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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:09PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our focus this week shifts to north county — Williamstown and North Adams. While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

 

Williamstown Theatre Festival

At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which always has treats in store, the world premiere of "Lempicka" opens its run Thursday, July 19, on the Main Stage, at the '62 Center on the campus of Williams College.

The music is by Matt Gould, with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer. It is inspired by the life of the artist "who transformed herself

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What Should You Do With an Inherited IRA?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn't be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday. But what should you do with it?

First of all, you'll need to be aware of some basic rules. If your parent, or anyone other than your spouse, leaves you a traditional IRA – one in which contributions are typically tax-deductible and earnings can grow tax-deferred – you can transfer the money into an "inherited IRA," from which you’ll need to take

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Baseball in the Berkshires Welcomes Pittsfield Suns on Monday Evening
02:36PM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall will host the Pittsfield Suns for an autograph session on Monday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.   Members of the Berkshires' Futures Collegiate Baseball League team will be at the mall's center court to greet fans and sign autographs.   Free team photos will be distributed for collecting signatures. And the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum will be open for fans to explore the exhibits and get autographs from retired players and special guests.

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Dos Santos Wins Juniors Golf Series Event by One Stroke
09:05PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Nathan Dos Santos edged Henry Sniezek in Monday's Berkshire County Juniors Golf Series event at Forest Park Country Club.   Dos Santos of Wahconah Country Club carded a 74 to earn a one-stroke win over Sniezek, who finished at 75 playing on his home course, in the 16-and-older division.   Forest Park's Derek Alibozek placed third with an 80, and Ryan Baran of Waubeeka Golf Links finished third at 82.   In the 14-15 division, Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield won with a 79.   The next three were tightly grouped together with Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club finishing second at 82. Rounding out the top four were Jack Fay (Links

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Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:50PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Jay Gonzalez met with voters at Dottie's on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires.   Patrick, who owns a home in Richmond, used to hold cabinet meetings here, bringing state secretaries from various parts of government together. Gonzalez doesn't see that same level of commitment from current Gov. Charlie Baker and the Needham Democrat says he'll make sure the Berkshires are a priority in Boston.   "I think I've been out here 10 times as a candidate. I don't know how many times the governor's been here but

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Biz Briefs: Study Says Kripalu Generates $64M in Economic Activity
03:41PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Doing its part

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole. The report, authored by Williams College Economics Professor Stephan Sheppard, finds the Kripalu Center and its guests generate $64 million in total economic activity in Massachusetts annually, with about $56 million of it concentrated in Berkshire County. Meanwhile, the nonprofit wellness center located in Stockbridge generates $27 million in labor income thanks to its nearly 500 employees.

With the

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Painted Pianos on Display Across Berkshire County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Keith Bona's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' installed at the front of the North Adams Public Library. The celestial theme ties in with the library's summer reading program.  ADAMS, Mass. — Big, beautiful and artfully crafted, the Painted Pianos began arriving at parks and libraries, galleries and restaurants on Monday.   It wasn't long before they attracted crowds who began tinkling the ivories.    The summerlong collaborative celebration of the Berkshire Summer of Music and famed conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday will be making music in the community beginning Wednesday through Aug. 25. The melding of visual arts and

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell
02:12PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Adaptive collaboration

LOF, headquartered in Sandy Hook, Conn., will be holding two day long, specialized, skiing clinics for disabled and special needs children at the Boys and Girls Club's Camp Russell located on Richmond Pond in Richmond on Wednesday, July, and Wednesday July 25. This is the first time for such a program will take place in the Berkshires.

Founded in 1991 by Joel Zeisler, LOF is one of the largest and safest adaptive water ski programs in the country and helps participants develop skills, experience physical freedom and enjoy the sports of water skiing and water boarding utilizing special adaptive equipment such as the "sit ski." LOF is partnering with the

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New Doctor Joins Community Health Programs
12:15PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Family practice physician Dr. Stephen A. Alsdorf has joined the primary care staff at Community Health Programs Great Barrington Health Center.

Most recently a physician with Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield, Dr. Alsdorf cares for children, teens and adults. He has special interest in sports medicine, preventive and wellness care, chronic disease management and mind-body medicine.

He is a 2002 graduate of the UMass Medical School and completed his internship and residency in the Boston area at Boston University Family Medicine Program Boston Medical Center and Codman Square Health Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at Carleton College, with

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Area Wrestlers Post Strong Showings at Bay State Games
12:01PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
BOSTON -- Three members of the Berkshire Wrestling Club earned bronze medals over the weekend at the Bay State Games.   Isiaha Hartman-Caesar, Zabion Powell and Michael LaFreniere each finished his competition with a win in the third-place match at the tournament.   A fourth competitor from the club, Deven Pekosz, also competed, wrestling in the 113-pound weight class.   At 120, LaFreniere went 4-0 in the wrestlebacks after losing his initial match in the main draw. He pinnned Samuel Wagner of the New Hampshire Lightning Wrestling Club at 1 minute, 43 seconds of their third-place bout.   At 145, Powell won twice in the main draw before dropping a decision in the

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Area Youngsters Earn Pistol Medals at Bay State Games
11:58AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. -- Jacob Stokes and Kate-Lynn Johnson of the American Legion Post 152 shooting team took home gold medals from the pistol competition at the Bay State Games over the weekend.   The team sent several competitors to the event.   Stokes won the in the basic supported position competition, where Lyla Kocsis took home a silver medal.   Johnson won gold in the standing supported position division.

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Lee Community Tennis Still Has Openings for Youth Camps
11:57AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Community Tennis Association is offering an extended sign-up period for its team tennis programs for children ages 5 to 18.   All programs run through mid-August. Enrollments are open to all children in Berkshire County, and scholarships are available.   The USTA Junior Team Tennis camp runs for four more weeks. Players aged 18 and under practice Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lee High School. The 14U and 10U practices are Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Practices are organized by the Lee CTA, which works with coaches from around Berkshire County, including girls Coach of the Year Norma Comalli and Miss Hall’s School coach Rich Butler.   Youth

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