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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Drury art teacher Phoebe Pepper, left, stands with four of the student artists whose work now appears on the Cascade School Supplies building in Brown Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher

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Biz Briefs: Mack Molding Gives $5 Million to SVMC ER Project
02:57PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Mack gift

Mack Molding, the privately owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for the emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. "The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system’s history since Henry W. Putnam, Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of this community hospital over 100 years ago.

Don Kendall is the CEO of Mack Group, the parent company of Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract

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Berkshires Beat: Community Access to the Arts Show Celebrates Creativity
02:16PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Part of it all

Community Access to the Arts presents its annual art show, "I Am a Part of Art," part of CATA's 25th anniversary year, in partnership with the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Mass.

The first exhibit runs from July 1-Aug. 19 at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South St., Williamstown, MA, with a free "Meet the Artists" event on Aug. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Clark Art Institute is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the course of the exhibit. Admission is free.

The second exhibit hangs at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave. in

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Hoosic River Host to Mother Merganser and Ducklings
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
03:58PM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

Watercolor by the columnist of a female red-breasted merganser catching a tidewater minnow in a salt marsh. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What came as a complete surprise while I was surveying wildlife at the Hoosic River was an armada of little ducklings paddling to keep up with their mother merganser. I had heard of ducks laying up to 12 eggs per nest, but 16 fuzzy red heads all in tight single file seemed incredulous. Perhaps she had taken on another missing mother gander's offspring.    As time passed, I counted five ducklings able to catch a ride on mamma's back, while the rest paddled wildly behind, reminiscent of loons carrying baby loons while crossing an

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County Youth Soccer Teams Compete in State Tournament
10:52AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018
The Berkshire Hills United 14-and-under boys soccer team won two games at the Division I level at the recent Massachusetts Tournament of Champions.   Eight teams from the county qualified for the event, and the Berkshire Hills United boys had the best results, going 2-1 with wins over Mashpee and Oakmont.   The Williamstown Lions U12 boys and Dalton U14 boys each received sportsmanship awards at the event.   Other teams qualifying included the Pittsfield Soccer Club Foxes U12 girls, Lenox Youth Football Club Gold U12 girls, Pittsfield Soccer Club Gunners U12 boys, Pittsfield Soccer Club Hammers U14 girls and Dalton U14 boys.

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

Festivities marking the nation's 241st birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Monday night practice (no fireworks) and Tuesday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with food available for purchase, beginning at 1:30 and with a reading of the

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Wednesday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was

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Hundreds Gather in Pittsfield to Protest Trump's Immigration Policies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:07PM / Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hundreds filled Park Square, all dressed in white, to protect the Trump administration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After years of living under Pol Pot's reign in Cambodia, Sopheap Nhim's family knew they had to get out.    In the fall of 1979, they made their break. Four adults and five children found themselves on the shores of the United States, just as so many other immigrants had throughout the history of this country.    "It is a miracle that 11 of us, five adults and six children, children between the ages of 18 months and 10 years of age, together we were able to escape and come to the United States. I am the youngest of those six children,"

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'Incredibles 2': The American Family to the Rescue
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
I doubt I've ever said this in a review, so here goes: "Incredibles 2," an intelligently humorous follow-up to the 2004 original, is good fun for the entire family. There, said it.   Just don't let the opportunity for bonding among parents, children and crotchety Aunt Edna, if you deign to charitably invite her, bankrupt the clan. While only an anecdotal bit of accounting, I estimate that the mom two rows in front of me spent at least 21 minutes and about $57.25 going back and forth to the concession stand fetching cheese nachos et al for her flock of five before finally sitting down. Harrumph!   It boggles the mind, but I kind of get it: a phylum of moviegoer

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@theMarket: A Wash-Rinse-Repeat Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:07PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
There was nothing to see in the markets this week, simply more of the same crisis news that may keep the media happy, but no one else. Tariffs and trade remain in the forefront and will continue to do so. What should investors do?   Just move on and enjoy your summer. The Fourth of July falls in the middle of the coming week with stock markets closing for half the day on Tuesday. As such, many professional traders will take the entire week off. Given that the Northeast faces their first summer heatwave as well, the corridors of Wall Street should be quite empty.   So whatever ups and downs the stock market may have next week will mean little to nothing. Those who must

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Berkshire Humane Society Offers Guides for Pets in Hot Weather
01:46PM / Friday, June 29, 2018

Berkshire Humane Society advises all residents of the Berkshires and surrounding areas to be mindful of their pets' safety during the forecasted upcoming heat wave.

With expected temperatures in the 90s and an even higher heat index, it is extremely important to keep pets indoors and out of the sun, constantly hydrated and well groomed. The heat is predicted this weekend through the end of the week.

Ideally, pets live indoors with their families. If they must spend time outside, make sure they have constant shade throughout their time outdoors even as the sun moves across the sky. Provide plenty of water along with ice cubes. Consider setting up a kiddie pool for dogs that enjoy

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BArT Announces Junior Book Awards
12:18PM / Friday, June 29, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 15, at an all-school assembly.

The recipients follow:

Cornell Club Sweatshirt Award Program: Ruth Bristol

Lasell College Book Award for Intellectual Exploration (valued up to $1,000 merit scholarship): Darrel Lynch

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Book Award (valued up to $500 toward bookstore): Thomas Cook

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Scholarship Award (valued up to $125,000 merit scholarship): Isaiah Albright

The Sage Colleges' Student Sage Scholar​ ​Award (valued up to $40,000+ merit scholarship):​

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