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Mt. Greylock Regional School to Present 'Anything Goes'
08:55PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The show will be staged Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the school.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School students in grades seven through 12 will perform the musical comedy "Anything Goes' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27, 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road.

"Anything Goes" takes place in the mid-1930s onboard the luxury liner SS American between New York Harbor and London, England. Billy Crocker (ninth-grader Sam Tucker-Smith), a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney (10th-grader Jonah Hane), a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost

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Snow or Rain, But Definitely Wind, On the Way
04:35PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Rain, snow or a little of both.    The Berkshires have had some lovely weather over the past several days. From bone-chilling 6 degrees at Harriman & West Airport in North Adams on Friday, the city saw temperatures rise to 64 degrees on Main Street by Monday afternoon.    But alas, winter will strike again before week's end, bringing cold air, precipitation and strong winds. How much of each is still to be seen.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a high wind watch for all of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont beginning Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday morning. Strong to damaging winds could blow down trees and

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Pittsfield Man Killed in Train Accident
Staff Reports,
07:18PM / Tuesday, February 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are investigating the death of a Pittsfield man who was hit and killed by a train late Tuesday afternoon.   Rodney Sumner, 54, died in the collision shortly after 4 p.m. Investigators believe Sumner was in the area observing nearby construction and was unable to get out of the path of the eastbound train.   According to reports in The Berkshire Eagle, Sumner had apparently been watching the demolition work on the Tel-Electric dam on Mill Street for most of the day. The man was apparently on the tracks above the river between South Church Street and Mill Street when a train came through and was unable to get off in time.     A

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Berkshires Beat: 'Mom's Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser Re-do Set for March 6
04:14PM / Monday, February 24, 2020
Mom's Day Off

On Friday, March 6 Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold their 18th annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser. (The previous date was cancelled as a result of weather conditions.) Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year's event will benefit women's breast cancer care at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation.

During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center, whether on the slopes or

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Eversource Hosts Seventh Annual Student Challenge
11:46AM / Monday, February 24, 2020

Writing a poem, drawing a cartoon strip, or creating a superhero are just three ways Eversource is encouraging students to demonstrate their knowledge of energy efficiency.

The energy company is reminding students that submissions are still being accepted for its seventh annual Student Challenge. The contest promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability and is open to kindergarten to high school students in its Massachusetts electric communities. The deadline for registration is March 17. All entries must be received or postmarked by March 27.

"From posters and poems to persuasive speeches and community projects, Massachusetts students continue to impress us

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New Doctor Joins Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC
10:47AM / Monday, February 24, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Richard Basile, board-certified in general surgery and certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, to the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Basile, who has operated Basile Vein Specialists for many years, has been named the medical director of the Berkshire Vein Center at BMC. As a result, he is closing his Basile Vein Specialists practice and will provide advanced vein care services at the Berkshire Vein Center beginning on March 2.

Basile had a busy practice in general and vascular Surgery for more than 20 years at Berkshire Medical Center and has also served as medical

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Grasshopper and Spider: One jump too Many Into Oblivion
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:06PM / Sunday, February 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Curiosity can lure a biologist into the field, leaving the secure footpath to engage in actual research on the life of grasshoppers that thrive in a maze of grasses, and forage among vivid wild flowers burgeoning in benign weedy neglect.    Therein lurk in floral disguise their natural predators, the spiders. Many species garner bold arresting colors that in contrast may deter predators by announcing their yellow and black warning colors of hidden toxicity.    They spin elaborate silken webs remarkably crafted, as orb web weavers do, that intent upon capturing flying insects, exhibit their ingenious methods of wrapping prey in volleys of

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Greylock Thunder Still Has Spots for U14 Travel Softball Team
Community submission,
09:08PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder will hold an informational meeting for families of players interested in joining its under-14 travel team on Sunday, March 1, at 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the Bishop West Real Estate office at 10 Center St., and will include information about fees, schedules and tournament locations.   If a player has been cut from a roster or decided to play late in the season, this is another chance to compete this season. The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball League offers competitive instruction and play in Berkshires and surrounding areas.   For inforomation, contact Lesley Kowalczyk at 413-281-8466 or lesleykowalczyk@gmail.com.

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@theMarket: Corvid-19 Impact Coming Home to Roost
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
It began Sunday night with a warning from one of America's largest icons. Through the week, other companies followed suit, issuing warnings that the China-spawned virus is beginning to impact revenues and profits. Investors are bracing for further announcements in the days ahead.   Now that the Corvid-19 virus has been spreading out through the world for more than three weeks, some companies are beginning to get a handle on at least some of the damage that will incur to their businesses as the virus persists. Apple was the first major company to warn investors that their iPhone sales in China will take a hit in the first quarter. Since then, a number of companies have sounded the

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'Criminal' Reveals the Human Stories Behind the Crimes
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
04:03PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Podcasts about serial killers are part of the modern aural landscape, a combination of the heightened interest in true crime and the ability of anyone with a computer to create a podcast. Boasting journalistic chops and professional production, the podcast "Criminal" exists as the gold standard of the genre, not just telling stories about crime, but examining the human stories revealed through the crimes.   For the last six years, host Phoebe Judge has guided her audience through crimes in history and more recent transgressions. Sometimes they have a larger social significance, other times they bring to light curious characters. Sometimes they

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'Downhill': It's all Relative
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:42PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
"Downhill," an Americanized adaptation of Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's "Force Majeure," a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, doubtlessly lost something in the translation. Indeed, this variation on a comedy-drama about a family on an Alpine ski vacation evokes a smidgen of its Continental DNA.    Yet, in taking its uncertain path to some hoped for humanistic revelation, it seems like it'd be much happier if only it could jump the tracks from classically cerebral comedy to safely domesticized farce.   Not to say that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the marrieds with issues just bursting to unravel don't

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The Independent Investor: Can Politicians' Promises Be Believed?
By Bill Schmick,
10:08PM / Thursday, February 20, 2020
As the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up, so do the promises. Lower taxes for some, higher taxes for others, better health care, higher Social Security payments; whatever it takes to get elected seems to be on the table for now.   But most politician's promises are made to be broken. Once the candidate becomes the president, reality sets in and the blame game starts. "The House is against me." "The Senate won't cooperate." "The deficit is too large." "Spending is out of control."    The list of excuses goes on and on.   Truth be told, Donald Trump has come the closest to fulfilling at least some of his promises.

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