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Greylock Thunder Softball Seeks Players, Coaches for 2018
10:49AM / Saturday, October 14, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder travel softball teams will hold tryouts this month for their 2018 summer season.   Interested players in the 14u, 16u, and 18u age groups should attend. All interested coaches should apply in person or via email.    Tryouts will be held:   U-14 & 16  Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   U-18 Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.    All interested players are encouraged to come try out.   A brief informational session will be held at the start of tryouts to go over what to expect with the 2018 program: costs, travel expense, commitment, schedules, etc.   The

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'Blade Runner 2049': Virtual Truth & Justice
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:58PM / Friday, October 13, 2017
I'm not exactly sure what I saw, but I kind of think it was sort of OK, maybe. It's quite a tussle trying to follow the unnecessarily convoluted story in Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049." The miasmic visuals of the scorched Earth scenario frustratingly obscure the gist of the thing. Yet, when the complicating fog eventually lifts way toward the end of the near three-hour followup to the 1982 "Blade Runner," we see it's not all that intricate. Rather, it's apparent that unable to dazzle us with brilliance, the director attempts to baffle us with, well, you know what.   The film attempts to compensate for its lack of truly ingenious plotting

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iForum: Girl Scouts Already Doing Great Things in the Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

You might have seen the group of 100 Girl Scouts in the Berkshire Mall last March, coming together to learn about other cultures on World Thinking Day.

I wanted to preserve the moment.

There, in front of me, stood six young ladies from my Girl Scout troop, holding three binders that, on the surface, didn't look all that interesting. But, as with people and programs like the Girl Scout program itself, there was more than meets the eye.

Inside the binders was a brand new curriculum these girls as fifth-graders had developed over the past six months to give to their two schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools, to help teach other fifth-graders the Bill of Rights in a

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bins of goodies await shoppers on Oct. 14.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great

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Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2017 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
01:41PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of four Gold Level award recipients for 2017.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner to develop and implement a wellness program that best addresses the individual company's needs and budget.

"There is no

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Two Men Arrested in Great Barrington After Allegedly Showing Gun To Store Clerk
Staff Reports,
01:38PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Two men were arrested Tuesday night after allegedly brandishing a gun to a convenience store clerk.   Police say Nathan Bona, 20, of Southfield is being charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit a crime, and operating under the influence. Austin Whitney, 22, of Great Barrington is being charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.   At about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, police were called to Lake Mansfield for reports of shots fired. There, officers were told that two men, driving a pickup truck, had fired a handgun several times in the parking lot, striking a storage shed.   Police say minutes

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International Investing: Still a Journey to Consider
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:16AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Columbus Day was observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

So, why should you consider investing internationally? The chief reason is diversification. If you only invest in U.S. companies, you might do well when the U.S. markets are soaring, as has happened in recent years. But when the inevitable

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Grieve to Speak at Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit
05:30PM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires will have a special "Talkin' Baseball" program with Pittsfield native Tom Grieve on Thursday, Oct 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.   Grieve was a Major League outfielder and designated hitter with the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. He also was general manger of the Texas Rangers and now is a TV commentator for the Texas Rangers.   The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit, which is located in the Berkshire Mall, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday for this special event.   For more information contact Larry Moore at lmgymfest@aol.com.

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SVMC Grant Enables Data Collection to Boost Patient-Centered Care
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05PM / Sunday, October 08, 2017

Officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Southern Vermont Health Care and the Aircast Foundation gather in the SVMC Orthopedics office in Bennington, Vt., on Thursday. Right, the plaque marks the new collaboration.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — In 1950, Barbara Houle injured her leg in a skiing accident. She couldn't straighten or bend her knee, and the surgical solution at the time involved removing all the cartilage. That, however, had its own side effects.

"As I got older … it was bone on bone. The noise was worse than the pain," Houle said. "The pain I had I could cope with."

But this past summer, Houle's husband went to the Southern

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50th Greylock Ramble This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:56PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Greylock Ramble turns 50 this Columbus Day weekend with Ramblefest returning Sunday and the hike up Mount Greylock on Monday.   Back in 1965, a group of residents covertly named Operation Wonderful Town, chaired by Adams resident, businessman and champion Thunderbolt skier Bill Linscott, formed with the charge of organizing an annual hike to the summit of Mount Greylock.   And 50 years later, ProAdams has taken over where Operation Wonderful Town left off and hundreds still make the trek every Columbus Day.   "These events are important to Adams," ProAdams member Ray Gargan said. "Not only do they provide unique activities for the

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@the Market: Markets Need a Time Out
By Bill Schmick,
10:59AM / Saturday, October 07, 2017
The S&P 500 Index has gone up eight straight days. The other averages have done the same thing. That hasn't happened since 2013. It's time for a break.   It appears that stocks are in "melt-up" mode. That's a term we financial geeks use to describe an unrelenting rise in equity prices. Consider it an investor stampede where the fear of missing out on even higher prices creates a buying frenzy.   There are some fundamental reasons for the market's rise. The economy appears to be chugging along. Interest rates remain low while inflation continues to bump along the bottom. This Friday's payroll numbers were a disappointment to most. For the first

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