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Adams Agricultural Fair Features Farming Traditions, Rodeo, Demo Derby
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:49PM / Friday, August 03, 2018

See photos from last year's event here.  ADAMS, Mass. — The 44th annual Adams Agricultural Fair will once again showcase the agricultural pursuits of Berkshire County along with family-friendly entertainment.   The event, commonly known as the Aggie Fair, is set to take place from Friday through Sunday,  Aug. 3-5, at Bowe Field, 371 Old Columbia St.   The fair continues its mission to keep farming traditions alive by endorsing the local agricultural community, 4-H and other participating members.   Betty Randall, one of the main organizers of the Aggie Fair, said the fair recognizes the importance of agriculture to the community and noted that the

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'Mission: Impossible-Fallout': It Takes All Kinds
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
12:57PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
"Why do bad people have to be bad?"   Thus spake my great nephew-in-law, Nate, 4, after recently seeing his first movie in a theater, "Incredibles 2." His other inquiry was whether or not the lights would come back on when the film concluded.   Well Nate, in answer to your first question, we've been working on that since time immemorial, both in real life and in fiction, and we have some theories ... none conclusive. Some scientists believe it's bad mommies and daddies that make bad people. And then there's the bad seed concept: the matter of an aberrant gene causing one to think they have not only the right, but nay, the obligation to bully people

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The Independent Investor: The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
There was a time, back in the late Nineties, that publicly-traded stocks were the envy of all companies, great and small. But times have changed, and since then the number of public companies have fallen by 50 percent.   You might have missed that trend, however. That's because the market capitalization of equities has been increasing for a decade. This year the market cap of the U.S. stock market hit a record $32.2 trillion. Globally, the World Bank estimates stock market capitalization is above $80 trillion. The largest contributor to this trend has been the large increases in stock prices.   Bottom line: investors are simply bidding up the prices of existing stocks in an

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District Attorney Candidates Display Differences in Lengthy Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018

Andrea Harrington promised to be a leader who inspires others to address the issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Judith Knight says she has "shown you what I am."   On Wednesday night, the candidate for district attorney boasted of some 30 years of work in the community. She stood as a defense attorney more than a dozen years ago for teenagers for whom she believed were inappropriately getting the book thrown at them from former District Attorney David Capeless for selling marijuana.   When those from the West Side neighborhood felt the same injustice was being served on young woman in 2007, Knight showed up again. In 2008, there was a similar call. In 2012, after a

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Berkshire YMCA Seeks Nominations for 'Changing Lives After 55' Awards
02:01AM / Thursday, August 02, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Family YMCA's inaugural Changing Lives After 55 awards will celebrate and recognize community members over the age of 55 who have made significant contributions and achievements in Berkshire County.    Local financial management firm, Berkshire Money Management, has signed on as the event's title sponsor; iBerkshires.com is one of the media sponsors along with The Berkshire Eagle.   The awards night, slated for Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Berkshire Money Management in the historic Model Farm, the former Crane & Co. Mansion in Dalton, will salute honorees in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Business,

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Wonderful Week on Tap in the Berkshires
By Grace Lichtenstein, Guest Column
02:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Pat Metheny will perform at the Mahaiwe.

The first week in August brings great jazz and pop music to the Berkshires. Guitarist Pat Metheny, the pop group Blondie and a live production by the Barrington Stage presage a wonderful week.

 

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The charming theater in the heart of Great Barrington will be alive with the jazz of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny on Thursday, Aug. 2. Metheny headlines a show that will also include his drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and keyboardist Gwilym Simcock.

Metheny does not just appeal to jazz purists. His music is wide-reaching enough to be enjoyed by even the most casual pops fan. This is a don't-miss. For more

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Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
02:01PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

With the arrival of August, we are at the mid-point – the height of the classical music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer an enthralling mix of large-scale, powerful and melodic symphonies by Sibelius and Prokofiev, as well as beloved piano with orchestra works by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. The week's highlight, on Aug. 7, will be the all-day "Tanglewood on Parade" events. Read below for the details.

Devotées of solo piano music should consider attending the brilliant pianist Lynelle James' solo recital, featuring works of Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Nicolai Roslavets (1881-1944) on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Sevenars Academy in South Worthington,

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Consider These Financial Tips for Single Women
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:26PM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

If you're a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face specific obstacles. You need to be aware of these challenges – and do everything you can to overcome them.

For example, women still face a wage gap. In 2017, women earned 82 percent of what men earned, according to the Pew Research Center. However, the wage gap narrows among younger workers, and may even disappear for highly educated women, especially those in the STEM fields – science,

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Berkshire District Attorney Candidates Field Questions at Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Paul Caccaviello, the incumbent, is facing off against challengers Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington in the September primary that will decide the next district attorney. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for district attorney stuck to their talking points on Tuesday during a fast-paced forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.    Paul Caccaviello, Judith Knight and Andrea Harrington sought to impress the audience of at least 100 with their experience and progressive bona fides during the hourlong program in the Paresky Center auditorium on the Williams College campus. The session moderated by Kathy Campbell, a member of Amherst League of

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20th Annual Monument Cup Welcoming Teams
10:31PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Cup Soccer Committee is again hosting a 3-on-3 soccer tournament for youth players in the U10, U12 & U14 age groups, in both boys and girls divisions on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Each team of three to four players is guaranteed at least three matches, with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semifinals.   The finals for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $80 per team before Aug. 15, $100 per team if submitted after. Each division is limited to 16 teams, so apply early. Teams from around the region are expected.   For more information and/or

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House, Senate Pass Bond Bill With Funds for Greylock Glen
04:58PM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
BOSTON — Both the House and Senate have passed a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill that is focused on improving climate change resiliency and adaptation, enhancing environmental and natural resource protection, and investing in parks and recreational assets.   The bill now heads to the governor's desk and awaits his signature.   It includes some $2.3 million toward the development of the Greylock Glen, which envisions an outdoor center, lodge and campground; $1.5 million toward water conservation and stormwater runoff infrastructure at Tanglewood and $300,000 for improvements at Kennedy Park, both in Lenox; $400,000 to the Great Barrington Land Conservancy and W.E.B.

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Post 68 Bows Out at State Legion Baseball Tourney
06:25PM / Monday, July 30, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. -- For the second game in a row, a late Post 68 rally fell short, and the team bowed out of the double-elmination American Legion state tournament with a 5-3 loss to Shrewsbury on Monday afternoon.   Shrewsbury led, 5-1, after five innings, but Post 68 rallied with two out for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh before succumbing.   Shrewsbury drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first.   Post 68 tied it two innings later thanks to singles by Ian Benoit, Jack Cooney and Hunter Potash to load the bases and a fielder's choice off the bat of Joe Cracolici to score Benoit.   Shrewsbury regained the lead with three in the fourth inning and

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