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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018

The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year.    According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.   "Going into this, I don't think was sure what the need was in our community. When I share this with my team at the hospital, this demonstrates that BMC made the right choice by moving forward with the program. Fifteen thousand is a lot of needles to take in, however, if we didn't collect those dirty needles, you have to wonder where these needles would


West Girls Basketball Team Goes to 3-1 at Bay State Games
07:14PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. -- The West girls basketball team split its games Saturday to go to 3-1 at the Bay State Games.   In the morning, the squad held off Coastal to earn a 71-66 win behind 17 points from Greenfield's Katie Haselton and 15 from Wilbraham and Monson's A.J. Washington.   Drury's Brook DiGennaro scored 11 in the win.   DiGennaro again put up double figures in an 83-72 loss to Central on Saturday afternoon.   Haselton and Chicopee Comp's Arianna Hasiuk led the way with 15 points apiece.   The West finsihes pool play on Sunday at noon against Metro before heading to the medal round.


West Boys Lacrosse Wins Bay State Games Gold
11:29AM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Wahconah's Dart Jaggi scored a goal in the West team's 11-10, double-overtime win over Metro/Southeast in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse gold medal game.   The West went trough pool play with a 4-0 record before beating Metro/Southeast a second time in the tournament final.   The first time around, the West earned a 10-8 win.   Jaggi finished the tournament with eight goals. Hoosac Valley's Casey Meczywor scored six goals and added two assists.   The team also included Wahconah's Dayton Kozlowski and Monument Mountain's Walter Boyko.


Emerging Trend of E-Bikes Comes to The Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:00AM / Saturday, July 14, 2018

A small electrically-powered motor is attached to the crank. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Bike and Board is finding a burgeoning market in e-bikes.   Electronic bicycles have been in existence for more than a decade but only recently has the technology begun to take hold in the Berkshires.   The bicycles are just like traditional bikes and made by traditional bike manufacturers. But they come with a small battery-powered motor attached to the crank to assist with the peddling.   "There are no throttles. You have to pedal to make them go. They are definitely different from a moped or a motorcycle or anything like that," Berkshire Bike and Board


Women's Political Caucus Releases Endorsements for Election 2018
05:30PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee has endorsed a long list of women seeking local state political office across the state.   These endorsements come as more women are seeking the support of the MWPC, whose mission is to "recruit, train and elect" women to political office. This year's endorsements include races for state representative, state Senate and district attorney.   "We are pleased to endorse a group of terrific women candidates who are highly qualified and committed to making positive changes in districts across Massachusetts," said Laurie Martinelli, executive director, in a statement.


BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:07PM / Friday, July 13, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-two graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 14 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Nurse Catherine Stechmann, staff development coordinator at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and clinical instructor, addressed the students.

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century.  Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an emotional


Caccaviello, Harrington Campaigns Take Aim at Each Other
Staff Reports,
01:15AM / Friday, July 13, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two of the three district attorney candidates, Paul Caccaviello and Andrea Harrington, have taken aim at each other over the last few weeks.   Last week, Caccaviello challenged Harrington's fitness for office, saying she doesn't have the "basic qualifications" needed. Harrington countered by calling Caccaviello, the incumbent, the candidate of "the old guard."   "In my 30 years of working in the office of the district attorney, and handling over 5,000 criminal prosecutions myself, prosecuting multiple murder trials, as well as other cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, I have found the community


'Motor Voter' Legislation Passes Senate on Unanimous Vote
10:02PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
BOSTON — The state Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a version of the so-called "motor voter law," H.4671, An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud, by a vote of 38-0.     The legislation creates a framework in which eligible voters will be automatically registered to vote when receiving services from the Registry of Motor vehicles, MassHealth, and other participating state agencies. The framework will be overseen and implemented by the secretary of state.   "Voting is a fundamental right in our society and yet, today, 680,000 eligible residents in Massachusetts are not registered to vote," said


College Notes: July 2018
04:16PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tiffany-Rae Robinson Tiffany-Rae Robinson of Dalton was selected as orientation group leader (OGL) for the 2018 Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program at Western New England University.   SOAR helps set the stage for academic readiness and successful community integration to Western New England University and leaders help new students transition by providing entering students and parents with information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment.   OGLs are students who have consistently modeled solid citizenship and active participation in the Western New England Community. They are selected for their strong communication skills, their


'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Going Molecular
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:01PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
Y'know how in organic chemistry they show you a molecular construction and then ask you to identify it from another angle? Well, I can't do that, which is why I'm a film critic and not a dermatologist. And it's worked out pretty well, except until now, when I'm faced with trying to explain the pseudo-scientific ins and outs of director Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man and the Wasp."   You see, a good deal of this adventure yarn is concerned with rescuing Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet Van Dyne aka Wasp from the Quantum Realm, and I have absolutely no idea where that is.   I only know that whether it is to the left, right, up, down or somewhere sideways, it


Bernstein, Bang on a Can, and Everything In Between
By Grace Lichtenstein,
01:38PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2018

All varieties of popular music blanket the Berkshires in mid-July. At Tanglewood, it's Bernstein. At Mass MoCA, it's singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett and the start of the 17th annual Bang on a Can Festival. At Jacob's Pillow, it's a remarkable group of musical theater dancers plus Dorrance Dance.

Yes, I'm stretching the word by calling the upcoming shows "pop." But they are popular in the best sense of the word —they appeal to everyone. For me, great music knows no boundaries.



How about a zesty lesser-known Bernstein? Thursday evening, July 12, at Ozawa Hall, catch the semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in


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