electrifying virtuosa Hillary Hahn.

Don't miss out on the captivating Sevenars Chamber Music Festival, located in South

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