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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.


'Love & Friendship': A Comedy of Manners & Manors
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:50PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

I think it was because I was a sleepy little kid in grammar school who didn't appreciate the advantage of a good education that I didn't fully enjoy writer-director Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship." I also blame that era, wherein I spent most of my classroom time drawing sketches of cars and baseball stadiums, for not really learning the times table past 8. Only the pocket calculator has saved me from financial ruin.

Yep, I hold that those years of foggy reverie, while doubtless a proving ground for creativity and idealistic wandering, denied me a certain cerebral software necessary to the conventional learning process. Hence, even though Stillman's


Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:32PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Quintessential, a local Berkshires all-male a cappella/without instrumental accompaniment quintet — tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy and bass/baritones Steve Dahlin and David Anderegg — will be new to the Lodge.

However, "the men are all veteran performers who have appeared with other local musical groups, including the Berkshire Bach Society, the Berkshire Concert


Del Gallo Launches Bid For State Senate Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rinaldo Del Gallo made his announcement in front of 35 or so supporters at Shire City Sanctuary. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jim Martin had his daughter taken away from him and he didn't have the money to fight for custody in the courts.

Rinaldo Del Gallo offered his legal services pro-bono and put more than 100 hours into the legal representation.

"He is more concerned about justice than he is money," Martin said on Tuesday when Del Gallo formally announced his campaign for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing.    Mark Delmyer has a similar story about Del Gallo helping to fight off developers looking to divvy up his family farm into

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Regionalization, Collaboration Focus of Adams-Anthony Talk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

William Kolis, founder of the Adams Anthony Center, welcomes attendees to the latest issues talk sponsored by the center.

ADAMS, Mass. — A declining population and rising costs are pushing communities together to explore ways to share resources.

"We're going to have to look at how we maintain our way of life and continue the services that we need," said North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright at last week's Adams-Anthony Center talk on regionalization.

The talk was the lasted by the nonprofit organization, which brings together community and creative leaders to discuss various issues related to the Berkshires at the Adams Free Library. Last week, Alcombright was


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Hosts Day of Caring
01:55PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day of caring: Berkshire United Way held its 2016 Day of Caring on May 20. Day of Caring is the name United Way has used to represent volunteer engagement and community building.

In the past, Berkshire United Way Day of Caring initiatives have included the installation of Born Learning Trails at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, and Durant and Springside Parks in Pittsfield. To enhance literacy, volunteers have painted classrooms and held book drives in support of education. Volunteers also have cleaned the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, and held countywide forums with youth called “You First” to help them build aspirations.

At the heart of the 2016


Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
01:34PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shred it up: Greylock Federal Credit Union shredded over 5 tons of paper at its eighth annual Community Shred Day on May 21. The effort also raised $1,420 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks featuring cameras inside the bin. People were able to watch their documents being shredded on the spot.

Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security number, or credit card number, without permission, to commit fraud or other


Lower Your Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen
01:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Secure your Social Security number. Identity thieves eagerly seek Social Security numbers — so don’t give out yours to anyone who asks for it. In fact, as a general rule, be reluctant to give it out at all. Always ask whomever you’re dealing with if he or she will accept another form of identification, or at the very least will take just


Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.

Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.

Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the

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Memorial Day Marked in North Berkshire, Pittsfield
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Monday, May 30, 2016

Lanesborough held its services on Sunday; find the story here and more photos here.

Korean War veteran Robert Richards makes it a point to attend Memorial Day services.

He was at the Veterans Memorial in North Adams on Monday morning to remember his fellow soldiers who did not make it home.

"A lot of guys I took basic training with got killed in Korea. I was lucky. I signed up for the heavy weapons and ... they put me in Japan for three months so I missed that," Richards said. "On the way back, I ran across one of the guys I took basic with and he said most of the guys I took basic with got killed over there. That's why I am here. To remember for them."



@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will


Conn. Woman Charged With Striking Pedestrians in Great Barrington
Staff Reports,
04:44PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Police have charged an elderly woman for crashing her vehicle into two women and two children while they were crossing the roadway on Friday morning, according to Chief William Walsh.

At about 10:49 a.m., two women, along with an 11-month-old baby girl who was in a stroller and a 3-year-old girl, were crossing in a crosswalk on Main Street at Railroad Street. At the same time, an 87-year-old woman from Canaan, Conn., who was southbound on Main Street, failed to yield and struck all four, said police.

All four were injured and transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with non-life-threatening injuries.

The operator, who was the


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