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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Education Task Force Sets Strategy for Outreach
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nathan Levenson and Karla Brooks Baehr of District Management Group facilitate Saturday's meeting at Nessacus Middle School. DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on a strategy for reporting its findings and getting feedback from town and school officials and the general public.   At a meeting on Saturday facilitated by the task force's consultants from Boston's District Management Group, the panel hammered out the language it will use to guide task force members as they make presentations to select boards, city councils and school committees throughout the county this fall.   The first presentation will come in the form of a


Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners To Be Displayed
03:05PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

Wiliam Mulvihill of Stockbridge's 'Mahkeenac Boating Club from Stockbridge Bowl' was another one of the winning photos.

The winners are...: The Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust selected 10 winning submissions and 10 honorable mentions in their second annual photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

Fifty-four photographers submitted a total of 270 photos. The winning photos were taken by Emilija Baksys of Quincy, Mass.; Glenna Blackwell of Great Barrington, Mass.; Shirley Blanchard of Stockbridge, Mass.; Candy Childrey of Coral Springs, Fla.; Olivia


Biz Briefs: Bousquet Hosts Customer Appreciation Day
02:36PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

Thank you: Bousquet will be holding a customer appreciation event on Monday, Sept. 4, as a way of thanking the community for its support. Whether it's riding down the slides in the summer or hitting the trails in the winter, Bousquet welcomes everyone to take part in the fun-filled day.

The event will feature live music by License to Groove, $2 hot dogs, $4 burgers and $10 waterslides. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In honor of: The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Mary White of Barnbrook Realty as its Business Person of the Year on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norman Rockwell Museum. The cost is $50 per person;


Business Bootcamp Seeking Entrepreneurs With Great Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:49PM / Monday, August 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Getting a great idea or service to market can be challenging, even for those with business savvy.    That's why 1Berkshire and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are building on last year's Business Bootcamp to create a free program aimed at "fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Berkshires."   "One of the challenges we face here in Berkshire County is we have more entrepreneurs than what we think we do and they need support," said David Curtis, economic development specialist with 1Berkshire. "They don't know that the help is there simply for the asking."   Business Bootcamp, part of

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Joint Reconstruction Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
01:15PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Dr. Daniel R. Sage, a fellowship-trained joint reconstruction specialist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems.

Dr. Sage is accepting new patients in need of orthopaedic care and joint replacement surgery and is teamed with Drs. Mahlon Bradley, Jeffrey Cella, Anthony DeFelice, David Grygier, Kevin Mitts and Mark Sprague at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.

Sage comes to the Berkshires from Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he was the medical director of the hospital's Joint Center for the past


Twilight in the Afternoon: A Total Eclipse Experience
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, August 26, 2017

Savanna Mabey and Noelle Dravis, both 11 and from Williamstown, look at the total solar eclipse at an event at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., on Monday, Aug. 21.

I had imagined night coming like a warm blanket on a cold night, slowly cocooning me in coziness until all the remained exposed to the chill were my eyes and nose.

Instead, it was more like that warm blanket being ripped off.

That's what experiencing the recent Great American Solar Eclipse felt like from within the path of totality. I had underestimated the strength of the sun.

Here in the Berkshires, the sun only was covered around 70 percent during the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. Not content with that after a


Nashville Sound Comes to the Berkshires This September
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Saturday, August 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Dust off your cowboy hat and boots because a taste of the Music City is coming to Bowe Field.   Five bands will hit the stage at Bowe Field on Saturday, Sept. 9, for the inaugural Nashville In the Berkshires Music Festival hosted by the Adams-Anthony Center for Political, Economic & Social Discourse.   "My wife and I took a trip to Nashville and on one street, there might be 300 acts going on every night and you go into a building and there might be five bands in a building at each level," organizer Michael Mach said. "So I just said to myself,, 'this would be a great fundraiser when I get home.'"   The bands are mostly


Berkshire Community College Launches New Education Department
01:43PM / Friday, August 25, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College has launched a new education department, combining and expanding the early childhood education and elementary education programming into one unified field of study.

Patricia Kay, the associate professor and chair of the Education Department at BCC, designed the new Education Department. She worked closely with community partners, coalition groups and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to ensure the new department fit the needs of childcare providers here in the Berkshires.

"We went out to the community and we asked them if the cohort program at BCC would work for the childcare professionals, and overwhelmingly we heard yes,


New Vice President of Finance Tapped at Main Street Hospitality
11:26AM / Friday, August 25, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Donald Hebert, a seasoned financial manager with more than 25 years of experience, has been named vice president of finance at Main Street Hospitality.

"Donald's extensive experience in the financial world will provide great insight for Main Street," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality. "He brings seasoned financial acumen and deep industry knowledge, and, he truly appreciates the values we uphold at Main Street."
Hebert is responsible for all aspects of Main Street's financial health, management and reporting, including insurance and banking oversight and relationships. In addition, he will lead in developing and


'The Only Living Boy in New York': What This World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:50PM / Thursday, August 24, 2017
Call me a hopeless romantic. It's my excuse for liking and recommending to kindred spirits director Marc Webb's decidedly imperfect, melodramatic and oft soap-operatic "The Only Living Boy in New York."    My justification is in service to the rather dire straits in which our nation currently finds itself. Quite plainly, to coin a phrase, what this world needs now is love, sweet love. And while this coming-of-age tale doesn't completely fill said need, it does supply that second-best commodity: sappiness.    It's sophisticated sappiness, but sappiness all the same.   In cosmopolitan Manhattan, Thomas Webb, the twenty-something son of elite,


Can You Save for College and Retirement?
12:47PM / Thursday, August 24, 2017

Few of us have unlimited financial resources — which means that almost all of us need to prioritize our financial goals. Consequently, you'll have some decisions to make if you’d like to help pay for your children’s college educations someday while, at the same time, saving for your own retirement.

Your first step in addressing these objectives is to maintain realistic expectations. Consider the issue of paying for college. Right now, the average four-year cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is about $80,000 for in-state students at public universities and approximately $180,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. And these costs are likely to keep


Tanglewood Wraps Up Classical Season; Shanghai String Quartet at Music Mountain
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
04:46PM / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tanglewood's classical programming winds up this week to make way for a series of popular artists, such as Diana Ross and Sting.

This week, Tanglewood concludes its 2017 classical programming, culminating with the always-anticipated traditional final concert, on Sunday, Aug. 27, featuring Beethoven's glorious and triumphant Ninth Symphony, preceded by Charles Ives' "The Housatonic at Stockbridge," from his three-movement orchestral suite, ‘Three Places in New England' – a magical, transformative and inspiring hymn to nature.

Before the Ninth, and the "Popular Artists Series," there are three exceptional programs you should consider


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