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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Volunteers at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

This year's gala at the Country Club of Pittsfield was the 'Enchanted Forest.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer never thought her family would have to deal with a sexual assault.    "I knew sexual abuse was rampant but I thought of it as something that happened to other people, to other kinds of families, not ours," she said. "I know now I was wrong and naive and maybe even a little bit of a snob."   Then she learned her 4-year-old had been abused for as long as the child could remember. Her family had no idea what to do next, other than what she had gleaned from crime shows like "Law & Order."   "I had this

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

Massachusetts

Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Becket: Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Cummington: Alexander F. Griffith

Dalton: Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett,

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll
11:27AM / Monday, October 16, 2017

Walk & Roll: Twenty-seven individuals from Berkshire County Arc's Brain Injury Program participated in the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts' Walk & Roll in September. The team, which was named "BCArc Renegades," participated. Two Berkshire County Arc supervisors served as the co-captains of the team: Amber Steele and Kara Rogers. Supporters cheered along the team as they made their way down the two-mile route. Afterward, participants enjoyed lunch by the lake.

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with

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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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