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Biz Briefs: BerkShares Looking For 'Ambassadors'
04:24PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting the word out: BerkShares has received a grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund of Newmarket, N.H., to launch a new initiative called BerkShares Ambassadors. Last summer all seven branches of Adams Community Bank plus the Pittsfield branch of Lee Bank became BerkShares exchange points. This laid the groundwork for BerkShares activity in central and northern Berkshire County. However, the organization realized that they still need people "pounding the pavement" in order to really spread the word.

Contemplating this question, BerkShares board member Michael Tesoro spotted the opportunity to create a powerful experience for local young people that would lead

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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach

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Berkshires Beat: Tanglewood, Mass Audubon Team Up for Celebration of Birds and Music
01:09PM / Monday, July 24, 2017

For the birds: Tanglewood will launch its first-ever collaboration with Mass Audubon in a program titled "Tanglewood Takes Flight: A Celebration of Birds and Music with Mass Audubon" running from Thursday, July 27, to Sunday, July 30, creating a new multi-faceted and immersive program for concert-goers that explores the intimate relationship between birdsong and music. The series, which pairs guided bird walks with performances of birdsong, will be highlighted by performances by world-renowned pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, lectures and bird walks by Mass Audubon Ornithologist Wayne Peterson, and performances by Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony

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Berkshire Force 10U Wraps Season with Tourney Win
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10:18AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The 10-and-under Berkshire Force softball team went 4-0 this weekend to win the Dalton Invitational Softball Tournament.   In its season finale, the Force once again turned in a total team effort with great pitching, flawless defense, and strong at-bats. In pool play it defeated Hoosick Falls, 12-2, followed by a nine-inning battle with Guilderland that the Force won, 5-3.   In tournament play they beat Hoosick Falls, 15-0, in the semi finals. In the finals, the Force battled Guilderland again, taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth before blowing it open with a seven-run inning and eventually taking the championship, 12-5.   For the season, the Force

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Adams Gets CDBG Funding for Visitors Center Parking Lot
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
01:03AM / Saturday, July 22, 2017

North Adams will use some of its grant funding to redo failing stonework on the Armory building.  ADAMS, Mass. — The town has received $800,000 in 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds to reconfigure the parking lot at the Adams Visitors Center.    Adams was one of 58 towns and cities receiving $30.5 million in CDBG funds announced on Thursday. Also receiving grants are Becket, Buckland, Monterey and North Adams.   The federal CDBG grants, administered by the state, help cities and towns respond to specific housing, community, and economic development projects that support low- and moderate-income residents, or revitalize underserved

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'The Big Sick': Has a Healthy Outlook
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:23PM / Friday, July 21, 2017
Director Michael Showalter's "The Big Sick," based on Pakistani-born comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani's real-life story, is often hilarious proof that in jest there is truth. While gleefully verifying that in dedicated hands the classical romantic comedy remains a viable entertainment, this convivial foray into whether or not love conquers all also asserts a humanistic message that is of late egregiously absent from our national consciousness. Nanjiani's tale sagely solicits art to fill this vacuum.   On the surface it plays rather simply. Kumail, who Ubers for a living when he's not trying to "kill" the audience at a Chicago comedy club, one night

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Berkshire Country Day School Announces Teacher for New 2-Year-Old Program
02:20PM / Friday, July 21, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Julia Kreilkamp will join the Berkshire Country Day School faculty as the lead preschool teacher for its Reggio-Emilia-inspired 2-year-old class for the program's inaugural year in Fall 2017.

Kreilkamp has more than 20 years of teaching experience, most recently for 10 years as the pre-kindergarten teacher at the Middletown Springs School in Vermont, where she developed several new programs. She received a B.A. from Macalester College and a M.A. in Elementary Education from College of St. Joseph. Of special note, Kreilkamp received the University of Vermont's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010.

Ms. Kreilkamps's strengths as an educator and

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MassDOT Secretary Praises Massive Road Reconstruction in Dalton
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:01PM / Friday, July 21, 2017

Pollack praised the adoption of a Complete Streets design in the project. The secretary says she wants road projects to include bicycle lanes and renovated sidewalks to accommodate all modes of transportation.  DALTON, Mass. — MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see.   The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction in March 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.   It entails everything the state Department of Transportation would like to see in a road

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries
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06:24PM / Thursday, July 20, 2017

We are lucky to live in New England, because you don’t have to go very far to find a great place to hike. Even right on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus, you can enjoy great trails, part of the Bennington Area Trail System. 

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries. See the injuries below and the simple tips for preventing them on the trail and treating them when you return home.

* Blisters: One of the most common hiking injuries are blisters, which are most commonly caused by friction between your foot and your footwear. To

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Cages at the Mill Offers Three-Day Softball Camp
09:04PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill has added a three-day youth softball camp to its summer offerings.   The camp, for players ages 10 to 15, will be held Aug. 1-3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alcombright Sports Complex.   The camp promises to focus on the fundamentals of the game, including throwing, hitting, fielding and bunting. Players will be divided by age group for certain activities.   The cost is $100 per player.   To register, visit www.cagesatthemill.com.

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Tanglewood and Sevenars: Classical Music Heaven
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:35PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tanglewood enters its third week, and the highlights are many; indeed, every concert will be memorable. The legendary Emerson String Quartet present a musico-theatric "Russian Fantasy," followed by an all-Schubert evening. Deeply moving symphonies by Bernstein and Tchaikovsky ensue, with heroic piano concertos by Beethoven and Prokofiev to follow. Orchestral masterworks by Kernis, Britten and Sibelius, and a celebration of early-20th century French vocal music conclude this week's listing of stellar performances of great and amazingly diverse musical offerings.

If, for whatever inexplicable reason the bounteous musical fare at Tanglewood isn't enough to pique your

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Match Short- and Long-Term Goals With the Right Investments
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:13AM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not all investments are created equal. Some are better suited for short-term goals, while others can help you build resources for objectives far in the future. As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

For starters, identify your short- and long-term goals. Your shorter-term goals will change throughout your life. When you are starting out in your career, for example, you might aspire to purchase a home in the next three to five years. Later on, though, your biggest short-term objective might be to save enough money for a long tour of Europe – without racking

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