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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

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


Massie Seeks to Bring Long-term Solutions in Bid for Governor
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Massie spent two hours meeting with voters at Dottie's about issues facing the state, the Berkshires, and his hopes for the gubernatorial nomination. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sustainability is a word Robert Massie said he hasn't heard the current governor say.   And that is becoming a focal point for the Somerville author and activist, as he launches a campaign for the 2018 gubernatorial election. Massie, a Democrat, says he's running to bring a heightened focus to long-term and progressive solutions to current issues.   "I am by far the strongest progressive, the most experienced in all of the issues. I have put my entire adult life in fighting for

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Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Touts Experience, Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mayor Warren took a swing through the Berkshires last week.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Setti Warren wants to bring his brand of management — budgets based on outcomes and consensus building — to Beacon Hill to fix the state's economic woes.

During his eight years as mayor of Newton, he righted that city of 88,000 by eliminating a $40 million structural deficit, raising $20 million in reserves and putting it on the path to building five new schools. And he did one of the hardest things in Massachusetts: Get a Proposition 2 1/2 override passed for not one, but three ballot initiatives for education, public safety and infrastructure.

"We were open and honest and


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